Dynamic Composition Simply Done

Two Day Workshop  – Fee $195

This simple process will change your paintings and your perceptions


This workshop is for anyone who wants to  learn a  simple process to strengthen their paintings.

What you’ll learn in this workshop:

This workshop will teach you the simple process and simple principles for a tried and true method of composition.  In the process, you will learn to see and objectively critique your own work.

“It’s all abstraction”  – We’ll begin by covering the simple process and rules for creating an abstract composition from a group of simple non-objective shapes.  This process will also begin to change our  impulses toward literalism.  We’ll work from less successful paintings, using the process to design new, dynamic work.

We’ll progress to color studies where we’ll of convert value into color – no small task!

We’ll work exclusively with compositions at about postcard size using pencil and watercolor. We’ll start by looking at some less successful paintings and then to applying this process when working from sketches and photos.  Artists working in any medium are welcome since this process and principles apply to all.



May 18 & 19, 2019 – North Bennington, Vermont

October 19 & 20, 2019 – Cranford, New Jersey

The North Bennington workshops are held at  Taraden, 183 Park Street, North Bennington, Vermont

The Cranford workshops are held at  The Artist Framer, 17 North Ave E, Cranford, New Jersey.

Class Flyer & Info Downloads

Click the button below for a complete list of scheduled classes and workshops.  Online registration is quick, easy and secure, but the flyer includes a mail-in registration form if you prefer that method.

Online Watercolor Painting Lessons

Watercolormethods.com is a site filled with online watercolor painting lessons. Includes a wide variety of video lessons suitable for the serious student and the casual artist.

Basic Materials & Techniques - Beginners Tutorials - Linked Learning For Greater Understanding

In-Depth Tutorials - These are WORTH THE MEMBERSHIP ALONE

NEW LEARNING TRACKS! - Build Skill And Knowledge By Following Curated Lesson Series

Recommended Supplies & Materials

Suggested Materials: I recommend a basic set of watercolor materials that will work for all my classes and workshops. Download the list using the button below. 

You can also watch a comprehensive video with information about all the recommended supplies and materials. Click the second button below.

Cancellation Policy

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.

What Other Students Say

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

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.