Explore gouache techniques (opaque watercolor - a flat medium with great color saturation and a reflective quality), commonly seen in magazine and children´s book illustrations, visual poetry and journaling. Participants are encouraged to experiment with this versatile and mostly unknown media which can be combined in endlessly fascinating ways with watercolor and acrylic under paintings, or using overlays of soft pastel, color pencils and pen & ink. For inspiration, students will look at the work of Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Sonia Delaunay and Ralph Parker. Projects will include illustrating text, self-authored or of special interest as well as landscape, still life and portrait studies. Participants will also explore the use of collage with gouache, currently celebrated by contemporary illustrators. Instructor Mickey Waring is currently Art Director and Art Teacher at the Westerhoff School of Music & Art. A graduate from Princeton University and Beirut University College, she has illustrated for magazines in the United States and abroad. Her work, which includes puppetry and jewelry design, is influenced by a lifetime of travel abroad in Europe and the Middle East. A member of the Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission and recently contributor to the Visual Arts Connection, Ms. Waring has been a driving force in the arts community of Metuchen over the past 22 years. Ms. Waring´s recent work includes illustrations and small works on paper in watercolor, acrylics, oil, and gouache.
Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
May 11 - Jun 15
No class May 18
Limit: 12 students
- one bottle of black or sepia waterproof ink
- quill pen with drawing nib, or set of Micron pens
- a few sheets of 8 x 11" Canson Mi Teint Paper in favorite neutral tints
- small jar or tube of white gesso
- a set of gouache paints
- acrylic paints (not for the first class) I have some you can use.
- pad of hot pressed paper 90 lb. or more (no texture, flat)
- 8 x 11" piece of foam core for gouache mounting
- brushes: one 3/4 inch flat brush, 2 round watercolor brushes size 4, 6 or 8
- artists tape for borders (masking tape is ok 1/2")
- Yupo paper for experimentation if you have any (not required)
- ruler jar for water, paper towels
- palette paper pad
Please email me at Waringm@optonline.net if you have any questions!