Art Workshops and Retreats Hawaii

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Abstract Expressionism – Online Painting Workshop

A course for Self-Expression. Self-Exploration and Fun!

  • Online 8-week, independent study painting course
  • Structured exercises offered weekly
  • We will use Zoom for our weekly critiques.Class time is about 2-hours.

Day: Tuesdays*
Time: 11am
(Hawaii time)
*Day doesn’t work?
Please let me know what day works best for you. Another class may be planned.

How it works:
New painting and/or drawing exercises will be introduced each week. I will explain the exercises via email and/or recorded video. Students will complete their painting exercises on their own time and we will meet 1x/week for shared critique and feedback.

You may choose whatever painting medium you prefer. However, I suggest acrylic on paper and will send a materials list. Size of artwork will vary, depending on your personal setup for painting at home.

All levels are welcome! Limited class size.
Sliding scale rate $35 – $50/class.
Payment in full required.
See ongoing student art work on my blog.
Student work from repetitive shape exercise.

I live along the famous ‘Red Road’ along the scenic black lava coast of Hawaii where there is an unlimited source of tropical beauty to inspire you. I can provide accommodation for one or two people in a private ‘ohana’ just steps away from my painting studio. Observe directly from nature or allow intuition to be your guide. A retreat allows one to focus on their creative expression and study a medium they would like to explore. Choose to stay one day, two days, or perhaps a full week.

Due to the pandemic all retreats are on pause.

Using picture plane
Ongoing: TBA
Time: TBA
Where: Online via Zoom
Cost: TBA
• Improve your ability to see
• Learn new drawing skills
• Practice drawing and painting from the right side of your brain

Materials: paper, pencil, eraser. Some additional materials are required.
Contact me for a complete list of course materials that are available online.
Supportive guidance. Have fun online!

*Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain™ is a book by Betty Edwards that since 1979 has been helping individuals learn to draw by tapping into the power of their own “right brains”.
Time: TBA
Where: Pahoa, Hawaii (Seaview Estates)
Cost: $35* 
*If you bring your own paper, paints and brushes the class fee is only $25.
We will paint outdoors or indoors depending on weather. Watercolor allows us to explore our use of control while challenging our ability to let go.
Supportive guidance and critique.
All levels welcome!
Materials included or bring your own watercolor paper & supplies if you have any. 


ALCOHOL INK PAINTING alcohol ink sample
Date: TBA
Where: TBA 
Cost: $35 (materials included)

Explore this exciting, vibrant and expressive medium. Alcohol ink lends itself to a large range of playful painting techniques. We will co-create a workshop in which we can discover new ways to apply this colorful, fluid and translucent medium on paper. Focus on experimentation and fun! All levels welcome. Music, supportive critique.

Intuitive Watercolor
• Painting from Nature
• Abstract Painting
Where: Hui No’Eau, Makawao
When: completed


Yoga & Alcohol Ink Painting Workshop
Join us for a collaborative Yoga & Painting workshop using alcohol inks. Led by Marcia Galleher and myself. All levels welcome!
10:30 – Noon  YOGA class at hOMe Yoga studio. Mats provided.
12:30 – 1:30   Catered vegan LUNCH at Abbie’s home
1:30 – 3:30     Alcohol Ink PAINTING at Abbie’s home art studio
Note: hOMe Yoga Studio and Abbie’s art studio are just three blocks from each other.
Marcia will start the day with a morning yoga class designed to enhance flexibility for the body and prepare for creative artistic expansion and surrender. Abbie will guide us in a class of alcohol ink painting, a vibrant and fluid medium which lends itself to playful, expressive and experimental painting techniques. Let go of control & enjoy!
Date: TBA
Where: Pahoa, Hawaii in Seaview Estates


Red Road with Painting

Tropical Expressions Using Watercolor & Collage
Dates: April 2018
Hui No’eau (Maui)
See blog photos

Abstract Painting Using Acrylics
April 2018
Hui No’eau
See blog photos

Abstract Expressionism Workshop
The Abstract Painting workshop was so much fun! Just view the photos from our class we just had this November to see how everyone explored their own abstract vocabulary. By painting bigger and with larger brushes people broadened their ideas and views of painting.


Watercolor & Collage Workshop
November 2016
My students expanded their experience with watercolor after demonstrating some basic techniques with the watercolor medium. They then recycled their artwork by creating collages with their paintings. This became a process in balancing control with releasing control, and then allowing for an entirely unpredictable outcome. As usual, I learned from my students as they revealed their unique creative skills and vision that they offered to the class.

Abstract Painting Workshop
November 2016
My student Kieran had fun expressing himself using repetitive shapes and rhythm during the abstract painting exercises last week.

kieran-2   kieran-abstract

Go with the Flow ~ Watercolor Painting and Collage 
February, 2016 (See photos below)
Watercolor painting and collage workshop along the Kalapana coast, aka Red Road of the Big Island of Hawaii. Students are inspired by exotic tropical beauty to paint both their inner and outer landscape.

Photos from: Go with the Flow ~ Watercolor Painting and Collage Workshop
Big Island of Hawaii, Winter 2016

Hawaii watercolor class photo


Intuitive Watercolor PaintingIntuitive painting circle formatDate: TBA
In this class we will explore various patterns and forms from nature. These patterns will be used as a point of departure to explore further abstraction. Using watercolor, line, collage and mixed media, students will develop their own abstract vocabulary as a form of self expression. Various watercolor techniques will be introduced with focus on experimentation, playfulness and fun!

See blog post from the most recent workshop. All levels welcome!
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: Seaview Estates, Pahoa, HI
Cost: $35 class fee