"As a beginner, I especially appreciated the way you explained and demonstrated the steps for foundational techniques. Your ready willingness to answer questions – often with a demo on the spot – made the difference time and again. I’ll be sure to keep all the great takeaway tools and resources handy!"  

Julia S. Vis Arts Introduction to Watercolor

“This artist actually teaches, and provided a wealth of information in various forms.  She was kind and encouraging, but willing to talk with you about things that "don't quite work."

Sheryl L. Vis Arts Student

From College Evaluations anonymous students-

" I have ADHD and understood it so it must be organized."

"I don't like drawing realistically normally but I learned how to in this class"

"I got feedback that helped me improve"
 "I learned a lot more because I was allowed to ask questions and encouraged for doing so."

" (T)his class was really fun and I'd love to take it again."

Introduction to Watercolor Visual Arts Center Richmond, Virginia
Tuesdays 10-12:30  Fall/ Spring 2019


This class is really for beginners to intermediate level. 

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. 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 as well as access to Kathy’s watercolor blog with links to demos, material sites, local exhibits and works in-progress.  

Intermediate to Advanced Watercolor Visual Arts Center Richmond, Virginia
Wednesdays  10-12:30  Fall /Spring 2019

Complete creative design challenges in the first half of class each week to discover your personal visual style and expressive language in watercolor. The challenges will cover plein air, oversized still life, speed painting, rendering from a clothed model, trompe l’oeil exercises and more. During the second half of class each week, you’ll work on individual projects or challenges that you’ve selected with the instructor. A willingness to work on these paintings outside of class is beneficial for personal growth. (For the experienced watercolorist or students who are comfortable with the exercises in Introduction to Watercolor.)

Setting the Tone While Pushing Your Limits 
The Art League School, Torpedo Factory.  Old Town Alexandria
Last weekend in July 2018


In this well paced workshop, learn what it takes to have your work noticed from across the room and compel the viewer to come in for a closer look.  Using techniques from the 17th to 21st centuries in a short sequential series of enjoyable exercises, students will begin with a simple still life then advance to the subject matter of choice. While not in the typical plein air setup of many workshops, the strategies taught here will create a stronger sense of presence, eye travel and illusionary space in your work- beneficial for any style from realism to non-representational.  Instead of focusing on one or two finished pieces, several short studies will be created.

Since this is a technique driven workshop, it is not media sensitive.  Drawing, watercolor, acrylic and oils are all welcome.  While a digital/phone camera would be helpful, it is not essential.

SketchJournals on the Go Visual Arts Center Richmond, Virginia
Fall 2018 Fall 2019

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 make their own sketchbook to their own specs as 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 will offer source material and inspiration. 
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