Introduction to Painting with Water-Based Media: Watercolor, Acrylic, and Gouache Workshop

 Painting with Water-Based Media Workshop in New york Class

Painting with Water-Based Media Workshop at Cooper Union

Cost: $450.00

This six-day workshop enables student of all levels who love to paint an opportunity to become familiar with the three most popular water media: watercolor, acrylic, and gouache. Through a step by step approach consisting of demonstrations, guided exercises and painting assignments you will become familiar with the unique characteristics, advantages and limitations of each medium so you can make informed choices between them. Students will learn about: impasto, building layers, creating texture, use of mediums, blending colors and glazing with acrylic, transparency, washes, wet-into-wet, dry brush and controlling hard and soft edges with watercolor, and opacity, color blending and use of flat pure color of gouache. Students will learn which surfaces and brushes are best for each medium, the relative permanence of each, when and how they might be combined for special effects and their suitability for use in different situations. While it is an introductory class, more advanced students will be challenged at their level and encouraged to go beyond. Please bring $20 materials fee, payable to the instructor to the first class.

While it is an introductory class, more advanced students will be challenged at their level and encouraged to go beyond.

Meets Weekly: Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m


Course Code: 135653

Instructor(s): Judith Simonian

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.