Gouache painting for beginners


  4th April    7:00 – 9:30pm (BST)

   Online – Zoom

13 spaces available

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What you will get from taking this online class:   

  • Learn new painting techniques (including mixing colours, blending, masking and spraying)   
  • Gain confidence in using gouache on different papers 
  • Incorporate your own thoughts/ideas into your work 
  • Discover artists from the past and present 
  • Elephant Academy technique takeaway: how to use gouache 

Get to know gouache in this introductory workshop. Sharing similar qualities with watercolour, gouache is water-based but leaves a more opaque finish. Easily blended, it can be reactivated with water, making it a great choice for beginners. Discover how it has been used by artists from the past and present, while learning an array of different techniques to produce exciting paintings. Luke will guide you through mixing colours, choosing papers and getting the most out of your gouache paints. 

Additional materials you will need: 

  • Palette (glass or plastic) 
  • Plastic spray bottle (available from DIY stores, garden centers or art supplies shops) 
  • Pencils 
  • Masking tape  
  • Jars for water 
  • Kitchen roll 


Do I need to have any experience to take part in an Elephant Academy class? Absolutely not! We warmly welcome everyone and have classes and activities for all levels, including those who have never picked up a paintbrush or pencil before. All classes are friendly, supportive and fun!

How do I join the online class once I have purchased? You will be sent a Zoom link via email the week before your class. The email will have full instructions on how to join and tips on how to set up your workspace.

I don’t live in the UK – can I still join one of the classes? Absolutely! We welcome students from all over the world and many of our classes are held at times to suit students in Europe and North America.

Is there a recording I can watch after the class? Yes, we can supply recordings to allow you to develop your skills and revisit the classes.