Classes and Workshops currently scheduled for 2016-2017 at The Art League:
Watercolor From Start to Finish
9-week course offered each year
in fall, winter, and spring, held in the Art League’s Madison Annex on
Tuesday evening, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Tuesdays 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fall term classes start 20 September 2016
Winter term classes start 10 January 2017
Spring term classes start 4 April 2017
Wednesdays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fall term classes start 21 September 2016
term classes start 11 January 2017
term classes start 5 April 2017
Thursdays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Fall term classes start 22 September 2015
Winter term classes start 14 January 2016
Spring term classes start 6 April 2016
This class introduces classic watercolor techniques and builds
systematically from the simple to the more complex.
Topics include use of value, control of the medium, color mixing and
composition. Demonstrations are
part of the class, but painting by students from still life and photographic
references is emphasized.
Experienced students focus on projects to improve color handling,
composition, and specific painting challenges.
Jumpstart in Watercolor
September 13-14, 2016 (Tues.-Wed.)
June 21-22, 2017 (W-Th)
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.
Know Your Watercolor Palette
Nov. 29-30, 2016 (Tues.-Wed.)
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.
Playing with Textural Illusion in Watercolor
Dec. 7-8, 2016 (Wed.-Thurs.)
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.
Still Life in Watercolor
April 1-2, 2017 (Sat.-Sun.)
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
Other workshops offered but not currently scheduled:
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.
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.
This Watercolor Be Saved?
An ABC for Finishing Watercolor Paintings
Bringing a painting to a successful conclusion requires us to Assess,
Balance, and Change. Learn how to critique your own work in a constructive
way, and discover how corrections are possible in watercolor, so we can
build strong paintings even when things have gone a little awry.
For watercolorists with some experience and some abandoned or
unfinished paintings, which they should bring to class.
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.
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.
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, please contact Rachel Collins
at 703-838-9695 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person in her studio, #342
in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria.