Frequently Asked Questions - Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts

Online Courses

No, a Skype account is not necessary for our courses.

For many of our courses the course brochure acts as the syllabus. It gives the best explanation of what material will be covered in the course. Mentored courses will always have a Schedule and a Study Guide, and Self-paced courses will include a Study Guide.

Students are normally given the option to submit their work electronically or mail their work for review at the end of the course. The particulars for the class you take will be up to your Tutor.

It will depend on the course. For our Level 1 Color Studies Online Certificate Course we have found that students will want to budget an average of 12 hours per week, although Unit 1 can take significantly fewer hours, and Unit 3 may take more time depending on how you work.

Information on what is needed can be found here.

We try to work with students in their various needs. It is our firm goal that students have the best experience possible and that they get the most out of the learning they undertake. Students are encouraged to correspond directly with their tutor if they need to stop work on a course.

Check back frequently, Level 1 Color Studies Online may be offered again soon.

At the Center Courses

There are many options available. Click here for travel information and download our Student Accommodations Guide. When booking your room, be sure to tell them that you are a student at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts so that you may receive any discount they offer.

No, a portfolio is not needed to begin your studies here.

If you have registered for a course where we will be using a sewing machine you have the option of bringing your own sewing machine and are encouraged to do so. If you do not have a sewing machine, are traveling by air, or it is not convenient to bring your machine we have Pfaff’s available for use.  Please let us know that you will need a machine at the time you register.

No, we do not offer residencies.

You can rent a car in advance.  The drive is straight forward and there is very little traffic. You can map your route here.

You can rent a car in advance.  The drive to the center is fairly straight forward. You can map your route here.

There is a shuttle service to the Farmhouse Inn, 5 miles north of La Conner. An alternative is to rent a car in advance.  The drive to the center is fairly straight forward. You can map your route here.

Let us know at the Center if you plan on being here without a vehicle as we can help to facilitate this. Students often share rides back and forth to hotels. One or two of the inns/hotels will also pick up or drop off for a very reasonable price. Ask them in advance.

We are not able to accept or facilitate financial aid at this this time.

We have a small kitchen at the Center with a refrigerator, microwave, dishes, cutlery, cups and glasses.  Students bring in a few supplies for a light lunch or bring leftovers from a meal out. There is always room to eat as a group in one of the classrooms or on nice days to find a table outside.  La Conner is very close by. Some people like to occasionally eat out at one of the restaurants or bring a sandwich back to the class room.