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Sifnos, Greece
Sifnos, Greece
Tuesday - Friday, March 3-6, 2015
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 β€œYes I can!” attitude, anyone can learn to draw.

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Natty Dred Love Shack
Natty Dred Love Shack
Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Cottage Hobby House, Anacortes, WA
There is a great deal of confusion around which pigments you should use -- when, and why? Are stains bad? What are sedimentary paints? Granulating paints?
In this one day class the goal is to take the confusion out of the subject so you know what to use when. And we can have fun painting old barns and buildings while you learn.

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Aspens and Blackberries
Aspens and Blackberries
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, May 4, 5, 7, 8, 2015
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.

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tree demonstration
tree demonstration
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 9:30-3:30
Knapp Farm, Buckhorn Rd, Orcas Is WA
This year we are combining two of our favorite one-day plein aire classes. We will tackle the problem of painting fresh,lively and realistic greens -- a perennial problem -- in the magical setting of the Knapp Farm on Orcas Island.
The class is designed to fit with busy summer schedules. Walk on the ferry or set the day aside and come paint for a special day of summer.

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The scene at Obstruction Pass
The scene at Obstruction Pass
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 9:45-3:30
Obstruction Pass, Orcas Island, WA
A day of painting at Lieber Haven and the Obstruction Pass dock. Whether it is the problems of drawing boats, planning compositions, capturing the illusion of water and reflections, here is the place to tackle them. There is shade, near-by parking, and a charming back roads relaxation to the location.

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Tueday, July 28, 2015
Crescent Beach, Eastsound, WA
The McKay House, sometimes known as the Oyster House, is loved by all that pass it. Over 100 years old and threatening to slip into ruin, its cause has been taken up by a beloved son. With a lot of hard work, it will once again be a beauty for all to enjoy.
We are fortunate to be invited to come an paint - as we did over twenty years ago - at the McKay House. Not a ruin, not fully restored, it is on a cusp where imagination is allowed to play with the lines. You are free to interpret it -- with guidance.

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Crow Valley Summer
Crow Valley Summer
Monday and Tuesday, August 10 & 11, 2015
Olga Community Club, Orcas,Washington
Summer is sunshine and nothing captures it better than watercolor!

Learn how colors react in sunlight, how to paint them and to use your white paper to advantage in describing sunlight during two days in quiet Olga on Orcas. Consider combining this workshop with Painting Loose and Splashy.

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Orange Fling
Orange Fling
Thursday and Friday, August 13 & 14, 2015
Community Center, Olga, Orcas Island WA
Everyone wants to paint more loosely, let the color flow, let the image emerge. And yet they find themselves tightening up and overworking the painting - again.

How do you get a loose and juicy look in watercolors?





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Drawing at the Shaw landing
Drawing at the Shaw landing
August 17 18, 20, 21, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 2015
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.

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simple daisy project
simple daisy project
ongoing
at your home
New!!!
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.


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As Evening Draws Nigh
As Evening Draws Nigh
on going
In 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.

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Tourist Girlfriend, using lessons from the masters
Tourist Girlfriend, using lessons from the masters
ongoing
In 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.


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limited dates
A co-planned workshop on Orcas
It is possible to design a class for you and your group. You put together a group to come to the islands. I will help you work out lodging and other logistics.

We just had a delightful class where 5 friends rented a house and I came to Orcas. It worked so well that I want to encourage others - 5-6 minimum, 10 maximum - to put together such a class. Plan for 3, 4 or 5 days.


These have become quite popular. It is why you see no classes listed some months.

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It's Not Just the Fishing
It's Not Just the Fishing
to be announced
A three-day mid-week immersion in watercolor glazing.

It is glazing that gives luminosity to much of the color in watercolor. You will learn or refine your understanding of the process, develop confidence in how and when to use it. You will probably be surprised at how much color theory you learn as you apply colors in chosen sequences.



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Land of the Missing Horizon
Land of the Missing Horizon
at a later date
Looking for a review of the techniques of watercolor to get you going again? If you are feeling rusty, or uncertain this is the weekend for you-- or schedule it as a two-day workshop for you and your friends. It has been taught - with great appreciation expressed by the participants - several times

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Walk to the Far Horizon
Walk to the Far Horizon
to be announced
Experience the excitement of poured color!!

This may be a new technique for you or you may have been intrigued by the poured paintings you are seen others do but haven't been sure how to go about it. Learn how to create the beauty and drama of poured paintings in this weekend workshop.

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