Workshop Overview

Painting Streams and Waterfalls with Watercolor

Learn how to paint running water (leaving whites), still water (reflections), and waterfalls with watercolor. We will be working from photographs. For intermediate or advanced painters who know color, can easily make rocks look three dimensional, and are comfortable with the watercolor medium. One or two paintings will be our goal, with a demo from instructor throughout the day, showing different steps that students will then accomplish.

All Levels

Saturday / August 3
9 – 4 PM

Workshop Outline:


  • Discussion of materials instructor prefers and why
  • Brief review of color wheel, making 3 dimensions in watercolor, basic composition, perspective, graded wash
  • Looking at and explaining watercolor scenes of streams and waterfall
  • How to begin your composition using a photograph
  • Demo by instructor of scene approved by class
  • Preferably two paintings by each student throughout the day, pausing to observe instructor’s demo of techniques of painting water, leaving whites, waterfalls, and reflections


$95.00 per person


  • 140# Arches watercolor paper, one 22×30 ” sheet or block of Arches paper
  • Large white palette with colors familiar to you plus Antwerp blue, burnt umber, sepia, raw sienna, purple of choice, green of choice
  • Brushes: 1″ flat wash, 1/2″ flat or wedge, #5-7 round of choice, fan brush (opt)
  • Water container & paper towels
  • Photos of stream/waterfall scenes to be painted
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Water and tea provided

Artist Studio / Mancos, Colorado / Email for details & directions
At the unique earthen roof home & studio of Jan Wright
13602 Road 33.6, Mancos, CO 81328

Minimum 2 students; Maximum 5 students

Jan Wright / Instructor

About the Artist:
Southwest watercolor artist Jan Wright has lived in the Mancos area for nine years, having exhibited in Artisans of Mancos all that time.

She has produced over 25 one-woman exhibits throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Texas in her 44 years of being an exhibiting artist.

Her paintings are in many national and international personal collections as well as on her website:

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Workshop Details
Course ID : Painting Streams and Waterfalls Watercolor
Date : August 3rd
Place : Artist Studio Mancos
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Jan Wright
Jan Wright
Watercolor Artist