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.



The Stephen Quiller workshop is fully booked.

We will keep a waitlist in the event seats becomes available. Should a seat open, the date of receipt of deposit with registration form will be the order in which waitlist registrants will be added to the workshop.

To be added to the wait list, please contact Sharon Billingsley sharon.billingsley@gmail.com


The HWS Fall Workshop:

HWS is delighted to welcome Paul Jackson for a workshop September 9-12, 2019.

Registration will open March 15, 2019.
Check back here for info and to register.

Stephen Quiller Intensive Color and Watermedia Workshop

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April 8-12, 2019

9:00 a.m. 0 4:00 p.m. daily

Paki Hale, 3840 Paki Avenue, Honolulu, HI.
A former estate home, Paki Hale, in the shadow of Diamond Head.

The workshop will emphasize transparent watercolor and the color palette from pure hue to neutrals. It will also explore new directions in experimental water media, combining watercolor, gouache and acrylics. Each day will include a demonstration and individual work with the artist.

The workshop combines both the outdoor and studio painting experience. In the studio we will focus on color theory, color relationships and composition. Our indoor location at Paki Hale, an historic estate at the foot of Diamond Head, provides views and easy access to Kapiolani Park and the beaches of Waikiki.

Workshop Format:
The first 2 days will feature studio painting with mornings focused on color theory, and afternoon demonstrations, painting, and critique. As the week progresses we will add demonstrations with gouache and acrylic that artists may wish to add to their paintings.

The last day will be plein aire with your choice of media. You can choose to plein air paint on the grounds the 3rd and 4th day after demos.

HWS Members $500, Non-Members $550

Non-refundable deposit of $150 due by October 26, 2018. Final payment due by March 1, 2019

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

Materials List:
A materials list will be sent to all registered individuals and will be posted on the HWS website Workshops page.

Sharon Billingsley sharon.billingsley@gmail.com


  1. Complete a registration form. You can use the online form below, or, click here to print the form in the attached pdf file to mail in.

  2. Pay the deposit (or pay in full) using the online button below, or, send a check when you mail in your registration form.

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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, and Sandra Duran Wilson.


About Stephen Quiller

Stephen Quiller is an internationally known painter who works primarily in water media, monotypes, and intaglio printmaking. He is best known for his innovative approach to water media painting: watercolor, gouache, acrylic, casein and their combinations, and for his use of color. He has written six books, all published by Watson-Guptill:

Water Media Painting with Stephen Quiller
Water Media Techniques
Water Media: Processes and Possibilities
Color Choices
Acrylic Painting Techniques
Painter's Guide to Color

His research and development of a color wheel for painters - called the “Quiller Wheel” - is now used by thousands of painters throughout the world. In addition, he has developed twelve instructional dvds produced by Crystal Productions, as well as two dvds produced by the Richeson Company in 2004.

Stephen Quiller has painted in many parts of the world, but is primarily known for his work done at or near his home in the high mountainous country of southern Colorado. These subjects include beaver ponds, snow shadows, water patterns, wild iris, and mountain rhythms, capturing the spirit of the San Juans. Through his painting, he has become a Signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Water Media, and Society for Painters in Acrylic and Casein, among others. His work has been selected for the Gold Medal of Honor in 2014 and the Silver Medal of Honor in 2018 at the American Watercolor Society International Exhibition held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

Stephen's paintings have been on the covers and the subject of articles in many leading art magazines. He has also been an invited juror for a number of regional and national art exhibitions. Most recently 18 of his paintings hang at the governor's offices at the capitol and will until Governor Hickenlooper leaves office.

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A popular workshop instructor, he teaches his approach to color, water media, composition, and on-location painting, throughout North America and internationally. Stephen shows in the Mission Gallery of Taos, New Mexico, and during the summer months he and his wife, Marta, operate their Quiller Gallery in Creede, Colorado.