WATERCOLOR CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS|
Rachel Collins offers 9-week classes in watercolor for painters of all levels, from
beginning through advanced, at The Art League in Alexandria, VA. In between regular terms at The Art League, she schedules a variety
of two- and three-day workshops. She
is available to present watercolor workshops elsewhere ranging in length
from one to five days. For further
information and a list of references, please contact her at 571-225-2465 or
Classes and Workshops currently scheduled for 2019 at The Art League:
Watercolor From Start to Finish
9-week course offered each year
in fall, winter, and spring terms, on
Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:30 p.m. and Wednesday mornings 9:30
Through a series of painting projects, this course covers essential
watercolor techniques, working from the simple to the more complex, and
building skills and confidence in the process.
Topics include control of the medium, color mixing, and composition.
Demonstrations are part of the class, but painting by students is
emphasized. Experienced students
focus on more advanced projects and specific painting challenges to improve
color and paint handling, and to develop a strong sense of design and
student’s personal style will develop naturally through the painting done
both inside and outside class.
Winter term classes
start the week of 7 January 2019
Spring term classes start
the week of 1 April 2019
Jumpstart in Watercolor
September 10-11, 2019 (Tue.-Wed.)
This “total immersion” in watercolor will give students a chance to explore
some of the many possibilities of the medium. It can serve as a basic introduction to watercolor, a refresher for
someone who hasn’t painted for a while, and as a preparation and
confidence-builder for students intending a longer-term study of the medium. No previous experience in watercolor is assumed, although very basic
drawing skills are helpful.
Playing with Textural Illusion in Watercolor
March 25-26, 2019 (Mon.-Tue.)
Because watercolor does not have
literal texture in its painting surface beyond the texture of the paper,
watercolorists experiment with all sorts of ways to create the sense of a
textured surface. Giving this a
try will introduce you to a whole different approach to putting paint to
paper! For watercolorists with at least a little experience.
Who Says You Can’t Fix Watercolor?
August 21-22, 2019 (Wed.-Thu.)
Paint your way
to a surprise finish by using a variety of techniques and some imagination.
Learn how to critique and change your work in a constructive way, so you
can build strong paintings even when things have gone a little awry.
For watercolorists with at least a little experience and some
abandoned or unfinished paintings, which they should bring to class.
Workshops planned for Academic year 2019-2020
Painting Nature Up Close in Watercolor
Using actual natural objects and photographic references as source material,
students will work on composition, drawing and watercolor technique to make
compelling paintings from some aspect of the natural world. Intermediate watercolor experience and skills helpful.
Glazing in Watercolor
Glazing in watercolor involves
painting one layer of color over an already painted surface.
Although the inherently transparent nature of watercolor makes
glazing a natural technique for the medium, the actual process of layering
the paint can either make or break your watercolor painting. Students will learn about the many uses for glazing and how to apply
the paint effectively to build both color and composition. This workshop
works best for students with at least a little experience.
Negative Painting: A Positive Experience for Watercolorists
Learn how to create exciting images in watercolor by painting around your
subject, rather than painting the subject directly.
In the process you will think about painting in a whole new way and
develop both painting and composition skills.
For watercolor painters with at least a little experience.
Other workshops offered on a
Know Your Watercolor Palette
The “color” part of “watercolor”
offers both excitement and challenge to the painter in this transparent
medium. A series of
paint-handling and color-mixing exercises in this workshop will enable the
watercolorist to use the colors on his or her palette with more confidence
and understanding of why pigments and color act the way they do. The focus
is on acquiring knowledge and skills that you will apply every time that you
paint, rather than on producing a finished painting in class.
Watercolor by Design
little pre-planning does wonders for ensuring the success of a painting. This class will focus first on effective methods of working with
design elements to construct strong compositions, and then on realizing
these compositions through the process of painting in watercolor. For watercolorists with at least a little experience.
Taking a close-in viewpoint enables the artist to explore the interplay
between the representational and the abstract, and thereby make exciting
paintings. Working from
photographs and actual objects, students will develop good compositions, and
use a variety of watercolor techniques to realize these compositions. For
watercolorists with some experience.
Still Life in Watercolor
Still life painting is a
time-honored way to hone skills but hardly stops there. A still life can tell a story, and you as artist can be both
dramatist and stage manager: devising the plot, characters, set design,
lighting, casting, and props. From this you can create exciting, unified
paintings in watercolor. For watercolorists with at least a little
to register for Art League classes and workshops
Register online at
www.theartleague.org or contact
The Art League at their office 703-683-2323, located on the 2nd floor of the
Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Full information about The Art League is given on their website and
in their School catalog, issued annually, and available from the office and
throughout the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Supply lists are available from the instructor and from the Art
League Store in the Torpedo Factory.
Classes are usually held at the Madison Annex of The Art league,
located at 808 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria.
Course details and dates
are subject to change. For the
latest information or if you have questions, contact Rachel Collins
at 571-225-2465 or email@example.com, or in person in her studio, #342
in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria.