Nancy Farrar-Coughlin

Two Hats Two Friends,  Nancy Farrar-Coughlin


earlier study by Nancy

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.

study for a painting' Susan Hernday

study for a painting, Susan Hernday




There is a planning stage and painting stages. Some of these are interchangeable. Some of them are unavoidable.  When and why might you do studies? How do you draw on your watercolor paper? What do you paint first? What do you leave till later and why?

4 color studies by Sally Mitchell

Learn to identify the stages as you work on several different paintings during the three days. Learn what you need to think about when you vary the order in which you develop your paintings.  Many approaches are possible. You are the one who chooses.


Wet Day by Marcia Spees

When you understand the “whys” of your decisions, you will be gaining a sense of control while still being open to  exciting spur of the moment developments.

Schedule: The workshop is for 3 days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. If  you can only get  weekends free for courses it is possible to come for Saturday and Sunday but the 3-day format is strongly urged ($200 vs $150).  Each day class start at 9:30 and ends at 3:30 – leaving time to enjoy some hiking, visiting galleries and pottery shops or pursuing other enjoyable Orcas activities.

Jan Reid's Grandparents' Cabin

Jan Reid’s Grandparents’ Cabinpottery shopping, or other enjoyable Orcas pastimes.

Bring you lunch. The Olga Energetic Club or Community Club has a full kitchen with refrigerator, stoves, and microwave. Coffee and tea will be available.

For lodging, consult the Links section of this Website.   You may also check the listings under May 2017 Basic Watercolor. If coming from off-island, try to arrive on Thursday and settle in before class.


Buck Bay, Olga


Travel: If coming from off island, you will need to make a ferry reservation. You need to be in line 45 minutes before departure and allow 40 minutes from exit #230 from I 5 onto Hwy 20 to the ferry terminal in Anacortes (follow signs).  I buy the commuter bulk books of tickets and if you let me know, I can let you have one for $30 (roundtrip) rather than about $50.

Feel free to contact me with any questions, 360-298-2641 or



Although I will have photographs and ideas for paintings, if you bring drawings, photos and even “first attempts” of ideas in which you are interested, you will probably gain more from the workshop.

Bring your sketchbook, some soft pencils or markers.

paper: 3-4 half sheets, Arches, cold-press (or hot) 140lb.

palette: your usual paints. They should be artist quality (not student grade). Check with the basic watercolor course (May) for specifics or recommendation for supplies .

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  • Two water containers
  • a board larger than your watercolor paper
  • tissue (TP works best)
  • your ideas or painting starts
  • hairdryer (optional)

Cell phones do not work well at the community center. It is better that you print out your ideas rather than relying on a phone or e-notebook.

We’ll have fun and you will be surprised at how much you will learn!