An Introduction to Gouache: The Painting Medium You Didn't Know You Needed

Instructor: Kyle McKenzie

Jul 15, 16, 17, 18 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Media: Any Painting Media, Watercolor
Skill Level: All Levels
Tuition: Members: $ 450.00 / Non-Members: $ 490.00


At first, gouache can seem tedious or unresponsive. However, with the right foundation, it can be an extremely fluid tool for visual expression for painters of all backgrounds. Discover the unique characteristics of gouache and how to use it with confidence in the creation of studies and finished works in this comprehensive workshop.


The workshop will begin with an introduction to the medium, including the properties of gouache and the tools and techniques specific to it. The second day will focus on using gouache as a tool for studies, while the remainder of the workshop will be dedicated to working on a series of paintings. The school’s surroundings will be used as inspiration for assignments. Beginners getting their start and experienced painters interested in learning about this medium are welcome.


Kyle McKenzie is a painter from Joplin, MO. His paintings employ subtleties of light and color to explore mundane subjects, and feature carefully-crafted surfaces and highly-intentional color relationships. He holds an MFA in Painting from the University of Arkansas and an MA fro Pittsburg State University. Kyle is an Assistant Professor of Art at Missouri Southern State University, where he has taught various courses in painting, color theory, art theory, and professional practices since 2010.

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