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Experimental Watercolors Workshop at Volcano Art Center

March 22, 2017, 12:30 PM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:54 PM
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Beginner and intermediate artists are invited to join Big Island artist Patti Pease Johnson for the “Experimental Watercolors” workshop on April 8, from noon to  3:30 p.m. at Volcano Art Center.

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.

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.

Now take these haphazard glass pieces and marry them with watercolor, then add your own playful attitude. This is Experimental Watercolors! Like music on paper, colors flow in delicate waves.

This is Experimental Watercolors. Like music on paper, colors flow in delicate waves.

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Each student will create three to five separate 8-by-8-inch watercolor paintings on cold press watercolor paper using pre-broken glass as a catalyst to spark creativity.

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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 glass pieces and three to four paints right out of the tube.

After the first drying and glass removal, each piece is brought to further expressiveness by using detailed watercolor techniques—washes, spatters, lifting, value gradations, dry brush and more.

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When asked to describe the experience, Johnson explained, “You can’t help but wonder what is going to happen after your first piece of glass is put on watercolor paper. In painting, the more chances you take, the more you will stretch the limits of your understanding, and in turn, the more you will grow as an artist.”

Johnson’s artwork can be found at galleries and shops across the state and in collections around the world.

The workshop costs $50 and $45 for VAC members, plus a $10 supply fee per person.

For more information or to register call VAC at 808-967-8222 or visit on line at www.volcanoartcenter.org.

About Volcano Art Center
The Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary and performing arts. Visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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