Sat & Sun, April 21 -22, 2018

Olga Community Club, Orcas Island,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.


Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, May 7,8, 1o,11, 2018
Olga Community Club, Orcas Island, WA

Sorry, this class is full.  Let me know if you would be interested the next time I teach it. Consider doing the on-line “Getting Started.”

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.

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.

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.

Still posting but want to get the date up.

August  20, 21, 23, 24, 2018  – Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.
San Juan Islands, Orcas based, WA

Take your sketching outside. The summer is slipping away and it is time to see what is there, get it down in your sketchbook, make color notes. This class will teach you how to use your sketching to gather resources and impressions that will last you all winter long. It will teach you a fast way of creating lasting impressions — whether traveling, or relaxing in your own back yard. You will learn new drawing techniques and solidify those you already have as well as learn how to use your watercolors in a quick and informative way.

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.

March, Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri,  2019
Olga Community Club, Orcas Island, WA

Dates to be announced. Writing as of the week after the 2018 class… again a group of students, some never having done any drawing, “graduated” with confidence, skill, and enthusiasm to continue drawing.  Let me know if you are interested in the 2019 session.

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.

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.