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Still Lifes in Gouache with Heather Ihn Martin

Date: Saturday Feb. 22, 2020 - Sunday Feb. 23, 2020
Time: 10am-4:00pm, 1 hour lunch break
Cost: $300.00 early bird price, $320.00 after Oct. 31st. (Please email for early bird price)

Installment option available upon request.

What is “gouache” and why is everyone suddenly talking about it? This newly popular (but classic) medium is a dream to work with, but notoriously tricky to understand. After working with it for literally THOUSANDS of paintings, I would love to share with you all of the tips and tricks I’ve learned, and how it’s unique qualities are perfect for observational painting.

This two day course will be focused on painting the still life with gouache. We will touch on all of the fundamentals, from composition, color theory, setting up an intriguing still life, and my process with gouache, and hopefully you will leave with a better understanding and a piece or two to treasure. This fun and relaxed class will have demos, class discussions, and ample 1:1 feedback.

All levels welcome, but drawing and art fundamentals are recommended. Attendees are encouraged to experiment with gouache prior to the class to surface any questions or particular issues that they come across.


These are recommendations, but if you are somewhat familiar with gouache and have your own preferences, feel free to change it up. 

Pen or Pencil - for sketches and notes- nothing fancy!

Eraser - I like the kneaded ones

Paper or sketchbook - for notes

Col-Erase Non Photo Blue Pencil (or a color similar)

Watercolor Palette - I strongly suggest the Mijello Airtight 18 well palette

Small Misting Spray Bottle

Brushes - Watercolor, synthetic (Princeton Aqua Elite is a great series)

  •  1”flat

  •  ¾”flat

  • ½” flat

  • ¼” flat

  • 1 small liner/round 

Paint - Small Primary Color kits acceptable. Preferred Brands (Winsor & Newton, Holbein, M. Graham, Turner Design Gouache), paints with *** Required **Highly Recommended

  • Lemon Yellow or equivalent***

  • Permanent Yellow Deep or equivalent**

  • Cadmium Red or Napthol Red, or Vermillion (choose 1)**

  • Quinacridone Magenta (W&N) , or Alizarin Crimson (choose 1)***

  • Phthalo Blue (W&N)***

  • Ultramarine Blue***

  • Prussian Blue**

  • Linden Green (W&N) **

  • Permanent Deep Green, or Viridian

  • Sap Green (M. Graham)

  • Yellow Ochre**

  • Burnt Sienna**

  • Burnt Umber**

  • Ivory Black**

  • Large Titanium White, or Permanent White (Holbein 40ML) ***


  • Sketchbook - Visual Journal Watercolor Paper 5.5”x8” 140lb

  • Coldpress Watercolor Block 9”x12” (I prefer Arches). Other sizes between 8”x10” and 12”x16” are acceptable based on comfort level. 

Water Vessel - Any cup or jar will do, I just use a mason jar.

Paper Towels - Avoid shop Towels, simple quilted ones work great!

Acceptable Payments:

Check for $320.00 made out to: 
Liv and Chiu art studio
1355 4th Street, 2nd Floor, 8A
Berkeley, CA 94710
Venmo $320.00 to @livandchiuartstudio
PayPal $320.00 to PayPal.Me/livandchiuartstudio

Still Lifes in Gouache with Heather Ihn Martin
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