Current 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, 10am – 4pm, (808) 967-8222. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 72 hours prior to the start of class. If class is canceled due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances, you will receive a full refund.
Ongoing Classes & Workshops
Yoga with Emily Catey Weiss
Pre-register in advance for Yoga with Emily on either Monday or Friday mornings from 8am – 9am at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Class size is limited to 10 participants due to social distancing. Please bring your own mat as community mats are no longer available for use.
Relax your body and rejuvenate your soul in this gentle and peaceful class. The focus is on stretching and releasing both physical and mental tension. Open to both beginning and intermediate students, classes meet at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in the Varez Hall, unless otherwise noted. For more information please contact email@example.com
Food From Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips, 10/3
Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 9am – 2pm
It’s back! Instructor Zach Mermel will teach the basics of mushroom cultivation in the “Food From Wood: Growing Edible & Medicinal Mushrooms on Logs, Stumps, and Wood Chips” on Saturday, October 3, from 9am – 2pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Due to social distancing measures, class size will be limited to 10. Students must wear a CDC recommended face covering during class and are required to use the provided cleaning supplies after class. Gloves will be provided by the instructor.
Wondering what to do with those undesirable exotic trees on the Back Forty? By teaming with certain fungi, you can turn that pesky plant problem into an edible solution. A wonder drug or just darn tasty, the humble mushroom belongs to a kingdom seldom explored. Mushrooms are an excellent source of vegetarian protein and nutrition with the added bonus of “easy to grow”. Their health benefits are well known and their ecological advantages are just now being fully realized.
Now you can learn basic fungal biology and how fungal mycelium colonizes different materials, particularly wooden logs, stumps, and wood chips. You’ll also discover the health benefits of different edible and medicinal fungi in Hawai‘i.
Course fees are $55/$50 VAC members plus a $15 fee, inclusive of supplies. Pre-registration is required. Each participant will depart with a shiitake mushroom log kit, as well as a King Stropharia mushroom kit. Participants will meet at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village for a slideshow lecture, then drive to Shaka Forest Farms on Wright Road in Volcano Village for the hands-on segment of the workshop. Lunch break will occur from 12pm – 1pm.
If you’re an eager epicurean, avid horticulturalist or just interested in mushrooms, Zach encourages you along with farmers, gardeners, and homeowners seeking to incorporate the growing of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms into their lives and livelihoods to attend.
Introduction to Sogetsu Ikebana with Nancy “Sorin” Locke, 10/8
Volcano Art Center is proud to offer the hands-on “Introduction to Sogetsu Ikebana” workshop with Nancy “Sorin” Locke on Thursday, October 8, 2020, from 10am – 1pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Students will have the opportunity to create their own arrangement after a detailed step-by-step demonstration by the instructor. This workshop is suitable for beginners and no prior experience is necessary.
In this workshop, students will leave with a basic understanding of fundamental design principles of ikebana and how it differs from Western floral design. You will also learn the basic history and aesthetic principles of ikebana and its relationship to Japanese art and culture. Other topics covered include introduction to cutting and stabilizing techniques specific to ikebana, as well as an introduction to aesthetic concepts of Line and Mass.
Course fees are $55/$50 VAC members plus a $25 fee, inclusive of supplies. Floral materials and handouts will be provided. Students must bring their own container, shears, and pinfrog. Please view the supply list here.
Due to social distancing measures, the class size will be limited to 8. Students must wear a CDC recommended face covering during class and are required to use the provided cleaning supplies after class.
With more than 20 years of ikebana experience, Nancy “Sorin” Locke has earned advanced teaching certificates from two schools of ikebana — Sogetsu and Wafu – giving her a strong background in contemporary design theory and technique. In 2016, she was promoted to Somu rank in Sogetsu School. Nancy has been teaching ikebana in the San Francisco Peninsula area since 1998. Combining her expertise in ikebana design with her enjoyment of horticulture and gardening, she inspires her students to create beautiful fresh arrangements and to see floral materials with “fresh eyes.” For 10 years, she served as a board member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of Ikebana International. Nancy’s arrangements have been exhibited at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; in many Ikebana International shows in San Francisco; the Filoli Spring Flower Show in Woodside, California, and at the Bouquets to Art show also in San Francisco. “Sorin” is her Sogetsu School of Ikebana ‘flower name.’ It translates as ‘Forever Renewed Sparkle.’ For more information, visit www.ikebana-nancy.com.
This workshop is FULL! Please contact VAC to be placed on a Wait List.
From Plant to Pigment with Puakea Forester, 10/10
Learn how to create colorfast dyes, inks, and paints from common and invasive locally sourced plants in the “From Plant to Pigment” workshop with Puakea Forester on Saturday, October 10, 2020, from 10am – 4pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. This workshop is perfect for painters and kapa enthusiasts alike who are interested in expanding their knowledge about natural dyes.
The workshop will begin with extracting tannins and mordants from plants and minerals to create color and washfast dyes on fabric. Students will then learn natural dye making which can be transformed into inks, watercolors, and printing paste for a longer stable shelf life, and greater variety of applications on both paper and fabrics.
Course fees are $95/$90 VAC members plus a $65 fee, inclusive of supplies. The supply fee includes informative handouts to keep track of your samples and recipes, samples of 2 mordants, 3 inks, 3 paints for home use, and study references of stamping, dying and painting on bark cloth, watercolor cards, fabric for face masks, muslin(cellulose), and silk fabric(protein). Bring your own jars to take dyes, mordant/tannins, and paints home, as well as a lunch. Due to social distancing measures, the class size will be limited to 10. Students must wear a CDC recommended face covering during class and are required to use the provided cleaning supplies after class.
Jani K. Puakea Forester was born in Kahuku, O‘ahu to Rebecca, a woodworker, and Jan Fisher, an art professor at Brigham Young University-Hawaii for more than 20 years. Puakea attended Ka‘a‘awa Elementary School where her kumu (teacher) Aunty Kawai Aona-Ueoka, instilled in her a love for hula and making kapa. As haumana (students) of Aunty Kawai, Puakea would go to her home and learn to plant, harvest and process the wauke (paper mulberry) in her yard. When Puakea moved to Hawai‘i Island in 2015, she studied kapa making with Roen Hufford and immersed herself in all things kapa in order to be as true to the arts as possible. She also studied with O‘ahu-based Dalani Tanahy. Puakea is a teacher of kapa but insists that she is not a kumu—that she is here to share her kapa aloha and to walk side by side with the people she teaches. She has brought the ancient to the contemporary by creating beautiful high-end women’s leather handbags, dress shirts, mu‘u mu‘u, belts, and jewelry by attaching kapa as the primary ornamentation. She holds classes and workshops as well as retreats for anyone interested in learning to make implements, plant pigments and kapa.
This workshop is FULL! Please contact VAC to be placed on a Wait List.
Edible Wild Plants: A Hands-On Foray for Foragers and Foodies, 10/17
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!
In this popular workshop, learn about wild edibles like plantain/laukahi, sow thistle, cat’s ear, and dandelion, among many others.
This is hands-on immersion for foragers & foodies!
Join instructor Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group for the Edible Wild Plants workshop on Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 9am – 3pm at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. The cost is $50 or $40 for VAC Members. Attendees will meet at VAC’s Niaulani Campus and caravan in their respective cars to the various sites on tour. Due to social distancing measures, class size will be limited. Students must wear a CDC recommended face covering during class and are required to use the provided cleaning supplies after class.
Remember: Never eat anything from the wild without first consulting an expert! Please forage responsibly. Educate yourself, and have fun.
Soft Pastel Still Life, 10/24
Exaggerate! Be bold with colors and yourself using lights and darks and enjoy the marks you make on paper using a proven signature rotational method for success with soft pastels.
Now Big Island artist and instructor Patti Pease Johnson can help you gain the confidence and techniques of this centuries old medium. Patti supplies the instruction and materials along with guidance and inspiration for this process along with some handy tips for your creative journey.
Grow your knowledge of composition, color and correcting problems!
Learn about the different types of pastels, different papers, fixing and mounting paper and on backing. Then use newsprint to get the flow of arm movements to keep loose. Next, you’ll begin forming shapes and move into colors on pastel paper from close observation of the setup still life. Students will complete a 9×12 inch project.
The Soft Pastel Still Life Workshop will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 9am – 12:30pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Cost for the workshop is $50 and $45 for VAC Members plus a $15 fee, inclusive of supplies. Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome. Due to social distancing measures, the class size will be limited. Students must wear a CDC recommended face covering during class and are required to use the provided cleaning supplies after class.
Patti Pease Johnson’s artwork can be found at galleries and shops across the State and in collections around the world.