Capturing Light & Atmosphere in Watercolor

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Capturing Light and Atmosphere in Watercolor

A Plein Air painting workshop with Susan Lynn

October 25 – 27, 2022 | Tuesday – Thursday

Medium – Watercolor

Experience – All Levels are welcome.

Join Susan painting outdoors, learning to use the unique qualities of watercolor to capture the beautiful Sedona landscape. Susan will give a demo at the start of each class session, discussing how to make purposeful choices with values and color to enhance the sense of depth, atmosphere, and light in your paintings. Along the way, we will tackle the nuts and bolts of plein air painting with watercolor, exploring a variety of watercolor techniques and Susan’s “split primary” limited palette approach to color mixing. After each morning demo, students will paint while Susan circulates around to give individual attention and instruction as you work. We will gather at the end of each day to share our paintings with one another and answering any questions that arise from the day’s outing.

Susan is one of the Sedona Plein Air Festival judges, and she will be conducting a Watercolor Demonstration at the Sedona Arts Center on Friday, October 28, the day after the workshop ends.  Students enrolled in this workshop may attend for free.  There is a $50/person charge to the public.

In-Person Classes

COVID Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, and Staff are a top priority. Since COVID-19 first surfaced, our staff continues to monitor the situation closely, taking every precaution to keep our Patrons, Students, Volunteers, Staff, and our community safe.

  • Masks inside our buildings are optional until further notice.

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Susan Lynn

Susan Lynn

A nationally recognized artist, Susan Lynn’s paintings have been described as poetic, lyrical, luminous and serene. Susan works both in watercolor and oil, both en plein air and in the studio, and has been selected to participate in many of the top juried and invitational plein air events in the US. She has enjoyed sharing her award-winning approach to painting through teaching plein air, studio, and online classes for more than twenty years. In 2018, Susan moved from the Midwest to Rockport, Massachusetts, having fallen in love with both the beauty of Cape Ann and with fellow Rockport artist John Caggiano. In 2019, she opened her own gallery, the Susan Lynn Gallery & Studio.

Supply List:

1.Watercolor paper – We will be working small – Susan’s demos will all be 9” x 12”. Coldpressed
paper is recommended, either 140# or 300#. Watercolor blocks are an acceptable option.
Susan will be using 300# Cold-pressed Fabriano Artistico or Arches paper.

2. Brushes – a #12 or #14 Round with a good point and a 3/4″ Oval Wash are suggested, made of
natural hair (squirrel is a good option) or a good quality synthetic/natural hair blend. Susan likes
Silver brand’s Black Velvet series brushes, which are a squirrel/synthetic blend.

3. Paints:

    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Cobalt Blue
    • Cadmium Red Light
    • Alizarine Crimson
    • Quinacridone Gold
    • Lemon Yellow
    • Sepia
    • Chinese White

4. A palette – a plastic or metal watercolor palette that folds shut or has a lid works great. Just
make sure what you are using gives you a large, flat mixing area.

5. An easel that is lightweight enough for you to comfortably carry, and that is suitable for
watercolor, able to tilt the paper to a horizontal position or a slight angle.

6. Misc. supplies – A water cup/bucket (16 oz. +), water, paper towels, 2B or softer pencil,
kneaded or vinyl eraser, and a small spray bottle. (You can usually find a spray bottle either at a
hardware store or at a pharmacy with the cosmetic containers for traveling. Art supply stores
also have them, often at a much higher price.)

7. Don’t forget a hat, sunscreen, and additional water to drink – we will be outside all day!

Cancellation Policy


  • Each student must enroll individually
  • Students may register online or by calling the Sedona Arts Center’s Administrative Offices in the Art Barn, toll-free at 888-954-4442 or locally at 928-282-3809
  • Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express are accepted or student may pay with cash or check by registering in person during office hours at the Art Barn

In-Person and Online Workshops

  • Payment in full is due upon registration, or a payment plan can be put in place by the student upon check-out through Sezzle.
  • There is a $125 Cancellation Fee for any cancellations made before September 30, 2022. Remaining balance will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds after September 30, 2022.
  • If Sedona Arts Center cancels the workshop for any reason, all payments made will be refunded in full

Important Message

The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses cancelled or missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control. There are absolutely no refunds after the cut-off date for any reason, unless the Sedona Arts Center has to cancel the workshop, then all fees paid will be refunded in full.

Covid-19 Update for In-Person Classes and Workshops: 

As long as SAC is able to provide an environment that adheres to the CDC guidelines for social gatherings, and assuming all other normal criteria are met and the workshop or class goes forward, the above cancellation policies are in effect.