Experimental watercolor workshop slated at VAC

  • Courtesy photo This piece of artwork is called “Eruption.” The Volcano Art Center is having an experimental watercolor workshop Saturday, April 10.

Imagine glass being shattered. The random shapes and patterns are totally unpredictable.

Now take these haphazard glass pieces and marry them with watercolors, then add your own playful attitude.


This is experimental watercolors.

Like music on paper, colors flow in delicate waves.

Join Big Island artist Patti Pease Johnson for an experimental watercolor workshop from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at Volcano Art Center. Cost for the workshop is $50, or $45 for VAC members, plus a $15 fee, inclusive of supplies.

Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome.

Each student will create 3-5 separate 8-by-8-inch watercolor paintings on cold press watercolor paper using pre-broken glass as a catalyst to spark creativity. Students will also be taught theories of good composition, along with color theory and color wheel use.


Abstract qualities are the focus in this workshop, using 3-4 paints right out of the tube with the glass. After the first drying and glass removal, each piece is brought to further expressiveness by using detailed watercolor techniques of washes, spatters, lifting, value gradations, dry brush and more.

For more information or to register, call VAC at 967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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