Teacher Directory: Leslie Watkins


Leslie Watkins’ botanical watercolors and nature studies have decorated note cards, placemats, textiles, Battersea enamel boxes, and educational materials. Her illustrations have appeared internationally on postage stamps, and in books and magazines. Clients include Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Kitchen Gardener, Heirloom Gardener, Rodale Press, Tiffany & Co., Caspari, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Nickelodeon.

A very popular instructor, she has taught enthusiastic students for over 25 years. Both aspiring and experienced painters benefit from the classes, and have fun learning. Leslie has taught at the Lyme Art Association, the Washington Art Association, the Garrison Art Center in NY, the Berkshire Botanical Garden, the Housatonic Valley Art League, and at Noble Horizons in Salisbury, CT.

Watkins has exhibited at The Columbus Museum, The Lyman Allyn Art Museum, The National Arts Club, The Salmagundi Club, The Union League Club, The Hudson Valley Art Association, The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Lyme Art Association, NWCT Community College and elsewhere, including Japan.

Watkins is the founding director of the newly formed NWCT-Berkshire Plein Air Painters and offers plein-air painting and watercolor workshops throughout New England, the Berkshires, and in and around Norfolk, CT. As a CT Master Gardener, Leslie grows many of the subjects she and her students paint from. For more information on please visit:  www.lesliewatkins.com


Norfolk, CT USA


Phone: (860) 542-3920 Email: lesliewatkins@lesliewatkins.com Website: www.lesliewatkins.com


Watercolor, Gouache, Oil


Learn techniques of traditional watercolor as used by the masters. Develop your skills and add to your portfolio as you paint. This class will provide the student with the confidence and ability to maintain a personal record of the natural world, with the intent to use it as a foundation to create works of art. Elements of painting such as drawing, the movement of light, mass conceptions, depicting form, creating depth, and atmospheric perspective will be taught. Traditional English watercolor techniques will be demonstrated, as used by J.M.W. Turner, Beatrix Potter, Albrecht Dürer, and Pierre Joseph Redouté.


Own StudioTeaches Adults

Travel Range

USA, Europe


Leslie Watkins is available for 1 day through 2 week workshops in Botanical Watercolor, Nature Studies in Watercolor, Keeping a Nature Journal, Plein Air Painting, and The Prismatic Palette.