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Course Curriculum


  Before We Begin
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  Introduction
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I need to spend lots of money on supplies?
I don’t believe that art should cost a lot of money! You will need some basic gouache colours, a paintbrush and a sketchbook or some watercolour paper. I always find that a good idea to try and make do with what you have as much as you can, because often this will lead to more creative solutions!
Can I use watercolours?
You could follow along and learn some of the brush techniques, but the actual painting technique is quite different - gouache is layered differently to watercolours - so the end results will be different.
Do I need to know anything about gouache to join?
No, you don't even need to know how to pronounce 'gouache'! We will cover all of the basics!
Can I download the lessons?
Video lessons can only be streamed online, not downloaded. You will need a good internet connection to stream the videos. All other handouts and cheat sheets are available for download.

Your Instructor


Deanna Maree
Deanna Maree

I bought my first set of gouache paints for design college over 10 years ago! It was on the materials list, so I got a set of primary colours. We never actually used it though, and my little set of gouache paint got pushed to the back of the cupboard. I developed as a fine artist painting with acrylic paint on huge canvases, and I forgot all about gouache.

Fast forward a few more years, and I find myself living on a really remote island in Indonesia. Because we accessed our island home by a tiny seaplane with strict luggage restrictions, I had to downsize my artwork significantly. So I began experimenting with different mediums, and I re-discovered the same old tubes of gouache that I’d bought for college all those years ago. Some of the tubes were pretty much dried up, but I discovered that I could rewet the paint with water!

I found gouache a little tricky to work with at first. I had trouble getting the paint to spread easily, while still maintaining that beautiful bold finish that gouache is known for. It also took me a while to find the right paintbrush, and paper for the job, but once I did - the quality of my work changed overnight.

I'm ready to share all of my tips, tricks and secrets with you, and I want to open a world of creativity and colour to you through gouache!


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