Classes & Workshops

 February 2017

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.

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

 

 

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
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March 2017

Edible Gardening in the Rainforest, 3/4

Cultivate your Knowledge for Rainforest Gardening at Volcano Art Center

Do you garden in the rainforest? Would like to transform your lanai and lawn, or your field and fence into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants? If you’re saying, “yes, I want to learn more” then definitely sign up for “Edible Gardening & Landscaping in the Rainforest” at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus.

Join Zach Mermel for this two-part workshop on Saturday, March 4, from 9am – 4pm with a break for lunch. Course fees are $50/$45 for VAC members and plus a $10 materials fee.

Part 1: Edible Gardening in the Rainforest will begin the day from 9am-noon. This session will cover how to transform your lanai and lawn, your field and fence, into an abundant oasis of edible and multifunctional plants.

Part 2: Landscaping with Native Rainforest Plants will begin after lunch, from1pm-4pm. This session will cover the different habitats and habits of a wide palette of rainforest adapted native plants with a special focus on the native plants that thrive in your patch of rainforest.

A handout of practical readings and resources for further learning is included for both sessions.

Attendees will learn the fundamental gardening “dos 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 edibles workshop.

Zach Mermel is one part ecologist, one part horticulturist, one part land planner. Zach’s work in ecology and design has taken him across the Hawaiian archipelago, the US mainland, and beyond. He is also the founder of Ola Design Group , an ecological land planning and design firm here in Hawaii.

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.

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Painting with Peggy, 3/6

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, March 6 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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Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold | Morning Session, 3/12

Sunday Mornings 11:30am – 2:30pm

“Wet work” with clay – six Sundays: March 12 – April 16 at VAC

No class on April 23 (to allow time for pieces to dry before firing)

Glazing on April 30 at VAC and/or local pottersʻ studios

Potluck and kiln opening on May 7 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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Sunday Clay – High Fire! with Erik Wold & Emily Herb | Afternoon Session, 3/12

Sunday Afternoons 2:45pm – 5:45pm

“Wet work” with clay – six Sundays: March 12 – April 16 at VAC

No class on April 23 (to allow time for pieces to dry before firing)

Glazing on April 30 at VAC and/or local pottersʻ studios

Potluck and kiln opening on May 7 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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“Writing for Inner Exploration and Life Reflection” with Tom Peek, 3/18

Saturday, March 18 from 9:30am to 4pm in Volcano Village. Class fee is $75/$65 for VAC members.

“Take a day out of your busy life to explore your deeper self and ponder the life you’ve lived so far,” encourages Peek. “Discover the magic power of writing to stimulate the creative regions of your mind and unearth your meatiest memories, highest aspirations, zaniest ideas, and most incandescent insights.”

“Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discovery.” ~ Henry Miller

Peek’s latest workshop includes fun, offbeat, and provocative “wild mind” exercises that provide participants with exploration tools to use in class and on one’s own. This workshop is perfect for journal keepers, autobiographers, spiritual seekers, memoir and family history writers, and anyone who simply enjoys writing. No previous writing experience is necessary, just the desire to explore!

Thought-provoking exercises include topics such as: “What passions guide your life?”, “How has the place you come from influenced who you are?”, “What mottos do you live by–or wish you did?”, “What’s the weirdest thing that ever happened to you?”, “What memories do you carry from your ancestors?”, and “If you weren’t human what would you be? A bird? A tree? Clouds? Pizza?”

Since 1991, Peek has taught his popular Big Island workshops, encouraging hundreds of islanders to write their own journals, family histories, stories, poems, novels, and essays. Attendees always give Peek’s workshops high marks for the practical writing tools introduced in each session as well as for encouraging a safe, friendly atmosphere for writers to come together and support one another. “I experienced a restarting of my fire for writing,” said one past participant. “This workshop will change my life,” said another.

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Zentangle® Like Tri?, 3/18

with Certified Zentangle Teachers Lydia Meneses & Dina Wood Kageler

Saturday, March 18 from 10am – 1pm

Introducing two of Zentangle’s newest art tools: the 3Z tile (a triangle shaped tile) and the Sakura Koi Cool Grey brush pen.
After many requests from Zentangle artists, the triangle tile is finally here! We have carefully designed projects to fit this very special introduction.

Meditative benefits of Zentangle:

Gratitude and Appreciation
Mindfulness and Awareness
In this class, you will create 3 different tiles using the new 3Zs, 2 white tiles, 1 tan.
No artistic experience required. Class is designed for beginners as well as experienced students.

Returning tanglers are encouraged to bring your own favorite drawing/art tools and are welcome to have your art displayed in the “Z” Gallery.

Cost is $35 / $30 VAC members, plus $10 supply fee. Very light snacks provided.

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Painting with Peggy, 3/20

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, March 20 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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Exploring Tunnel Books, 3/25

Saturday, March 25, from 9am – 12pm

Get ready to take a trip down the rabbit hole in an adventurous tunnel bookbinding workshop where your imagination is your only limit.

A tunnel book is made up of pages bound by accordion folds on both sides and are “read” through a hole in the cover, and a cutout in each page, allowing all pages to be seen at once, front to back. This creates an illusion of depth and perception. The images on each page work together to form a three-dimensional scene inside the book that helps to tell a story. What will your story be? Be as wildly creative as you want to be!

Join instructor Charlene Asato on Saturday, March 25, from 9am – 12pm for the “Exploring Tunnel Books” bookbinding workshop at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Cost is $35/$32 VAC Members plus a $10 materials fee. Prior bookbinding experience is not necessary, nor is tunnel vision or accordion skills.

Tools to bringcutting mat or dense cardboard, Xacto knife with new #11 blade or similar tool, metal-edged ruler, bone folder or non-serrated butter knife, pencil, eraser, glue stick, scissors.

Optional: Scoring board, paper trimmer, double-sided tape, colored pencils, markers, watercolor, rubber stamps and ink pads, large punches – hearts, flowers, butterfly, balloon, shapes…whatever you have.

Asato avidly pursues book arts, paper arts, photography, calligraphy and doll arts. Her books have been in many juried shows, locally, nationally and internationally and some have won awards. She finds it very exciting that a simple fold changes a two-dimensional plane into a three-dimensional form. These artist books provide a wonderful avenue to convey this energy. She enjoys imparting this excitement to others through workshops.

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Ecstatic Dance With Jo Caron, 3/25

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, March 25th 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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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.
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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. 

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