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Current Classes & Workshops

 

 


Volcano Art Center’s Cancellation and Refund Policy

If for any reason you need to cancel, please call 72 hours before class begins for a full refund. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm, (808) 967-8222. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the start of class. If class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, you will receive a full refund.


 

Ongoing Classes & Workshops

Stained Glass Open Studio

Volcano Art Center is pleased to offer stained glass open studio sessions on Monday evenings from 6pm – 9pm. Studio drop-ins are available for artists with some experience in Copper Foil Stained Glass who wish to use the equipment, hand tools and facilities independently. There will be a resource person for project help and questions. Fees are $10 per session or $40 for four sessions which includes a grinder bit. All other materials and supplies are not included in the fee. If special project help is required, please notify VAC prior to Open Studio. Pre-registration is required.

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June 2019

Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Beginning Hawaiian Language Level 1 with Kaliko Trapp, 6/6

Have you always wanted to learn Hawaiian but haven’t had the time? Just visiting the islands and want to immerse yourself in the culture? Or, are you new to the islands and unsure of how to pronounce street and place names? There are ever-increasing numbers of fluent Hawaiian speakers and now you can begin to learn this rich and vibrant language.

Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Level 1 will be offered for 8 weeks every Thursday night beginning June 6 – August 8, 2019, from 4pm – 5pm, with no class on June 20 & July 4. This basics class will focus on simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar, and sentence structure.

Classes will be held at Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus. Fee for the class is $90 and $80 for VAC members.
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Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Beginning Hawaiian Language Level 2 with Kaliko Trapp, 6/6

Have you always wanted to learn Hawaiian but haven’t had the time? Just visiting the islands and want to immerse yourself in the culture? Or, are you new to the islands and unsure of how to pronounce street and place names? There are ever-increasing numbers of fluent Hawaiian speakers and now you can begin to learn this rich and vibrant language.

Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Level 2 will be offered for 8 weeks every Thursday night beginning June 6 – August 8, 2019, from 5pm – 6:30pm with no class on June 20 & July 4. This class will focus on expanding simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar, and sentence structure.

Classes will be held at Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus. Fee for the class is $90 and $80 for VAC members.
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Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Beginning Hawaiian Language Level 3 with Kaliko Trapp, 6/6

Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Level 3 will be offered for 8 weeks every Thursday night beginning June 6 – August 8, 2019, from 6:30pm – 8pm with no class on June 20 & July 4. Some Hawaiian language experience is preferred for this series.

Classes will be held at Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus. Fee for the class is $90 and $80 for VAC members.
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A-Mazing Triangles – A bookbinding workshop with Charlene Asato, 6/22

Saturday,  June 22, 2019 | 9am – 12pm

Can a book be more than pages full of words? With imagination and some triangle know how you can create an A-Mazing Triangle book. After all, isn’t any good picture or book worth a thousand words?

Attendees of the “A-Mazing Triangle Workshop” will spend the morning creating triangular books. They’ll also learn different ways to turn a single piece of paper into triangular pages. Students will also get to explore various maze patterns that result in remarkable sculpture books. Bookbinding experience is not necessary.

Join instructor Charlene Asato for this wonderful three-hour workshop at Volcano Art Center on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 9am – 12pm. Cost for this workshop is $35 or $32 for VAC members plus a $10 supply fee.

Tools to bring: X-acto knife with fresh #11 blade, cutting mat, scissors, pencil, metal edge ruler, bone folder or butter knife, glue stick, old magazine or catalog for gluing.

Optional: any art supplies such as colored pencils, crayons, photographs for collaging, scraps of paper, scoring board, portable paper trimmer, punches, rubber stamps or stencils, etc.

Asato avidly pursues book arts, paper arts, photography, calligraphy and doll arts. Her work has been included in many juried shows locally and nationally.  In 2012, she had a solo exhibition of her books at East Hawaii Cultural Center.

This workshop is FULL! Please contact VAC to be placed on a Wait List. 
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Abstract Collaging Workshop with Darcy Gray, 6/22

Join Darcy Gray for a day of Abstract Collaging on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 10am – 2:30pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided.

Give collage a try in this one-day workshop where we will learn to “mix it up” with different types of papers, stencils, spray paint, stamps, inks and paint. The class will use 9” x 12” heavy watercolor paper which has been gessoed. Darcy will show you how to apply your own unique designs on to the collage paper.

In the morning session we will gather and create decorative papers, work on our basic layout, then in the afternoon bring all these elements together to create our own unique artworks. Embellish as you wish, add texture and color, bring in personal touches along the way, tell a story, or just dive in and have fun creating spontaneous expressive collages. Work at your own pace.

Basic acrylics paints, pencils, markers, brushes, stencils, papers, stamps, spray paint, and glue, will be provided in class, but students can bring their own supplies if they choose. Bringing an apron is suggested. Students will each get (5) 9” x12” gessoed heavy paper sheet to work on. Students may bring their own canvas, paper, or panels to work on if they wish, no larger than 9” x 12”. Bring a snack.

Class fee is $90/$85 VAC members plus a $20 supply fee. Advance registration is required and this workshop will be limited to 10 adults.

Darcy Gray holds a B.A. in 3 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 Darcy and her work, visit www.darcygrayfineart.com.

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Paint Your Own Silk Scarf with Patti Pease Johnson, 6/29

Open up your creativity and challenge yourself by learning this fun technique. It’s guaranteed to change the way you look at color.

In this workshop, you’ll paint your own 8” x 53” scarf using three colors of your choice, which will create many more colors on the silk. Pick a main color, then, choose the other two after learning about color theory. You’ll then be ready to mix your desired colors, achieved by pre-mixing the four process colors of dye (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). Students from previous classes have been amazed by what they refer to as “happy color accidents.”

Big Island artist and instructor Patti Pease Johnson will tell you, “It’s all about playing with colors. I supply all materials and guidance, you create. The fun time is your art journey for a few hours.” Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome.

Join her for the Paint Your Own Silk Scarf workshop on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 9:00am-12:30pm at Volcano Art Center. Cost is $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 www.volcanoartcenter.org.

In the final hour, students will use hot wax with the tjanting tool on Habotai silk to outline your more representational design and create a resist line for the dyes. Then you will paint and mix colors on the 10” x 10” silk artwork.

Patti Pease Johnson’s artwork can be found at galleries and shops across the State and in collections around the world. Patti has a designer’s ability to distill natural subjects into their most essential forms and to rearrange them in her paintings. Her artworks include sculpture, mobiles, fashions, soft pastels, and clay objects in abstract and expressionist styles.

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Arts & Tea Culture Workshop Series – A Pre-event for A Taste of Tea and Pottery Fundraiser

 The Volcano Art Center (VAC) announces the third annual A Taste of Tea & Pottery event to be held on Sunday, August 25th, from 12noon – 4pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

New to this year’s A Taste of Tea & Pottery fundraiser is the addition of a pre-event workshop series focusing on the role of the arts in tea culture and community.  The Arts & Tea Culture Workshops are designed to be attended as a series, providing participants a glimpse into the long history and cultural significance of a handmade tea bowl while highlighting locally produced teas which have become a unique agricultural product for the state of Hawaiʻi.

The Series is open to anyone interested in learning about the relationship between tea, arts and agriculture.  No experience is necessary. The three afternoon workshops are scheduled for Saturdays, May 18th 12noon – 5pm, June 29th 1- 4pm and July 27th 1- 4pm at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. ***All workshops require a minimum of 6 participants to be held. Reserve your space today!

Arts & Tea Culture Workshop #2 on June 29th from 1- 4pm

Students who attended workshop #1 will receive their bisque fired tea bowls from the previous session to glaze for high fire completion. In addition, a focused cupping and tasting of locally produced black teas with a brief discussion and demonstration on tea cultivar propagation for attendees to start a few tea plants on their own.

Arts & Tea Culture Workshop #3 on July 27th from 1- 4pm

Participants will collect their previously glazed bowls (new attendees will receive a new one to use) for the enjoyment of participating in a Japanese Tea Ceremony. It will be performed by artist and Chado practitioner Philippe Nault, along with an introduction to its origin, its evolution and its philosophical development as a “transformative practice”. A discussion on green tea, a brief review of Hawai`i green tea cultivation and production will follow.

The series can be attended for $60 (VAC members) or $75 for non-VAC members.  Individual workshops can be can be attended for $25 each. The first twenty members to register for all three workshops receive A Taste of Tea & Pottery ticket on Aug 25th for half price!  Registration is limited, call 967-8222 to register today! To purchase tickets, enroll for the workshops, or get more information about our August 25th A Taste of Tea & Pottery event call Volcano Art Center at 808-967-8222.

Proceeds from these special events will be used to help support the “Fire Arts” Program at VAC which includes ongoing ceramics and glass classes and workshops at the Volcano Art Center. The Volcano Art Center is dedicated to offering these programs which, in part thanks to funds raised, are now expanding and include high-fire pottery, flame-worked glass, and stained glass, and ceramic classes for students of the nearby Volcano School of Arts and Sciences.

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July 2019

Flameworking – An Introductory Class, 7/2

In the multi-faceted world of glass, Volcano Art Center is pleased to expand its offerings of glass art with two separate introductory Flameworking workshops on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 and Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 5 – 8pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Flameworking, also known as lampworking or torchworking, is a type of glasswork whereby the artist utilizes a torch or lamp to melt the glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is melted and shaped with tools and hand movements, forming beads, figurines, or other similar miniature artwork.

This class, designed for the student who has never touched a torch, is sure to spark your interest. Instructor Nash Adams-Pruitt will teach the regions of the flame and heat base for a solid foundation from which to build flamework skills.  Nash will lead the class in creating sphere forms and pendants.

You will complete this workshop with your own finished design, and the knowledge and experience of the basic skills involved to continue flameworking.

Class fee for either workshop is $80/$75 for VAC members plus a $40 supply fee. Attendees are asked to wear covered shoes. Advance registration is required and this workshop will be limited to 6 adults.

Artist Nash Adams-Pruitt specializes in functional glass art. He has been working borosilicate glass at the torch for six years.

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Flameworking – An Introductory Class, 7/9

In the multi-faceted world of glass, Volcano Art Center is pleased to expand its offerings of glass art with two separate introductory Flameworking workshops on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 and Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 5 – 8pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Flameworking, also known as lampworking or torchworking, is a type of glasswork whereby the artist utilizes a torch or lamp to melt the glass. Once in a molten state, the glass is melted and shaped with tools and hand movements, forming beads, figurines, or other similar miniature artwork.

This class, designed for the student who has never touched a torch, is sure to spark your interest. Instructor Nash Adams-Pruitt will teach the regions of the flame and heat base for a solid foundation from which to build flamework skills.  Nash will lead the class in creating sphere forms and pendants.

You will complete this workshop with your own finished design, and the knowledge and experience of the basic skills involved to continue flameworking.

Class fee for either workshop is $80/$75 for VAC members plus a $40 supply fee. Attendees are asked to wear covered shoes. Advance registration is required and this workshop will be limited to 6 adults.

Artist Nash Adams-Pruitt specializes in functional glass art. He has been working borosilicate glass at the torch for six years.

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Alternative Handbuilding – East African Pottery with Erik Wold, 7/6 

Saturday Mornings: 10am – 1pm

The Alternative Handbuilding – East African Pottery workshop series will focus on “direct pull” handbuilding techniques common throughout East Africa and neighboring regions. In 2017, Volcano Art Center in partnership with Hawai‘i Craftsmen was privileged to host a master class series instructed by world-renowned artist Magdalene Odundo. Instructor Erik Wold became enthralled with this alluring technique after participating in the Odundo workshop as a lab tech. After much practice, he is sharing what he learned in this new pottery series.

The series will start with a documentary showing and short videos followed by getting participants’ hands directly in clay. The focus will be on gaining control of this method creating small to medium sized work, culminating in a barrel firing fueled by woodchips. This primal yet nuanced technique is a great introduction to working with clay for those with no previous experience as well as an exciting opportunity for those with experience to learn something entirely new.

Alternative Handbuilding – East African Pottery is an eight-week workshop beginning Saturday, July 6, 2019, through Saturday, August 31, 2019 with no class on August 24, from 10am – 1pm. Cost is $200/$180 for VAC Members plus a $15 materials fee for 6 lbs of clay, which includes glazes and firing for that material. Additional clay will be available for purchase.

Open studio time will be available to registered students on Wednesdays from 2 – 5pm.  Cost is $10 per day, with tickets available at the Administration Office front desk during business hours.  Must be registered for a ceramics class to participate.

Erik Wold studied Art, specializing in Ceramics, at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, graduating in 1993. Erik’s primary focus has been creating functional high-fired pottery. Key areas of interest have been in the pottery traditions of Japan and most recently, East African handbuilding methods.

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Zentangle® Inspired Labyrinth Cartouches, 7/6

with Lois and Earl Stokes, Certified Zentangle Teachers

Saturday, July 6, 2019

10AM-1PM

Set aside a morning to Breathe, Relax, Create and Heal. Both Labyrinths and Zentangle can be practiced as a healing art, a mindful meditation or simply viewed as the creation of beautiful art. Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It is the repetitive nature of these patterns that brings us into a state of relaxed focus that some call meditation.

On this journey, we will

  • adorn labyrinth photos and a copper labyrinth trinket created by Lois
  • work with different ways to mount photos and objects
  • create ornate frames and borders to adorn your art and keepsakes

All art supplies will be provided. In this class you will receive:

  • specialty papers
  • adhesive sheets and museum putty
  • a copper labyrinth trinket created by Lois
  • a set of labyrinth photos by Lois
  • 5 circuit Chakra Vyuha finger labyrinth image adorned by Lois
  • booklet of tangles used to adorn frames and borders
  • a shared tray of various pens, pencils & edge scissors (returning students are encouraged to bring their favorite supplies)

Everyone is welcome. No prior knowledge of the Zentangle Method is necessary. This is a potluck so please feel free to bring some food to share. Cost is $35/$30 VAC Members plus a $10 supply fee.

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Edible Landscaping for Backyards and Beyond!, 7/6

Transform your lanai and lawn, your field and fence, into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants. Join instructor Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group  for the workshop, “Edible Landscaping for Backyards and Beyond!”

Attendees will explore a range of edible plants that can grow mauka to makai. A packet of practical readings and resources for further learning is included. Participants will get to take home a number of edible plants at the conclusion of the workshop.

The workshop will be held Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 9am – 2:30pm with a break for lunch. Course fees are $40/$30 for VAC members and plus a $15 materials fee.

How akamai are you about environmentally friendly landscaping and gardening? Have you ever considered methods for rapidly expanding the plant biodiversity for your garden? What are some of the most nutritious plants that you and your family can grow easily? If you’re saying, “yes, yes and (well) I have no idea!” then consider signing up for this workshop.

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Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold, 7/7

Sunday Mornings 11:30am – 2:30pm

Looking to expand your horizons and discover a satisfying creative outlet?  Cool off in Volcano this summer and join us for camaraderie in clay as we share inspiration and learn from one another at the ceramics studio in the unique rainforest setting of Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Teaching artist, Erik Wold, will provide instruction for this class including demonstrations of wheel throwing methods and be available for individualized assistance. Sunday Clay – High Fire!includes instruction in both wheelthrowing and handbuilding techniques. Stoneware clays are used in class and finished with professional quality high fire glazes and fired in a cone 9-10 reduction gas kiln. All skill levels are welcome, from those entirely new to working with clay, to the advanced. Topics will include basic, intermediate and advanced wheelthrowing techniques catered to individual skill level. Handbuilding is also a popular option, including pointers on slab, pinch and coil construction.

Eight registration slots are open to “wheel throwers”, and three additional places will be open to “hand builders”. Beginners, as well as continuing students, are welcome.

Sunday Clay – High Fire! is an eight-week workshop beginning Sunday, July 7, 2019, through Sunday, September 1, 2019 with no class on August 25. There will be a morning session from 11:30am – 2:30pm or an afternoon session from 2:45pm – 5:45pm.

Cost for either session is $200/$180 for VAC Members plus a $15 materials fee for 6 lbs of clay, which includes glazes and firing for that material. Additional clay will be available for purchase.

Open studio time will be available to registered students on Wednesdays from 2 – 5pm.  Cost is $10 per day, with tickets available at the Administration Office front desk during business hours.  Must be registered for a ceramics class to participate.

Erik Wold studied Art, specializing in Ceramics, at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, graduating in 1993. Erik’s primary focus has been creating functional high-fired pottery. Key areas of interest have been in the pottery traditions of Japan and most recently, East African handbuilding methods.

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Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold, 7/7

Sunday Afternoons 2:45pm – 5:45pm

Looking to expand your horizons and discover a satisfying creative outlet?  Cool off in Volcano this summer and join us for camaraderie in clay as we share inspiration and learn from one another at the ceramics studio in the unique rainforest setting of Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Teaching artist, Erik Wold, will provide instruction for this class including demonstrations of wheel throwing methods and be available for individualized assistance. Sunday Clay – High Fire!includes instruction in both wheelthrowing and handbuilding techniques. Stoneware clays are used in class and finished with professional quality high fire glazes and fired in a cone 9-10 reduction gas kiln. All skill levels are welcome, from those entirely new to working with clay, to the advanced. Topics will include basic, intermediate and advanced wheelthrowing techniques catered to individual skill level. Handbuilding is also a popular option, including pointers on slab, pinch and coil construction.

Eight registration slots are open to “wheel throwers”, and three additional places will be open to “hand builders”. Beginners, as well as continuing students are welcome.

Sunday Clay – High Fire! is an eight-week workshop beginning Sunday, July 7, 2019, through Sunday, September 1, 2019 with no class on August 25. There will be a morning session from 11:30am – 2:30pm or an afternoon session from 2:45pm – 5:45pm.

Cost for either session is $200/$180 for VAC Members plus a $15 materials fee for 6 lbs of clay, which includes glazes and firing for that material. Additional clay will be available for purchase.

Open studio time will be available to registered students on Wednesdays from 2 – 5pm.  Cost is $10 per day, with tickets available at the Administration Office front desk during business hours.  Must be registered for a ceramics class to participate.

Erik Wold studied Art, specializing in Ceramics, at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, graduating in 1993. Erik’s primary focus has been creating functional high-fired pottery. Key areas of interest have been in the pottery traditions of Japan and most recently, East African handbuilding methods.

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Writing from the Heart, 7/13 

The most powerful writing comes from the heart. What do you care about? What inspires you? What is special in your life? Frances Kai-Hwa Wang will offer the “Writing from the Heart” workshop on Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 9:30am – 4pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Write about the people, places, and memories that matter to you. Write to touch, inspire, move, persuade, and provoke readers. Write with emotion, write with spirit. Write from your own truest self to help others find theirs. This course explores the kind of writing that changes people, oneself included. And it begins honestly, one word, one day at a time.

Class fee is $75/$65 for VAC members. Bring a notebook, pen, and lunch.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a journalist, essayist, speaker, educator, and poet focused on issues of diversity, race, culture, and the arts. The child of immigrants, she was born in Los Angeles, raised in Silicon Valley, and now divides her time between Michigan and the Big Island of Hawai‘i. She has worked in philosophy, ethnic new media, anthropology, international development, nonprofits, and small business start-ups. Her writing has appeared at NBC News Asian America, PRI Global Nation, New America Media, Pacific Citizen, Angry Asian Man, Cha Asian Literary Journal, Kartika Review, and several anthologies, journals, and art exhibitions. She teaches courses on Asian/Pacific Islander American media and civil rights law at the University of Michigan, and she teaches creative writing at University of Hawaii Hilo and Washtenaw Community College. She co-created a multimedia artwork for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Indian American Heritage Project online and travelling art exhibition. Visit franceskaihwawang.com

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The Wonderful World of Wine & Watercolor, 7/16

Anyone can paint beautiful watercolors – even you! Artist Nancy DeLucrezia will offer the “Wonderful World of Wine & Watercolor” workshop on Tuesday, July 16 from 4 pm – 7pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Nancy will show you how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and introduce you to all the basic techniques you need to create a lovely painting of your picture. Techniques covered will include basic palette setup, color theory and mixing, masking, wet in wet, texturizing and how to create depth, highlights and shadows.

During the class, participants will enjoy a sampling of several wines from the wine store “Grapes” in Hilo.

Class fee is $35/$30 for VAC members plus a $17 supply fee. A still life photo will be provided for students to paint.

Nancy DeLucrezia majored in art at the State University of New York as a photographer and printmaker and has painted with watercolors for over 25 years. She has run a Japanese art gallery in New York City, designed public relations campaigns for several arts organizations, and developed a series of drawing and painting classes for children as well as an art therapy curriculum for adults. Before moving to the Big Island she was a member of the Santa Barbara Watercolor Society and Working Artists Ventura (WAV) where she produced and participated in numerous art and theatrical events. She also served as Director of Art Programs for Turning point Foundation and taught watercolor painting to adults with special needs.

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Beginner & Intermediate Mixed Media Encaustic, 7/20 

Join artist Mary Milelzcik for the Mixed Media Encaustic workshop on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 10 am – 2 pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Encaustic is a mixture of beeswax, damar resin and pigment, which is applied to a solid absorbent surface. Each time a new layer is applied, it must be fused. The layers can be enhanced by carving with tools or drawing with pigment, oil sticks etc. Photographs can be transferred and other materials imbedded to create a variety of amazing results with depth.

Mixed Media Encaustic is a hands-on workshop, where you’ll learn safe studio practices, all the encaustic painting basics, and how to make your own medium.  Encaustic techniques along with wet and dry shellac burns will be demonstrated. After instruction and experimenting, you will have the opportunity to create two encaustic paintings to take home with you.

Mary will provide panels and handmade paper to use as substrates and an assortment marking tools and brushes, and interesting papers, photographs, minerals, fibers, and other natural and found materials for students to incorporate into their paintings. Students are encouraged to bring other items they’d like to use. Advanced students can consult with the instructor in advance regarding specific projects. The class fee is $60/$55 for VAC members plus a $25 supply fee.

Mary Milelzcik has a B.A. degree from Sonoma State University’s School of Expressive Arts, a radical two-year upper division interdisciplinary experimental program that existed for several years in the 70’s. This transformative educational experience set the path for an interesting career as a mixed media artist and photographer; as the Curator at Highways Performance Space and Gallery in Santa Monica CA; and teaching experimental mixed media art and printmaking. Photography is an important tool in her creative and documentary projects as well as for capturing images to use as a base for mixed media encaustic paintings and prints.  She also gathers pigments and organic materials to incorporate into her work. Her artwork has been shown internationally. In her spare time, she provides strategic consultation and grant writing for small to medium sized nonprofits in Hawaii and California. She has a studio in Pahoa and specializes in mixed media art and printmaking. She experiments with local minerals and plants in her encaustic paintings.

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Arts & Tea Culture Workshop Series – A Pre-event for A Taste of Tea and Pottery Fundraiser

 The Volcano Art Center (VAC) announces the third annual A Taste of Tea & Pottery event to be held on Sunday, August 25th, from 12noon – 4pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

New to this year’s A Taste of Tea & Pottery fundraiser is the addition of a pre-event workshop series focusing on the role of the arts in tea culture and community.  The Arts & Tea Culture Workshops are designed to be attended as a series, providing participants a glimpse into the long history and cultural significance of a handmade tea bowl while highlighting locally produced teas which have become a unique agricultural product for the state of Hawaiʻi.

The Series is open to anyone interested in learning about the relationship between tea, arts and agriculture.  No experience is necessary. The three afternoon workshops are scheduled for Saturdays, May 18th 12noon – 5pm, June 29th 1- 4pm and July 27th 1- 4pm at the Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. ***All workshops require a minimum of 6 participants to be held. Reserve your space today!

Arts & Tea Culture Workshop #3 on July 27th from 1- 4pm

Participants will collect their previously glazed bowls (new attendees will receive a new one to use) for the enjoyment of participating in a Japanese Tea Ceremony. It will be performed by artist and Chado practitioner Philippe Nault, along with an introduction to its origin, its evolution and its philosophical development as a “transformative practice”. A discussion on green tea, a brief review of Hawai`i green tea cultivation and production will follow.

 Individual workshops can be can be attended for $25 each.

Proceeds from these special events will be used to help support the “Fire Arts” Program at VAC which includes ongoing ceramics and glass classes and workshops at the Volcano Art Center. The Volcano Art Center is dedicated to offering these programs which, in part thanks to funds raised, are now expanding and include high-fire pottery, flame-worked glass, and stained glass, and ceramic classes for students of the nearby Volcano School of Arts and Sciences.

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