Painting Water In Watercolor: Streams, Rivers, Lakes, Ocean

Learn to paint water in watercolor! Class covers important techniques for capturing reflections and transparency, along with still and moving water.

Live Classes On Zoom – 6 to 8pm, Thursdays, April 7 – May 12, 2022

Info for the first class including ZOOM link will be sent by email upon registration.

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TEACHING TIME

6 LIVE CLASSES – STEP-BY-STEP PAINTINGS AND DEMOS

PERSONALIZED CRITIQUES

6 GROUP CRITIQUES – INDIVIDUALIZED FEEDBACK

REFERENCE INFO AND VIDEOS

CLASS INFO SHEETS AND VIDEO TUTORIALS

CLASS RECORDINGS

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Class Schedule:

Week 1 – Water and Reflections: Easy Techniques

This weeks class focuses on a couple easy techniques to paint ‘generic’ water and reflections

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Week 2  –  Lakes and Still Water

Still water is the easiest to paint. This week we build on the techniques for ‘generic’ water to create the varying surface of a large body of still water.

Week 3  –  Streams and Rivers

Handling perspective, space and distance for streams and rivers.  Generally we see both the near and far banks of streams and rivers. Each needs to be handled differently. Learn to use the ideas of linear and aerial perspective to make them look right and to show space and distance.

Week 4  –  Rapids and Falls

Fast moving water creates even more challenge in a number of ways.  In contrast to still and slow moving water, fast water and falls involve a surface that changes direction. Learn how to get them all to look right together.

Week 5  –  The Ocean : Calm, Moving Water

Even calm ocean water has a complex and moving surface. This week we apply earlier techniques and principles to open ocean water. We’ll also start to explore white caps and foam.

Week 6  – The Ocean : Movement and Crashing Waves

The ultimate challenge in painting water is in creating the action of crashing waves. We take on that challenge this week.

Class Description

Learn to paint water in watercolor! Class covers important techniques for capturing reflections and transparency, along with still and moving water. 

MATERIALS

Use this Basic Watercolor Supplies and Materials list as a guide.

We will use Rough paper for some of our projects which is not on the list.  A couple sheets is enough if you don’t already have it.

Water is reflective, especially of the sky. You’ll want to have a variety of blues to help capture that single most important reflected element. 

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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.

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