Our Story

About Us

Maya Ratcliff, founder of Hawaii Fluid Art, began her art career helping people with brain injuries delve into their artistic talents as therapy. She eventually developed her proprietary method of fluid art using acrylic paints and a special pouring medium while working from her home and area resorts. As word spread by students thrilled at seeing what they could create, even first-timers, Ratcliff opened the first Hawaii Fluid Art studio where her fluid art technique is taught during multiple daily classes. 

This is not your typical painting class. Hawaii Fluid Art created a fluid art style all its own. “I feel that everyone can be an artist, and I love helping inspire people and bringing joy to people through art,” Ratcliff explains. “Fluid art is a fun way to bring people together for a unique experience focused on self-expression. Together, we make feel-good art.” In addition, our instructors go through a certified training process that teaches color theory, design, process, and our proprietary fluid art techniques. Hawaii Fluid Art’s professional instructors help students achieve beautiful results every time.

Explore your inner artist while creating beautiful one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Unique and fun art is what Hawaii Fluid Art is known for.

David Alfaro Siqueiros

Fluid Dynamics

Different pigments of paint are made of different materials, each with a specific weight and density. Some are heavier, such as metals, and some, such as those from plant matter or resins, are lighter. When the pigments are all suspended and mixed together in a similar fluid medium, the various pigments push and pull against each-other.

Depending on the pigment’s viscosity and quantity, they move around, sometimes mix, and often they rise or sink to create the appearance of organic cells on the canvas. There is always a bit of mystery as to what your final piece will look like, which is part of the joy of this technique.

Find a class that’s right for you.

Our Happy Students

So much fun!!! Each creation was unique and beautiful. Highly recommend.

Ember Teubert

Had such a wonderful and memorable experience ???? super fun! Highly recommend!

Engracia Bohol-Alvarez

What a fun and easy art class!! We took the beginners class and our paintings came out AMAZING!! It was my first time doing an acrylic pour and it was so satisfying and relaxing, lol, almost therapeutic! Thank you so much!

Courtney Sabater Hart

The whole experience of creating my own painting with an instructor’s guidance was fantastic! I want to do it again!

Laura Beech Bauer

Fun experience and you get to make something beautiful!!!

Stacie Wondra Dahl

My mom and I had so much fun. It’s so easy and nice to get artsy without the hassle of cleaning up and making space. They’ve got it all ready for you! Definitely doing this again with a group of my girls, but it’s great for anyone at any age! Would definitely recommend to anyone.

Keakealani Pauahi Iona

Absolutely best time ever!!!!! Thank you! We will be back!

Angelina Maria

My 6 year old daughter and I had the BEST time!!! We love Hawaii Fluid Art and will be back!

Heather Haniford Beaton

Awesome girls night, thank you Hawaii Fluid Art!

Nālani Holzgrove

What a fun class! Maya was so amazing on explaining to us step by step how to create our masterpieces. We can’t wait for our next class.

Kerrie Domb Mattis

Resin Workshops

Create a stunning one of a kind resin piece. Ocean scenes, abstract, layered pours, and more. Low VOC and easy to work with materials, make this class a student favorite.


Beyond the Canvas

All Hawaii Fluid Art can be applied to hundreds of products: reprints, wall art, home decor, apparel and more. Visit the Hawaii Fluid Art “Beyond the Canvas” eStore for more information.

Beyond the Canvas

All Hawaii Fluid Art can be applied to hundreds of products: reprints, wall art, home decor, apparel and more. Visit the Hawaii Fluid Art “Beyond the Canvas” eStore for more information.


Operate Your Own Studio

Contact Maya for franchising opportunities in your local community.

Get in Touch


Book Hawaii
Queens' Marketplace
69-201 Waikoloa Beach Dr
Waikoloa, HI 96738

Book Kansas
Zona Rosa
7270 NW 86th Place
Kansas City, MO 64153

Email Us



Monday — Sunday
10:00AM - 9:00PM

Click Here to Contact a Location Near You

BOOK A CLASS! Skip to content