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

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.
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Stained Glass Open Studio

NEW! 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. To register, please call Volcano Art Center at (808) 967-8222 or

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January 2018

Documentary Poetry Workshop, 1/20 

Join author Susan M. Schultz for the “Documentary Poetry” writing workshop on Saturday, January 20 from 9am – 1pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Poets and non-poets alike will delight in learning the techniques to create their own documentary prose or poetry.

Documentary poetry is a form of poetry that seeks to document historical events, as well as expresses political, social or cultural issues. In Joseph Harrington’s essay, “Docupoetry and Archive Desire,” he defines documentary poetry as poetry that (1) contains quotations from or reproductions of documents or statements not produced by the poet and (2) relates historical narratives, whether macro or micro, human or natural.

The workshop will begin with a brief discussion of some readings from documentary poetry, such as Donovan Kuhio Colleps’s Proposed Additions. Students are asked to bring some of the following documents: a family photograph, a sketch/plan of your house, instructions for a machine that you’ve used, a map of your neighborhood, definition of the name of your street, what you can find in a quick Google search about the history of your street, or neighborhood. Documents will likely be different for each person.

The workshop will then involve a free write about the photograph, insertion of instructions or blueprints into the free write material, a free write on your street name and where it’s placed on the map, and the bringing together of private materials and public ones. In the final step, you’ll discover how our private lives intersect with public histories.

Class fee is $40/$35 for VAC members.

Susan M. Schultz is a professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and has lived in Hawai‘i since 1990. She is the author of many books and chapbooks of poetry and poetic prose, including two volumes of Dementia Blog (Singing Horse Press) and others of Memory Cards (Singing Horse, Vagabond, Equipage forthcoming). She has also authored a book of literary criticism and edited two others. She founded Tinfish Press, which publishes experimental poetry from the Pacific, in 1995. Tinfish’s website can be found here: www.tinfishpress.com. Susan lives in Temple Valley with her husband, two kids and three animals. She cheers for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Stained Glass Basics I, 1/20 

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 January 20, 21, 27 & 28, 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 February 3, 4, 10 & 11, 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.

Stained Glass Basics I is FULL! Please contact VAC to be placed on a Wait List. 
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Make Your Own Mini Orchid Display, 1/27

 If you’re an orchid hobbyist or someone with a budding orchid addiction you’ll want to join Shelby Smith and Donna Barr from the Hilo Orchid Society for Volcano Art Center’s “Build Your Own Mini Orchid Display” workshop.  These two will be on hand to answer questions and show you some tips, tricks and their orchid “know-how”.

The workshop will involve education on orchids and designing and building a mini orchid display. Different categories of mini orchid displays will be covered, including Garden, Flower Arrangement/Cut Flowers/Ikebana, and Keiki.

Want to know more? Join us on Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9am – Noon at Volcano Art Center’s Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Cost for the workshop is $25 and $20 for VAC Members. Pre-registration is required.

Not only will you learn a thing or two, but also, thanks to the Hilo Orchid Society, you’ll be able to take home an orchid.

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February 2018

Professional Documentation for Artists workshop with Gwendolyn O’Connor, 2/3

Calling all artists in every medium! Are you aware of all of the proper professional documentation necessary for selling your art in Hawai‘i? Artist Gwendolyn O’Connor will show you how to professionally prepare your art for galleries and competitions. Discover how the backside of art is presented and so much more in the “Professional Documentation for Artists” workshop on Saturday, February 3 from 9am – 12pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

The emphasis of the workshop is on learning how to prepare a Certificate of Authenticity, Artist Biography, and Artwork’s Title & Description.  Each participant will partake in hands-on, step-by-step preparation of their own individual documentation, regardless of the art medium. In the instance of three-dimensional art, one should provide the same documentation in a folder to be given to the art patron. Next to the original artwork itself, good documentation is the best long-term investment you can make in your art practice.

Attendees are asked to bring their laptop or other device with a word processor or Photoshop, or a notebook for writing. Artists should also provide a photograph of themselves that they are happy with, or prepare to be photographed. Professional photographer Lester Brandt will be on hand to take photographs for artists’ biographies. Class fee is $40/$35 for VAC members.

Internationally renowned for her award-winning Watercolour on Silk, Gwendolyn O’Connor’s art is proudly exhibited in public and private collections in over 15 Countries and 33 of the United States. Raised in the Islands, Gwendolyn is a resident of the Ola‘a district of the Big Island. Self-taught in Art, she was influenced by the Art in the Honolulu Academy of Arts on Oahu, the Louvre Museum and Musee d’Orsay in France.
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Food From Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips, 2/3

It’s back! Instructor Zach Mermel will teach the basics of mushroom cultivation in the “Food From Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips” workshop on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9am – 12pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Wondering what to do with those undesirable exotic trees on the Back Forty? By teaming with certain fungi, you can turn that pesky plant problem into an edible solution. A wonder drug or just darn tasty, the humble mushroom belongs to a kingdom seldom explored. Mushrooms are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and nutrition with the added bonus of “easy to grow”. Their health benefits are well known and their ecological advantages are just now being fully realized.

Now you can learn basic fungal biology and how fungal mycelium colonizes different materials, particularly wooden logs, stumps, and wood chips. You’ll also discover the health benefits of different edible and medicinal fungi in Hawai‘i.

Course fees are $50 for VAC members and $55 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Each participant will depart with a shiitake mushroom log kit, as well as a King Stropharia mushroom kit.

If you’re an eager epicurean, avid horticulturalist or just interested in mushrooms, Zach encourages you along with farmers, gardeners, and homeowners seeking to incorporate the growing of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms into their lives and livelihoods to attend.

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Stained Glass Basics II, 2/3

“Stained Glass Basics II” with Claudia McCall will be offered on February 3, 4, 10 & 11, 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.
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Zentangle®: The Elegance of Limits, 2/10

with Lois & Earl Stokes

Saturday, February 10, 2018

10AM-1PM

Putting a frame around something makes whatever is inside important and special.

  • a favorite photo
  • a child’s name
  • a greeting card
  • a leaf or pressed flower
  • a feather
  • a page of poetry
  • even some of your Zentangle art

In this class you will learn how to use tangles for borders and how to create elegant frames to hold your Zentangle art…you will have something special to cherish or to give away. Zentangle Basics is recommended but not required. Anyone can create Zentangle 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.

If you can draw a dot, line, curved line, S shape and circle….You  can create Zentangle art. All art supplies will be provided. Cost is $35 / $30 VAC members plus a $10 supply fee. Please bring a light refreshment to share.

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“Painting with Peggy” 2/12

Get the results that you want from Acrylics, and together with Peggy Stanton and other artists, get inspired to do your best work ever!

Margaret “Peggy” Stanton leads an ongoing series of Acrylic Painting Workshops for artists of all levels. Each three hour class, is a hands on painting session where participants learn to approach their painting process with a new awareness and understanding of color dynamics and composition.

Begin your first session with a 16″x 20″ canvas!

Margaret helps artists to heighten and accentuate their own unique vision with bold colors, lines and shapes. With important tips on Acrylic Paints and Mediums, artists create a painting on canvas using a more immediate and intuitive process. She guides artist on “painterly” ways to put on the finishing stokes. Stanton also offers individual instruction for artists during each session.

“Painting with Peggy” Acrylic Painting Class will be held on Monday, February 12 from Noon – 3:00pm at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Cost for each session is $20/$15 for VAC Members. Please see the materials list and detailed class descriptions here.

Students bring your own supplies and easels. Please bring a piece to show the group if you want to. If you have any questions, please email Margaret Stanton at peggystanton007@yahoo.com.  To see Margaret’s work visit Margaret Stanton’s Art Online
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Introduction to Encaustic, 2/17 

Join artist Mary Milelzcik for the “Introduction to Encaustic” workshop on Saturday, February 17, from 9am – 1pm 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.

“Introduction to 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.  A shellac burn will be demonstrated. After instruction and experimenting, you will have the opportunity to create a small finished encaustic painting or two to take home.

Mary will provide an assortment marking tools and brushes, and also 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. The class fee is $55/$50 for VAC members plus a $15 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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“Painting with Peggy” 2/26

Get the results that you want from Acrylics, and together with Peggy Stanton and other artists, get inspired to do your best work ever!

Margaret “Peggy” Stanton leads an ongoing series of Acrylic Painting Workshops for artists of all levels. Each three hour class, is a hands on painting session where participants learn to approach their painting process with a new awareness and understanding of color dynamics and composition.

Begin your first session with a 16″x 20″ canvas!

Margaret helps artists to heighten and accentuate their own unique vision with bold colors, lines and shapes. With important tips on Acrylic Paints and Mediums, artists create a painting on canvas using a more immediate and intuitive process. She guides artist on “painterly” ways to put on the finishing stokes. Stanton also offers individual instruction for artists during each session.

“Painting with Peggy” Acrylic Painting Class will be held on Monday, February 26 from Noon – 3:00pm at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Cost for each session is $20/$15 for VAC Members. Please see the materials list and detailed class descriptions here.

Students bring your own supplies and easels. Please bring a piece to show the group if you want to. If you have any questions, please email Margaret Stanton at peggystanton007@yahoo.com.  To see Margaret’s work visit Margaret Stanton’s Art Online
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