Embark on an in-depth exploration of two great water-based painting media: egg tempera and gouache. Gouache and tempera can look superficially similar, but they cater to very different working styles – one slow, dense and layered, the other quick, spontaneous and malleable. Working concurrently with these paints is a great way to build versatility in established practices, or offer something novel to the less experienced. We make paint from raw pigments, as well as traditional gesso and supports, working on-site and in the studio. Students are encouraged to make many paintings with all content welcome, the stranger, the better.
Media & Techniques:
Students work with egg tempera, gouache and traditional gesso grounds as well as make their own paints (other water-based painting is introduced if time allows).
We switch between quick and longer-term projects throughout the day. We respond accordingly to varying media: gesso grounds require intermittent attention all day, while gouache paintings can be made on-site in an hour or less. Be prepared to work on multiple paintings concurrently, working on-site and in the studio.
Christopher Ulivo lives and works in Ventura, Calif. He creates dense narrative paintings while being distracted by his role as gallery director for Tiger Strikes Asteroid LA and amateur telescope making. The spirit in Christopher’s painting is tempered by sentimentality, ignorance and humor that acknowledges the gulf between history, imagination and reality.