I could not have been happier with this delightful, stressless week. Star Island is magical; it is a beautiful, life-giving place and the center's staff are incredibly accommodating and interesting people. Our watercolor teacher, Karyl Hayes was warm, and knowledgeable; she clearly loves the freedom of plein air painting. Participants in the program ranged from absolute beginners in watercolor to folks with years of experience who sell their work in galleries. I certainly learned a lot from the teacher and fellow students; I felt affirmed in my beginning ability and it seemed that more skilled artists also learned and grew from the experience. The evening programs were informative, well delivered, engaging and fun. The food was abundant and delicious and the accommodations were comfortable and perfect in their rustic past-era way. I would definitely do this trip again.