Watercolor Classes and Workshops
Rachel Collins offers both 2-day workshops and 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 workshops scheduled in late summer and classes offered in during the Art League's fall term 2022.
Classes and Workshops offered through the Art League in Alexandria, VA
Jumpstart in Watercolor
A 2-Day Workshop
Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day
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. Students will need to purchase some basic supplies. A list is available from Rachel Collins.
Watercolor Process and Progress
An 9-week class for watercolor students with some experience
Wednesday morning 9:30 am-12:30 pm
first class will be September 21, 2022
Students with some prior experience in watercolor will refine their existing skills and learn new approaches as they take on different painting projects designed to expand their "watercolor vocabulary", craftsmanship and confidence. 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. Feedback and critique are tailored to meet the needs of each student. Painting outside class is strongly encouraged, with recognition that sometimes this is not possible! During the class term, students will have access to all visual resources used in each class that they can review as needed.
The specific focus of this class will vary from term to term. In the fall term students will explore the benefits of working in a painting series of their choice. The series can be a group of paintings linked by one or more of a wide variety of possibilities: by subject or theme either specific or more general, by color choice, by technique, by style or approach, by size or by shape of the format. Artists find that developing a series of paintings is very rewarding -- it can build both technical and artistic confidence, and broaden your understanding of the many variations inherent in their medium.
Students will probably already own most of the watercolor supplies needed, so should bring them to the first class. A list of a basic minimum is available from Rachel Collins . Students should plan to work on professional quality watercolor paper, preferably Arches or Saunders Waterford.
Watercolor for the Joy of It
A 9-week in-person class for students wanting
to explore the fundamentals of watercolor.
Tuesday evenings 7:00 pm– 9:30 pm
The fall term session for this class is now full. The class will be repeated in the Winter and Spring Terms at the Art League.
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 Collins or from the Art League Store in the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
WORKSHOPS PLANNED FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR:
A Closer Look in Watercolor: December 17-18, 2022
Jumpstart in Watercolor: January 4-5, 2023
Know Your Watercolor Palette: March 18-19, 2023
Backlighting in Watercolor: Drama Through Light and Shadow:
August 29-30, 2023
Registration for all classes is through The Art League:
Art League School telephone: 703-683-2323