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.

This class is presented in collaboration with John C. Campbell Folk School and Lessonface. Class capacity is 18 students. Registration closes on September 1. Students are invited to attend a large group Orientation and Closing Ceremony to connect with various classes online.


Class Materials

Your class registration fee includes a materials kit with a value of $50 shipped to your door. Residents outside the USA will pay the difference in shipping.

The kit includes:
PAPER: It is important that students, especially beginners, start with high-quality paper.
• 40 sheets 5X7 high quality watercolor paper (Arches 140 pounds)
• 2 sheets 8X10 high quality watercolor paper (Arches 140 pounds)
MATS: After a painting is matted, it looks much more finished.
• 20 white pre cut archival mats, 8X10 with opening 4.5X6.5

Students will also want to provide:
• 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 (2"" and 1"" width), 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.
• SUGGESTED: Art Masking Fluid (recommended Winsor & Newton Water Colour Medium)

Age Range

All Ages

Skill Level

Beginner/Intermediate

About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

Since 1925, 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.


$200.00
Space is limited. Enroll now to reserve your spot.

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When

The class will meet for five daily 2-hour live online sessions at 6 pm ET | 3 pm PT | 22:00 UTC on the schedule below. The first session is on September 9.

One on one ZOOM sessions can be scheduled with instructor during each day.

Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the classes.

Sep
9th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Watercolors Made Easy!
Joe Synan
Sep
10th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Watercolors Made Easy!
Joe Synan
Sep
11th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Watercolors Made Easy!
Joe Synan
Sep
12th
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Watercolors Made Easy!
Joe Synan
Sep
13th
6:00 PM - 8:00 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.

Refund Policy: To cancel an enrollment or request a refund, contact support@lessonface.com. For 30+ days before, we refund 95%. Between 30 and 5 days, receive a 75% refund. No refunds within 5 days of class start date. Materials kit fees are non-refundable.


Students Say


Rebekah G. on December 14, 2023
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

Excellent! Joe is very positive and encouraging. Appreciated the individual sessions.



Verified Student on December 9, 2023
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Valerie Y. on December 9, 2023
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

I loved it. My first art class and it went really fast which meant no time for over-thinking! joe was very encouraging and his availability for 1:1 time was very helpful. I have already signed up for more classes.



Jean C. on December 9, 2023
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

This class was great! It moved fast, but I was okay with that because I got a lot of ideas to work with. Joe structured the class in such a way that the focus was more on learning and playing with materials and techniques rather than an expectation of a perfect painting.


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Jane on May 26, 2023
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

Fun!



Susan F. on May 25, 2023
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

Fun and great learning environment. Wonderful opportunities to express our creativity and learn from each other.



Kris P. on May 25, 2023
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

Great!


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Lynne on February 3, 2023
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Very informative, well paced and fun.



Judy F. on February 2, 2023
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

It was my first watercolor class and I loved it.



Lynn M. on February 2, 2023
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!



Jeanne C. on February 9, 2022
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

Joe covered a huge amount of information and techniques in this fast-paced 1 week class. The schedule - with demonstrations in the morning, time to work alone and schedule a private session with him in the afternoon and then a follow-up painting session in the early evenings worked extremely well. With a patient and knowledgeable teacher, this class is a great basis for learning watercolor painting.



Elizabeth on February 6, 2022
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

Amazing!! Joe was a patient, kind, and easy to folly instructor. I can’t wait to take another class!



Dina S. on February 5, 2022
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

Answered above



Verified Student on February 4, 2022
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

Excellent. Joe was well organized, very clear and helpful, and the pace was just right. We painted a lot and learned many new techniques.



Ronda G. on February 4, 2022
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

The class was fantastic. Joe is a wonderful instructor, very supportive and kind and helpful. He knows just how to encourage beginners to be brave and bold in their learning.



Sharon T. on February 4, 2022
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

The online class was excellent and very enjoyable.



Vicki on February 4, 2022
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

Joe was fabulous. I learned a lot from him and was quite pleased with the class and format.



Ronda G. on February 3, 2022
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

It was wonderful! Joe is a fantastic teacher.



Charlene H. on March 9, 2021
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

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.



John L. on March 4, 2021
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

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



Lynne H. on March 3, 2021
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

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.



Mandy W. on March 2, 2021
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

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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Verified Student on March 2, 2021
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

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.



Verified Student on March 2, 2021
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

It was so informative and fun.



Rhona S. on March 2, 2021
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

Very good.


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Mary A. on March 2, 2021
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

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



Art S. on March 2, 2021
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

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
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

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.


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susan E. on March 2, 2021
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Allene K. on March 2, 2021
Class: Watercolors Made Easy!

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


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Barb H. on March 2, 2021
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Fine

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Joe Synan

Joe Synan

Joe Synan has been a painting student at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston for 15 years. In addition, he has attended 17 classes in the painting studio at the Campbell School. Joe has been a Campbell School instructor since 2019, and has taught 8 painting classes in the online program with Lessonface.

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