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.


About the Workshops

The Hawai`i Watercolor Society sponsors one or two workshops each year, in the spring and fall. 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 Barbara Nechis, Don Andrews, Stephen Quiller, Ann Pember, Tony van Hasselt, Ong Kim Seng, Donna Zagotta, Robert Burridge, and Sandra Duran Wilson.

We also host smaller specific-topic workshops at various times throughout the year. Check our calendar of events for upcoming sessions.

2017 Fall Workshop  

Patrice Federspiel, Instructor

Patrice Federspiel, Instructor

EYES OF AWARENESS ©Patrice Federspiel Watercolor

EYES OF AWARENESS ©Patrice Federspiel

Imagine exploring the magic of watercolor, the beauty of Ho`omaluhia Botanical Gardens, and the thrill of self-discovery for three days. Infuse this scene with color, laughter, joy, and camaraderie and you’ve glimpsed the Hide-N-Seek Watercolor “Paint-Shop” (we work enough, let’s have some fun) Sept. 29, 30, & Oct. 1, 2017.

Watercolor has a way of taking us places we never knew we could reach. In addition to learning the basics of color and design, we’ll play with textures to add depth to our paintings.

Warning: the Hide-N-Seek process is addictive, be sure to bring lots of paper to class. You’ll want to start more than one painting each day! You’ll feel yourself unwind with every slap/dab of paint you apply to wet paper as the fun begins. While one painting is drying, you’ll begin another.

In between there will be time to sketch as you walk in the gardens, taking note of what attracts your attention. Later we’ll compare thoughts and ideas and maybe even collaborate on a painting together.

This will be a class like no other you’ve taken. We’ll delve a little deeper into our surroundings, our paintings, and ourselves. All the while you’ll have fun honing your vision and learning to see and experience the world through the lens of creativity and watercolor.

The Gates to the Gardens open at 9am and close at 4pm — we'll be painting from 9:30–3:30 (with a lunch break of course), and walk the grounds of this beautiful botanical garden tucked right up against the majestic Ko`olau mountains.

Whether you are new to watercolor or a seasoned painter, you will discover fun new ways to work with texture and color to bring the the paintings in your imagination to life.

For more information you can email Patrice: patrice@artofaloha.com to have any remaining questions answered.

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Select Member or Non-Member

September 29 - October 1, 2017
Instructor:  Patrice Federspiel
Location: Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens
Member Price: $265
Non-Member Price: $295

About the Instructor:

Full-time, professional artist, Patrice A Federspiel received a BS in Art Education at the University of WI/Madison. Her teaching career began when she moved to Honolulu in 2000. Watercolor mirrors Patrice’s passion for movement, growth, self-discovery, and change.

A signature member, past-president, and trustee of the Hawai`i Watercolor Society, Patrice shows her art in exhibits across the country, often winning awards. Her work can be found in many galleries throughout the Hawaiian Islands and at artofaloha.com