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Watercolor Classes and Workshops

Rachel Collins offers multi-week classes in watercolor for painters of all levels, from beginning through advanced, at The Art League in Alexandria, VA. 


At the present time all her classes are in person.  Please scroll down for descriptions of the classes offered during the Art League's spring term.

 Classes offered through the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia 

Watercolor for the Joy of It
An 8-week in-person class for students wanting

to explore the fundamentals of watercolor.

Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm– 9:30 pm; the first class is April 12, 2022


Brush in hand, paper and paint at the ready, you will begin an exploration of the techniques and tools of expression in this ever-surprising medium. This class starts with the basics of the interaction of water and pigment and uses this as the foundation for a variety of painting projects, which build from the simple to the more complex. We will cover techniques specific to watercolor, like wet-in-wet painting, using the white of the paper and taking advantage of the medium’s transparency, as well as some of the many aspects of making a successful painting, no matter what the medium. Total beginners are welcome to join, as are students who perhaps have had a class or two but don't yet feel well-grounded in the basics. In addition, people returning to the medium after a hiatus of months or years find that the careful structure of the class give them a solid review that gets them back up to speed.

 Class sessions will include demos and explanations, but painting by students is emphasized. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Painting outside class is encouraged, with recognition that sometimes this is not possible!   During the class term, students will have access to the variety of visual resources used in each class that they can review as needed.

Students will need to acquire supplies for this class; a supply list is available from Rachel or from the Art League Store in the Torpedo Factory Art Center.  

Watercolor Choices for Mood and Atmosphere

An 8-week class for watercolor students with some experience

2 sessions: Wednesday morning 9:30 am-12:30 pm 

​                                                   Wednesday afternoon 1:00-4:00 pm

          first classes will be April 13, 2022

This class is for watercolor students with some experience who want to expand their "watercolor vocabulary" and create work with greater impact and emotional connection.  A variety of specific painting projects will broaden students' sense of what is possible in this most luminous of media.  Through practice and experimentation, students hone their craft, develop a stronger sense of design and composition, and grow a greater sense of confidence in the medium.  Classes will include exposure to work by a wide variety of contemporary watercolorists, instructor demonstration, and a lot of opportunity to paint and be inspired by the work and experience of everyone in the class!  During the class term, students will have access to all visual resources used in each class that they can review as needed.

Students will probably already own many of the supplies needed, so should bring them to the first class.  A list of a basic minimum is available from Rachel (rbcollinsart@yahoo.com).  Students should plan to work on professional quality watercolor paper, preferably Arches or Saunders Waterford. 

Registration for all classes is through The Art League: 


Art League School telephone: 703-683-2323