What to expect in my classes & workshops

Above all, you’ll experience a class that is both fun and informative. It is my earnest desire to help every student to grow and learn quickly.

All of my classes & workshops combine demonstrations, one-on-one instruction and objective advice in a way that allows students at all ability levels to make great progress in a very short time.

My approach focuses on providing information and insights to each individual – meeting them where they are and helping them get to where they want to go.

My firm belief is that fundamental skills are important, particularly for a tricky medium like watercolor. So every class and workshop has a strong focus on the fundamentals, presented in a way that makes them simple and understandable.

Powerful and expressive paintings result from purposeful design and good technique – both subjects are covered in my classes.

Material and Info Downloads

Suggested Reading & Reference


Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: The Definitive, 4th Edition, by Betty Edwards

Keys to Drawing, by Bert Dodson

Watercolor Painting

Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting (Dover Art Instruction), Edgar Whitney

Watercolor (Dover Art Instruction), John Pike

Watercolor Book: Materials and Techniques for Today’s Artist (Materials & Techniques), David Dewey

Painting Trees and Landscapes in Watercolor (Dover Art Instruction), Ted Kautzky

Watercolor Energies: A No-Nonsense Approach to Watercolor Painting, Design and Esthetics, Frank Webb

Watercolor Painting: A Comprehensive Approach to Mastering the Medium, Tom Hoffman

Watercolor: You Can Do It!: From Concept to Finished Painting (Dover Art Instruction), Tony Couch

Ways with Watercolor (Dover Art Instruction), Ted Kautzky

Master Class in Watermedia: Techniques in Traditional and Experimental Painting, Edward Betts


Mastering Composition: Techniques and Principles to Dramatically Improve Your Painting (Mastering (North Light Books)), Ian Roberts

Strengthen Your Paintings With Dynamic Composition, Frank Webb

The Simple Secret to Better Painting: How to Immediately Improve Your Work with the One Rule of Composition – Greg Albert

Painting and Art

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter (James Gurney Art), James Gurney

Illuminated Landscape, Peter Poskas & J. J. Smith

The Art Spirit, Robert Henri (*)(D)

Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars by Camille Paglia (16-Oct-2012) Hardcover, Camille Paglia


2019 Classes & Workshops

Current Class & Workshop Schedule

Class / Workshop
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Watercolor StudioMake steady progress with weekly individual work and guided instructionMondays, Jan 7 - May 20, 2019North Bennington, Vermont
Color In Watercolor Strengthen Your Paintings With A New Language of ColorJul 26 - 28, 2019 VTCranford, NJ and North Bennington, VT
Dynamic Composition Simply DoneThis simple process creates dynamic workOct 19 - 20, 2019Cranford, NJ
The Evening Landscape In Watercolorlearn about evening light, paint en plein air or learn about colorJune 11 - July 16, 2019Troy, New York
Moving To Watercolor MasteryThis four-day intensive is focused on developing advanced painting skillsJun 27- 30, 2019
North Bennington, Vermont
The Evening Landscape In Watercolorlearn about evening light, paint en plein air or learn about colorJuly 30 - Sept 3, 2019North Bennington, Vermont
En Plein Air Painting Workshop Learn the important fundamentals of painting outdoors, on location. Aug 9 - 11, 2019Cranford, New Jersey
Drawing Studio WorkshopLearn to draw or improve your drawing. Wednesdays, Oct 16 - Nov 20, 2019North Bennington, Vermont

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

Questions? Comments? Like to schedule a class or demo for your group? Send me a note. I'll be back in touch very soon.

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Cancellation Policy: If you find that you are unable to attend the workshop and notify me at least 30 days in advance, the workshop fee will be refunded less a $35 cancellation fee. Alternatively, you may apply the full fee to a future class or workshop. Refunds cannot be given for cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the beginning of the workshop. However, another party may attend in your place. All refund requests must be made in writing to Tony Conner at mail@tonyconner.com.