WORKSHOP: Abstract Painting at Volcano Art Center

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Darcy Gray will be hosting an Abstract Painting workshop on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. This class is for those with a basic painting background who would like to explore the techniques of abstract painting.

Abstract Painting. Courtesy photo.

Gray shares her passion for abstract painting in this introductory class which will help students learn how to take risks and gain more confidence in their own way of painting. Students will develop sketches into final art pieces, play with perspective and focus, work with colors, then push themselves to paint intuitively and at different scales. Sketch paper will be provided in class for warm up exercises and roughing out paintings.

The class will paint on 18-by-24-inch heavy watercolor paper which has been gessoed. Gray will lead students through fun drills throughout the class, and students will be able to take home all of their work.

Basic acrylic paints, pencils, brushes, other tools will be provided in class, but students can bring their own if they choose. The class fee is $90 or $85 for VAC members plus a $20 supply fee for five sheets of 300-pound watercolor paper, pre-gessoed. Advance registration is required and this workshop will be limited to eight adults.


o register, call Volcano Art Center at (808) 967-8222 or go online.

Gray holds a B.A. in three dimensional design from the City of Birmingham University in England. Her work has been featured in multiple exhibitions throughout Hawai‘i and California, in both solo and group shows. In 2016, she received awards from the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawai‘i Island Art Alliance, and Honorable Mention in the 2018 Wailoa Center show, Jan Ken Po.

For more information on Gray and her work, go online.


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.

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