Painting The Winter Landscape In Watercolor

Online Class

Sundays, December 13, 2020 – January 3, 2021 – 1  to 3 pm Eastern Time

Fee $175

The winter landscape is beautiful, dramatic and surprisingly colorful. We cover it all in this class!

Winter Landscape

The winter landscape is beautiful, dramatic and surprisingly colorful! We cover it all in this class. 

 December 13 , 2020  –  Snow

Snow is soft and cool. Pretty simple! We’ll work on getting the right look this week.

soft new fallen snow in watercolor Pre-Class Work
Practice painting snow with wet-in-wet and dry-in-wet techniques – these are also really useful for stormy winter skies.  Also there is some practice with limited color sets that work well for the winter landscape. 
In Class
We have two quick and easy projects for class both use the color mixtures and techniques from the pre-class work. 


December 20, 2020  –  Winter Skies

While the landscape is cool and neutral, winter skies are filled with color. We explore that this week.
Warm winter sky in watercolor
Pre-Class work
The wet-in-wet technique works great for skies in any season.  This weeks practice is focused on getting color in your winter skies.  The key is very wet washes and getting the right amount of color at the same time. 
In Class
We’ll review the pre-class assignments and do this 


December 27, 2020  –  Drama In Light

This week, we work on the light of winter. The sun hangs low in the sky most of the day in winter time. The landscape is covered with long shadows and pockets of deep dark and contrasts of unexpected bright warm colors.

Pre-class work
Paint this scene of a snow-covered landscape in late afternoon light. Pay close attention to the contrasts for darks against bright (intense) warms.  
In Class
We’ll review the pre-class work, answer and answer questions.  Then we’ll paint this scene together. 

January 3, 2021  – A Winter Theme

This is the week to pull together a winter composition of your own combining the ideas and techniques from the previous three weeks. 
You have the option of working from reference photos of from a real Vermont winter or from one of your own photos.  Either way, create a painting from the reference and then send a copy for critique.  Please have the image to my by Thursday evening, December 31st. . I’ll film a session critiquing and offering suggested changes for each painting. Once finished I’ll upload and make it available to the class.  
In Class
We’ll review the pre-class work and the recorded critique session.  I’ll work through this project.  You are welcome to follow and paint-along with this one or strike out on a composition of your own. 
In general, I like folks to use the materials they are familiar with.  So, no need to stock up on more stuff – fun though it is!   
There are some really good colors and combination of colors that work really well for winter scenes – they are listed below. We will be working with very wet washes, especially at the beginning of the painting.  Arches 140 Cold Press paper will help you manage all that water! I recommend investing in that paper if you don’t have it already. 
Suggested colors for winter landscapes:
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet
Raw Sienna
Burnt Sienna
Ultramarine Blue
Cobalt Blue
Cerulean Blue


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