Hawai`i Watercolor Society


The Hawai`i Watercolor Society was founded in 1962 by Hawai`i Artist Hon Chew Hee. Our aim as an organization is to nurture and stimulate interest in water media through education, exhibits, and collaboration with other organizations, associations and individuals.

The Hawai`i Watercolor Society sponsors two juried exhibits every year as well as a biennial curated show highlighting the work of our signature members. In addition, we host periodic sales, themed shows and community events.

In conjunction with our exhibits we offer two week long workshops each year featuring nationally recognized teaching artists. On an intermittent basis we sponsor shorter duration workshops on a variety of art-related topics.


Paul Jackson “Dramatic Light and Luminosity in Watercolor”

September 9-12, 2019 on O’ahu
$500 registration fee for HWS members
$550 for non-members

Demo, free, Sunday September 8th, 1-3 pm, The Arts at Mark’s Garage

Harmony  ©Paul Jackson

Harmony ©Paul Jackson

Venue: 148 Kaimoani Way (studio - shaded, not air-conditioned, but we'll have breeze and/or fans)

Dates: September 9-12, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily

Location: Kailua on O’ahu

Watercolor is the ideal medium for interpreting and expressing the complex subtleties of light. Its transparency makes it uniquely suited to convey luminous surfaces and veils of atmosphere. With it you can create pale washes as well as dark, powerful and moody images. It is a lovely and fluid language in which to express any idea or image.

Paul’s focus for this workshop will be to guide you through a painting from beginning to end, as you paint together a stunning image of dramatic light and luminosity. You may choose to follow along and work on the same image, or find another subject entirely. Paul will happily work with you through whatever subject you choose.

Paul will demonstrate the versatility of watercolor paint. You will learn how to work in thin layers of washes to build up luminous colors. Paul will lead you step-by-step with demonstrations of the painting process. Emphasis will be on what makes a good painting, planning the entire picture area, the importance of thinking through the composition, good division of shapes, value planning, what to communicate about the subject, and how to correct mistakes.

If watercolor is your passion, then this highly energized painting workshop is for you! Paul's stress-free, positive approach toward the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up and have fun again. Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop where you will elevate your understanding of watercolor. Beginners are always welcome!

Paul is the author of Painting Spectacular Light Effects in Watercolor and The Wandering Watercolorist.

For more images and information please visit PaulJackson.com

Sky Harbor ©Paul Jackson

Sky Harbor ©Paul Jackson


Workshop Format:
Maximum of 25 participants. If the workshop fills up, we will keep a waitlist in the event that spaces open up.

All four days will be in a studio setting.

HWS Members $500, Non-Members $550
(HWS Membership must be in effect by April 1, 2019 to qualify for Member rate.)

Non-refundable deposit of $150 to reserve a seat at the workshop, or, payment in full.

Balance due August 1, 2019 (if not already paid in full)

HWS’s receipt of deposit payment will determine the order in which seats are held. Phone or e-mail inquiries will not be considered as a reservation.

In the event that the workshop fills up and we have a waitlist, we will allow refunds of deposits that we can replace with new workshop participants. Otherwise, the deposit will remain firmly non-refundable.

Please plan on bringing your own lunch to make the most of our time.

Materials List:
The materials list for the workshop can be found at: https://www.pauljackson.com/materials-list/

Sharon Billingsley sharon.billingsley@gmail.com


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About HWS Workshops

The Hawai`i Watercolor Society sponsors several workshops each year. Workshops are open to the general public as well as HWS members, although members receive advance notice of registration as well as reduced tuition. Instructors are established mainland or overseas artists. Our guest artists bring the value of their experience to Hawai`i and allow participants to benefit from high-caliber teaching without leaving the Islands. Past instructors have included Katherine Love, Barbara Nechis, Don Andrews, Stephen Quiller, Ann Pember, Tony van Hasselt, Ong Kim Seng, Donna Zagotta, Robert Burridge, Sandra Duran Wilson, and Tom Hoffmann.