Introduction to Watercolor (This class is only offered once a year!)

Get introduced to watercolors or refresh your knowledge of the medium. We’ll explore our materials, then cover application methods like wet–on–wet, glazes, blocks, resists and lifts. We’ll also cover 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 will touch on color theory, light, texture, and transparency. We’ll paint from direct observation and reference photos. Expect lots of one–on–one guidance and detailed demonstration from the instructor. Students will come away with a deeper understanding of this medium and its expressive possibilities.

Special Notes

  • Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
    This class is not wheelchair accessible due to a set of stairs.
    On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.

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About the Instructor

Kathy Calhoun


RVA based painter Kathy Calhoun’s initial foray into art began in her mom’s studio (a.k.a the kitchen table) with that groovy 70s stand-by, tole painting. She then furthered her studies by breaking into her older brother’s room to hand copy his album covers. It was only after two art degrees (JMU and VCU), many solo exhibitions, stints in New York and Paris, and teaching on many different levels that Kathy discovered that this was following in a time honored master teaching technique. The copying that is, not the breaking and entering. Luckily her brother did not press charges.

Kathy’s work now gets awards, occasional press and can be found in private and corporate collections, scattered around the United States and in Europe. She has also expanded from the kitchen table (though it sometimes still comes in handy) to a “real” studio as well as teaching regional workshops (The Art League, Nimrod Hall), at art centers (Visual Arts Center) and on a university level (Longwood).


Her approach to teaching art is a lot like the method she used to get her children to drive…learn how to start the car before planning the road trip! A firm believer in the “You gotta know the rules before you can break them” mantra, Kathy loves using the classical atelier approach to introduce the foundational design techniques needed for realism. She then encourages her students to discover how they want to express themselves and find their voice with these newly developed skills


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Introduction to Watercolor (This class is only offered once a year!)

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Class Details
September 28 - September 2910 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Days: Sun Sat
Tuition: $170.00
Member Tuition: $153.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Kathy Calhoun
Level: Beginner