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Mar
9
Sat
2024
Soft Pastel Still Life with Patti Pease Johnson
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

pastel still life student workingSoft Pastel Still Life

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 all 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 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’s still life. Students will complete a 9×12-inch project.

The Soft Pastel Still Life Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village. The cost for the workshop is $75 and $70 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.

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Zentangle® Tribute to our Kamehameha Butterfly: Pulelehua with Lydia Meneses
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Lydia Meneses, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Zentangle: Tribute to our Kamehameha Butterfly: Pulelehua will be held at VAC Niaulani Campus (19-4074 Old Volcano Road), on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at VAC Niaulani Campus, from 10am – 1pm.

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.  At first glance a Zentangle art piece appears intricate and complicated. But when students are guided through the process, some realize how simple it is and how fun and engrossing it becomes.

During this Zentangle art session we are paying tribute to Hawaii’s official state insect, the lovely endemic Kamehameha Butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) also known as Pulelehua. In some cultures the graceful butterfly is used to symbolize healing and transformation.

We will create our butterfly images by using two inspiring Zentangle guides known as step outs.

Class session will be guided with Zentangle’s tradition ceremony and method:

·       Gratitude

·       Appreciation

·       Relaxation

·       Mindfulness and awareness

This class is open to all levels, no Zentangle or art experience necessary.

Students are encouraged to bring snacks/beverages to share.

Cost is $35/$30 VAC members plus a $15 supply and facility fee.

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Mar
23
Sat
2024
Reiki 2 Certification with Heather Penfield
Mar 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Reiki 2 Certification at Volcano Art Center with Certified Teacher, Heather Penfield

In this Reiki 2 Certification Workshop you will:

  • Learn the Reiki symbols and how to integrate them into a treatment
  • Discover distance Reiki and the benefits of sending Reiki over distance and time 
  • Practice Reiki on yourself and others using new techniques
  • Find out how easy it is to use Reiki in every day life as a tool for balance and well being 
  • Feel empowered to care for yourself, family, pets and others 
  • Experience an initiation into Reiki 2 

Includes:

  • Reiki 2 Certification with signed certificate 
Prerequisite: Reiki 1 certification  
 
Reiki is a complimentary holistic healing technique used to relax and balance the nervous system, assisting the body’s natural ability to heal and restore itself on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.

 

 The class fee is $ 160/$155 for VAC members 

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Mar
30
Sat
2024
Mixed Media Papermaking with Mary Milelzcik
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Join artist Mary Milelzcik for a Mixed Media Papermaking workshop on Saturday, March 30, from 10 am to 2:30 pm at the Volcano Art Center in Volcano. Newcomers and Advanced students are welcome.  $70/ $65 VAC Members plus $38 supplies.

This workshop will introduce you to papermaking using recycled heavy weight Arches art paper with local plant materials, dyes and earth pigments. Using a using a household blender and various sized moulds and deckles, you are able to make paper in a variety of sizes, scrolls, layered artwork and create a painting with pulp. Participants are encouraged to bring flowers and plant material to add color, or other interesting things to imbed in their paper.

You will leave with a basic knowledge of papermaking, a variety of papers, pulp sources, and instructions on how to make paper at home. To allow for more paper making time, the instructor will source, prepare and cook plant materials for pulp, dyes and paint, in advance of the class. Plant fibers used in this workshop may include wauke (paper mulberry), ginger, old growth cedar, homegrown cotton bolls and flowers, lemongrass, cane grass, etc. (depending on availability).

If you have a special project in mind, or any questions, please email in advance to discuss how I can help you achieve your creative goals. Also, advanced Papermaking workshops and studio time are available at Arts Asylum for individuals and groups by appointment.   artsasylum@gmail.com

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Apr
2
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Apr 2 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
9
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Apr 9 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
13
Sat
2024
Pen Sketching & Watercolor Washes with Patti Pease Johnson
Apr 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Pen Sketching & Watercolor Washes with Patti Pease Johnson

Saturday, April 13, 2024,  from 9 am – 12:30 pm at VAC Niaulani Campus in Volcano, Village.

Learn mixed media line and wash technique on 6 x 9” watercolor paper and create 2 paintings in the 3 ½ hour session. “It’s a great size for journal travel recording for lively illustrative looks,” says instructor Patti Pease Johnson. This workshop is a chance for beginners and intermediate students to experiment with simplified line exaggerations and painting outside the lines. All materials are supplied so it gives a person a chance to see if this is their creativity spark before investing in the materials.

“Simple line drawing for the outside of objects is what it’s about,” says Patti. “Make it a suggestion of the object. Draw and paint loosely. For example, no need to complete the leaf outside edge, have a closed petal on a flower, or a tree with full branches. White space is good, chant it when you begin painting,”

Your intuition and playful attitude are part of this journey. First is a discussion by looking at many samples and asking the question: is it about drawing vs. color? Students then practice the minimal drawing first on newsprint from looking at a simple still-life setup. Then it is redrawn on the watercolor paper, and outlined suggestively with the permanent black fine-tip pen. Students learn a pen hashing technique for the darkest darks and cast shadows; plus learn watercolor techniques of washes, blending, glazing, dry brush, and lift-off. A 4-page handout with a basic 10-step procedure lets you remember the steps.

Patti Pease Johnson has been a working artist for 27 years and a teacher of various mediums including two other watercolor techniques, soft pastel still life, and Plein air landscapes. Her workshops for painting on silk using liquid dye and wax resist. She has had artwork in numerous juried shows and has collectors in many parts of the world through gallery sales around the state of Hawaii.

The cost is  $75/$70 for VAC members, plus $10 supply fee, and a $5 registration fee. For more information call (808) 967-8222.

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Apr
16
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Apr 16 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
20
Sat
2024
Liko A’e Keiki Plus One
Apr 20 @ 8:40 am – 2:30 pm

Liko A’e Keiki + One

The Volcano Art Center is proud to offer the Liko A’e Keiki plus One workshop. The workshop will be held at VAC Niaulani Campus, Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 8:40 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. Open to keiki  8-13 years of age and one adult. The deadline to register is Friday, April 5, 2024.

This one-day workshop gives keiki and their parent, grandparent or any adult, a memorable opportunity to explore the arts together.
The classes will includes painting, zentangle, textile art treasure bags, and silk painting.

Cost: for one adult and one child $100/$92 for members of VAC. If you wish to enroll any additional adult or child, please call the office at (808) 967-8222. Additional keiki or adult $25/$20 (VAC member).

$25 discount for early registration. The deadline for early registration is Monday, March 25.

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
22
Mon
2024
Quilt Workshop: Light Up Your Landscape
Apr 22 @ 9:30 am – Apr 23 @ 4:00 pm

Quilt Workshop: Light Up Your Landscape

Enjoy a two days of textile fun with Gloria Loughman“Light Up Your Landscape” workshop on April 22nd and 23rd, from 9:30am – 4pm,  at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

“Light Up Your Landscape” is a two-day workshop with the world-renowned quilter, Gloria Loughman, www.glorialoughman.com. She will be focusing on design principles, color schemes as well as quilting techniques.

Light is one of the most powerful tools that an artist can use in a composition. Fusing small squares, rectangles or diamonds of fabric, students can build up a landscape background that is full of light, contrasts, and drama. In this class, design principles including perspective and focal point will be outlined, and a variety of colour schemes will be displayed and discussed. Participants will then design their own wall hanging working from a photos, sketch, or picture. Fusing, invisible machine appliqué, free motion stitching and quilting techniques will be included. This workshop is suitable for new and experienced quilters with patterns, hand dyed and painted fabrics available in class.

The class fee $250/$225 (VAC member) materials not included. (see list below)
Participants will be able to use their own materials. Gloria will have her hand-dyed materials for sale.

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Materials

Please bring a photo or sketch as inspiration. A simple scene with a beautiful or dramatic sunset sky and silhouette foreground is the most appropriate for this class.

Sewing Machine in good working order, machine manual, tools and accessories including a darning foot and walking foot. An open toed embroidery foot would also be very useful.

Pen and notebook
Pencil, eraser, cellotape, black medium felt tipped marker (e.g. Sharpie)
Large sheet of white paper – needs to be at least as big as proposed quilt size (can join). Rotary cutter, patchwork ruler, cutting board, optional small square (6 1⁄2 or 4 1⁄2 inches) Pins – lots of straight pins
1 metre (yards) of Freezer Paper
2 metres (yards) of fusible web – e.g. 24 inch Steam a Seam 2 Lite recommended. Narrower widths will also work well but you will need more.
Thread to blend with background and foreground fabrics.
size 80 topstitch needles
Scissors (both fabric and paper), Seam Ripper, tweezers
Batting – A little bigger than proposed quilt size. Suggest cotton, wool or any other thin batting. If not sure of size – I would suggest batting about 20 ins by 26 ins)

Fabric

Background – Bring a range of fabrics that blend well together in the colors needed for the background. It may work out that you actually only use three or four background fabrics, if they contain a range of colours. The important thing is for the fabrics to blend or overlap so that the color graduations are quite subtle.

Foreground- Choose fabrics to match your foreground details such as trees, buildings, foliage etc

Backing fabric – The same size as batting – suggest 20 ins by 26ins

There will be suitable hand dyed and painted fabrics available for sale in the classroom as well as optional patterns and variegated threads.

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Apr
23
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Apr 23 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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Apr
27
Sat
2024
Cooking with Canoe Plants 2 Workshop with Heather
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Join Heather Penfield on Saturday, April, 27, 2024 , from 9am – 11am., for the Cooking with Canoe Plants Part 2 Workshop at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus.

 

 

 

 

 

In this workshop you will dive deeper into the uses of the first edible plants brought to Hawaii by Polynesians, and explore 5 or more different plants and how to prepare them. You will gain hands on experience making recipes from start to finish, including salad, main course and desert. Heather will discuss  the nutritional, social and economical benefits on buying locally grown produce. The class will include: class handout with recipes, and in class samples.

You will be using in season produce which includes:

 Ulu (breadfruit), Uala (sweet potato), Olena (turmeric), Kalo(taro), Ko(Sugarcane), Mai’a(banana), Niu (coconut), Ohi’a ai (mountain apple), & Ki (ti)

All New Recipes! Beginners are Welcome!

 The class fee is $60/$55 for VAC members plus a $20 supply fee

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Apr
30
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
Apr 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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May
4
Sat
2024
Waiho’olu’u Ola Indigo Dyeing Fundamentals
May 4 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

IMG-4170Waiho’olu’u Ola Indigo Dyeing Fundamentals Workshop 

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 resist styles to create patterns as you explore the alchemy of the beautiful plant pigment, indigo.

Learn to dye natural fiber goods in a plant derived indigo vat. Create 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. Dyestuff will be provided, and 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 or blends, as they accept the color the best. Please pre-wash items in pH neutral soap for best result.

Class fee is $75/$70 (forVAC members) plus a $25 supply fee. No experience is necessary. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

IMG-4172Waiho’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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May
7
Tue
2024
Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon
May 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Keiki Drawing Classes with Ken Charon 

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, April 2nd – May 7th

A series of 6 drawing classes for children ages 8 to 14 at Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus. Ken’s lessons focus on drawing things from life. Portraits, landscapes, and still-lifes will be encouraged as a way to prepare for more personal imaginary works. Field trips into the Niaulani Rainforest will also be included, weather permitting.

Ken enjoys working with Hawaii’s children and has done so since 1986 with the Artists in the Schools program, as well as in private lessons and summer camps. He has also worked with the developmentally and physically disabled with VSA arts.

Fee: $120/$110 VAC Members plus a $17 supply fee

Financial scholarships are available for those in need.  Apply for a scholarship Here

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May
11
Sat
2024
Home Herbalist Workshop with Heather Penfield
May 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Home Herbalist Workshop with Heather Penfield

Join Heather Penfield on May 11, 2024 at the Volcano Art Center and discover the amazing things you can do with herbal essentials. In this workshop you will learn germ boosting powers of plants & herbs and discover how to use them, and learn the art of making effective remedies at home. You will also watch how the products are made from start to finish, including salve, syrup, tincture, citrus cleaner, hand sanitizer and more.

Includes:

  •    Class handout with recipes
  •    In class & take home samples 

   Class fee is $60/$55 for VAC members plus a $20 supply fee

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Jun
22
Sat
2024
Mixed Media Encaustics with Mary Milelczik
Jun 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

 

Join Mary Milelzcik at Volcano Art Centerʻs Niaulani Campus (19-4074 Old Volcano Road) on Saturday, June 22, from 10am – 2:30pm for the Mixed Media Ecaustics workshop. Beginners – Advanced are welcome.

Encaustic is a mixture of beeswax, damar resin and pigment, which is applied to a solid absorbent surface. Each time a new layer is applied, it must be fused. The layers can be enhanced by adding fine art papers, carving with tools or drawing with pigment, oil sticks etc. Photographs can be transferred, and other materials embedded to create a variety of amazing results with depth and luminosity.

This is a hands-on workshop, where you’ll learn safe studio practices, encaustic painting basics, how to make your own medium, and set up an inexpensive encaustic studio.  Various encaustic techniques, photo transfer, and shellac burns will be demonstrated. After instruction and experimenting, you will have the opportunity to create two encaustic paintings to take home with you. Mary will provide encaustic paints, panels, and handmade paper to use as substrates, an assortment marking tools and brushes, and interesting papers, photographs, minerals, fibers, and other natural and found materials for students to incorporate into their paintings. Students are encouraged to bring other items they’d like to use.

Students with special projects or questions should email Mary in advance. The class fee is $70/$65 for VAC members plus a $55 supply fee. To register, call Volcano Art Center at 808-967-8222 or visit www.volcanoartcenter.org. Space is limited. For questions regarding the workshop content, photo transfers, or special projects, please email Mary  artsasylum@gmail.com prior to the class.

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