REALLY Learn To Paint In Watercolor

Watercolor Methods online painting lessons are designed to teach you how to paint in watercolor. Our lessons are easy to follow and go step-by-step. We show you both the hows and the whys. Watercolor is a tricky medium but has a few important fundamentals. These online lessons emphasize the easy, basic techniques and how they can be used to make beautiful dynamic paintings. A Premium Membership provides access to all lessons; a new lesson added each week – over 150 and counting!

Let’s Get Practical With One-Point Perspective

You might be familiar with linear perspective and know how to layout a formal perspective drawing with everything plotted and placed.

It’s unlikely that you’ll ever do that on a painting. Instead, it’s important to know how to apply the principles of linear perspective to a scene. This lesson shows you how to apply linear perspective to your paintings in a practical way. It provides accuracy with “painterly-ness”.

Even with a focus on perspective, we still want a strong composition! We’ll work with a simple value arrangement to create a sense of light, space and and eye-catching painting.

 

Painting A Street Scene With One Point Perspective

Painting A Street Scene With One Point Perspective

Painting A Street Scene With One-Point Perspective  This lesson shows how to use one-point perspective for a great effect on ...
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Watercolor Wet In Wet Color Patch Painting Lesson

Watercolor Wet In Wet Color Patch Painting Lesson

Fun Easy Watercolor Wet-In-Wet Painting Lesson This easy, step-by step lesson takes the basic wet-in-wet watercolor technique to a new level. We use lots' of color to create an exciting image.   It's an easy lesson, but with an important basic composition skill built...

Basic Painting Composition – Shape, Color, Value

Basic Painting Composition – Shape, Color, Value

Basic Painting Composition - Shape, Value and Color This lesson teaches basic composition concepts. We'll use shape, color and value in to build strong, dynamic foundations for our paintings. We'll also begin to break down our impulse to think so literally about our...

Watercolor Sketch In Shades Of Gray

Watercolor Sketch In Shades Of Gray

Watercolor Sketch In Gray Showing Light and Form With Shades Of Gray This lesson shows you how to work effectively using only shades of gray. The subject is a common item that you have probably not ever thought of painting. It'll be a quick sketch that we'll try to...

Watercolor Sketch On Hot Press Paper

Watercolor Sketch On Hot Press Paper

Watercolor Sketch On Hot Press Paper Learn To Use This Tricky Surface By Sketching A Simple Subject In this lesson we'll sketch a simple subject on hot press paper. It's a tricky surface that takes some practice - we'll get started with this quick sketch lesson. Our...

Painting A Street Scene With One Point Perspective

Painting A Street Scene With One Point Perspective

Painting A Street Scene With One-Point Perspective  This lesson shows how to use one-point perspective for a great effect on a street scene. We'll also work to create the look of early morning with a composition of simple value shapes. This...

Making A Value Sketch For A Dynamic Painting

Making A Value Sketch For A Dynamic Painting

Value Sketch For Dynamic Watercolor Painting  In this lesson we'll paint a covered bridge in morning light using easy watercolor painting techniques for great effect. It's an easy lesson and we work through it step-by-step. This lesson can...

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Watercolor Wet In Wet Color Patch Painting Lesson

Watercolor Wet In Wet Color Patch Painting Lesson

Fun Easy Watercolor Wet-In-Wet Painting Lesson This easy, step-by step lesson takes the basic wet-in-wet watercolor technique to a new ...
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Basic Painting Composition – Shape, Color, Value

Basic Painting Composition - Shape, Value and Color This lesson teaches basic composition concepts. We'll use shape, color and value ...
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Watercolor Sketch In Shades Of Gray

Watercolor Sketch In Shades Of Gray

Watercolor Sketch In Gray Showing Light and Form With Shades Of Gray This lesson shows you how to work effectively ...
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Watercolor Methods Founder and Instructor – Tony Conner

I am a passionate and dedicated watercolor painter and enjoy helping others make progress in their own watercolor practice.

My watercolor painting journey was, I suspect, just like your own. I spent a lot of time trying to find those precious bits of free time that I could devote to learning, practicing and painting.

I’ve taught watercolor painting classes and workshops for the past 15 years. That experience has taught me a couple very important things about nearly all aspiring watercolor painters: nearly everyone struggles with the basic handling and techniques; along with getting a handle on those, some simple design and composition quickly improves everyones work.

Watercolor Methods lessons were developed with my own experience as a student as as an instructor in mind.  The lessons are in-depth and step-by-step. There is a focus on the fundamental techniques, composition principles and a good bit of explanation and insight into thinking and process.

I want you to enjoy the unique beauty and qualities of this medium the way I do and hope Watercolor Methods will help you on your watercolor painting journey.