Kathy believes with on-line instruction, a multi-modality approach ensures highest level of student success. 

Previous On-Line Format:  Base of the class is built on synchronous weekly Zoom meetings of 90 minutes (with asynchronous video backup) for demonstrations, slide shows, group discussions and brief one-on-one consults.  Supporting modalities are email and image sharing for individual critiques with mark ups, private Facebook class page for community building and voluntary sharing of student work, along with short videos and file attachments for further detailed instruction.  

Possible Hybrid:

Depending on CDC, WHO and/or local government guidelines. Classes may meet the first time outside in a socially distanced masked environment, then move to the on-line version above.  


Color Theory with the Masters  On line for Intermediate Watercolorist.  Those who are comfortable with the medium and have had some basic color theory (know the 12 step color wheel)

Intermediate Watercolor-

Color Theory with the Masters

4 sessions

TUESDAYS 10:15am-12:15 afternoon via Zoom

February 23-March 16th

with sessions recorded for student at-leisure access*

*This feature is particularly useful in case of a missed class, conflicting work schedule, or to watch the class again if further practice is desired

This premiere offering is for those who are familiar with the watercolor medium and the 12 step color wheel. Additional purchases of colors from the materials list will be needed.

Zoom Meeting Instruction will include teacher demonstrations (with student paint along) slide shows, group discussions and brief one-on-one consults

Supporting Instructional modalities are:email and image sharing with mark-ups for individual critique, files of instructional print outs, private Facebook class page for community building and voluntary sharing of student work as well as short videos

Tentative Course Syllabus

Will include such topics as how color temperature creates drama and space in a work, painting successfully with a limited palette, using color intensity and harmony to create dynamic paintings

Week 1. Warm and Cool Color.

A. Chart and Scale studies

B. Ref Photo Mellow W/C study

C. Ref Photo W/C study

Week 2. Classic Primary (PC) Palette

A. String or Rope Triangle Mixing

B. Ref Photo PC study

C. Masterwork PC study

Week 3. Hot Wheel Cool Wheel

A. Floating Color Wheels

B. Tale of Two Copies

C. Combo Copy of masterwork

Week 4. Color Unleashed! Schemes and Transitions

A. Your Personal Color Wheel

B. Scheming with Geos

C. Moving and Connecting Color in your work

Materials Needed Please do not hesitate to email me with questions.

Vendors I like and trust are Dick Blick and Plaza Art. Cheap Joes and Hobby Lobby are also good


Digital Camera (Phone Camera is fine)

Zoom Account the free one should be fine

FB Account (to access to videos and class community posts)

(Printer is helpful, but not necessary)

Your usual watercolor set up-brushes, palette and paper including:

Paper towel roll or old tea towels

Two clear plastic containers that can hold at least about 20oz of water

Drawing board or foam core about 18”x24” to tape down watercolor paper

A gooseneck desk lamp (just means the neck can move) $7 at Target

Pencil Kneaded eraser

Sharpee marker

Ruler at least 12”


Needed Colors

WN stand for Winsor Newton and

DS stands for Daniel Smith

White Gouache Tube (WN)

Cadmium Lemon Yellow

Hansa Yellow Medium (DS)

Cadmium Yellow Pale

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Red Light

Perm Rose (WN)

Ultramarine Blue

Prussian Blue

Cobalt Blue

Burnt Umber

Yellow Ochre

Burnt Sienna

Possible Colors While we are mixing secondary colors, they will not be as intense as if they just came out of the tube. Here are some examples of intense secondaries you may want but are not needed for this class.

Pyrol Orange (DS)

Viridian Green

Dioxazine Violet


Introduction To Watercolor Online

A love of experimentation and curiosity are the most important tools to bring to this class; basic drawing skills are helpful but not required.

Beginning with an exploration of materials, then moving to application methods (wet-on-wet, glazes, blocks, resists and lifts) with additional instruction including: work area set-up, composition set-up, lost and found edges, transferring imagery, and methods for controlling the paint. With an emphasis on value as a way to produce convincing compositions, class discussions can also touch on color theory, light, texture, and transparency as student interest dictates.

Kathy gives lots of one-on-one guidance, detailed demonstrations, and shows many examples to foster confidence. Students will come away with a deeper understanding of this medium and its expressive possibilities. Paintings will include: sampler studies, still life of fruit as well as a student chosen object, and a landscape based on a student supplied reference photo.

Ideal for first-time painters as well as those with prior experience. Students receive a folder of helpful handouts and blank paper for note taking.

Intermediate to Advanced Watercolor

Visual Arts Center Richmond, Virginia

Thursdays 10-12:30 Winter 2020

For the experienced watercolorist or students who are comfortable with the exercises in Introduction to Watercolor.

Instructor will offer design challenges, lectures/demos or slides shows as the group interest dictates. The challenges may include plein air, oversized still life, speed painting, rendering from a clothed model, trompe l’oeil exercises and more.

A willingness to work on these paintings outside of class is beneficial for personal growth and skills development.

Classical Drawing Intensive
Visual Arts Center, Richmond,Virginia

Learn a classical approach to rendering that the instructor learned at the New York Academy of Art and the Student Art League and has taught on a university level. We'll cover techniques and concepts including sighting, blocking enveloping, contour and value scale. Slides and discussions of masterworks also included.

Sketch Journals on the Go

Visual Arts Center Richmond, Virginia

Winter 2020


Want to be able to capture that sense of a wonderful moment and/or place whether traveling or just hanging out?

In this two part class, participants will first sew and construct their own high quality hardback sketchbook to their own specs; then learn several easy and successful strategies for drawing, painting, collage and writing to turn their adventures into hand held works of art.

Mini-field trips within and outside the center, along with personal mementos, and photos will offer source material and inspiration.