Classes & Workshops

April 2017

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

Saturday, April 29 | 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, 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 fermented foods workshop on Saturday, April 29, from 10am – 1pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. 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!

Cost for the workshop is $55 and $50 for VAC members. Pre-registration is required.

All supplies and Organic ingredients 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.

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

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May 2017

Dance Imagined with Karen Masaki, 5/2

Imagining dance – whatever can be felt or seen with the inner eye is the inspiration for physical movement. Volcano Art Center’s Dance Imagined classes, with instructor Karen Masaki, will explore basic movement technique, building strength and fluidity in the joints and spine to support the pure exhilaration of movement.

The 5-session series will start on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. The one-and-a-half hour class begins with a general warm up, moving through all body parts to get the blood flowing and joints loosened. Attention will then shift to explorations of spinal and joint movements and breathing exercises to build fluidity and strength.

An improvisational dance segment follows, accompanied by a wide range of music, from classical to rock. Improvisational cues and visualizations will provide a starting point from which to expand and explore.

Karen MasakiJoin Karen Masaki for Dance Imagined at Volcano Art Center on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Class dates are May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Cost for a single class is $20/$15 VAC members or $50 for the entire series (paid in advance) for both VAC members and non-members. To register or for more information call 808-967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org

This class is appropriate for all who love to move. No dance experience is necessary.

Karen Masaki has spent a lifetime surrounded by and immersed in the arts. Karen has performed in dance companies in Philadelphia, New York and Honolulu and taught at private studios and community colleges on O’ahu. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa. She has studied with renowned Limon technique teachers Betty Jones and Fritz Ludin and ballet with Alaine Haubert, director of American Ballet Theatre’s William Gillespie School at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in California. Karen grows and processes tea and is a long-time Ashtanga Yoga practitioner.

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“Hula Pele” workshop with Kumu Ab Valencia, 5/2

As King David Kalakaua said, “Hula is the language of the heart, therefore the heartbeat of the Hawaiian People.” In celebration of Hilo’s annual Merrie Monarch festival, Kumu Ab Valencia will offer a unique hula workshop series, “Hula Pele” on Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, & 23, from 4pm – 5pm at Volcano Art Center.

There are many oli and mele hula for Pelehonuamea. Kumu Ab will teach a hula Pele that pays homage to Pelehonuamea and her home at Kīlauea. Learn basic hula steps and hand motions that tell the story of Pele. In this workshop, you’ll learn appropriate costuming and how to make nā lei wehiwehi hula (hula adornments). On the last day of class the haumāna (students) will make a traditional hula presentation to Pele at her home at Kīlauea.

Cost for this four-session workshop is $200 and includes all plant materials for hula adornments. Students may be responsible for pā’ū hula (hula skirt for men and women). Please bring a notebook and pen. No prior hula experience is necessary!

Visitors and kama‘aina alike will delight in this hands-on series of hula classes suitable for anyone ages 15 and up who have a curiosity about Kīlauea, and the indigenous cultural practices of kanaka maoli with respect to Pelehonuamea, goddess of the Volcano.

All classes meet at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village. This workshop series offers a truly immersive experience that is sure to foster or rekindle your connection to this unique place we call Kīlauea.

Kumu Ab Valencia was born and raised in Honolulu and began dancing hula in 1979. In 2004, Ab and his wife Pua moved from Honolulu to Volcano, Hawai‘i, where Hālau Hula Kalehuaki‘eki‘eika‘iu ma Kilauea began in March 2006. Kumu Ab currently teaches hula in Volcano and continues to share traditional cultural knowledge with the community.
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Paint Your Own Silk Scarf with Patti Pease Johnson, 5/6

Open up your creativity and challenge yourself by learning this fun technique. It’s guaranteed to change the way you look at color. Better yet, you might discover your newest passion.

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 (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). Students from previous classes have been amazed by what they refer to as “happy color accidents.”

Patti Pease Johnson will tell you, “It’s all about playing with colors.” Why not reward yourself by creating your very own inspired silk scarf.

Join Big Island artist Patti Pease Johnson, for the Paint Your Own Silk Scarf workshop on Saturday, May 6, from 9:00am-12:30pm at Volcano Art Center. Cost for the workshop is $50 and $45 for VAC Members plus a $10 supply fee per person. Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome.

This workshop offers you a great way to have fun with colors and dyes and make a stylish personal statement every time you wear it!

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. She lives in Kea‘au with her family and teaches painting at her home studio.
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Painting with Peggy, 5/8

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, May 8 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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The Business of Art Workshop with Ira Ono, 5/13

Volcano Art Center is pleased to offer the popular “Business of Art” workshop by Volcano artist Ira Ono. He will help you navigate basic business principles in this one-day intensive workshop. From the initial pros and cons of being your own boss to copyright basics to branding your product, you’ll discover what’s right for you and your art. This would be a wonderful opportunity for fine artists and crafts people to gain unique insights resulting in profitable solutions.

Sponsored by the Volcano Art Center, the workshop will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00am – 4pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Cost for the full day workshop is $50 or $45 for VAC Members.  Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their own art work for Ira to review.

Class topics covered include:

  • Pricing your artwork
  • Creating presentations that focus on gallery buyers, gift shops, and department stores
  • What to look for in hiring trustworthy associates
  • Internet marketing, catalog sales, trade shows
  • Visual merchandising, and affordable display techniques
  • Packaging and presentation for wholesale, retail and fine art galleries
  • Creating multiples for increased sales

Ira Ono is an internationally known artist. His works are featured in the Hawai‘i State Art Museum and private collections in the U.S., Europe and Japan. He is the founder of annual Trash Art Shows throughout the state and well versed in every aspect of marketing fine arts and crafts here in Hawai‘i and beyond. Ira is also the owner and director of Volcano Garden Arts gallery in Volcano, Hawai‘i where he exhibits his personal works along with over 100 local artists from across the state. Visit Ira’s website here!

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Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold, 5/14

Sunday Mornings 11:30am – 2:30pm

“Wet work” with clay – six Sundays: May 14 – June 16 at VAC

No class on June 25 (to allow time for pieces to dry before firing)

Glazing on July 2 at VAC and/or local pottersʻ studios

Potluck and kiln opening on July 9 at a local potterʻs 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.

These classes will be an introduction to working with and firing mid-range stoneware.  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.

This session is FULL! 

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Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold & Emily Herb, 5/14

Sunday Afternoons 2:45pm – 5:45pm

“Wet work” with clay – six Sundays: May 14 – June 16 at VAC

No class on June 25 (to allow time for pieces to dry before firing)

Glazing on July 2 at VAC and/or local pottersʻ studios

Potluck and kiln opening on July 9 at a local potterʻs 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.

These classes will be an introduction to working with and firing mid-range stoneware.  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.  Erik will focus on making work for stoneware reduction firing, and Emily will offer techniques for decorating and glazing stoneware for electric kiln firing.

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Zentangle®: Basics and Beyond, 5/20

Saturday, May 20, 2017 | 10am – 1pm

This class is an introductory class and the best place to begin. You will learn the Zentangle philosophy and method as you are gently guided to create a beautiful work of art that you can be proud of. No artistic experience is necessary. You will be given an introductory kit of Zentangle supplies and will be working on the Zentangle white 3 1/2 inch square tile with a Sakura black pigma pen.

Beyond Basics (for returning students)

▪ Students are encouraged to repeat the Basics. There is always something new that will be explored.

• A different canvas will be provided for Beyond Basics students

• In this class you will be creating a 4 tile ensemble with a touch of Gold

Introduction to the Zentangle® Method 

The Zentangle method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It was developed by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, who believe that “Anything is possible – one stroke at a time”™ and that everyone is an artist!

If you can draw a dot, line, curved line, reversed curve or S, and a circle, you can create Zentangle art.The repetitive nature of this process brings you to a state of relaxed focus that some call meditation.

Benefits of a Zentangle Practice

  • Confidence
  • Empowerment
  • Focus
  • Inspiration
  • Relaxation
  • Increased Awareness

Our classes are 3 hours in length, with light refreshments provided. All supplies are included. It is recommended but not required that you attend a Basics Class before taking other Zentangle classes.

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

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Stained Glass Basics 6-Session Workshop, 5/20

“Stained Glass” will be held at Volcano Art Center on Saturday & Sunday from 9am – 12pm. Workshop dates are May 20, 21, 27, 28, June 3 & 4. 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.

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

 

 

Painting with Peggy, 5/22

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, May 22 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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Lampworking – An Introductory Class, 5/27 & 5/28

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 May 27 & 28: Saturday and Sunday from 2pm – 4pm.

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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June 2017

Ecstatic Dance With Jo Caron, 6/3

They say that a picture tells a thousand words. One deep dance tells millions! In Ecstatic Dance you’ll discover a dynamic way to both workout, and meditate all in the same breath.

Ecstatic Dance is a movement meditation as a way to know thyself and bring forth harmony, peace, kindness and compassion in our lives. A wonderful tool to expand our world, our hearts, our consciousness, and our love for all living beings. Finding our own expression of Oneness, and in our challenging times, our own contribution to help save the world.

Come and join Jo Caron on the beautiful dance floor of Hale Ho‘omana at Volcano Art Center on Saturday, June 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Cost is $15 or $20 at the door. Please arrive on time!

Ecstatic Dance unearths a freestyle movement vocabulary rooted in unexpected, fresh ways of moving—visceral and highly personal. It reveals ways to creatively express emotions and what might be present and maybe unresolved in our psyche.

The music gradually moving from fluid to linear and rhythmic, to joyful and to finally peaceful and integrating, leads the way, offering a means to let the body freely and safely express the journey of the soul.

Jo Caron is a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and longtime DJ at Kalani’s Ecstatic Dance. She assisted Gabrielle Roth at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts and participated in many of Gabrielle’s programs.

Jonathan Sudler, art director at Naluco and artist extraordinaire will create an ecstatic ambience for the event.
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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.
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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

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.
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