Working in Gouache with Lisbeth Firmin

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Working in Gouache with Lisbeth Firmin

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January 15 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Registration: $90 one weekend, $140 for both weekends – includes a set of gouches. Limited to 10 participants per weekend. January 7-8 is filled. Only January 15-16 available.

Covid protocols: All participants must be vaccinated or show proof of negative Covid test result 48 hours before workshop. Masks will be worn during the event, and participant workspaces will be distanced.

In these two weekend workshops, participants will work with one of painter Lisbeth Firmin’s favorite mediums, gouache. Gouache, or opaque watercolor, is a water-medium paint consisting of natural pigment, water, and a binding agent.  Gouache is designed to be opaque and has a considerable history, having been used for at least twelve centuries.

gouache painting by Lisbeth Firmin
Gouache painting by Lisbeth Firmin

Gouache is similar to watercolor in that it can be re-wetted and dries to a matte finish, and the paint can become infused into its paper support. It is similar to acrylic or oil paints in that it is normally used in an opaque painting style and it can form a superficial layer. Many manufacturers of watercolor paints also produce gouache, and the two can easily be used together.

On the January 8 & 9 weekend, participants will be working from a different still-life on each day. For the January 15 & 16 weekend, participants will be working from some source materials that they bring from home – photos, drawings, famous paintings. Anything they want to turn into a painting. On the second day, we aim to work from a live model (with clothes!)

Firmin will demonstrate at the beginning of each class, and there will be a critique at the end of each session. If you are familiar with Firmin’s workshops, you know there will be NO drawing allowed. Please bring a lunch or prepare to go out for lunch. There will be a 45 minute lunch break each day.

Materials List:

Participants will need to bring a good-sized watercolor pad (9″ x 12″ or larger). Also, they will need to bring some water-based brushes synthetic, from big (1″ or 1.25″) to small (0.75″ or 0.5″) – inexpensive is fine. Bring some rags too.

About the Teaching Artist:

Lisbeth Firmin is a contemporary American realist whose imagery explores the relationship between people and their environment… depicting modern life while exploring timeless themes of solitude and isolation; interpenetrating the light and shadow that describe the human form in a specific moment. Firmin skates the rails between realism and abstraction the much the same way David Park, or some of Richard Diebenkorn’s figurative work, does.



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Stamford, NY 12167 United States