Students will meet online Wednesdays and Fridays May 29, June 3, 5, and 10, 11am-12pm via Zoom. (Optional Zoom orientation: Wed May 27, 11am)

$100, $80 mbrs.

Limit 10 students.

(Students will meet online May 29, June 3, June 5 & June 10, 11am-12pm)

(If you require financial assistance, we may be able to help)

Upon signing up for this class, you will automatically receive a welcome letter from the teacher + instructions on getting started. Please check your inbox and your spam folder. If you don’t receive the welcome letter, please email

Ever wanted to walk around your favorite city, or neighborhood and quickly draw and/or paint the scene in front of you in about an hour? In this online class, Mike Rooney will show you how to take a pen, a piece of paper, and a palm sized watercolor set and do just that. You can sketch with just a pen and paper too, the added watercolor isn’t a requirement of the class.


Fridays – 40 minute demo/instruction + time for questions via Zoom. Students leave class with the assignment.
Wednesdays – 40 minute critique via Zoom. Students must upload assignments to a private Facebook group before the session.

Mike Rooney is recognized as one of the East Coast’s top plein air (outdoor) painters and instructors, and he has traveled from Maine to the Florida Keys, Italy, Cuba and Puerto Rico teaching at major art centers, judging art shows, and painting for his galleries there.

He has been on the cover of the Art Issue of Cape Cod Magazine and is collected both privately and by corporations such as Royal Canadian Bank.

He also makes teaching videos for Jerry’s Artarama, a nationwide art supply store.

Tech Housekeeping

1. Please sign up for a free Zoom account before the first session. An optional 20 minute orientation will be Wednesday, May 27, 11am.

2. Please request to join this Facebook group. It will be where students will post assignments so Mike Rooney can critique each week’s assignment.

Material List (feel free to use watercolor, or just sketch with pen and paper)

1. Pad of 140 lb. watercolor paper (min. size 5.5″x 8″, max. 9″x 12″). Multimedia paper will work too, but it buckles if too much water is put on the paper.

2. Travel size watercolor set.

3. Water brush pen. Eliminates having to dip a brush constantly in water.

4. Mechanical pencil and eraser.

5. Black Sakura Micron Liner– assorted sizes like 01, 03, 05 . I use Staedtlers too. Just make sure whatever you get is WATERPROOF! I’ve even used ballpoint pens and a few times, a Sharpie Fineliner. Note: Sharpie Fineliners will fade over time (but it would be ok for student assignments)

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