A rare opportunity to participate in a dedicated course using this superb paint medium!

Gouache is a wonderfully adaptable, water-soluble, opaque paint which can be applied thinly like watercolour, but can also be used more thickly to cover previous layers. Perfectly mixable with watercolours.

There will be a mixture of outdoor and studio work and the course is for people of all abilities.
No experience of working with gouache is necessary, although some knowledge of painting in water-based media is an advantage. If you’ve never tried gouache, now is the time!

We will find our reference outside and work on site wherever possible. We can develop sketches and ideas in the studio as well as work from people’s tablets and photographs.

There will be step-by-step demonstrations throughout as well as particular focus on matching colours to those we see in nature, with lots of opportunity to experiment.

Tutor: Jeremy Ford

Jeremy studied Graphic Design at Southport College of Art, (1972-5) and Illustration at Harrow College of Art, London (1975-8) A professional artist and Illustrator since then, working on a wide variety of books, magazines, and greeting cards. Instructional watercolour, pastel, and gouache art books published by Search Press. Work commissioned by The Royal Horticultural Society, Bradford Exchange Limited Edition Plates, and American Express Travel Guides, amongst many others. DVDs on painting in watercolour, pastel, and gouache and has contributed to numerous art books. In regular demand as a teacher and demonstrator and has a Certificate in Education (Post 16.) Demonstrates painting at many popular art events, working in all paint media. Demonstrated for St. Cuthbert's Paper Mill, (makers of Bockingford and Saunders Waterford watercolour papers) previously Senior Tutor and Principal UK Demonstrator for the Michael Wilcox School of Colour. Professional Associate and Former President of the S.A.A.

Please also see Landscape in Nature and Watercolour 8-12th August and Adventures in watercolour 12-14th August. Book 2 Jeremy Ford Classes and receive a 10% discount. Contact Slapton Ley directly to get this offer.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Picnic Lunch

Before You Attend

Where to meet and at what time?

Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration by 17.00 on arrival day. The course will begin at after supper on arrival day.  Non residents can arrive 10/15 mins before course start time. There will be an introductory talk at 17.00. Supper is usually at 18:30. A non resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening. Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am. The course will end on Monday at 15.00. On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage

What to bring?

  • Please bring the colours you are familiar with, or you can follow Jeremy's suggestions. If you are considering buying artists quality colours then I recommend the following tubes are recommended: Ultramarine, (sometimes called French Ultramarine). Intense Blue or Phthalo Blue. Prussian Blue. Cadmium Red, or Vermillion. Cadmium Red, which is slightly darker would do. Permanent Rose, (Quinacridone Violet is the same, as is Quinacridone Rose) Alizarin Crimson will do but like Rose Madder and Carmine it is darker and duller.
    Cadmium Yellow or Cadmium Yellow Light, or Cadmium Yellow Pale.
    Lemon Yellow. Burnt Sienna. Quinacridone Gold and/or Raw Sienna and/or Yellow Ochre. (Not essential but useful) Phthalocyanine Green (sometimes abbreviated to Phthalo Green. Winsor & Newton call it Winsor Green. Viridian or Emerald Green would do. Any White gouache.
  • A B and/or 2B pencil, an eraser, water containers, plastic water bottle.
  • Watercolour sketchbook, Cartridge sketchbook; whatever size you like working. I work mostly on A3, A4 and slightly smaller. Bulldog clips, elastic bands or Masking tape to hold corners down. If you prefer to work on prepared stretched paper with gum-strip and a board be prepared, otherwise stick to sketchbooks which is my preference for outdoor work.
  • Palette with several mixing wells.
  • An assortment of brushes, -suggest 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, -bigger if required. Perhaps a small rigger or linerwriter. (I have brushes and paper for sale if necessary).
  • An easel and a portable lightweight chair are useful if working outdoors, although some people are happy working on their knee without the use of an easel.
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