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
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.
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.
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.
We’ll review the pre-class work, answer questions and then do this class project.
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.
It is more color studies this week. This time the goal is to create dimension and focus with light and dark contrasts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
- 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.