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Intro to Gouache with Bonnie Stolzmann

  • 04/07/2023
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St., Denver, CO


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In the class students will be introduced to gouache paints and abstract watercolor backgrounds. 

Gouache is a type of paint made from pigments bound in water-soluble gum. It is like watercolor but has the addition of white pigment in order to make it opaque.

You will learn how to:

  • Use gouache as a resist for India ink.
  • Use gouache in watercolor to create highlights
  • Create abstract backgrounds with watercolor and household items.

Note: Students can come in anytime after 11:30am to have time to set up.

Supplies to Bring

Paper: 3 sheets of 140 lb. watercolor paper; 9"x12" or larger.

Watercolor: Red, Yellow, and Blue (at a minimum)

Gouache: (Traditional not acrylic) Titanium white and at least two primary colors. Recommended brands: M. Graham & Co. or Winsor & Newton Designer's Gouache.

Brushes: Watercolor 1" Flat and a #8 or #10 Round (at a minimum).

Drafting tape

Spritzer (small spray) bottle

Paper towels and tissues

Water container

Palette for paints

Suggested Supplies

Full watercolor paint set (Try the Yarka brand. It's great for backgrounds and inexpensive)

Full gouache set (Try Winsor & Newton's Designers Gouache Primary Color Set. It will last you years)

Paper support such as Gatorboard, Incredible Art Board, or a smooth board impervious to water. This support should be at least a little larger than your paper.

A water media artwork you'd like to try enhancing with gouache, ink or both. The artwork shown above the class description are examples of what you'll learn.


Email or call the instructor bonniestolzmann@gmail or 719 339-9544.

About the Instructor

Bonnie Stolzmann is a Denver-based fine artist and illustrator. She's taught art classes to creators of all ages. She enjoys helping students reach their full potential through exploration of new materials and processes.

Bonnie's scientific illustrations have been published in association with The Max Plank Institute for Chemical Ecology, The University of California, Harvard University, and the Jepson Herbarium. Her artwork has been shown worldwide and has won several prizes.

Bonnie believes in fostering a caring and open classroom where students feel free to experiment and grow as artists.


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Denver, CO 80220

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