Sat & Sun, April 22-23

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 8,9,11,12 2017
Olga Community Club, Orcas Island, WA

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 & Tuesday, August 7 & 8. 2017

Olga Community Club, Orcas Island, WA

Artworks Flowerboxes

Learn how to use the white of your watercolor paper to tell your story.  Where you don’t paint often becomes the most exciting or powerful part of your story.  And it is the secret to capturing sunlight. In this two day class on Orcas you will learn how to create brilliant and exciting paintings by not painting — in all the right places.

Thursday & Friday, August 10 & 11

Olga Community Club, Orcas Island, WA

Natty Dred’s Love Nest

We call it “mud” when we get dull mid-tone paintings or our painting go flat and dull, particularly in the dark areas. You can learn how to get vibrant, rich colors by understanding pigment choice when to use what –  the right pigments at the right time (avoiding the wrong time). You will learn how to combine pigment choice with the right amount of water — wet-on-wet for the early stains or dyes, floating on the darker sediments after you have finished your negative painting. You will learn the importance of designing your light shapes, midtones, and darks and the planning you need to execute this design.  When you know the answer to  Why 4 Blues? you will know how to avoid mud.

August 14, 15, 17, 18 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, 2017
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. (Mon) September 23, 24, 25 2017

Orcas Island, WA

Last year we had a one-day class painting madronas at Laurie and Eric’s amazing home high on the west side of Orcas.  The trees were spectacular as was the view toward Vancouver Island. The peace and beauty of the site was so enveloping no one wanted to leave.  for  We are returning this September for three days to indulge a passion for madrona painting and experience this beautiful location.


Sat, Sun (and Mon) – Sept 30-Oct 2, 2017, 9:30-3:30

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 5, 6, 8,9, 2018, 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.

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.