07) Love Doha Colors (Gouache Painting)

“I read an opinion piece when I first arrived in Doha that deduced Doha’s cityscape to two boring beiges. That was an invitation for me to see subtle contrasts. I’ve been adding to my #lovedohacolours series in the past months and invite a small group to complete Doha scenes with me. It’s a pleasure to share my process, but value diverse perspectives from participants on the theme!” – Charlene, (Instructor)

Divergent perspectives will inform each session: an art therapist (via recorded interview), children’s drawings, ideas in music, and international and regional contemporary artists. Relax, gather, think, and paint!

Class Outline

  1. Outing to Fire Station Gallery
    & to purchase gouache paints at CASS ART (about QAR 60)
  2. Colors & an Undertone
  3. Divergent thinking & Converging Colours
  4. Distinct Layers & Relation to Music
  5. Mark-making & Contrast
  6. Heightening developed work
  7. Consider Framing Options
  8. A one-class ink painting & appreciation of our work

Similar Courses: 

05) Watercolor Painting (Basics)

06) Fluid Art (Acrylic)

35) Oil Painting for Beginners A

36) Oil Painting for Beginners B (Morning Class)

Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.

Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.

Items to buy for this class

Participants are required to buy their own materials and bring them to every class

- Designers Gouache tubes (Winsor & Newton: Magenta, Cyan, Yellow, White & any other)

- Paper (smooth, heavyweight)

- A range of brushes (large flat, medium flat, small round)

- Palette (or flat plastic lid)

- Masking tape (wide)

- Container for water

- Art smock or apron

- Solid board, A3 size to fix work onto


Class supplies:

- Paper (smooth, heheavyweight

- 4 gouache tubes

On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.

Where to buy your materials

Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:

  • Cass Art (Fire station): Community Classes students get a 15% discount upon presenting the registration ticket
  • Jarir Bookstore: on Rayyan Road or Salwa Road
  • Color Note: on Al Nasser Street
  • Ibn Al Qayyim: at Markhiya Roundabout
  • Al Rawnaq

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Terms & Conditions apply

Participants must buy their own materials

Fri, 25 Jan, 2019
Sun, 15 Mar, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
QAR 1000


Charlene Kasdorf

MEd, BFA, Dipl. Graphic Design

Charlene is an advocate for visual literacy and builds creative confidence in children and adults. She is an observer, thinker, maker, and sharer. Her formal labels include that of Visual Artist, Illustrator, and Art Educator. 
Charlene was born and raised in central Canada to a family that works with paper. She has lived in Qatar for 7 years and increasingly sees commonalities between these two homes of polar opposite climates…and understands each in a unique perspective because of the other. 
She is grateful for the collaborative and supportive relationships she has experienced with museums, schools, authors, and institutions, some of which include the MIA, QM Family Programmes, VCUarts Qatar Community Classes, U.K. publishers, and Maktaba Children’s Library. Charlene contributes and gains perspective in her work from The Association of Illustrators and is a current master’s student at UCL Qatar.