Feb 4, Mar 4, April 1, May 6, June 3, 9:30-3:30, 2019
Cottage Hobby House, Anacortes, WA

This new series, the first Monday of each month, is designed to help you become more skilled in the medium while focusing on how to paint a different subject each month.  It is slanted for those who are fairly new to watercolor or who haven’t been painting regularly and are feeling uncertain in their approach. We have a good time while helping everyone to improve.

The five Mondays are:

  • February: Big skies and winter storms
  • March: Mists slipping through the trees
  • April: Spring flowers – loose and splashy
  • May: Sunsets and fog
  • June: People in your paintings

March,25,26,28,29, 2019;  Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.
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.

April 11-12, Thursday – Friday, 2019

Cottage Hobby House, Anacortes, WA

What is there not to enjoy in painting the tulip fields? Glorious bands of color help you to focus on color compositions. Rolling clouds toward the Cascades help you to develop your control of wet-on-wet and master painting clouds. Enjoy the challenge of directing the eye through fields of flowers, past old barns, and up into the sky. Or move in close and explore color and shape relationships in a simple grouping of flowers.

Note: This workshop is of the tulip fields, not “in.”


April 29, 30, May 2, 3, 2019

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.

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.

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.

The  following classes are not posted for 2019.  Nonetheless, if one interests you, feel free to let me know. I am unsure of our schedule (see THE ISLAND in the menu bar).

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.

This has been a popular class in the past.  I hope we can hold it in 2019. No date yet.


Spend a day working in a delightful setting — a barn over 100 years old, a pond of white ducks, a menagerie of animals wander, fields and firs and alders.

Caroline will take you through the steps needed to successfully paint when there is too much to choose from, too much stuff to tote, the weather and light shift, and it is hard to get comfortable. And you will know you spent your day in a magical place.

Sat. Sun,  September 8, 9, 2018

Orcas Island, WA

We painted for three lovely dates at Laurie and Eric’s home, high and looking west to Canada.  We hope to return in 2018, either in September again for three days or for a single day in July.  You can let me know if you would prefer one to the other – and indulge your  passion for madrona painting in a  beautiful location.


Sat, Sun, Mon, Oct 6, 7, 8,  2018

Olga Community Club, 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 three day workshop (two -$150- for those who absolutely can’t take another day) is designed to help you take charge of the sequences by which you create paintings.