Students in the art club continued on their ‘still life’ watercolors. Most students completed them whereas those students working on more difficult projects are still working on them. Some students tried the gouache watercolors to see how they were different from regular watercolors.
‘Gouache paint is similar to watercolor but modified to make it opaque. A binding agent, usually gum arabic, is present, just as in watercolor. Gouache differs from watercolor in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher, and an additional, inert, white pigment such as chalk is also present. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque. Its quick coverage and total hiding power mean that gouache lends itself to more direct painting techniques than watercolor.’
Our next watercolor will be a portrait so please have your children remember to bring in a photo copy of a sibling, or a favorite pet, or a picture of themselves for our next session. They will learn how to correctly place the facial features on a face. They’ll also learn basic skin color mixtures and more shading.