Color In Watercolor

Online Class To Help You Get The Most From Color

Sundays, February 28 to April 4, 2021 – 6  to 8 pm Eastern Time

Fee $175

This class is for anyone who wants to manage the expressive power of color. This class presents simple ideas that help you get the most from color

Whats The Difference Between These Two Studies?

Learn about color in this online class

Both studies are done with three colors – red, yellow and blue. But they look different.  The difference is in deliberate choice of color and palcement of contrast.  This class introduces three important aspects of color and how to use them effectively in your paintings. 

Class Schedule:

October 20, 2020  – One of the best ways to improve your color work is to limit color. This week introduces some simple color schemes that use a limited set of colors.   

Pre-class work

Includes information on common and often used color schemes and color studies for practice.  

  In Class

We’ll review the color studies, answer questions and focus on working with a color triad as the starting point for any color scheme. 


 October 27, 2020  –  This class is focused on three important aspects of color that can be expressed as opposites. 

Pre-class Work

Handouts includes basic information on the three concepts, and some practice exercises to show how they work. 

 In Class

We’ll review the color studies, answer questions and introduce a set of ‘formulas’ to help use these ideas effectively in your paintings. We’ll do a class painting project that applies the ‘formulas’ in a landscape painting.


November 3, 2020  –  This week we focus on conscious use of color  to support the composition. 

Pre-class Work

We’ll expand on the class work from the previous week, using conscious placement of contrasts to create areas of interest and paths of movement through our compositions.  


In Class

We’ll review the pre-class work and answer questions. Then we’ll work on a composition project together – making conscious choices about use of color in its various aspects. 


November 10, 2020  –  This is the week we try to pull it all together. 

Pre-class Work 

You’ll chose a composition of your own. Using the ideas from the first three weeks – to design and paint a version of your chosen composition. You’ll create the plan for a second version to paint in class. 

In class

We’ll review the pre-class work, answer questions and then paint the second version of the composition from the plan created in the pre-class work.  


Download a comprehensive suggested watercolor materials list. Use it as a guide – no need to purchase everything on the list. Working with what you are used to will help your learning.  I’ll make suggestions for good supplementary materials during class.

Questions About the Class?

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About The Instructor

Tony Conner is an accomplished watercolorist and and experienced instructor. His  energetic approach to teaching and enthusiasm for the watercolor medium are combined to create classes that are both fun and informative.  He excels at providing information and insights to individual students – meeting them where they are and helping them get to where they want to go.

Professional Memberships

  • Signature Member - New England Watercolor Society
  • Signature Member - Vermont Watercolor Societies
  • Artist Member - Salmagundi Club
  • Artist Member - North Shore Arts Association

Tony works from his studio in Bennington, Vermont.

What Other Students Say

I've take several workshops, some taught by prominent and well-known artists. Tony's was, by far, the best in it's quality, approach and teaching style. The small class formate facilitated learning.” - Jane C. , Setauket, NY

Of all the instructors I have seen, you are the most informative. Your method of teaching is so easy to follow and absorb. I wish I lived close enough to attend your classes. You are also a very patient, approachable person . All excellent, Tony!” - Catherine M. , Ontario, CN

I have learned more in this two-day workshop, than in all other watercolor classes I’ve taken” - Rita S. , MA

" Thought there was a perfect balance between theory & practice.  The points you wanted to stress were given clearly & concisely.  You are so passionate about your work.  I have come home energized & enthusiastic - which is exactly what I wanted from the workshop.  " - S. H., Saline, MI

"I've taken several watercolor workshops, some taught by prominent and well known artists. Tony's workshop was by far the best in its quality, approach, and teaching style. The small class format facilitated learning." - J. C., Setauket, NY

" Tony is a wonderful, knowledgeable teacher who shares with warmth and humor" - J. M, Astoria, NY

" Overall, the three days were amazing. I find myself looking at everything in terms of value. " - A. C., Bloomfield, NJ

"...but, Tony Conner has thought of it all, organized it perfectly, and made it fun and inspiring." - G. B., New York, NY