Painting The Fall Landscape In Watercolor

Four Online Classes And Outside Class Work

Thursdays, September 24 – October 15, 2020 – 6  to 8 pm Eastern Time

Fee $175

This class covers the important factors that make the fall landscape come to life. 

The Fall Landscape

There is nothing like the look of a brilliant autumn day that often combines bright warm color with deep cool shadows.  In this class we’ll cover the few things that will help make your fall landscape paintings look right – a combination of the right colors, temperature contrasts,  and expressive handling of partially and completely bare trees.

About Online Classes

Every class includes both pre-class work and in-class work. Pre-class work usually consists of exercises focused on a particular skill or concept helped along with downloads, examples and some tutorial videos.

When we are together for our online class, we review the pre-class work, answer questions and move on to brief instructor demos and our in class painting project.

The online sessions are held on ZOOM.  Information and link needed to join the video conference call will be sent with class info, each week. 

Class Schedule:

September 24th, 2020  – Light, Color and Contrast: Expression of the Fall Landscape

This class focuses on capturing the look of fall and the effect of bright, warm light on the landscape. The full effect is best expressed with the right kind of contrasts.  We’ll explore those in the pre-class work and create a brilliant landscape in our class project.

Pre-class work:

We’ll do some color mixing with a focus on minglings of warm and cool color,  experiment with various warm-cool color contrasts, consider tree ‘armatures’ and practice the all important wet-in-wet technique.

In class, we’ll go over the pre-class assignments and then work on this painting project.

 

October 1, 2020  –  A Study In Contrast

We usually think of fall in terms of those few days when the foliage suddenly bursts into its bright ‘peak’ of color.  Just as important is the real change in the strength and character of light that occurs over the course of a couple months. It is surprisingly easy to capture this look in a painting with the right combination of color, intensity and temperature.

Pre-class work: 

We’ll expand on the color work from Week 1 and produce small color studies to test various color/temperature/intensity variations

In Class:

We’ll review the pre-class work, answer questions and then do this class project.

West Arlington Farm - watercolor plein air landscape painting by Tony Conner

October 8, 2020  –  Peak Foliage

This is the week to capture the excitement of peak foliage.  It is a riot of color, but it is also important to create focus and dimension amongst the excitement.

Pre-Class work:

It is more color studies this week.  This time the goal is to create dimension and focus with light and dark contrasts.

In Class

We’ll again review the pre-class assignments and jump into this fairly complex painting of deep woods at peak foliage.

October 15, 2020

There is no scene more typically Vermont than a covered bridge in fall.  That’s what we’ll be painting this week.

Pre-Class work:

You’ll develop a personal color ‘formula’ for the in-class paint project.  The method will be to create a number of color studies to compare different combinations of warm and cool, light and dark,  bright and dull.  And then paint your version of this scene.

In Class

We’ll review the color studies, your paintings and ont it’s on to this painting project where we’ll explore the past peak landscape with a simple complementary color scheme.

The Last Glow - watercolor plein air landscape painting by Tony Conner

 

Materials:

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.

Materials:

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.

Download class info sheet here.

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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