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, 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 Classes & Workshops

Stained Glass Open Studio

Volcano Art Center is pleased to offer stained glass open studio sessions on Monday evenings from 2pm – 5pm. 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.

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January 2020

Beginning Improv for Adults with Keli Semelsberger, 1/9 – 2/20 Ongoing

Learn to live more in the moment, think on your feet, let go of self-judgment, bring more joy in your life and recapture your playful spirit in this introduction to improv class. Beginning Improv for Adults is a 6-week workshop series beginning Thursday, January 9, 2020, through Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 1pm – 3pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. There will be no class on February 6. This series is taught by improv legend Keli Semelsberger, founder of Charlotte Comedy Theater, and Medicine Woman Dance. 

This is a 6-week course but attendance to all is not required to participate. No prior experience is necessary. The cost for each class is $40/$35 VAC Members. The series cost for all six classes is $235/$205 VAC Members. Pre-registration is required. 

Keli Semelsberger has been teaching and performing improv comedy for 25 years and is the founder of the legendary Charlotte Comedy Theater. She was taught in Chicago by Del Close and Amy Poehler. Her teaching style is laid-back and inspiring. 

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Soft Pastel Still Life, 1/18

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, January 18, 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.

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

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

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February 2020

Beginning Improv for Adults with Keli Semelsberger, 1/9 – 2/20 Ongoing

Learn to live more in the moment, think on your feet, let go of self-judgment, bring more joy in your life and recapture your playful spirit in this introduction to improv class. Beginning Improv for Adults is a 6-week workshop series beginning Thursday, January 9, 2020, through Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 1pm – 3pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. There will be no class on February 6. This series is taught by improv legend Keli Semelsberger, founder of Charlotte Comedy Theater, and Medicine Woman Dance. 

This is a 6-week course but attendance to all is not required to participate. No prior experience is necessary. The cost for each class is $40/$35 VAC Members. The series cost for all six classes is $235/$205 VAC Members. Pre-registration is required. 

Keli Semelsberger has been teaching and performing improv comedy for 25 years and is the founder of the legendary Charlotte Comedy Theater. She was taught in Chicago by Del Close and Amy Poehler. Her teaching style is laid-back and inspiring. 

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Waiho’olu’u Ola Indigo Dyeing Fundamentals Workshop, 2/1

Learn the magical process of creating with nature’s oldest natural dye, indigo. In this workshop, you’ll use traditional methods of banding and folding in traditional and modern shibori styles to create patterns as you explore the alchemy of the beautiful plant pigment, indigo. The Waiho’olu’u Ola Indigo Fundamentals workshop happens on Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 12:30 – 3:30pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Learn to dye natural fiber goods in a plant-derived indigo vat. Create Shibori resist patterns using folding, wrapping, and clamping techniques, as well as how to control hue density with multiple dyeing submersions. You’ll also learn the basic fundamentals of this historic dyeing process. All dyestuff will be provided and the fabric is natural fiber and sustainable. Each participant will leave with a new skill and understanding of Indigo Dye as well as their own finished sample pieces.

Participants may bring 1-5 small items of your own to dye, avoiding bulky or heavy pieces (towels, linens, yards of fabric, bedding etc.), as vat space and time are limited. Items must be cotton, linen, hemp, silk, or anything natural – no synthetics, as they accept the color the best. Please pre-wash items for best result.

Class fee is $55/$50 for VAC members plus a $30 fee, inclusive of supplies. No experience is necessary. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Waiho’olu’u ola : Living Color Dyery is a creative natural collective started by a husband, Justin (the alchemist) and a wife, Wai‘ala (the artist) duo who work together to share the magic and alchemy of natural living color dyes; including indigo, olena, avocado, hibiscus, etc. Outside the joy of sharing the alchemy of natural dye in workshops with others, the two love sharing their love for the natural plant world and the process of co-creating consciously with nature.
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Zentangle® Basics and Beyond: Red Between the Lines with Lydia Meneses, 2/15 

Saturday, February 15, 2019 | 10AM-1PM

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. There are no mistakes in Zentangle.  

As you first glance at a Zentangle art piece, it appears intricate and complicated. But, when you are guided through the process, you realize how simple it is – and how fun and engrossing it becomes.  

Beginners learn the basic Zentangle art method of drawing and those with experience get the guidance they need to take their Zentangle practice a step further. We will be adding a touch of red to our artwork.

Learning Objectives:

  • Introduction to the Zentangle Art Method
  • Five elements: dot, straight line, S shape, C shape, & orb ( . / s c o)
  • Zentangle basic vocabulary
  • Benefits of meditation through a mindful drawing practice. 

 Materials:

Zentangle Basics kit will be provided that contains a Sakura PN pen, Sakura Red 03 pen, mini pencil, tortillion and 3 tiles.  Additional Zentangle information is included.

Please bring a light refreshment to share. Cost is $35/$30 VAC Members plus a $15 fee, inclusive of supplies.

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Paint Your Own Silk Scarf with Patti Pease Johnson, 2/15

Big Island artist and instructor Patti Pease Johnson teaches the Paint Your Own Silk Scarf workshop on Saturday, February 15, 2020, from 9:00am-12:30pm at Volcano Art Center. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, enrolling a loved one in this workshop makes a great gift! Or, you could create your own scarf and gift it for the special occasion.

In this workshop, you’ll paint your own 8” x 53” scarf using three colors of your choice, which will create many more colors on the silk. Pick a main color, then, choose the other two after learning about color theory. You’ll then be ready to mix your desired colors, achieved by pre-mixing the four process colors of dye (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black). Students from previous classes have been amazed by what they refer to as “happy color accidents.”

Johnson will tell you, “It’s all about playing with colors. I supply all materials and guidance, you create. The fun time is your art journey for a few hours.” Beginner and intermediate artists are welcome. Open up your creativity and challenge yourself by learning this fun technique. It’s guaranteed to change the way you look at color.

Cost is $50 and $45 for VAC members plus a $15 fee per person, inclusive of supplies.

In the final hour, students will use hot wax with the tjanting tool on Habotai silk to outline your more representational design and create a resist line for the dyes. Then you will paint and mix colors on the 10” x 10” silk artwork.

Patti Pease Johnson’s artwork can be found at galleries and shops across the State and in collections around the world. Patti has a designer’s ability to distill natural subjects into their most essential forms and to rearrange them in her paintings. Her artworks include sculpture, mobiles, fashions, soft pastels, and clay objects in abstract and expressionist styles.

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Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Hawaiian Language Classes Level 1 (Beginner), 2/18
Instructor Kaliko Beamer-Trapp

Have you always wanted to learn Hawaiian language but haven’t had the time? Are you interested in Hawaiian culture and history? Or are you new to the islands and unsure of how to pronounce street names, place names, and people’s names? There are ever-increasing numbers of fluent Hawaiian speakers and now you can begin to learn this rich and vibrant language right here at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus.

Hawaiian Language Level 1 will be offered for 8 weeks every Tuesday night beginning  February 18 – April 7, 2020, from 4pm – 5pm. This basics class will focus on vocabulary, counting, simple conversation, grammar, and sentence structures. No previous knowledge is required. You could even sign up a friend as a practice partner and double the fun!

Classes will be held at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Fee for the class is $95 and $85 for VAC members. No textbook is required; reading materials will be provided by the instructor. Bring a notebook to take notes if you wish!

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Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Hawaiian Language Classes Level 2, 2/18
Kumu Kaliko Beamer-Trapp

Do you already have the ability to pronounce Hawaiian words and want to learn how to put them together to make phrases and sentences? Are you perhaps already able read Hawaiian sentences aloud and recognize the individual pieces, and now you want to learn more sentence patterns and idioms? Well this is the class for you!

Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Level 2 will be offered for 8 weeks every Tuesday night beginning February 18 – April 7, 2020, from 5pm – 6:30pm. This class will focus on expanding vocabulary, using longer snippets of conversation, and understanding how repeating Hawaiian word and phrase patterns can be used to communicate using a great many types of sentences. Class is taught using Hawaiian as the language of instruction about 10% of the time to help you with listening comprehension.

Classes will be held at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Fee for the class is $95 and $85 for VAC members. No textbook is required; reading materials will be provided by the instructor.

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Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi: Hawaiian Language Classes Level 3, 2/18
Kumu Kaliko Beamer-Trapp

The Level 3 class is for those who can already speak and understand a little Hawaiian language. Class is taught over 50% in the Hawaiian language to increase comprehension and to “immerse” the students in the language. Each 8 week series covers a different topic in reading selected from traditional Hawaiian literature of the 1800s and bases the vocabulary and lessons around the readings. This class is ideal for teachers, cultural practitioners, and those with the goal of using Hawaiian language on a daily basis.

Papa ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Level 3 will be offered for 8 weeks every Tuesday night beginning February 18 – April 7, 2020, from 6:30pm – 8pm.

Classes will be held at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Fee for the class is $95 and $85 for VAC members. No textbook is required; reading materials will be provided by the instructor.
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Fused Glass Basics: Heart Ornaments with Claudia McCall, 2/22

Love is in the air in the month of February and to celebrate, glass artist Claudia McCall will teach the “Fused Glass Basics: Hearts” workshop on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from 9am – 1pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. This one-day kilnforming workshop will introduce participants to basic techniques of glass fusing. McCall will share her expertise and knowledge, teaching students the skills involved in working safely with fused glass, and creating a beautiful, sturdy piece of art. Hang the finished piece in your window or gift it to someone special – heartfelt indeed!

Kilnforming is the process of shaping glass in a kiln with heat and gravity. When the glass is heated in a kiln, its consistency takes a liquid form. Once gravity takes hold of the molten glass, the glass fills the space in which it is contained and fuses with other pieces of compatible glass. Participants will create their own heart shaped ornament using pre-cut molds by McCall. As the kiln will need to cool for a couple of hours after running the project, a break will be held for lunch. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch for a picnic at Niaulani or break elsewhere.

The class fee is $30/$25 for VAC members plus a $20 fee, inclusive of supplies. All levels are welcome to enroll. Advance registration is required and this workshop will be limited to 6 adults.

Claudia McCall started working in stained glass in 2006, when a friend gifted her with a piece. She loved the way the sunlight played through the different types of glass, and wanted to explore the possibilities of interpreting the natural world, and interest spurred by her mother’s love of art and her grandmother’s love of birding. Her goal is to interpret Hawai‘i’s unique environment through the stylized lens of stained glass.

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