Gouache Painting Workshop with Allison Syvertsen
Gouache Painting Workshop with Allison Syvertsen

Gouache Painting Workshop with Allison Syvertsen


Learn the fundamentals of painting with gouache, an opaque watercolor paint in this two-day workshop. Painters of all levels will fall in love with it as a portable, fast-drying, and easy-to-clean-up alternative to oils – great for travel or limited working time and space. Explore color and painting techniques through still life and outdoor views.  Be sure to see Allison Syvertsen's concurrent exhibition, on view December 8 - January 9. 

You will learn to: 

  • Develop paint application techniques for fluidity and control, with opaque and wash applications. 
  • Gain the ability to mix color and to predict its effects. 
  • Recognize and promote gouache’s characteristics and learn how to problem-solve with the material. 
  • Learn to incorporate principles of line, value, color and space for a greater command of the medium. 
  • Work from still life and window views to learn how to representationally depict a variety of subject matter and to recognize abstract concepts. 
  • Become familiar with artists’ techniques for selecting and preparing surfaces, as well as basic methods of displaying paintings for exhibition. 

Saturday and Sunday, January 8 & 9 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
$175 + $10 materials fee (covers gouache paint and paper)
Register by:  January 2

Materials List 

Allison Syvertsen holds MA and MFA degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She enjoys painting from real locations and objects – looking for what is meaningful and miraculous in everyday places and things.  Her work focuses on the transformative effect of light and the abstract quality of juxtaposed form.  She is a member of the Cerulean Arts Collective.  She is also the Director of Continuing Education Programs and an adjunct faculty member at PAFA.