Painting Sedona in Gouache

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Painting Sedona in Gouache with Mike Hernandez

August 3 – 4, 2024 | Saturday – Sunday| 10am – 6pm daily 

  • Medium: Gouache (or Acyla Gouache)
  • Experience Level: All Levels/Beginner – Advanced
  • Materials List: Click the Materials List tab above for a list of materials students need to bring to the workshop.
  • Registration: Each student must enroll individually. Click the Cancellation Policy tab above for more info.
  • Location: Sedona Arts Center, Theatre Studio.

Learn to paint the beautiful vermillion hues of Sedona using gouache or acryla gouache. In this two day workshop, Mike will demonstrate the unique properties and techniques of using this water based medium. Learn to achieve the velvet like qualities of color that is unique to gouache and acryla gouache. Mike will also cover all of the other important fundamentals of landscape painting such as composition, shape design, value and lighting, color theory, grouping and simplification, texturizing.

Check Mike’s Demo preview here

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Mike Hernandez

Mike Hernandez

A native Angeleno, Mike Hernandez is a plein air painter skilled in gouache, oil and acrylic, who’s works have been featured in several on-line publications as well as galleries. His process began as a young child, painting still life images. Influenced by the likes of Edgar Payne, Sorolla and Franz Bischoff, Mike soon explored the foundations of color and light in the outdoors – striving to find the beauty in the ordinary. With a palette that resides at the crossroads between industrial and landscapes, he finds inspiration anywhere from the Eastern Sierra range to the muddy concrete banks of the Los Angeles River. Mike studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduating with a B.A. in 1998. Mike was a Production Designer and Art Director as well as a concept artist at DreamWorks Animation and worked on such films as Shrek, How to train your Dragon, Turbo, Penguins of Madagascar and many other films.  Mike is also a member of a limited group of the finest painters in the US called PAPA as well as a nation-wide sought-after workshop instructor. His works can be found in several private collections around the world.

Materials List:


Winsor Newton Brand

  • Permanent White
  • Linden Green
  • Brilliant Yellow
  • Permanent Yellow Deep
  • Marigold Yellow or cad orange
  • Cad Red Medium
  • Magenta
  • Primary Red
  • Alizarine Crimson
  • Brilliant Violet
  • Naples yellow
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Spectrum Violet
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Olive Green
  • Brilliant Green
  • Cobalt Turquoise Light
  • Cypress Green

Holbein Brand

  • Aqua Blue
  • Katsura Blue

• A simplified (minimum) palette that would also work would be

  • Permanent White
  • Brilliant Yellow
  • Marigold Yellow or Cad Orange
  • Cad Red Medium
  • Alizarine Crimson
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Spectrum Violet
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Olive Green


Mike likes the Jack Richeson set from Jerry’s Artarama 

  • Half-inch Flat
  • One-inch or 3/4 inch Flat
  • Round acrylic brushe (#8)


  • Crescent cold-press illustration board (Preferred)
  • 140 lb cold press watercolor block will work as well.
  • Masters Series watercolor canvas boards sold at Hobby Lobby

Additional Supplies: If painting outdoors

Some kind of standing painter’s easel.

  • If needed, you may use a chair to lap-paint from.
  • A hat for shade
  • Sunscreen
  • Long sleeves to avoid getting sunburned.
  • Cup or container for water
  • Spray bottle
  • Paint saver palette box. You can find these on Amazon. You can also store paint in small plastic containers.
  • When painting along during class, a butchers mixing tray.
  • Tissue or rags.

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before July 3, 2024. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after July 3, 2024.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full.

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.