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Fine Art Department

Nancy Collins

Nancy Collins

Instructor: Nancy Collins
March 27–29, 2020 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

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


You are walking in the garden and you see this amazing red flower. All you want to do is paint it, so you take a photo. You look at the photo and the information you need to create the painting is one big blob.

This class will focus on painting red flowers that sing. The colors will be rich, and deep and everything you have wanted in that same red flower you saw in the garden.

Bring your own photo or use my photo.


NANCY COLLINS has spent more than 40 years making art. She oozes creativity from 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 perimeter, 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, Fioli 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 was also included in Splash 17.

Her latest adventure is a DVD called “Exploring The Truth About Color,” which is available for 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.

Visit Nancy Collins' website

Current MAC Members: $324
Non-members: $360 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 (color copies of possible paintings to create, new squirt of paint so the students don't have to buy a whole tube. Color wheel chart, color combinations for the students to try.)

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