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Watercolor of dried corn

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary Painting Light in Watercolor

April 28 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm
| Cost: $194 | Cost for Members: $165

New Dates!
This is now an online class!

Using the Zoom video conferencing application, learn how to paint “the light” in watercolor. Explore techniques on how to achieve spectacular light effects from ordinary images through the use of light and shadow. Robert O’Brien will begin each day with a demonstration. Subject matter will range from landscape, to close focus studies of architectural and agricultural motifs. Composition and values will also be explored. Robert will schedule a practice session a couple of days before the workshop is scheduled to start so that students can become familiar with the program and have the ability to communicate and use the Zoom program. At that time, a photo reference will have been sent and all students will work from this one photo in class. This photo can be printed or simply displayed on your monitor.  All levels of painting ability are welcome and some drawing experience is recommended.  There will be a lunch break scheduled during the workshop. A supply list provided.

Instructor: Robert O’Brien AWS NWS
Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 am-4 pm
Two classes: April 28 & 29

Online Class Instructions

A few days before the first day of the workshop you will receive an invitation from Robert O’Brien to join the online practice Watercolor class in the (free) Zoom application. At that time, Robert will confirm that that everyone is comfortable with Zoom and able to join the workshop on the scheduled dates.


Please watch this orientation video:https://youtu.be/hIkCmbvAHQQ

If you are new to Zoom. 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 practice 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 and end at 4 PM. Robert will be on Zoom 15 minutes before and after.
  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, as this helps with feeling connected, 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 so that you will have all your watercolor supplies ready, and not be multi-tasking during the call. Do not drive while participating in any online class.


April 28
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: