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.
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. email@example.com
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.
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
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.
- Class handout with recipes
- In class & take home samples
Class fee is $60/$55 for VAC members plus a $20 supply fee