Classes & Workshops

 January 2017

Stained Glass Basics 6-Session Workshop, 1/28 & 1/29, 2/4 & 2/5, 2/11 & 2/12

“Stained Glass” will be held at Volcano Art Center on Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 12pm. Workshop dates are January 28 & 29, February 4 & 5, February 11 & 12. Cost for the 6-session workshop is $150/$135 VAC Members plus a $15 supply fee. This workshop is open to beginners and experienced students.

Students who have already taken a class are encouraged to attend! Open to beginning & experienced students. 

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.

You can take your stained glass skills to the next level or beginners can try their hand at making stained glass art in this workshop. All of the basic techniques will be covered, from glass cutting, foiling, soldering, and completing with patina and polishing compound. Glass artists Claudia McCall & Lois Pollock will share their expertise and knowledge, teaching students the skills involved in working safely with stained glass, and creating a beautiful, sturdy piece of art.

Attendees are asked to wear long pants, covered shoes and safety glasses. Advance registration is required and this workshop will be limited to 6 adults.

Claudia McCall started working with stained glass in 2006 after a friend gave her a pretty little glass panel and 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.

This workshop is FULL! Please contact  VAC to be placed on a Wait List. 



Stained Glass II: Basics & Beyond, 1/28 & 1/29, 2/4 & 2/5, 2/11 & 2/12
With Claudia McCall

Take your stained glass skills to the next level. This workshop is for students who have completed a minimum of one foil project. The emphasis will be on pattern design and other practical aspects of making your own stained glass pattern. Just imagine the possibilities: fan lamps, wind spinners, patterns using bevels and more!

Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
January 28, 29, February 4, 5, 11 & 12

$150/$135 VAC Members Plus $20 Supply Fee

This workshop is FULL! Please contact VAC to be placed on a Wait List. 


February 2017

Mokuhanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking, 2/2 

This workshop is an introduction to Mokuhanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printmaking with Sensei Glenn Yamanoha.

Traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking is a relief printing technique that uses Japanese tools and natural materials. Instructor Yamanoha will introduce the basic process in four hands-on sessions. Attendees will learn the fundamental techniques of Mokuhanga such as cutting with chisels, preparing blocks and paper, registration, and printing with a baren (printing pad.)

The workshop will consist of five afternoon sessions at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus starting on February 2 through March 9 (Thursday afternoons from 1pm – 3:30pm: February 2, February 9, February 16, March 2, March 9.)

Course fee is $80/$72 for VAC Members plus a $30 Supply fee. No experience is necessary for this workshop.

Mokuhanga differs from western woodblock in that it is water-based printing with sumi ink, watercolor and nori (rice paste), so no toxic solvents are used; it is printed with a hand held baren rather than a press; and it employs the accurate “kento” registration method, cut directly into the block. By utilizing non-toxic, “green” materials, it readily combines traditional processes with new printing technologies.

Yamanoha studied woodblock printing in Kyoto, Japan on a Monbusho (Japan Government) scholarship between 1988-90. Glenn lives in Volcano Village and runs Volcano Gravel.




Tropical Flower Arranging with Kaipo Ah Chong, 2/10

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Hawaiian cultural practitioner Kaipo Ah Chong will offer his popular tropical flower arranging workshop once again at Volcano Art Center. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, you will leave the class 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, February 10 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. 




Zentangle® Inspired Art: Five Ferns – Kupukupu, 2/18

Saturday, February 18, 2017 | 10am – 1pm

Learn five deconstructed Zentangle®-inspired kupukupu fern styles, finding inspiration in the curving shapes of fronds. We will explore exaggerations and playful approaches to repetitive lines and blended color.

Bonus: To set our ferns in habitat, we will have a mini-exploration of a Zentangle®-inspired lavaesque pattern.

  • Create 5 bijou tiles
  • No artistic experience needed
  • All tanglers welcome
  • Watercolor experience helpful but not required
  • Zentangle® basics helpful but not required

Returning tanglers are encouraged to bring your pencil and .05 pen and other tools of your choice. Loaner pens and pencils will be available. Cost is $35/$30 VAC members plus a $10 supply fee. Light refreshments are provided.




The Art of Vocal Freedom with Rebecca Folsom, 2/19
In this workshop you will learn to sing and express authentically with ease and flow tapping into your own personal vocal freedom! We will uncover and polish the beauty and power of your individual authentic voice. Our bodies are powerful instruments of personal expression, the starting point where we shape the creative masterpiece of our lives. We will play with and practice simple exercises to enable your natural voice to shine through.

This workshop is experiential and weaves an extraordinary blend of traditional and non-traditional vocal technique, martial arts, yogic posture, Toltec, and Taoist exercises. Effective for singers and non-singers alike, you will learn to relax physical strain, learn to flow with the rush of adrenaline, strengthen underdeveloped potential, and feel the freedom of liberating release. The beauty of these techniques is that they are easy to learn, powerfully affect confidence, ease, and personal presence, and greatly impact your ability to connect and engage in dynamic flow with yourself and the world around you.

We will practice within a loving environment releasing into the authentic voice you always knew you had within you. Practical, surprisingly transformational and fun! Please bring one song to sing. You can simply bring an accapella song, you can accompany yourself, or you can bring a basic chart and I will accompany you. Open to all levels of singers! Come liberate, transform and enjoy the Art of your own Vocal Freedom!

Sunday, February 19, 2017 10am – 2:00pm

$50 plus a $10 supply fee



March 2017

Edible Gardening in the Rainforest, 3/5

Transform your lanai and lawn, your field and fence, into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants. We’ll learn the fundamental gardening do’s and don’ts, and interact with a wide range of useful, easy-to-grow edibles. Participants will get to take home a number of edible plants at the conclusion of the workshop. A handout of practical readings and resources for further learning in also included.

Join instructor Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group on Saturday, March 5 from 9am – 3pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Cost is $40 plus a $10 materials fee.



April 2017

Edible Wild Plants: A Hands-On Foray for Foragers and Foodies, 4/2

Ever hear the phrase “the world is my oyster?” Did you know that Shakespeare’s character went on to say “Which I with sword will open.” There are some individuals, who you may know, that can go outside and will never be hungry. The world is just an open cupboard (or fridge) to them!

Hawai’i’s year-round growing
season offers a wide array of wild food options for intrepid localvores. From seeds to leaves, stems to fruits: you can learn what is edible and what is not in the Edible Wild Plants workshop. In this workshop, participants will interact first-hand with many of these underappreciated edibles.

This is Hands-On immersion for foragers & foodies!

Class size is limited so register early.

Never eat anything from the wild without first consulting an expert! Please forage responsibly. Educate yourself, and have fun.

Join instructor Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group on Sunday, April 2 from 9am – 2pm. Cost is $40 plus a $15 materials fee.




Hands-On Fermented Foods Workshop: Sauerkraut and Kombucha with Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Foods, 4/29

Saturday, April 29 | 10am – 1pm

Join Jasmine Silverstein of HeartBeet Foods in this hands-on fermented foods workshop. Learn the basics of culturing cabbage and various vegetables into probiotic-rich Sauerkraut, as well how to make your own Kombucha. 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!

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.