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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July 2017

Lauhala Weaving Workshop with Jelena Clay, 7/22

Learn the art of Lauhala weaving in this fun, hands-on workshop with Jelena Clay on Saturday, July 22 from 9am – 2:30pm at Volcano Art Center Ni‘aulani Campus in Volcano Village. You’ll be able to create your own bracelet and pair of earrings using this traditional Hawaiian method of weaving.

Topics covered in the workshop include collecting, prepping, and stripping of Lauhala. During the morning session of class, students will create their own Lauhala bracelet. This simple project is a great introduction to Lauhala weaving. During the afternoon session, students will then create a pair of earrings. All of the findings and tools along with sterling silver ear wires will be provided. Simple stones and crystals will be available to embellish the earrings.

Class fee is $45/$40 for VAC members plus a $35 supply fee. Pre-registration is required.

Jelena Clay is a master fiber artist and nationally recognized gourd artist who has produced an ever-increasing variety of contemporary and traditional work in every natural fiber she can find. Her interest in all Hawaiian art forms naturally led her to Lauhala.
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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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August 2017

Ecstatic Dance, 8/5
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.

The practice is known as a movement meditation. It is said to put the body in motion in order to still the mind.

Gabrielle Roth, who conceptualized what stands behind Ecstatic Dance, describes the practice as a soul journey, and says that by moving the body, releasing the heart, and freeing the mind, one can connect to the essence of the soul, the source of inspiration in which an individual has unlimited possibility and potential.

Based on the work of Gabrielle Roth, Ecstatic Dance moves through 5 different rhythms that offer many doorways to each one’s own expression. From fluid and round to rhythmic and linear, to fast and liberating, to joyful and playful, to ending in peaceful stillness. These rhythms teach us that life is energy in motion, freeing us from any fixed notions about ourselves, people, places, objects or ideas.

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 anxieties, edges and ecstasies. They initiate us back into the wisdom of our bodies and unleash our own movement’s dynamic healing power. The body becomes our spiritual path.

Join Jo Caron on the beautiful dance floor of Hale Ho‘omana at Volcano Art Center on Saturday, August 5 from 2 – 4pm. Cost is $15 or $20 at the door. Please arrive on time!

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.

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Painting with Peggy, 8/7

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, August 7 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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Flameworking – An Introductory Class, 8/12

In the multi-faceted world of glass, Volcano Art Center is pleased to expand its offerings of glass art workshops with “Flameworking – An Introductory Class” on August 12 & 13: Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 3pm.

Flameworking, also known as lampworking 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 flamework 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 flameworking.

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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Zentangle® Inspired Art: Shell We?, 8/19

with Lydia Meneses, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Saturday August 19, 2017

10AM-1PM

This Zentangle adventure takes our imagination seaside on the south coast of England. There we’ll brave the chilly coastal air and comb the beaches for shells and ancient fossils…as young Mary Anning did in the 1800s.

This Zentangle session was inspired by a young woman living on the south coast of England during the 1800s, her name was Mary Anning.  Little known to public, historians list Ms Anning’s skills as fossil hunter/collector/dealer, geologist & paleontologist.  The amazing fact regarding Ms Anning, is she lacked a formal education; her family was of the “service class” of England’s society.  Mary and her family sold seashells and fossils to supplement their family’s financial needs.

It’s written that the life of Mary Anning was the inspiration for this 1908 tongue twister, by Terry Sullivan:

She sells seashells on the seashores

The shells she sells are seashells, I’m sure

So if she sells seashells on the seashore

Then I’m sure she sells seashore shells.

In honor of Ms Anning, we will imagine ourselves walking along the salty seaside in search of our own “lucky” find… as we create tiles using various “seashell/nautical” like tangles, (patterns), that remind us of seashells.

Students’ kit will include: Sakura 01 brown pen, 3 General Multi-chalk pastels, two tortillions and three Zentangle tiles. No artistic experience is required; this class has been designed for beginners as well as experienced students.

Overview of the Zentangle art method & its meditative benefits:

  • Gratitude
  • Appreciation
  • Guide for Zentangle ceremony
  • Mindfulness & Awareness

Participants are welcome to bring their own favorite drawing / art tools and are welcome to have their art work displayed in our “Z” Gallery.

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

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Flameworking – An Introductory Class, 8/19

In the multi-faceted world of glass, Volcano Art Center is pleased to expand its offerings of glass art workshops with “Flameworking – An Introductory Class” on August 19 & 20: Saturday and Sunday from 1pm – 3pm.

Flameworking, also known as lampworking 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 flamework 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 flameworking.

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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Painting with Peggy, 8/21

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, August 21 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, 8/26 

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, August 26 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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