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Soft Pastel and Gouache Painting

Instructor: Emily Rose Hirtle

Learn the fundamentals and application of painting in soft pastel and gouache. Discover essential techniques while practicing painting from life or from your photo references. Learn about different surfaces such as vellum, mylar, and toned papers, brands of soft pastel and gouache. Historical and contemporary painters who worked in soft pastel and gouache. Each week you will receive pre-recorded demos on how to apply soft pastel, gouache and at its different consistencies. You may alternate between each medium or choose to focus on one. We will have group critiques and I provide individual critiques through the duration of this class. At the end of our class you will receive a Padlet PDF featuring your work and your peer’s work. Comments on your work given by me and your peers who have voluntarily commented also.

This class is taught on the Zoom.

For more information, contact The Art League School at 703-683-2323.

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Class Supplies

Soft Pastel and Gouache Painting Supply Kit

This kit of supplies is available for purchase here, and can be shipped for a fee, or picked up curbside. The kit includes the underlined items. Please indicate in the notes section of your order if you would like to schedule curbside pick-up, or if you need your kit mailed to you. Please contact us at store@theartleague.org if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.

The store hours are 11am – 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Call here: 703-548-8127. 

Soft Pastel and Gouache Painting, Emily Hirtle

For Soft Pastel

Drawing board

Soft pastels by Sennelier, and Nu Pastel

Cream masking tape

Soft vine charcoal

Suggested papers: Ingres, Colourfix, and Mi-tientes.



Hard pink or white eraser

Kneaded eraser

Your own reference photographs

For Gouache: 

Arches cold-pressed watercolor pad, or hot-pressed watercolor pad, or toned Hahnemuehle, Ingres paper and choose the color you would prefer to work on

Graphite pencil

Kneaded eraser

Winsor and Newton or Holbein Gouache colors:

Ivory Black

Alizarin Crimson

Ultramarine Blue

Yellow Ochre

Raw Sienna

Burnt Sienna

Burnt Umber

Raw Umber

Terra Verte



Round plastic palette for ink and a large rectangular palette for watercolor and gouache


Masking tape (Artist tape)

Two cups for water

Paper towel or Cloth

Watercolor Brushes: rounds, filberts, and flats in variety of sizes


The kit includes the underlined items.

Cost is $289.05 plus sales tax of $17.34 for a Total = $ 306.39

Please contact us at store@theartleague.org if you would like to purchase a selection of items different than the kit.

How to Register

When registration is open (check the “Registration starts” date above), click the Add to Cart button to select this course. Add as many classes and workshops as you like, and then proceed to the Checkout page to complete your registration.

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