Introduction to Gouache – The Art Students League

Introduction to Gouache

Ephraim Rubenstein

Ephraim Rubenstein

Workshop Description

April 21-22
Saturday–Sunday, 10:00 am–4:30pm
Fee: $240
Instructor present each day until 2:00 pm (the last part of class is studio time supervised by the monitor)
Enrollment limited to 14 students
This weekend workshop will provide a basic introduction to the materials and methods of working in gouache, or opaque watercolor. Used by many of the great 19th century artists for intimate works and studies, gouache provides all of the advantages of full-spectrum watercolor, with the added ability to refine and make adjustments that are difficult or impossible with traditional watercolor. Gouache’s distinctive flat, bright tones provide a wonderful change from the shiny, heaviness of oils. The workshop will review the necessary materials and various methods for beginning and developing a gouache painting. A materials list will be provided upon registration.


About the Instructor

Ephraim Rubenstein received his B.A. in art history from Columbia University and his M.F.A. in painting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Mr. Rubenstein has had eleven one-person exhibitions in New York at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, Tatistcheff & Co., and most recently at George Billis Gallery in Chelsea. He has also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and the National Academy of Design, where he won the Emil Carlsen and Beatrice Laufman Awards. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Mr. Rubenstein is an active teacher as well. From 1987 to 1998, he was associate professor of art at the University of Richmond, where he received the Distinguished Educator Award and the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Maryland Institute College of Art, and he is currently on the faculty at Columbia University as well as at the Art Students League.

This lecture was filmed before a live audience in the League’s Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery on February 23, 2017.

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