Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, March 23, 24, 26, 27, 2020. Olga Community Club, Orcas Island, WA

Drawing is about self-discovery. It is about tuning in and tuning out. The week will be as much about learning how to shut out the world and allow yourself to tap into your artist self as it trying different ways to draw. With a “Yes I can!” attitude, anyone can learn to draw.

[caption id="attachment_2576" align="alignright" width="237"] “You know how Caroline gets into her paintings” by Joane Davis with a tip of the hat to Picasso[/caption]

April 15-16, Taking the Mystery out of Pigment Quality

June 1,   9:30-3:30 Painting Peonies

August 2-3, 9:30 – 3:30 Painting the Color of Sunshine

Cottage Hobby House, Anacortes, WA 

I am running behind in posting upcoming classes but thought you might want to know  — and  save the dates.


Apri; 27, 28, 30, May 1, 2020, Mon. Tues, Thurs, Fri.

Olga, Community Club, Orcas, WA,  San Juan Islands

Watercolor is about process. Watercolor is about water. To work in watercolor you need to master control and use of the water. You need to learn when to do what — and what effect you will achieve. It isn’t about “making paintings” until the process are understood and at your command. This week is dedicated to the tricky business of water and color — what’s known as WATERCOLOR.


Monday, May 4, 9:30-3:30

Cottage Hobby House, Anacortes, WA

$75 a session



This new series of four first Mondays  is designed to help you become more skilled in designing your paintings. We frequently find ourselves floundering when we had a good idea but don’t quite know how to get it down on paper.  The four Mondays should help you to have a much clearer idea on how to set up your paintings for success with the goal of giving you paintings that really please you.

Tuesday, June 23

Boatyards off of R and 22nd

 Anacortes, WA


Boats are a elusive subject to draw.  Once you have a drawing, they aren’t that difficult to paint. Over time, Caroline has developed a step-by-step approach to boat drawing that is close to fail safe.

It is best to learn how to draw them when they are stationary in dry dock. We’ll do that in the morning and continue with a painting in the afternoon.

There will be a break for lunch.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


 Anacortes, WA

Do you have problems getting good greens in your paintings? Spend a day on Orcas painting plein air and see if looking, and mixing and painting you come to understand how to get greens that look like nature, and look right to you. We will start the day painting in the Anacortes Forest Preserve and may well spend time there.

Orcas Island, plein air 

August 17, 18, 20, 21, 2020

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday


This is the week to get outside to draw and paint.  Learn the techniques for quick interpretations when you are traveling as well as for a slow and steady progress in seeing and recording the world around you.  The summer is starting to slip away. When you take the time to stop and look and draw you lock it away — to be brought out and savored whenever you choose.

Sat & Sun,  October 3 & 4, 2020

Olga Community Club, Olga, Orcas Island WA



Two Hats, Two Friends, Nancy Farrar-Coughlin

Watercolor is fun!  You have been trying it on your own, or taken a few classes. You have been  working with suggestions in books and even tried some U-tube lessons but you don’t feel “in control. ” When will confidence come?   This weekend workshop is designed to help you take charge of the sequences by which you create paintings.


At your home

The watercolor courses Caroline has been teaching on-line since 2008 for credit students are being revised for non-credit students only. They are being divided into shorter courses. Each has 10 clear exercises sent to you in a Word document. They are supplemented with more than 100 photos with discussion posted in a secured site on Shutterfly.

The first, Getting Started, is focusing on learning how to work with the water and developing control of the water on the paper, on your brush and with your paint.

You can get started in watercolor, work on the basic processes at your own pace and still enjoy the help of an instructor. You discuss your paintings with Caroline in the comment section under the photos of your paintings you post on your own album.

At your home

Watercolor is a complex medium – one with many aspects and elements to it. Glazing is just one aspect – and this on-line course is solely devoted to this process. Glazing is the application of a layer of color over one that has already dried. Developing skill in glazing lets you in on the secret of luminous color that is a major characteristic of watercolor.

At your home

Three of the giants in watercolor in the 20th century, Rex Brandt, Millard Sheets and Ed Whitney will share with you some of their most important lessons. Caroline had the good fortune to study with all three and has been teaching their principles for the last thirty years. She has distilled some of their most important concepts for this course.