An Introduction to Gouache Painting with Emilie (online)

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In this class, Emilie will share her tips to get started with gouache painting!

Gouache is an easy to source, affordable, water-based paint that is perfect for complete beginners. The texture of gouache gives a matte, flat finish that suits contemporary illustration style.

This class will cover the basics of colour theory, brush control and guide you step by step to create an easy gouache painting on paper.

What will we cover?

This this class we will cover:

  • An intro to colour theory in gouache: practice sheet and colour charts
  • Exercises in mixing colours for small botanical illustrations
  • Composition and illustration in gouache
  • A good understanding of the materials and supplies

What will I need?

  • Paper, ideally watercolour paper 300 GSM. But any card paper will do.
  • Gouache. Popular brands include HIMI and Hoblein, but any brand will do. 
  • Brushes. Ideally a couple of different thickness brushes. 
  • Water and water jar, a couple of rags or tissues. 
  • Pencils.


  • Closed Captions
  • Early Bird Cheap Tix
  • Free Tix for First Nation Attendees
  • Auslan Interpreter Upon Request 

    Who will be teaching?

    Emilie (she/her) is an artist and educator based
    between Melbourne and Marseille (Fr), working across media with a focus
    on community-based practice and education. She graduated from her PhD in
    Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2020 and has been an
    art resident at Testing Grounds (2020), Making Space (2021) and the
    Comic Art Workshop (2021).

    Emilie has exhibited her works at FortyFive Downstairs gallery, the
    Abbotsford convent, No Vacancy Gallery, Arcade and George Patton

    In 2021, Emilie opened Couleur in Collingwood, a printmaking studio focusing on DIY, hand-prints, and experimental printmaking. Since 2023, Couleur Studio
    has relocated in South of France. Emilie is also a comic book artist
    and her illustration has been published by the Lifted Brow and she
    self-published her first graphic novel in 2018 with Tree Paper Comics in
    Melbourne. In 2023 she is running Glow Comics Trails festival with
    Laneway Learning, celebrating Melbourne’s booming comics scene.

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