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 Katherine Love, 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.

The 2018 Spring Workshop with tom hoffman

Simplifying the Plein Air Subject

HWS is excited to offer an opportunity to paint with award winning watercolor artist, Tom Hoffman.  Well known for his paintings, teaching style, and writing, Tom will offer Hawaii artists daily demonstrations and discussions about paintings as well as painting en plein air at open sites around Honolulu. 

“We will paint mostly outdoors. Typically, we will begin each day with a warm-up exercise and either a demonstration or a step-by-step guided painting. The emphasis will be on identifying what is essential in a subject and what is optional. We will also practice recognizing when in the sequence of layers the shapes take on their identity, in order to avoid becoming specific prematurely.”

Afternoons will be spent painting on site at various locations around Honolulu.  The tentative sites for the morning sessions is at The Arts at Marks Garage on Nu`uanu Avenue. The afternoon sites including places like Chinatown, the Hawaiian Mission Houses and Sand Island, will be announced at a later date.  

The workshop is designed to accommodate painters at all levels of skill and experience.

Click here for the Materials List


Dates to Remember:

  • If you paid a deposit, the final payment due by March 30, 2018
  • Workshop: April 9 - April 12, 2018

The workshop is full. There will be another in the fall so check back here!  (Registration was limited to allow Tom "make the rounds" and spend some time with each individual a couple of times each day.)

Dates: Monday April 9th through Thursday April 12th.   Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location (Tentative): The Arts at Marks in the morning or other daily site to be discussed on the first day.

Cost: $450 for HWS Members, $500 for Non-Members. 

Workshop Chair: Anita Bruce. Please contact her for further information or questions.

Click here for the Materials List

The workshop is full and for those of you that paid a deposit (as opposed to pre-paying the entire amount) the final payment must be made before the start of the workshop by March 30, 2018.

To pay your balance due online, please make payment via the Pay Pal link here.

Need help? Contact Anita Bruce at anitab@hawaii.rr.com. 

For further information on Tom, go to http://hoffmannwatercolors.com/. While you're there, Tom also invites you to view his homework blog where he post exercises and assignments on simplifying paintings for his classes in Seattle.

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