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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 2pm – 5pm. 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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September 2019

Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold, 9/15

Sunday Mornings 11:30am – 2:30pm

8 week session beginning Sunday, September 15, 2019, through Sunday, November 3, 2019. Firing will occur the first week of December with student work available for pickup by December 15. There will be a morning session from 11:30am – 2:30pm or an afternoon session from 2:45pm – 5:45pm.

Have you experienced the pleasure of putting your own handmade functional pottery into use? All skill levels are welcome to join us at Volcano Art Center’s ceramic studio where we will be working with stoneware clay and high-fire reduction glazes.

Teaching artist, Erik Wold, will provide instruction for this class including demonstrations of wheel throwing methods and be available for individualized assistance. Those new to clay will be guided step by step through the basics of using the potter’s wheel or handbuilding techniques. Continuing students and those with previous experience are encouraged to develop their skills and are welcome to pursue more advanced directions with the instructor’s helpful input. Informal discussion on topics ranging from sources of creative inspiration to various pottery styles and traditions from around the world will supplement this hands-on learning experience.

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

Cost for the morning 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 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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Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold, 9/15

Sunday Afternoons 2:45pm – 5:45pm

8 week session beginning Sunday, September 15, 2019, through Sunday, November 3, 2019. Firing will occur the first week of December with student work available for pickup by December 15. There will be a morning session from 11:30am – 2:30pm or an afternoon session from 2:45pm – 5:45pm.

Have you experienced the pleasure of putting your own handmade functional pottery into use? All skill levels are welcome to join us at Volcano Art Center’s ceramic studio where we will be working with stoneware clay and high-fire reduction glazes.

Teaching artist, Erik Wold, will provide instruction for this class including demonstrations of wheel throwing methods and be available for individualized assistance. Those new to clay will be guided step by step through the basics of using the potter’s wheel or handbuilding techniques. Continuing students and those with previous experience are encouraged to develop their skills and are welcome to pursue more advanced directions with the instructor’s helpful input. Informal discussion on topics ranging from sources of creative inspiration to various pottery styles and traditions from around the world will supplement this hands-on learning experience.

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

Cost for the afternoon 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 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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Zen Pen – Writing as Spiritual Practice with Tom Peek, 9/21

Spiritual explorers, grab your pens! Have you ever tried writing as a spiritual practice—using a pen to deepen the conversation with your soul? Would you like to gain better insight into your life and the world around you by exploring your own thoughts and feelings?

Then join award-winning novelist and longtime Big Island writing teacher Tom Peek in his acclaimed workshop “Zen Pen – Writing as Spiritual Practice” on Saturday, September 21, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

“Writing is a potent way to understand the human spirit, increase our awareness, examine our lives and foster compassion for others and ourselves,” says Peek.

Peek’s inspirational techniques and simulating exercises have helped hundreds of islanders explore their creative minds and unique voices. Students always go home enthused, praising his workshops as “enlivening,” “revelatory,” and “the best Saturday I’ve spent in a long time!”

Workshop cost is $75/$65 for VAC Members. No writing experience is necessary. Students are asked to bring a personal object from your home, car, workshop, office or boat, and a handheld mirror, as well as a lunch.

Peek has taught his popular workshops since 1991 through the Volcano Art Center, UH Hilo and other venues on the islands of Oʻahu, Maui, Lanaʻi and Hawaiʻi, as well as in Canada. He’s written for three decades, both professionally and to process and guide the experiences of his life. His work ranges from university publications to late night radio comedy, and includes fiction, newspaper commentaries, magazine articles, national park exhibits, and award-winning video productions. His Hawaiʻi novel Daughters of Fire won a Benjamin Franklin Award from the national Independent Book Publishers Association.

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Beginner & Intermediate Mixed Media Encaustic, 9/21 

Join artist Mary Milelzcik for the Mixed Media Encaustic workshop on Saturday, September 21, 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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October 2019

Fabulous Fabric Fun, 10/5

 Enjoy a full day of textile fun with four creative textile artists and quilters in the “Fabulous Fabric Fun” workshop on Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 9:30am – 4pm at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Lisa Louise Adams will teach you to print your designs on fabric ‘ohe kapala (bamboo stamping), style. Irene Tye will take you through Yo-Yo quilt making and will teach you easy ways to cut fabric. Catherine Wynne will teach participants how to make Japanese-style gift bags. To round out the full day of quilting fun, Glorianne Garza will lead you in Stitch Meditation, which is the process of making small, spontaneous hand sewn expressions.

Cost for the full day workshop is $75 – all materials are included. Bring your hand-sewing kit that includes a thimble, thread snips and paper scissors. No machines are needed during this workshop. Please bring a brown bag lunch. To register, contact the Volcano Art Center at 967-8222 or visit www. volcanoartcenter.org.

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Pastel On-Site Landscape Painting Workshop with Patti Pease Johnson, 10/12

Enjoy the outdoors and take your painting beyond the four walls of a classroom in the Pastel On-Site Landscape Painting workshop with Patti Pease Johnson on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 9am – 12:30pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

You’ll receive step by step instruction in a proven rotational method for success, starting with form and fill, moving to value of black and white, then color. Your own natural style is brought to the surface. All materials will be supplied along with guidance and inspiration for your creative journey.

Initial discussion includes pastels types, papers, fixing and mounting. Then, use newsprint to get the flow of arm movements to keep loose. Next, you’ll form shapes, and move into colors on sanded pastel paper. Learn to exaggerate and be bold with colors, and the value of using the lightest lights and the darkest darks. Grow your knowledge of composition, color and correcting problems.

Students will complete one 9×12” project. Weather permitting, the workshop will take place outdoors at Ni‘aulani. Otherwise, the workshop will be held indoors with a reference photo.

Cost for the workshop is $50 and $45 for VAC Members plus a $15 fee per person, inclusive of supplies. Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome.

Patti Pease Johnson’s artwork can be found at galleries and shops across the State and in collections around the world.

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Zentangle® Inspired Art: Milagros, 10/12

with Lydia Meneses, CZT

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10AM-1PM

During this Zentangle Inspired Art session we will make the classic heart shape Mexican Milagro the focus for creating our tiles. We’ll mix this traditional heart shape with our Zentangle art skills to create unique Milagros. What are milagros?

Milagros are small metal charms that may be molded in many different shapes such as body parts, like a heart, legs, hand or even in shapes of animals and everyday items. The word milagro means “miracle”. In some areas of Mexico these charms are used as an offering to a Saint for a healing or in trade for a favor. The Milagros comes in various sizes from less than 1⁄2 inch to several inches.

Student kits include:
General chalk pastel pencil and tortillion
Custom made stencils
Zentangle tiles.

Students are always encouraged to bring their own favorite art tools.
Class will be guided with Zentangle’s traditional ceremony and method.
• Gratitude
• Appreciation
• Relaxation
• Mindfulness & awareness

Students will be gently reminded to practice mindfulness as they work on their art piece, “ One stroke, one breath…” This class is open to all levels, no Zentangle or artistic experience is required. Please bring a snack to share. Cost is $35/$30 VAC Members plus a $15 fee, inclusive of supplies.

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Food From Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips, 10/19

Back by popular demand! After a sold-out workshop in August, instructor Zach Mermel is back to teach the basics of mushroom cultivation in the “Food From Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips” workshop on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9am – 2:30pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani 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 $55 for VAC members and $60 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. Participants will meet at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village for a slideshow lecture, then drive to Shaka Forest Farms on Wright Road in Volcano Village for the hands-on segment of the workshop. Participants will meet at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village for a slideshow lecture, then drive to Shaka Forest Farms on Wright Road in Volcano Village for the hands-on segment of the workshop.

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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Paint Your Own Silk Scarf with Patti Pease Johnson, 10/26

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, October 26, 2019, from 9:00am-12:30pm at Volcano Art Center. Cost is $50 and $45 for VAC members plus a $15 fee per person, inclusive of supplies. 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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Hands-On Fermented Foods Workshop: Kimchi and Kombucha/Jun with Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Foods, 10/26

Saturday, October 26, 2019 | 10am – 1pm

Our digestive system is home to a complex diversity of living microorganisms, which are impacted by what we eat and drink. These microorganisms, which include probiotics, directly influence our own health; from aiding digestion, to clearing skin, to boosting our energy. We can nurture the health of these internal microorganisms by eating probiotic-rich, fermented foods.

Fermented foods have been a part of every ancient culture throughout history. Sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, pickles, and yogurt are a few of the many traditional live-cultured, fermented foods. These foods developed out of the need to preserve food, before refrigeration was possible.

Join Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Foods in this hands-on “Kimchi & Kombucha/Jun” workshop on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 10am – 1pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Learn the basics of culturing cabbage and various vegetables into probiotic-rich Kimchi, as well as how to make your own kombucha and jun. Each participant will take home their own finished products. This informative and engaging workshop will leave you prepared to make your own ferments at home!

Cost for the workshop is $60 and $55 for VAC members plus a $15 fee, inclusive of supplies. All supplies and Organic ingredients will be provided. Pre-registration is required. 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.

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