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Detail of Still Life

They Did What? An Exploration of Painters & Their Canvases

October 14 @ 10:00 am11:30 am
| Cost: $115 | Cost for Members: $95

This is an online class!

Painters possess an innate ability to capture three-dimensional reality and then translate that into a two-dimensional space: the canvas. But, how do they do it? This lectures series will focus on artists from different eras and explore what drove them as they painted a variety of works ranging from their perspectives on biblical and mythological stories to political portraits and reactions to tragedy. From the Baroque era to the 20th century, this series will touch upon the art of Caravaggio, Chardin, David, Repin, Chagall, and Otto Dix.

Co-sponsored by Life Lessons: The Wm. & Margery Sadowsky Center for Adult Learning at the Springfield JCC.

Instructor: Dr. Simon Sibelman
Wednesday, 10-11:30 am
Six classes: October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18

Online Class Instructions

The day before the first class you will receive an invitation from the Museum School to join the online lecture 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 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 sharp. Dr Sibelman will be on Zoom 15 minutes before the class starts.
2. We strongly recommend that you log-in at least 10 minutes before the start of class to be sure you are connected.
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. You may wish to have your camera on during class, as this helps with feeling connected, however, camera mode is optional. Once you have logged in and connected, we ask that you mute your microphone. There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the lecture.
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.
9. Plan ahead so that you will not be multi-tasking during the program.


October 14
10:00 am–11:30 am


Zoom App
MA United States


Museum School
413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382


Cost for Members: