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Red Maple Leaaves

How to Achieve Realism in Watercolor

August 5 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
| Cost: $194 | Cost for Members: $165

This is now an online class!

Learn how to paint a subject rendered to a high degree of realism in this workshop, while working from a variety of subjects. Demonstrations will focus on one subject over the course of the workshop. Composition, value and attention to detail will be emphasized. Learn techniques to enhance textures and how to render them into a finished painting. A critique will be held at the end of the workshop. For all levels, though some experience in watercolor painting is recommended. Supply list provided.

Instructor: Robert J O’Brien, AWS NWS
Wednesday & Thursday, 10 am–4 pm
Two classes: August 5 & 6

Online Class Instructions

The day before the first class you will receive an invitation from Robert O’Brien to join the online Beginning Watercolor class in the (free) Zoom application.

Watch this orientation video if you are new to Zoom: https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ. You may download and install the Zoom application at any time. We recommend you do this after you enroll in class or at least one day prior to your first online class. Choose the download option that best fits your technology. Unless you will be using an iPad or mobile device, the first option is most likely the one you’ll need.

The Day of Class
1. Class will begin at 10 AM. Robert will be on Zoom 15 minutes before the class starts.
2. You may login early, but if you step away from your computer before class starts leave Zoom open.
3. Connection is better if you close all web browsers on your computer while on Zoom.
4. Due to high volume on Zoom, connection may be imperfect at times.
5. If you have technical issues during class, quit Zoom and then login again. If you still have trouble, shut down your computer, wait 2-minutes, and then try again.
6. We encourage you to have your camera on during class, to allow you to share your work. However, camera mode is optional.
7. You may want to add a photo to your profile; see these instructions. This is optional.
8. Wear a headset or earbuds or close a door to help limit background noise during class.
9. Plan ahead and prep your materials so that you will not be multi-tasking during the call.


August 5
10:00 am–4:00 pm


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States


Museum School
413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382


Cost for Members: