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Alia El-Bermani


Still Life Painting in Gouache

Working from a variety of natural objects, we will explore the unique qualities of still life painting in gouache. Gouache is a magnificent, water-based media used for creating rich, opaque, paintings that have a wonderful, velvety surface. With this versatile media you can create flowing washes, big bold shapes, or even delicate, fine lines. Starting with some basic exercises to build confidence and understanding of the unique properties of gouache, we will then have the opportunity to paint several contemporary, natural object still life paintings from life. Topics such as composition and design, the historical symbology of certain still life items and basic color mixing will all be discussed. Many still life items such as insects, bones, fruits and vegetables will be on hand for student use, however students are encouraged to bring their own objects that have some visual interest or personal importance. Come explore this exciting media!


About the Instructor:
Alia El-Bermani is a professional artist who received her BFA in 2000 from Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach CA, where she also taught for several years. This talented figurative painter has had several solo exhibitions, and has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions across the country.  Her paintings and drawings have been showcased in museums such as the Palm Springs Desert Museum in California, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art in Alaska, the West Valley Art Museum in Arizona, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto and the Greenville Museum of Art in North Carolina. In 2015 her painting Paper Wisheswas acquired by the Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (MEAM), in Barcelona, Spain for their permanent collection. She is also a seasoned instructor who has taught at both the college and workshop level.  She currently teaches ongoing classes at her teaching studio in Raleigh, NC as well as workshops around the country.  She has been honored as a guest lecturer at several universities including East Carolina University, Meredith College, Laguna College of Art and Design and Texas A&M University as well as for the 2016 Symposium for Women in the Arts.  El-Bermani is a member of the Portrait Society of America as well as a co-founder of the important blog Women Painting Women.  Several articles and interviews have been featured in such periodicals as American Art Collector, ArtSee, Art Week, The Independent, the Savvy Painter Podcast and LA Weekly.  She currently lives and works in Apex, NC


Atelier Dojo Workshop Policies

  • Upon request, a deposit of 50% can reserve your spot. Remaining balance will be due 45 days prior to event.

  • No refunds can be issued within 45 days of workshop date, unless canceled by Atelier Dojo.

Earlier Event: November 8
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Later Event: March 6
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