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Nancy Collins

Nancy Collins

Nancy Collins

Instructor: Nancy Collins
September 28–29, 2019 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


If there is one thing I know, it’s color. This two-day workshop will give you a bit of insight to “The Magic of Mixing Color.” There is so much information out there on color and yet it is still very confusing to a lot of artists. We will discuss and get a handle on warm and cool colors and how you can identify them. In addition, you will have fun while you learn. What more could you want in a workshop!


NANCY COLLINS has spent more than 40 years making art. She oozes creativity form every pore. She’s executed everything from sculpture to print making, but her true art soul mate is watercolor. Nancy says, “It’s the little things about color that seize my attention and captivate me.” She delights in light and shadow pirouetting across fabrics, crystal, laces and flowers. Nancy’s use of robust, vibrant colors often leads to the question, “Is this watercolor?” The answer is ‘yes.’ It’s transparent, staining color. Under Nancy’s control the colors take on an alluring luminosity. Her strong contrast is essential to the unforgettable look of her paintings. Nancy often paints with warm colors in the center of her subject and cool colors on the perimeters, giving the illusion of glow. It’s as if she turns on the heart light of her subjects.

Nancy’s work has been exhibited around the globe. She has been featured in shows for Art in the Embassy, Mendocino Music Festival, Mendocino Art Center, Stanford University, Filoli Gardens, Scharffenberger Cellars, Little River Inn and many more. Her work and writing have been published in American Artist Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Mendocino Arts magazine, How Did You Paint That, Volume 6, and others. Her work is included in Splash 17. Her latest adventure is a DVD called Exploring The Truth About Color which is available to purchase.

Nancy is a much loved and sought after watercolor instructor. She can often be found on the road teaching and coaching. Mendocino Art Center, Filoli Gardens, Montecito Sequoia Lodge, Princess Cruise Lines, Fin Center, Fallbrook Art Center, Mendocino County Art Association, WASCO and Gualala Arts Center are a few of the places she teaches regularly. Her classes cover all skill levels from beginners to advanced, and often professional watercolorist.

Each year Nancy builds class projects for new techniques she has developed. Her usual topics include color theory, watercolor techniques, painting from photos, using fantasy colors, ‘finish that painting that has you blocked,’ and many others.

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Current MAC Members: $207
Non-members: $230 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $10. Instructor will supply some paints to sample, color wheel chart, color combinations for students to try. Small piece of HP watercolor paper, color copies of possible paintings to create.

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