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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.
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July 2018

Writing from the Heart, 7/21 

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 21 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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Tropical Florals Sashiko and Applique Quilting, 7/21

Mariah Bath, longtime quilter and reknowned quilt teacher, will be teaching a Sylvia
Pippin class on Tropical Florals Sashiko and Applique Quilting on Saturday, July 21
at Volcano Art Center in Volcano Village, from 10am to 4pm.
Mariah Bath will also lead the class on a walk-through of the 2018 “Quilts in the
Forest- Where the Path May Lead” quilt show, the 2 nd bi-annual quilt show at
Volcano Art Center. Julie Williams, VAC board member and nature trail guide, will
take the class on a tour of the old growth forest trail at Niaulani, introducing them
to a number of native plants, which can be seen in the quilts in this year’s show.
Class fee is $65 Non-Members/$58.50 VAC Members. Please bring a lunch.
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Lauhala Weaving Workshop with Jelena Clay, 7/28

Learn the art of Lauhala weaving in this fun, hands-on workshop with Jelena Clay on Saturday, July 28 from 9am – 2:30pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. You’ll be able to create your own bracelet and pair of earrings using this traditional Hawaiian method of weaving.

Topics covered in the workshop include collecting, prepping, and stripping of Lauhala. During the morning session of class, students will create their own Lauhala bracelet. This simple project is a great introduction to Lauhala weaving. During the afternoon session, students will then create a pair of earrings. All of the findings and tools along with sterling silver ear wires will be provided. Simple stones and crystals will be available to embellish the earrings.

Class fee is $45/$40 for VAC members plus a $35 supply fee. Pre-registration is required.

Jelena Clay is a master fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist who has produced an ever-increasing variety of contemporary and traditional work in every natural fiber she can find. Her interest in all Hawaiian art forms naturally led her to Lauhala.
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August 2018

Sunday Clay – High Fire! Morning Session with Erik Wold, 8/5

Sunday Mornings 11:30am – 2:30pm

8 week session beginning Sunday, August 5, through September 30, 2018, with no class on August 12. 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! Afternoon Session with Erik Wold, 8/5

Sunday Afternoons 2:45pm – 5:45pm

8 week session beginning Sunday, August 5, through September 30, 2018, with no class on August 12. 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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Zentangle: Color Stories with Lois & Earl Stokes, 8/11

August 11, 2018, 10AM-1PM

“Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.”   Paul Gauguin

This class is not about color theory. It is about listening to the story that colors Whisper to you. It is about watching a drop of ink blossom on a piece of paper and about how this makes you feel. It is about warm colors and cool colors and the dance of fire and water on paper and deep within you. Add to this dance the rhythm of repetitive patterns and you have choreographed a color story and a Zentangle Inspired work of 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.

In this class we will be tangling with alcohol inks. Squirted, and blown, splattered, and tilted, pushed, and pulled. Alcohol inks are so much fun to play with, you never really know what to expect. You don’t need to be a professional artist to create something really pretty with alcohol ink. The ink has a will of its own in the beginning.

A basic knowledge of Zentangle is recommended but not required.

Cost is $35 / $30 VAC members plus a $10 supply fee. Please bring a light refreshment to share.

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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.

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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.
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Zentangle: Basics and Beyond with Lydia Meneses, 8/25

August 25, 2018

10AM-1PM

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. 

Learning Objectives:

  • 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. 

 Materials:

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.

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