Classes & Workshops

 March 2017

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?” 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 discovery only – no picking!

Learn about wild edibles like plantain/laukahi, sow thistle, cat’s ear, and dandelion, mainly in Pu’u Huluhulu cinder cone area.

This is Hands-On immersion for foragers & foodies!

Join instructor Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group   on Sunday, April 2, 9am – 2pm at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Cost: $40/ $30 VAC Members plus a $15 transportation fee.

Class size is limited so register early. Attendees will meet at VAC’s Niaulani Campus. Transportation will be provided.

Remember: Never eat anything from the wild without first consulting an expert! Please forage responsibly. Educate yourself, and have fun.
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Painting with Peggy, 4/3

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, April 3 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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Tropical Flower Arranging with Kaipo Ah Chong, 4/7

What better way to welcome the spring season than with a dazzling display of tropical flowers? 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, April 7 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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Experimental Watercolors, 4/8

Join Big Island artist Patti Pease Johnson, for the Experimental Watercolors workshop on Saturday, April 8, from 12:00pm – 3:30pm at Volcano Art Center. 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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Japanese Bookbinding with Charlene Asato, 4/15

Saturday, April 15, from 9am – 12pm

Why go out and purchase a new notebook when you can create your own?  Spend the morning with instructor Charlene Asato learning the art of traditional Japanese bookbinding in this fun, hands-on workshop.

There are four traditional styles: Yotsume Toji (four hole binding), Koki Toji (Noble Binding), Asa-No-Ha Toji (Hemp Leaf) and Kikko Toji (Tortoise Shell). You will complete at least two styles, one with a soft cover and one with a hard cover. More will be covered as time allows.  These books are wonderful for albums, journals, one of a kind books, scrapbooks, and more! Learn the techniques that will have you creating your own keepsake books for years to come.

The “Japanese Bookbinding” workshop happens on Saturday, April 15, from 9am – 12pm 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.

Tools to bring: gluestick, x-acto knife with fresh #11 blade, cutting mat, scissors, pencil, metal edge ruler, bone folder, old magazine or catalog for gluing, awl (if you have one).

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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Zentangle®: ZIA & Found Poetry, 4/15 

with Certified Zentangle Teacher Lydia Meneses, CZT

Saturday, April 15 from 10am – 1pm

April is  Poetry month!

To celebrate our love of poetry, we will combine our passion for poetry and the Zentangle art form.

Found/Black Out Poetry is a method of using pre-excinting text to search and create new meaning from these written words.

  • Overview of Found Poetry and its history.
  • Guide 2/3 poetry warm up activities
  • Methods for highlighting words: setting them apart from other text
  • Using the Zentangle art form to enhance the look of our Found Poetry page.

I will guide our participants in poetry writing warms-ups to get our poetry juices flowing.

Student will also learn how to creatively join the Zentangle art method to decorate and highlight their choosen poetic words.

Student Kits: Zentangle’s Apprentice pen 05, Sakura gelly pen, stencil, loose pages of texts from reclaimed books and note book/paper.

No artistic or poetry writing experience is required; this class has been designed for beginners as well as experienced students.

Cost is $35 / $30 VAC members, plus $10 supply fee. Very light snacks provided.
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Painting with Peggy, 4/17

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, April 17 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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Soft Pastel Still Life, 4/22

Big Island artist and instructor Patti Pease Johnson can help you gain the confidence and techniques of this centuries-old medium. Johnson, who will host a soft pastel still life workshop at the Volcano Art Center, supplies the instruction and materials along with guidance and inspiration for this process along with some handy tips for your creative journey.

BE BOLD WITH COLORS AND YOURSELF!

Using her signature rotational proven method for success, Patti Pease Johnson supplies the instruction and all materials along with guidance and inspiration for your creative journey. First learn about types of pastels, different papers, fixing and mounting paper on backing. Then, use newsprint to get the flow of arm movements to keep loose. Next is forming shapes, and move into colors on pastel paper. Grow your knowledge of composition, color and correcting problems.

Students will complete a 10 x12” project. Beginners to intermediate artists welcome.

Patti Pease Johnson’s artwork can be found at galleries and shops throughout the state and in collections around the world.

The workshop is slated for 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 22 at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus. The cost is $50, or $45 for VAC members, plus a $10 supply fee per person. Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome.

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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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