Classes & Workshops

Ongoing

Thursday Evening Pottery Drop-in

The Volcano Art Center Ceramics Program has expanded to include evening classes, beginning Thursday, May 18, 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” will begin May 18, 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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June 2017

Lampworking – An Introductory Class, 6/10 & 6/11

In the multi-faceted world of glass, Volcano Art Center is pleased to expand its offerings of glass art workshops with “Lampworking – An Introductory Class” on June 10 & 11: Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 3pm.

Lampworking, also known as flameworking 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 lampwork 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 lampworking.

Class fee is $80/$75 for VAC members plus a $20 supply fee. Attendees are asked to wear covered shoes. Advance registration is required and this workshop will be limited to 4 adults.

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

This workshop is FULL! Please contact VAC to be placed on a Wait List.  
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Zentangle® Inspired Art:  Lava Landscapes, 6/17

Saturday, June 17, 2017  10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Through the use of repetitive patterns and simple shapes, the class will use the Zentangle® method to create stylized depictions of lava flows and eruptive events of our `āina.  Guided by Certified Zentangle Teacher Dina Wood Kageler, the group will further enhance their work with water brush pens for shading and color while working within the 2.5 x 3.5” rectangular Artist Trading Card format.

Returning tanglers are invited to bring drawing and coloring tools.  Loaner pens, pencils and brush pens will be provided. No artistic experience is required as the class is designed for beginners as well as experienced students.  The Zentangle Basics class is helpful before moving into Zentangle Inspired Art, but is not required.

Dina has been an Volcano art educator for three decades and has taught youth and adult classes in a variety of media including photograph, music, ceramics, textiles and watercolor.  This Lava Landscapes class is Part II of her series of Zentangle-inspired celebrations of our land:  Five Ferns, Lava Landscapes, and Forest Foliage.

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

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Stained Glass II: Panel Lamp Project, 6/24
With Claudia McCall

Ready to take your take your Stained Glass skills to the next level? Now you can try your hand at creating your own stained glass table lamp.

In this class, you will explore the design and construction of triangle shaped table panel lamps. The techniques you’ll learn directly apply to other panel lamp shapes.

Instructor Claudia McCall will provide the patterns, although students are welcome to bring their own designs. Note that custom patterns will need to be adapted to 3 panels each measuring 4 1/4” by 9”.

“Stained Glass II: Panel Lamp Project” will be held at Volcano Art Center on June 24 & 25, July 1, 2, 8, 9: Saturday and Sunday from 9am-12pm. Class fee is $150/$135 for VAC members plus a $15 supply fee. Students should have previous experience working with stained glass using the copper foil technique. 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 6-session workshop with a finished table lamp, and the knowledge and experience to continue working with stained glass.

McCall started working with stained glass in 2006 after a friend gave her a pretty little glass panel.   She loved the way sunlight played through the different types of glass, and wanted to explore the possibilities.  She has been exploring ever since.  She creates stained glass in the copper foil technique when not occupied with her family farm in Volcano, Hawaii.

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Inspired Figure Drawing Workshop with Rose Adare, 6/24

Find your passion all over again! Learn the tricks that can pull you out of any drawing funk. Artist Rose Adare will offer the “Inspired Figure Drawing” workshop on Saturday, June 24 from 10am – 3pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

A variety of drawing techniques will be covered, such as “The Tornado” and “Pop & Lock Draw” to give you fresh ways to view drawing. Learn how different music influences your drawings and how stance and movement can also play a role. This is an “out of the box” way of drawing a model and connecting with your materials, the model, and your own creativity.

You will get to try different drawing styles and techniques – pick what you like and throw the rest away!

Class fee is $65/$60 for VAC members plus a $10 model fee. Students are asked to bring a pen, notebook, drawing materials such as charcoal, pencil, erasers, and a large pad of paper at least 11” x 14”.

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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July 2017

Painting with Peggy, 7/3

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, July 3 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 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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Tropical Flower Arranging with Kaipo Ah Chong, 7/7

Hawaiian cultural practitioner Kaipo Ah Chong will offer his popular tropical flower arranging workshop once again at Volcano Art Center. Leave the workshop with your own arrangement to take with you and enjoy! The finished flower arrangements are sure to evoke a sense of paradise in your home. Or, extend your Aloha to a friend or loved one with an arrangement you artfully assembled yourself, perfect for any occasion!

A tropical agriculture farmer and member of Halau Na Kamalei, Ah Chong will share his expert skills in this hands-on workshop. Explore color and texture in 3 dimensions with tropical flowers. Choose from an array of flowers like Anthuriums, Orchids, Ti leaves, Ginger, and Heliconia, to name a few.

The workshop will be held on Friday, April 7 from 1pm – 3pm at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Cleaned tropical flowers will be provided and the class fee is $45 plus a $20 supply fee. Please bring a pair of clippers. Pre-registration is required. 

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Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi – Beginning Hawaiian Language Classes, 7/14

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.

Volcano Art Center is proud to present Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, a beginning Hawaiian language course taught by University of Hawai‘i at Hilo instructor ʻĀlika Guerrero. Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi will be offered for 8 weeks every Friday night beginning July 14, from 6pm – 7:30pm. This basics class will focus on simple vocabulary, conversation, grammar, and sentence structure.

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.

ʻĀlika holds a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, History, and Anthropology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Hawaiian Language and Literature. He has been teaching community Hawaiian language courses for 3 years.

This class is FULL! Please contact VAC to be placed on a Wait List. 
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Zentangle® Inspired Art: The Golden Days of Summer, 7/15

with Lois & Earl Stokes, Certified Zentangle Teachers

Saturday July 15, 2017

10AM-1PM

Golden Days

Luminous Nights

Dreams are made lucent as you add gold foil to your 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 takes you into a relaxed focus that some call meditation.

In this class you will learn new tangles chosen for their dramatic effect. Your black Zendala canvas will be veiled with luminous water colors and adorned with gold foil.

Add a touch of elegance to your art. Zentangle Basics is recommended but not required.

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

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Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold | Morning Session, 7/16

Sunday Mornings 11:30am – 2:30pm

These classes will be an introduction to working with and firing stoneware clay.  Emphasis will be on learning and refining wheel throwing skills, and the possibilities of stoneware glazes. Eight registration slots are open to “wheel throwers”, and three additional places will be open to “hand builders”.   Beginners as well as continuing students are welcome.

“Wet work” with clay – six Sundays: July16 – August 20 at VAC

Glazing on September 3 at the instructor’s nearby studio.

Potluck and kiln opening on September 10 at the instructor’s studio.

Cost for either session is $185/$166 for VAC Members plus a $13 materials fee for 6 lbs of clay, including glazes and firing.  Additional clay will be available for purchase.

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Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold | Afternoon Session, 7/16

Sunday Afternoons 2:45pm – 5:45pm

These classes will be an introduction to working with and firing stoneware clay.  Emphasis will be on learning and refining wheel throwing skills, and the possibilities of stoneware glazes. Eight registration slots are open to “wheel throwers”, and three additional places will be open to “hand builders”.   Beginners as well as continuing students are welcome.

“Wet work” with clay – six Sundays: July16 – August 20 at VAC

Glazing on September 3 at the instructor’s nearby studio.

Potluck and kiln opening on September 10 at the instructor’s studio.

Cost for either session is $185/$166 for VAC Members plus a $13 materials fee for 6 lbs of clay, including glazes and firing.  Additional clay will be available for purchase.

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Painting with Peggy, 7/17

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, July 17 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 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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Kimchi Making Workshop, 7/29

Love the tangy spiciness of Kimchi but have never been able to replicate that signature flavor yourself? Now you can learn how to create your own traditional Korean style Kimchi in the “Kimchi Making Workshop” on Saturday, July 29 from 10am – 2pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Aaron and Soohee Martinson will deliver an informative classroom style workshop while simultaneously delivering fun, hands-on cooking instructions. Soohee adds a narrative to the recipes by sprinkling in anecdotes while Aaron presents visual learners with a slide show every step of the way. By the end of the class students will have what it takes to make fresh Kimchi at home.

This course will give students an introduction to the techniques used to make traditional Korean Kimchi. The recipe for the Napa Cabbage Kimchi is from the Jeolla Provinces of South Korea, and are recipes that are used every day at Soonie Nae Restaurant in Seoul, South Korea.

Students will be able to take home their Kimchi to continue fermenting it to their preferred taste. All of the materials needed to prepare the Kimchi will be provided. Students are recommended to bring an apron, as preparing Kimchi can be messy and pepper pastes will stain clothing.

Class fee is $55/$50 for VAC members plus a $15 supply fee. Advance registration is required.
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