Tony CouchAWS

Watercolor: You Can Do It!

Sept 12-17, 2021 (Three and Half Teaching Days)

This is a thorough workshop, with Tony doing a full sheet demo each morning, time for you to paint in the afternoon, and a critique at the end of each day. He will unravel much of the "mystery" surrounding design while he shows you how to make your paintings fresh and crisp – and he'll make color much simpler for you. The eight principles of design will be cut down to size for you and each day you will see how they are applied to a painting. You will learn something valuable and practice it on the spot, coming away with increased understanding and several paintings of your own.

The workshop is geared to beginner, intermediate and professional painter, alike. You'll work hard, but Tony will show you how to have fun doing it. Classes start at 9 each morning. After a brief talk on the day's objectives, Tony will do a complete painting, telling you what he's doing, and why - as he does it. At noon we break for lunch, then YOU paint in the afternoon, while what you have seen and learned that morning is fresh in your mind. It's the fastest way to learn. One afternoon Tony will give a slide/lecture on the principles of design, using his paintings and those of other artists. He'll cover the major value patterns as well as a simple way to effectively use color. On Wednesday afternoon Tony will get the "beginners" together to cover basic watercolor, including equipment and how to make the monster behave, create the 3 textures and many other things that "no one ever tells you about because they think you already know it". You may either attend or use this time to paint. About 4pm each day Tony will critique all the work produced that day, including his own. It's a time at which much is learned by everyone.

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Tony Couch - Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society - received a BA degree in art from University of Tampa, and did further work at Pratt Institute in New York, while an artist for Associated Press, and for years freelanced and studied with Edgar A. Whitney, ANA. His book, WATERCOLOR, You Can Do It, was published by Northlight Books in 1987 and to this day remains the publisher's all time bestselling book on painting. His books have been translated into Chinese and Japanese for those markets. Two other books on technique and design were also published, as well as 10 videos/DVDs on painting. He has written several articles on watercolor for national magazines and his work is included in the instruction books of 11 other painters. He conducts workshops throughout the US and abroad.

This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $465
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $530
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $620
If 6-7 students attend class (all teaching days): $775
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $450
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, September 12
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - September 13-16
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session (except Thursday)

Thursday, September 16
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)
No instruction Thursday Afternoon

Friday, Septeber 17
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:

    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.



2021 COVID Precautions 

It is impossible to assess the impact, if any, of COVID-19 for the upcoming 2021 season, but all artists should be prepared to abide by the following measures while attending workshops.

  1. Participants must fill out a quick health questionnaire to make sure they do not exhibit any symptoms.
  2. Masks are required to be worn while in classrooms and shared spaces.
  3. Participants must also wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each class and often during class sessions.
  4. Participants are required to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing protocols.

A floor plan per each of our three studios has been created to ensure that the artist tables and lecture area will allow people to socially distance themselves a minimum of 6 feet. 
In lieu of crowding around the artist during demos, a desktop camera system and large format digital TV screens have been installed in each of the studios to allow students a close up view of demos.
We will be providing students with hand-sanitizer at their work stations. In addition, the studios will be closed for 1 hour in the late evenings for a daily UV sanitation and touch surface cleaning.

Visit our COVID-19 update page for more information...