Saxtons River Art Guild hosts watercolor workshop

SAXTONS RIVER — The Saxtons River Art Guild announces a one-day workshop given by Vermont watercolorist Robert J. O'Brien on Saturday, Nov. 18, at the United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St., from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshop fees are $70 for SRAG members and $90 for non-members. SRAG will provide coffee and tea; participants should bring a lunch.

The theme of the workshop is Portraits, and the human portrait will be explored in this workshop. Painting from a photo reference, students will be learning how to use a layering process in water colors.

For a demonstration, O'Brien will paint a finished portrait, while explaining each step of the painting process. Participants are asked to bring watercolors, paper, and a reference photo featuring a person to work from; O'Brien will have several on hand if needed.

Painters will be creating their own artwork as O'Brien does his demonstration. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session.

This class is open to all abilities; although, some drawing and watercolor experience is suggested.

O'Brien has been painting in watercolor for over 40 years and organizers say he is a popular workshop instructor. More information and images of his artworks can be found at

For registration or more information, please contact: Carolyn Berglund at [email protected]. Masks and COVID-19 vaccinations are suggested for those attending the SRAG workshops.

This The Arts item was submitted to The Commons.

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