About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

Art is all around us! The natural world offers so much inspiration. I believe if we take a closer look at the world around us and how it is, we will be more in tune with our environment and being. Art can give us the ability to be more present.

By focusing in on the details, as well as seeing the big picture. I love incorporating a Hawaii Nei approach to some of my drawing and painting courses. In those courses, we look at the flora and fauna around us and I include additional knowledge and or cultural significance about the subject matter. This gives my students further connection to the subject of the lesson plus practical knowledge of the world around them.

As a teaching artist, my first goal is to facilitate the creative process and help students find their own voice. My approach to teaching starts with defined instruction, I start by giving the students the core fundamentals, working toward individual expression and creation, leading to the development of a unique artistic voice.

I enjoy working closely with teachers to meet certain curricular goals and can develop a residency that supports their curriculum.

I primarily teach drawing and acrylic painting, but have taught many different mediums. I also teach paper marbling.

I prefer to teach 3rd grade to adults.

Artist Biography

Bonnie Sol has been a working artist for over twenty years. Her work is inspired by natural surroundings and has developed a deep appreciation of lush color.
Bonnie Sol graduated from a 5 year dual degree program with Tufts University (BA in Anthropology) and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (BFA with concentration in Painting) in 1998.

Her art reflects the ever-changing natural world. Painted sunsets are records of moments passed, skies never to be repeated—every moment unique: beautiful, visceral, fleeting. Dramatic skies, rippling seas, and naturally occurring patterns are major components of her work. Bonnie Sol’s botanical works reflect the complex beauty of nature, light, and form, and are records of life in Hawaii. Collectors of her paintings can be found throughout the islands and around the world. Her work has been displayed in numerous invitational and juried exhibitions locally and nationally.

Bonnie Sol currently lives in Hilo, Hawaii, with her woodworker husband, two cats, and a dog named Po. She shows at six different galleries island wide


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.