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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

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.

If students wish to keep pieces created that evening, they will be able to sign up for more evening sessions to trim, finish and glaze their pieces.  If their time is limited, such as visitors to Hawaiʻi Island, cost of pieces will be calculated by weight and finishing labor to be completed by the instructor.  (For example, an 8 fluid ounce cup is estimated to total about $10).  Finished pieces will be available for pick up at VAC, or shipped if necessary.

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.

Canceled on Thursday, April 19. 
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 April 2018

Gold Leaf and Illumination with Rose Adare, 4/21

For all painters seeking a little light in their life, “Gold Leaf and Illumination” is a class dazzled by all that sheens and shines. Artist Rose Adare will offer the “Gold Leaf and Illumination” workshop on Saturday, April 21 from 10am – 3pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Students will learn how to lay out and prepare their materials to implement gold, copper, or silver leaf in the most effective way possible. Tutorials will include how to incorporate leaf with under-paintings and over-paintings, how to work highlights and shadows into their paintings, the distinction between warm and cool light, and how to seal leaf properly. Other topics include metallic pigments and metal paints.

All levels are welcome! Please bring all of your painting supplies (oils or acrylics, brushes, solvents, mediums if you use them, and cleaning supplies)  including 3 different photos to work with and two small canvases, no bigger than 11”x14”. Class fee is $65/$60 for VAC members plus a $15 supply fee. The supply fee will be waived for those who bring their own gold leaf sizing and sealant.

Rose Adare is a graduate of the San Francisco Academy of Art University, and trained under the esteemed living master David Hardy. Adare began her Fine Art career at The Muse Studio, founding the annual Muse Showcase: A Celebration in Art and Music, in Berkeley, CA. Struck by a municipal train in 2005, Adare spent the following years in physical rehabilitation and retaught herself how to paint, returning to the art scene in 2009. Adare’s portrait series Restraint & Revolution was featured as part of a 3-woman concurrent solo show at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and went on tour throughout the states with 21 evocative oil paintings.

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Flameworking – An Introductory Class, 4/28

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 April 28 & 29: Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 4pm.

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 6 adults.

Artist Nash Adams-Pruitt specializes in functional glass art. He has been working borosilicate glass at the torch for four years. 
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 May 2018

Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Beginning Hawaiian Language Part Two, 5/10

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 Two will be offered for 8 weeks every Thursday night beginning May 10, 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.
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Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Beginning Hawaiian Language Part Five, 5/10

Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Part Five will be offered for 8 weeks every Thursday night beginning May 10, 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.
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Landscaping with Native Hawaiian Plants with Zach Mermel, 5/12 

Locally adapted. Relatively low maintenance. A habitat for beneficial organisms. These are just some of the positive aspects of incorporating native plants into your garden and landscape. Instructor Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group will teach the Landscaping with Native Hawaiian Plants workshop on Saturday, May 12, from 9am – 12pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

In this hand-on workshop, you’ll interact first-hand with a variety of native plants found throughout Hawai‘i Island’s various microclimates, and learn how to integrate these ecosystems allies into your outdoor ecosystem. Join the fun!

Class fee is $35/$30 VAC Members. To register, call 808-967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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Zentangle: Fine Feather-Like Friends with Lydia Meneses, 5/12

Saturday, May 12, 2018

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lydia will discuss a brief background of the many uses of feathers in different cultures and religions, and the symbolism of the feather in many cultures and religions. All materials will be either supplied or available for borrowing.  During this session we will be creating tiles with the feather-like form as our focus.  Students’ kits will include various Zentangle tiles, 2 General pastel chalk pencils & blending tortillions.

Our class will be guided with Zentangle’s traditional ceremony and method.

  • Gratitude
  • Appreciation
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness & awareness

This class is open to all levels, no Zentangle or art experience necessary.  Participants are welcome to bring their favorite drawing tools.

Students are asked to bring snacks to share.

Cost is $35 / $30 VAC members plus a $10 supply fee.

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The Wonderful World of Wine & Watercolor, 5/15

Anyone can paint beautiful watercolors – even you! Artist Nancy DeLucrezia will offer the “Wonderful World of Wine & Watercolor” workshop on Tuesday, May 15 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.

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Healing Through Words with Dr. Heather Rivera, 5/19

Have you always wanted to write a book but don’t know where to start?  Is fear holding you back? Do you wonder where you’ll get the time to write?  You know the story needs to be told—your voice wants to be heard. You feel it deep in your soul. Don’t let uncertainty hold you back.

Join Dr. Heather Rivera for the 1 ½ hour creative writing workshop, “Healing Through Words” on Saturday, May 19 from 10am – 11:30am at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus. She will use imagery, visualization, and prompts to help you tap into your creative muse and discover the healing power of writing. You will also have the opportunity to share your writing in a safe supportive environment, if you choose.

Amazon best-selling Author, Heather Rivera, found healing while writing her first novel and has been sharing the power of writing in workshops. Find your voice and let the words flow. Class fee is $35/$30 VAC Members.

Dr. Heather Friedman Rivera obtained her Ph.D. in Parapsychic Science in 2011, her Doctorate in Law in 2002 and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in Past-life Regression. She trained with Dr. Brian Weiss at The Weiss Institute. Heather is also a Registered Nurse with over 25 years of experience. She is the author of seven books. contributing author in five books, and author of numerous articles. She serves as an editor for the International Journal of Regression Therapy. Heather has been featured in print, radio, and web television. Heather holds workshops and retreats on writing and past life regression, and coaches writers from dream to book-in-hand.
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Stained Glass Basics I, 5/19

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 May 19, 20, 26 & 27 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.

You will complete this 4-session workshop with a finished light-catcher, and the knowledge and experience of the basic skills involved to continue working with stained glass.

“Stained Glass Basics II” will be offered on June 2, 3, 9 & 10, 2018: Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 12pm. This class will cover pattern design, allowing students to work on their own design as a second project upon successful completion of “Stained Glass Basics I.” Class fee is $100/$90 VAC members plus a $30 supply fee. Students should bring a stained glass design for review to the first class, no larger than 12” x12”. Anyone with prior copper foil stained glass experience is welcome to enroll.

Students may enroll in both “Stained Glass Basics I & II” at the same time.
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Flameworking – An Introductory Class, 5/26

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 May 26 & 27: Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 5pm.

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 6 adults.

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