Painting the Everyday with Gouache

July 05, 2023 - August 09, 2023



This course is inspired by the artist, illustrator and writer Maira Kalman ( The focus is on using gouache to paint objects and experiences that are part of everyday life. Gouache is a versatile material that can make rich velvety surfaces and painterly washes and is great for those new to painting. Composition, working with text, and ideas surrounding meaning and content will be addressed with each project. Course will include presentations of other artists working with ‘the everyday’ as source. Suitable for all levels.

Registration Details

Visit the Vancouver Island School of Art website to register online, or phone 250-380-3500.

Suppy List


- gouache paint: titanium white (large tube), ivory black, red, blue, yellow, orange, green and violet (M. Graham or Winsor & Newton Designer Colours are the preferred brands); ideally get two versions of each of the primaries (2 reds, 2 yellows and 2 blues but if you are on a budget one will be fine)

- watercolour brushes synthetic sable (round): no. 12 and no. 4

- palette for mixing paint: white plastic palette for watercolour, white ceramic plates or white lids from yogurt containers or a combination (or your preferred surface/method for mixing gouache paints)


- watercolour paper pad 9 x 12” (ideally Arches 100% cotton, cold press but if this is too expensive any 9 x 12” watercolour pad)

- Strathmore black watercolour paper: 9 x 12” pad (if you are on a budget black cardstock will do 8.5 x 11”)

- any other drawing or watercolour paper you have on hand

- sketchbook or loose paper 8.5 x 11” for notes and sketching

- spray bottle and eye dropper

Gouache paintings: please note we are using regular gouache for this course and not “acrylic gouache”.

July 05, 2023 - August 09, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Vancouver Island School of Art
302-733 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 3C7