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, or Wednesday afternoon at 4:30pm 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
Paint Your Own Silk Scarf with Patti Pease Johnson, 11/21
Big Island artist and instructor Patti Pease Johnson teaches the Paint Your Own Silk Scarf workshop on Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 9:00am-12:30pm at Volcano Art Center. 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.
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.
This workshop is full! Please contact VAC to be placed on a Wait List.
From Plant to Pigment with Puakea Forester, 12/5
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, December 5, 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.
Homestead Mushroom Cultivation: Fungi Fundamentals, 12/12
Saturday, December 12, 2020 | 9am – 2pm
Learn the basics of home-scale, low tech mushroom growing with instructor Zach Mermel of Ola Design Group in the “Homestead Mushroom Cultivation: Fungi Fundamentals” workshop on Saturday, December 12, 2020, from 9am – 2pm at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Participants will gain hands-on experience cultivating edible and medicinal fungi on a number of readily acquired substrates such as coffee grounds, paper, sawdust, and straw.
Course fees are $55/$50 VAC members plus a $15 fee, inclusive of supplies. Each participant will depart with a cultivation kit at the conclusion of the workshop. Participants will meet at VAC’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. Lunch break will occur from 12pm – 1pm. 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.
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.