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
Thursday Evening Pottery Drop-in
The Volcano Art Center Ceramics Program has expanded to include evening classes, every Thursday,, from 6 – 9 pm. The drop-in style class will allow local residents and visitors to Hawaiʻi Island the opportunity to try their hand at creating with clay on the potter’s wheel, without having to commit to a 8 or 10 week long series.
Our teaching artist Erik Wold will be available for individualized assistance—answering questions and troubleshooting problems. The emphasis will be placed on getting a feel for working on the potter’s wheel and experiencing the thrill of hand-forming a pot in motion. Each class will include an introduction to working on the potter’s wheel, along with a step by step demonstration of its use. Students will then try their hand at wheel throwing under the guidance and supervision of the instructor. Students will be given up to 5 pounds of clay to experiment with during the evening.
This is a chance to see how you like working with clay on the potter’s wheel, and perhaps consider a full-length class in the future or simply sign up for another Drop-in Evening! Students with all levels of clay experience are welcome.
“Thursday Evening Pottery Drop-in” happens every Thursday from 6 – 9pm. Cost for each evening session is $35/$30 for VAC members. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.
Just for practice – Ample clay will be provided, to be returned to the recycle bin at the end of class.
Pots to be kept:
One-time attendee – $7 per lb. to be trimmed, glazed and fired by the instructor (typically about $7 per kept item).
Returnees – $3 per lb. of clay purchased in the studio. Includes glaze and firings. No outside clay.
Erik Wold is a full time potter living in Volcano Village. He is a member of the Volcano Village Artists Hui, and sells his wares regularly at the Saturday Hilo Farmers Market, and Sunday Cooper Center Farmers Market in Volcano. Erik studied Ceramics at the University of Hawaiʻi, Hilo, graduating in 1993.
Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Beginning Hawaiian Language Part Three, 8/2
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 Part Three will be offered for 8 weeks every Thursday night beginning August 2, 2018, from 5pm – 6:30pm. This basics class will focus on expanding simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar, and sentence structure. Some basic Hawaiian language experience is preferred.
Classes will be held at Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus. Fee for the class is $90 and $80 for VAC members. The required workbook for the class is Nā Kai ʻEwalu and it is available at the UH Hilo bookstore. It is also recommended for students to have a Hawaiian language dictionary.
Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Beginning Hawaiian Language Part Six, 8/2
Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Part Six will be offered for 8 weeks every Thursday night beginning August 2, 2018 from 6:30pm – 8pm. This class will focus on expanding simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar, and sentence structure. 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. The required workbook for the class is Nā Kai ʻEwalu and it is available at the UH Hilo bookstore.
Hands-On Fermented Foods Workshop: Pickled Veggies & Yogurt with Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Foods, 8/18
Saturday, August 18 | 10am – 1pm
Join Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Foods for a hands-on workshop to learn the step-by-step process of making your own fermented vegetables and probiotic-rich yogurt on Saturday, August 18, from 10am – 1pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.
The class will focus on lactic-acid fermentation, or fermentation by naturally occurring anaerobic bacteria. We will also discuss the health benefits of fermented foods in the diet. A variety of vegetables will be available to pickle; including cucumber, carrot, daikon, and others. The other half of the class we will learn how to make yogurt at home using dairy of choice, and we will discuss methods for dairy-free yogurt. Each student will take home their own fermented vegetables and yogurt culture!
Cost for the workshop is $55 and $50 for VAC members. Pre-registration is required. All supplies and Organic ingredients will be provided. No cooking skills necessary, just an interest in real, whole food. Fermentation is an Art not a Science… It’s flexible and fun, not rigid or difficult.
Jasmine is a holistic chef and retreat caterer on the Big Island. She began experimenting in the world of fermentation in 2011, shortly after being diagnosed with a severe autoimmune condition. The benefits she has received from discovering and engaging in the world of microbes has proven to be invaluable. She hopes to share her experience and inspire others to cultivate their own health. Find more information about Jasmine and her services at www.heartbeetfoods.com.
Waiho’olu’u Ola Indigo Dyeing Workshop, 8/25
Learn the magical process of creating with nature’s oldest natural dye, indigo. In this workshop, you’ll use traditional methods of banding and folding in traditional and modern shibori styles to create patterns as you explore the alchemy of the beautiful plant pigment, indigo. The Waiho’olu’u Ola Indigo workshop happens on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 12:30 – 3:30pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.
Learn to dye natural fiber goods in a plant derived indigo vat. Create Shibori resist patterns using folding, wrapping, and clamping techniques, as well as how to control hue density with multiple dyeing submersions. You’ll also learn the basic fundamentals of this historic dyeing process. All dyestuff will be provided and the fabric is natural fiber and sustainable. Each participant will leave with a new skill and understanding of Indigo Dye as well as their own finished sample pieces.
Participants may bring 1-5 small items of your own to dye, avoiding bulky or heavy pieces (towels, linens, yards of fabric, bedding etc.), as vat space and time are limited. Items must be cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or anything natural – no synthetics, as they accept the color the best. Please pre-wash items for best result.
Class fee is $55/$50 for VAC members plus a $25 supply fee.No experience is necessary. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
Waiho’olu’u ola : Living Color Dyery is a creative natural collective started by a husband, Justin (the alchemist) and a wife, Wai‘ala (the artist) duo who work together to share the magic and alchemy of natural living color dyes; including indigo, olena, avocado, hibiscus, etc. Outside the joy of sharing the alchemy of natural dye in workshops with others, the two love sharing their love for the natural plant world and the process of co-creating consciously with nature.
Zentangle: Basics and Beyond with Lydia Meneses, 8/25
August 25, 2018
Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. There are no mistakes in Zentangle. As you first glance at a Zentangle art piece it appears intricate and complicated. But, when you are guided through the process, you realize how simple it is – and how fun and engrossing it becomes.
Beginners learn the basic Zentangle art method of drawing and those with experience get the guidence they need to take their Zentangle practice a step further.
- Introduction to the Zentangle Art Method
- Five elements: dot, straight line, S shape, C shape, & orb
- Zentangle basic vocabulary
- Benefits of meditation through a mindful drawing practice.
Zentangle Basics kit will be provided that contains a Sakura 01 pen, mini pencil, tortillion and 3 tiles. Additional Zentangle information is included.
Please bring a light refreshment to share.
Cost is $35 / $30 VAC members plus a $10 supply fee. Please bring a light refreshment to share.
“Painting with Peggy” 8/27
Get the results that you want from Acrylic Paints and together with Peggy Stanton and other artists, receive the instruction and inspiration you need to do your best work ever on canvas!
Margaret “Peggy” Stanton leads an ongoing series of three hour Acrylic Painting Sessions for artists of all levels. Learn about Peggy’s Perfect Pallet and paint with gorgeous, harmonious color every time!
Begin your first session with a 16″x 20″ canvas and a subject or place that is dear to your heart!
Margaret helps artists to heighten and accentuate their own unique vision while guiding the individual’s artistic journey. With important tips on Color and Acrylic Paints and Mediums, artists can create a painting on canvas using a fun, intuitive painting process. She guides artist on “painterly” ways to put on the finishing stokes or even plan a large project. Stanton also offers individual instruction for artists during each session. No previous experience needed.
Students bring their own supplies and easels. Find a suggested material list at margaretstantonart.com. Click the Painting With Peggy Page for information and class handouts to enjoy! If you have any questions please email Peggy Stanton at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Painting with Peggy” Acrylic Painting Class will be held at Volcano Art Center N‘iaulani Campus on Monday, August 13 & 27, from 12 – 3pm. Cost for each session is $20/$15 for VAC Members.
Stained Glass Basics I, 9/1
Whimsical shapes, illustrative scenes or divine stories, stained glass has re-created the light in our lives for centuries. Stained glass artisans use both glass color and texture to produce light forms and patterns creating mood and character in small and large spaces. Want to know more? Then this four-session stained glass workshop will shed some light on the process of stained glass.
Now you can try your hand at making stained glass art in this workshop for beginners. All of the basic techniques will be covered, from glass cutting, foiling, soldering, and completing with patina and polishing compound. Glass artist Lois Pollock will share her expertise and knowledge, teaching students the skills involved in working safely with stained glass, and creating a beautiful, sturdy piece of art.
“Stained Glass Basics I” will be held at Volcano Art Center on September 1, 2, 8 & 9 2018: Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 12pm. Class fee is $100/$90 for VAC members plus a $15 supply fee. Attendees are asked to wear long pants, snug fitting gloves, covered shoes and safety glasses. Advance registration is required and this workshop will be limited to 6 adults.
Zentangle: Fancy Fiddles, 9/8
with Dina Wood Kageler
Saturday, September 8, 2018
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join us in celebrating Volcano’s Hāpu‘u Tree Ferns!
Inspired by Volcano’s own rainforests, we will use a fiddle head “string” and fill it with tangles using watercolors and pens. We will explore the range of a new pen and expand on watercolor and tangling techniques.
Returning tanglers are encouraged to bring your favorite Zentangle supplies. Loaner pens, pencils and watercolors will be available. No artistic experience needed. Zentangle Basics and watercolor experience helpful but not required.
Cost is $35 / $30 VAC members plus a $10 supply fee. Please bring a light refreshment to share.
The Wonderful World of Wine & Watercolor, 9/18
Anyone can paint beautiful watercolors – even you! Artist Nancy DeLucrezia will offer the “Wonderful World of Wine & Watercolor” workshop on Tuesday, September 18 from 4 pm – 7pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani 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.
Stained Glass Basics II: Exterior Lamp Project, 9/22
In this class, you will take an off-the-shelf exterior light fixture and replace its existing glass with flat panels constructed during the class. This is home décor with a personalized touch! “Stained Glass Basics II: Exterior Lamp Project,” taught by Claudia McCall, will be offered on September 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2018: Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 12pm.
Claudia will provide several patterns from which to choose, though students are welcome to bring their own ideas. You will complete this 4-session workshop with a finished exterior lamp, and the knowledge and experience of the basic skills involved to continue working with stained glass.
Class fee is $100/$90 VAC members plus a $30 supply fee. An additional $30 supply fee will be charged for students who wish to purchase the light fixture from VAC. Anyone with prior copper foil stained glass experience is welcome to enroll.
Attendees are asked to wear long pants, snug fitting gloves, covered shoes and safety glasses. Please bring a glass cutter and soldering iron if you have them. Advance registration is required and this workshop will be limited to 6 adults.
Claudia McCall started working in stained glass in 2006, when a friend gifted her with a piece. She loved the way the sunlight played through the different types of glass, and wanted to explore the possibilities of interpreting the natural world, and interest spurred by her mother’s love of art and her grandmother’s love of birding. Her goal is to interpret Hawai‘i’s unique environment through the stylized lens of stained glass.
Flameworking – An Introductory Class, 9/22
In the multi-faceted world of glass, Volcano Art Center is pleased to expand its offerings of glass art workshops with “Flameworking – An Introductory Class” on September 22 & 23: Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 4:30pm.
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 blown 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 is $160/$155 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 4 adults.