Enjoy a relaxing spell of art and design using gouache to create your own Japanese-style cherry blossom painting.
Ema, who has travelled extensively throughout Japan training in art techniques across a variety of mediums, will teach you how to work with gouache (an opaque watercolour) to produce your own original painting to take home. You will learn how to work from a basic concept design, and using shapes and shadows, you will work your way to the finished product. Ema will guide you through the techniques and materials she uses in doing her own illustration and painting work.
Gouache is an opaque water colour which Ema loves to use - it gives you a milky matte finish so it does behave differently to the traditional water colour paints that you may have used prior. You will take away your wonderful finished work, plus new skills which will enable you to further your own painting/sketching in your own time.
This class is not just for budding or accomplished artists. It is for everyone to enjoy a relaxing session of art and design with Ema, and it is suitable for all. You need bring only yourself. All materials are provided for this course. Tea and coffee will be provided in the staffroom.
Ema Frost has been a part of the Auckland art scene since 2010. Ema's artworks are inspired by her fascination and deep respect for the mystery and magic found in Māori and Japanese folklore.
Not one to stand still, Ema regularly travels extensively, finding inspiration off the beaten path. Like the characters that are hidden in her work, Ema tests the boundaries of her imagination when she loses herself in the unfamiliar land and cityscapes that are beyond our shores. The tales and trinkets she brings back from her travels are her constant reminders that there is more out there than our everyday existence. Ema also leaves a touch of Frost behind in every country she visits, her work can be found in galleries in Japan, India, Germany and across North America. This allows for Ema to collaborate with artists from around the world.
While Ema enjoys travelling and experiencing other cultures, she’s also extremely passionate about giving back to her own community and supports various charities that are close to her heart. Ronald McDonald House, Breast Cancer Cure, KidsCanNZ are just a handful of charities that she supports through donating her work to auctions and fundraisers.