Watercolor Secrets Revealed

Tom Lynch
Tom Lynch
Tom Lynch


Tom’s objective is to show the vast range and flexibility of watercolor.  You will learn new techniques; how to plan for success; build a successful painting; and to put drama, emotion, and conviction into your art.  This award winning artist will show you how to push the limits of color, contrast, and light.  Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting.  He has an organized program, with lots of visuals, that sets a goal for each day and sees that each student has an example and understanding of that day’s lessons.  You will see daily demonstrations with detailed explanations of all the how’s and why’s, followed by plenty of individual attention, and a positive critique session.  Past students have said of his workshops… “Rather than coming out with perfect little copies of what Tom does, I came out with a wealth of watercolor techniques which I can utilize in my painting.” “The best workshop I have ever had”… “Never a dull moment”… “Learned more in one day than I have in years”… “Patient, positive and knowledgeable.”  Tom was listed as one of the nations top 20 teachers by watercolor magazine.

I start the first day talking and teaching  while doing a simple demo. Showing one of 3 ways that a painting can be created. Then work individually with everyone in the afternoon, while painting on 1/4 sheets size paper working on…

  • How to “Think Like An Artist” while using the techniques discussed.
  • Spray bottle techniques
  • Brush stroke techniques
  • Having an art word in mind while painting
  • How to paint loose.

The second day I work slowly and concentrate on the building blocks of what makes for a successful painting. Focusing on these painting lessons (again completing a lesson with the following each on a 1/4 sheet of paper):

  • Focal point, and painting it first
  • Secrets to having depth in a painting
  • Stages to follow to finish a painting
  • Color mixing and application of a bold first wash
  • Value studies and emphasizing the use of lights and darks

I provide a lot of visual aids; handouts; demos; and plenty of individual help. The paintings that we do on the first two days, become guidelines for the following two days. The third and fourth days  I do a morning demo; each with a lesson and theme (i.e. Sunlight & Shadow, The WOW Factor).  Then answer questions and work individually on whatever the student wants or needs (i.e. you and I can play with more techniques or create a finished painting).  Followed by a class critique at the end of the day.  These last two days I am able to personalize the program for each student who has completed a questionnaire for me on the first day.

Tom Lynch

Tom Lynch

Tom has been referred to as one of the nation’s premier watercolorists. He has written 7 books and hosted several award winning PBS TV Art Series. He was recently listed as one of the nation’s top 20 teachers by a leading Art magazine. He is represented by some of the nation’s leading museums and art galleries. He has been the spokesperson for the entire National Art Materials Trade Association, and continues to be the international spokesperson for many leading art material manufacturers. Tom is currently featured on the new cable TV channel Visual Arts Network, and in 2007 he became the CMO and featured artist for Art Academy Live (the leading on-line education source).

With his uniquely styled landscape paintings, he strives for a level of excitement, movement and resonance that seems to push somewhere beyond what the environment naturally provides.

When considering subjects he tries to search for something striking; like the color of the sky, the direction of natural light, pattern of shadows, or the glint of sunlight on water. He then embellishes those striking features.

Lynch hopes that by accentuating those things that are sometimes easy to miss, he can provoke viewers to … “Have something to think about, not just something to see”. Each painting Tom creates can be seen as special. “I feel it’s the job of the artist to bring to the viewer the best of what can be found in the landscape along with a little creativity or exaggeration … normal and ordinary are not for me.”

Cancellation Policy

Registration Information:

Each student must register individually.  Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $125 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop. There are no refunds after the 30-day final payments have been made.  Students may enroll 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 (M-F, 9-5).

Cancellation Policy:                                                                

The $125 deposit is non-refundable; the balance is due one month before the first day of the workshop. No refunds after the one-month cut-off date. If paying in full upon registration, $125 of the total tuition fee is non-refundable.  The Sedona Arts Center is not responsible for providing make-up sessions or issuing refunds, credits, or transfers for courses missed as a result of illness, emergencies, or other events beyond our control.  There are absolutely no refunds after the 30 day 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.