03) 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. Colours & 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

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, heavy weight)

- 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, heavy weight)

- 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

Thu, 21 Mar, 2019
Thu, 2 May, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
VCUQatar, Room 255
QAR 1200


Charlene Kasdorf

M.Ed., BFA, Dipl. Graphic Design

Charlene Kasdorf has illustrated picture books and images in every country she has called home: from the prairies of Canada to a closet-sized flat London, and now a studio-space in Doha. She encourages and challenges individuals, whether novice or professional, to mobilize their visual stories for an audience of any size. She has collaborated on bespoke projects with the MIA, QM Family Programmes, several international schools, U.K.-based publishers, and regional authors. Charlene contributes to and gains perspective from The Association of Illustrators and has attended several conferences hosted by The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

See more at http://www.charlenekasdorf.com.