Watercolors Made Easy!

Watercolors Made Easy! with Joe Synan

Watercolors are not difficult!

This carefully designed class will allow all participants to become comfortable creating watercolor paintings of various subjects and sizes, using a variety of painting methods.

The class will explore background washes, color contrasts and complements, light and dark emphasis, masking, foreground and background structure, overall composition, and how the eye and mind see art.

Participants will produce many watercolor paintings to examine and refine their understanding of the ""best practices"" of watercolor painting.

The capacity for this class is 18 students. Registration for this class will close on May 15, 2023. This class is presented in collaboration with the John C. Campbell Folk School.

Class Materials Needed

Your class registration fee includes a materials kit with a value of $50 shipped to your door. The kit includes:
20 sheets 5X7 High quality watercolor paper
10 white mats for “framing” paintings

Materials below are to be provided by the student:
Watercolor paints (at least one red, one yellow, and one blue color). Almost any quality of watercolor paints will do.
A small number and variety of watercolor paint brushes. Almost any quality of paint brushes will do.
Household items: paper towels, facial tissue, masking tape, pen and pencil and eraser, drinking straws, credit card, plastic container for water.
A simple pallette for mixing the colors. A porcelain plate would be sufficient.

Age Range

All Ages

Skill Level


About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

For 96 years, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina has transformed lives, and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Since 2012, Lessonface has connected more than 30,000 students with over 2,000 great teachers for live music, language, and arts lessons online, delivering on our mission to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably.


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The class will meet for four daily 3-hour live online sessions at 9:30 am ET | 6:30 am PT | 13:30 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on May 22.
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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

Enrollment for this class is closed.

9:30 AM - 6:00 PM EDT
Watercolors Made Easy!
Joe Synan

How It Works

Enroll above to save your spot in the class. Lessonface will send you a confirmation right away, and a Zoom link 24 hours before the class start time. You can log into your Lessonface dashboard to access class materials, communicate with your instructor, join the live Zoom session, and access the class recordings and chat transcript afterward. Class enrollments may be cancelled for full refund up to five days before the class start date, with the exception of the materials kit fees which are non-refundable.

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Joe Synan

Joe Synan


For more than a decade, Joe has been attending, at least once a year, a weeklong art course at the John C Campbell Folk Art School in Brasstown North Carolina.

Joe has taken mostly drawing and painting classes at the Campbell school.

Joe has also attended weeklong art courses at the Truro Center for the Arts on Cape Cod.

Joe’s primary focus has been on watercolor painting. For 16 years Joe was a student of Arthur Turner. Arthur is the dean of watercolor instructors in Houston, teaching at the Glassell School at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. With Arthur Turner’s coaching, Joe has participated in a number of gallery shows throughout Houston.

Students Say

Verified Student on March 2, 2021

It was so informative and fun.

Charlene H. on March 9, 2021

Joe was a great teacher. The pace of the class was just right and there were plenty of ways to ask questions. The materials he sent each of us ahead of time were very helpful.

Rhona S. on March 2, 2021

Very good.

Mary A. on March 2, 2021

Great. Excellent content and demonstrations. Lots of positive reinforcement, encouragement by instructor.

John L. on March 4, 2021

I had fun during the week. If not for my other hobbies, I might continue on with watercolors.

Verified Student on March 2, 2021

I enjoyed playing with paint and getting one on one time with instructor. If I can't be there in person, this is the next best thing.

Art S. on March 2, 2021

It was more than I hoped for and I really enjoyed every minute. I was able to learn and practice so many new skills. Joe Synan's method and his patient demeanor made me feel very confident.

Debby M. on March 2, 2021

Excellent. Instructor positive, available, knew his method, supportive in every way. Every effort was made by Lessonface to support the platform and help everyone to be a part of the experience. Can't say enough about the level of excellence in that way beyond just the technology.

Lynne H. on March 3, 2021

Absolutely wonderful! Joe taught a great class and I learned a lot. He encouraged us to find our own creativity and also promoted a positive attitude.

susan e. on March 2, 2021

Allene K. on March 2, 2021

My instructor was knowledgeable and helpful. We accomplished much within our time. It was a rewarding experience!

Barb H. on March 2, 2021


Mandy W. on March 2, 2021

I work during the day so I cannot take another workshop. However, the class was fun and defintently worth the money. I loved it!

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