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

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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Stained Glass Open Studio

NEW! Volcano Art Center is pleased to offer stained glass open studio sessions on Monday evenings beginning August 7 from 6pm – 9pm. 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. To register, please call Volcano Art Center at (808) 967-8222 or

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September 2017

Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold, 9/17

Sunday Mornings 11:30am – 2:30pm

7 week session
Dates of classes will be Sept 17 & 24, Oct 1, 15, 22 & 29 and Nov 5. Glazing will take place on November 5th, with pick up December 3 or by other arrangement.

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.

Eight 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 $175/$162 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.

Two spots for hand builders available. Please call to register. 

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Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold, 9/17

Sunday Afternoons 2:45pm – 5:45pm

7 week session

Dates of classes will be Sept 17 & 24, Oct 1, 15, 22 & 29 and Nov 5. Glazing will take place on November 5th, with pick up December 3 or by other arrangement.

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.

Eight 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 $175/$162 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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The Wonderful World of Wine & Watercolor, 9/19

Anyone can paint beautiful watercolors – even you! Artist Nancy DeLucrezia will offer the “Wonderful World of Wine & Watercolor” workshop on Tuesday, September 19 from 4 pm – 7pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Nancy will show you how to transfer a photo onto watercolor paper and introduce you to all the basic techniques you need to create a lovely painting of your picture. Techniques covered will include basic palette setup, color theory and mixing, masking, wet in wet, texturizing and how to create depth, highlights and shadows.

During the class, participants will enjoy a sampling of several wines from the wine store “Grapes” in Hilo.

Class fee is $35/$30 for VAC members plus a $17 supply fee. A still life photo will be provided for students to paint.

Nancy DeLucrezia majored in art at the State University of New York as a photographer and printmaker and has painted with watercolors for over 25 years. She has run a Japanese art gallery in New York City, designed public relations campaigns for several arts organizations, and developed a series of drawing and painting classes for children as well as an art therapy curriculum for adults. Before moving to the Big Island she was a member of the Santa Barbara Watercolor Society and Working Artists Ventura (WAV) where she produced and participated in numerous art and theatrical events. She also served as Director of Art Programs for Turning point Foundation and taught watercolor painting to adults with special needs.

Limited space. Please call to register.
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Painting with Peggy, 9/25

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, September 25 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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Fearless Abstract Painting, 9/30 

Join professional artist Samantha daSilva as she shares her unique method of painting: Rollers rather than brushes, tables instead of easels, lots of paint and water, canvas manipulation and plaster, sand and wood shavings to create ethereal textured abstracts.

Discover more in the “Fearless Abstract Painting” workshop on Saturday, September 30 from 10am – 4pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.

This workshop covers a basic overview of acrylic paints & mediums, the emotional language of color and so much more. Students will be encouraged to find and explore their own artistic style in a safe, supportive environment. Absolutely no experience is necessary.

Class fee is $90/$85 for VAC members plus a $15 supply fee. Please see the list of additional required materials here!

Samantha daSilva is a professional artist, living and working on the Big Island of Hawaii. Born in Brazil, Samantha was influenced at an early age through her copiously artistic family. Upon graduating high school, Samantha opted out of attending art school for a career path that was “safer” and more “secure”. Ten years and an array of tumultuously revelatory experiences led her back to her initial love: art. Intent on making up for lost time, Samantha dedicated herself full-time to creating and teaching art. Her passion for abstract painting has manifested itself through prolific expressions of art on canvas and varying media. Since ’08, Samantha’s work has been exhibited in over 100 group and solo shows across North America. As an educator, Samantha has instructed at various public & private institutions across North America. To view Samantha’s work and find out more about her teaching philosophy, visit www.samanthadasilva.com
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October 2017

Dance Imagined with Karen Masaki, 10/3

Imagining dance – whatever can be felt or seen with the inner eye is the inspiration for physical movement. Volcano Art Center’s Dance Imagined workshop, with instructor Karen Masaki, encourages exploration and builds strength and fluidity for the pure exhilaration of movement.

The 5-session series will start on Tuesday, October 3, 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.  Explorations of spinal and joint movements, alignment, and breathing help develop greater awareness and physical capacity.  Short improvisations inject laughter and fun while stimulating the imagination.

The class ends with a free dance segment, accompanied by a wide range of music, from classical to rock.

Join Karen Masaki for Dance Imagined at Volcano Art Center on Tuesday mornings from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Class dates are October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. 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 modern dance with renowned 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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Tropical Flower Arranging with Kaipo Ah Chong, 10/6

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, October 6 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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Korean Cooking Class: Main Dishes, 10/7

Savory, saucy, and the right amount of spicy. These are just a few of the signature flavor profiles of Korean cooking. Now you can learn how to cook your own traditional Korean style main dishes in the “Korean Cooking: Main Dishes” class on Saturday, October 7 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 three popular Korean main dishes at home.

This course will give students an introduction to the techniques used to make kimchi pancake, braised chicken, and kimchi stew. These recipes are used every day at Soonie Nae Restaurant in Seoul, South Korea.

Enjoy cooking demos of each of the dishes in class. All of the materials needed to prepare the dishes will be provided. Students are recommended to bring an apron.

Class fee is $55/$50 for VAC members plus a $15 supply fee. Advance registration is required.
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Zentangle® Inspired Art: El Dia de los Muertos, 10/14

with Lydia Meneses, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Saturday, October 14, 2017

10AM-1PM

El Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead is an ancient Mexican tradition. Today we celebrate this holiday on November 1st & 2nd.   This holiday began as a day to give thanks for the harvest, but in time changed to honor ancestors, as well as to remember family members that have passed away. This is a very lively, decorative, and in some communities could be a very elaborate celebration!   

Inspired by the joyful and festive Mexican-American ways of celebrating this holiday, I’ve designed this Zentangle® session using lively colors and tangle designs inspired by Mexican artwork.

Participants will be guided using official Zentangle tools, plus other materials.

Students kit will include: Sakura IDenti pen, Sakura Gelly pen and tiles.  Students will have an opportunity to tangle on their own “calavera” mold, if they wish.   

Particpants are always encouraged to bring their favorite drawing/art tools.

Class will be guided with Zentangle’s traditional ceremony and method.

  • Gratitude
  • Appreciation
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness & awareness

This class is open to all levels, no Zentangle or art experience necessary.  Participants are welcome to bring their favorite drawing tools.

Very light snacks will be served. Cost is $35/$30 VAC members plus a $10 supply fee.

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“Writing on the Wild Side” with Tom Peek, 10/21
Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

Want to explore the wild side of your mind? Award-winning novelist and longtime Big Island writing teacher Tom Peek will guide you there with his acclaimed workshop “Writing on the Wild Side,” from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 21 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Peek’s inspirational techniques and stimulating exercises help students explore their creative minds and unique voices. The workshop is perfect for journal keepers, bloggers, fiction and nonfiction storytellers, poets and anyone with the desire to probe their own thoughts and feelings without censorship.

Students always go home enthused, praising Peek’s workshops as “enlivening,” “revelatory,” and “the best Saturday I’ve spent in a long time!”

In the workshop Peek will also discuss writing for social media. “Facebook, Twitter, blogs and websites have enormous expressive potential,” he said. “But being fully yourself—original and authentic—is often difficult,” says Peek. “I want to help writers learn to tap their wild minds to create unique writing that people actually want to read.”

The workshop is open to all levels and genres. No writing experience is necessary. The class fee is $75 or $65 for VAC members.

Peek has taught his workshops since 1991. A writer for more than three decades, his work includes an award-winning novel, newspaper stories and commentaries, magazine articles, university publications, national park exhibits and award-winning video productions.

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Experimental Watercolors, 10/21

Join Big Island artist Patti Pease Johnson, for the Experimental Watercolors workshop on Saturday, October 21, from 12:00pm – 3:30pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Each student will create three to five separate 8×8 inch watercolor paintings on hot press paper using pre-broken glass as a catalyst to spark creativity.  Students will also be taught theories of good composition, along with color theory and color wheel use.  Abstract qualities are the focus in this workshop using three – four paints right out of the tube with the glass. After the first drying and glass removal, each piece is brought to further expressiveness by using detailed watercolor techniques of washes, spatters, lifting, value gradations, dry brush and more.

When asked to describe the experience Patti explained, “You can’t help but wonder what is going to happen after your first piece of glass is put on watercolor paper. In painting, the more chances you take, the more you will stretch the limits of your understanding, and in turn the more you will grow as an artist.”

Cost for the workshop is $50 and $45 for VAC Members plus a $10 supply fee per person. Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome. For more information or to register call VAC at 808-967-8222.
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Keiki Stained Glass Class, 10/28

Introducing the very first Keiki Stained Glass class at Volcano Art Center!

Now your child can try their hand at making stained glass art in this workshop for beginners. Students will learn basic stained glass construction tasks by completing a simple, 5-piece pumpkin design that can be hung in a window or made into a candle holder – just in time for Halloween!

The glass will be precut and will then be completed using the copper foil solder method of stained glass construction, which includes foiling, soldering, finishing, and decorating. Glass cutting and grinding will be demonstrated.

Glass artist Lois Pollock will share her expertise and knowledge, teaching students the skills involved in working safely with stained glass, and creating a beautiful, sturdy piece of art.

“Keiki Stained Glass” will be held at Volcano Art Center on October 28 & 29: Saturday and Sunday from 9am-12pm. Class fee is $55/$50 for VAC members plus a $10 supply fee. Attendees are asked to wear long pants, snug fitting gloves, covered shoes and safety glasses. This class is designed for children ages 11 – 13 and children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration is required and this workshop will be limited to 4 children accompanied by their parent. To register call Volcano Art Center at 808-967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org.

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November 2017

Mandala Mosaic Workshop with Mark Brody, 11/3 

Mandalas are a naturally occurring design that shows growth, connection and wholeness. It is also the perfect format to lay out color, shape and pattern in your next mosaic. Guest artist and author Mark Brody will bring all the tools and materials for you to complete your own 15” glass mosaic mandala for interior or garden placement. In this class you will learn basic ideas of radial symmetry and use them in your own personalized glass mosaic. Mark will teach basic glass cutting techniques as well as specialized pattern-cutting skills to make this a lasting mosaic that can be placed indoors or out in the garden. Work on a light-weight, weather-resistant board that will be cut in a 15” circle.

A mandala is a multi-cultural design which uses the circle to show the connection of all the pieces. The design uses concentric circles to radiate outward or focus inward, and is a perfect format to learn to mosaic because the design has a natural flow and symmetry to it. Mark will go over the many different methods and materials of mosaic so that you will be able to start your next one on your own.

Discover more in the three-day “Mandala Mosaic” workshop on November 3, 4, & 5: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10am – 4pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village.  Class fee is $225/$200 VAC members plus a $25 materials fee. Class size is limited to 10 people (ages 15 and older).

Mark Brody has been teaching for over 15 years up and down the West Coast in San Diego, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle, has a fine arts degree in sculpture, a certificate in teaching, and is a proud member of the Society of American Mosaic Artsts (SAMA) . He is also the author of the how-to mosaic book, Mosaic Garden Projects, which can be purchased during the workshop or online. For more information on Mark and his art, visit www.markbrodyart.com.
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Zentangle® Inspired Art: Tangling on Eggs, 11/18

with Lois & Earl Stokes, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Saturday, November 18, 2017

10AM-1PM

Join Lois & Earl Stokes, Certified Zentangle Teachers, at the Volcano Art Center for an “egg-citing” time creating art using the Zentangle® Method. We will be tangling on Duck and Chicken Eggs creating ornaments for the holidays.

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.

This class invites all skill levels and requires no artistic experience. If you can draw a dot, a line, a curved line, S shape and a circle you can create Zentangle art. There are no prerequisites for this class.

Lois and Earl Stokes will gently guide you as you learn to create repetitive patterns that become beautiful works of art you can be proud of.

All materials and light refreshments included.

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

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