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Encaustics: Special Techniques

Encaustics: Special Techniques

~With John Matsushita

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $240

Level: Open to All Levels

Saturdays, April 4 - 25 (4 weeks) from 9am - 1:30 pm
(with 1/2 hour break)
* REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 7 based on shipping for specialized materials.

Tuition: $240.00/$280 Non-Members
Supply: $60.00 includes
- 1 pound USP refined beeswax pillets
- Approximately 60 grams damar crystals
- Fair share of other specialized ingredients
- 104 ml of paint in primary colors, white, and 4 earth tones.
Other specialized color cakes, more medium making ingredients, medium, and white will be available for purchase.

Beginning this April, local artist and adventure seeker, John Matsushita, will be teaching a workshop that expands upon the incredible tradition of encaustic wax painting. This class is designed to accommodate the creative interests of students that already have a beginner's encaustic course beneath their belts.

Students will be experimenting with proven recipes and techniques that are less common in working with waxes. These will take them beyond the basics but with a solid knowledge base of the specific capabilities of this medium. Therefore allowing them to push the limits in their personal journeys with wax. There will be a review of foundational material safety practices as some of these new techniques will require even more vigilant safe practices. Class space is limited to 8 students.

John Matsushita is Hawaii born and raised, with a BFA in painting and drawing with sculpture, from the University of Hawai'i - Manoa, with study at the Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna. As a painter he works in molten wax against recycled wooden panels that he salvages. His encaustic paintings have been featured at VAC's Emerging Artist exhibit, The Nature of Nature exhibit, he was the featured artist of the Volcano Village Artist Hui show Edges, he enjoys participating in Hawaii Collaboration, he is currently represented in Volcano Art Gallery, and has commissioned works throughout the country. As a sculptor, he works in wood and stone, which he carves away to reveal landscapes and features of the natural environment that he feels a sense of deep connection with. His artistic focus has also involved volunteer projects with limited resources beyond natural materials that have been foraged from the land itself.

Students please bring:
- Nitrile gloves (~$2 for a 4 pack at Home Depot)
- 2 jars with lids about 8 oz or more
- Empty tin cans (like tuna, etc)
- Some of your favorite tubes of oil paints if you have
- Some of your favorite acrylics if you have
- A respirator (3M brand, model 65021HA1-C or 6211PA1-P or if you have one already check that it is for both vapors and particulates).
***I realize the respirator is both costly (~$35 Home Depot) and intimidating. There is no need for worry, this is just because we value good health and longevity and want to teach best practices. These respirators will also be valuable to you beyond this class as they are vital for protection during lots of other art practices and even home projects. It is an investment of great value that should be in your basic kit for approaching life's amazing opportunities and special experiences.

Photography: Smartphone Photography Techniques and Social Media Marketing Strategies

Photography: Smartphone Photography Techniques and Social Media Marketing Strategies

~With Daniel Sheinfeld Rodriguez

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $75

Level: Open to All Levels

2nd Saturdays Photography
Early Registration by Feb 28: $75 / $90 Non-Members
Late Registration: $90/Non-Members: $108
- Registration Deadline: March 7

This is course is intended for amateurs who seek to effectively use and share mobile imagery and are interested in exploring the creative side of smartphone photography. Students will be introduced to a number of popular apps that allow them to customize and enhance their shooting experience. Lastly, students will understand how to develop and implement social media campaigns for PR and self-promotion.

All participants must bring a mobile device with a camera such as an iPhone or Android smartphone.

Creative Workshop: Patterns in Paper

Creative Workshop: Patterns in Paper

~With Sarah Steinwachs

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Open to All Levels

Saturday
Early Registration - Members: $45/ Non-Members: $55
After Feb 21: $55/ Non-Members: $65 - Registration Deadline: Feb 28

This one-day workshop will teach students how to develop patterns from nature, architecture and other points of inspiration. We will examine the famous Golden Section and Fibonacci Sequence of numbers that is found in nature, and as a consequence has been used in the arts and architecture for thousands of years. Students will learn how to create both 2D and 3D modules, as well as a variety of grid systems for repeat patterns. Paper folding and delicate cutting techniques will be taught. Paint, pens, and a variety of other media such as collage and watercolor will also be examined in creating patterns.

Sarah is a visiting artist from Philadelphia with a MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale. She currently teaches design at Drexel University and has traveled around the world for artistic research and exhibitions. This workshop is informed by Paper Microcosms (2010), a project Sarah developed that considered illusory and actual spaces created through grids, and other intricate patterns made from cut-paper.

Students should bring:

- x-acto knife
- thin tipped sharpies or micron pens-various colors
- thin paper with good amount of sizing such as 90lb. Arches watercolor paper-2 sheets
- cutting matt (if you have)
- tracing paper
- sketchbook
- white glue
- any other type of media you may want to explore for making patterns such as ink, or acrylic paint.

Creating Large Ceramic Sculptures with Slabs

Creating Large Ceramic Sculptures with Slabs

~With Amber Aguirre

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $225

Level: Beginners

Friday-Sunday
Early Registration - Members: $225/ Non-Members $270 Supply fee: $70
After Feb 20: Members: $270/ Non-Members $295 Supply fee: $70
Registration Deadline: Feb 27
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If you work with clay then you know ceramic sculptures need to be hollow. Learn an EASY way to go big! Students will learn the techniques necessary to create a large figure or animal without the added time, expense and materials of working solid. This is a technique/process workshop and finished work will not be fired at the Mill. Supply fee includes: 50-75 lbs of clay, base and external armature that students will keep, and other materials.

Indigo and Shibori Workshop

Indigo and Shibori Workshop

~With Darius Homayounpour

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $150

Level: Open to All Levels

Tuition: $150 / $175 Non-Members Supply: TBA
After February 14: Tuition: $175/ $190 Non-Members
Registration Deadline: February 21

This workshop combines the magical qualities of the indigo vat with shibori, the Japanese approach to tie-dye. The basics of binding, stitching, and clamping cloth along with an introduction to essential techniques for dyeing in the indigo vat will be covered, though students of all levels are welcome. Fabrics and fibers for quilting, weaving, clothing, as well as the home can be designed and produced.

Darius is a visiting artist/instructor returning to the Mill as a guide for both beginning and experienced students. As a textile artist, Homayounpour maintains an active exhibition schedule while running a production and teaching dye studio focusing on indigo as well as other natural and synthetic dyes. He worked for many years at the Honolulu Academy of Arts as assistant to the curator in the Textile Dept. focusing on exhibition design and installation as well as textile conservation. He has also taught courses in textiles and Asian costume history in the Fashion Program at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Book Making: Tunnel Books

Book Making: Tunnel Books

~With with Janet Ballantyne

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $75

Level: Open to All Levels

Saturday, Feb 21 from 10am - 4pm
Early Registration Tuition: $75 / $85 Non-Members
After Feb 7: $85/ $95 Non-Members - Registration deadline: Feb 14

Tunnel books were all the rage in the 1800's when they were known as traveling "peep shows," made to delight and amaze by allowing one to view tiny worlds through keyholes, windows or doorways. The tunnel book model holds endless design possibilities, incorporating collage, hand drawn images or even photographic imagery. This day long workshop is suitable for beginners or experienced book artists.

Book making tools and materials will be provided, but if you have favorite images, papers, or items you would like to work with, bring them along, such as:
- self-healing cutting mat
- exacto knife
- sharp scissors
- bone folder
- ruler
- glue stick
- misc. art supplies (stamps, pens, pencils, photography, decorative papers

* From Through the Rabbit Hole, an Alice inspired tunnel book, by Ingrid Dijkers.

Photography: Digital Still Camera Boot Camp

Photography: Digital Still Camera Boot Camp

~With John Ferdico

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $75

Level: Beginners

2nd Saturdays Photo
Essentials of Composition with John Ferdico
Early Registration by Nov 31: $75 / $90 Non-Members
Late Registration: $90/Non-Members: $108
- Registration Deadline: Feb 7

Once you understand the capabilities of your camera the next step to capturing compelling images is mastering composition. If you'd like to learn how to take better photographs, come to this all-day workshop on composition. After a slide presentation reviewing the key elements of composition and artful seeing, the class will be given assignments designed to exercise what they have learned. Instructor will assist each participant with composing their photographs. The workshop will finish with a review of selected class images, including a discussion on how to improve the composition in the student's images.

Please bring your camera (it can be a point and shoot, a DSLR or anything in between), and a laptop if you have one.

Printmaking Workshop: Special Techniques "Postage Stamp Exchange" Engraving Workshop

Printmaking Workshop: Special Techniques "Postage Stamp Exchange" Engraving Workshop

~With Johanna Mueller

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $225

Level: Open to All Levels

Sat. & Sun, Feb 7 and 8
& Sunday, February 15
Early Registration Tuition: $165/$195 Non-Members Supply: $25
After Jan 31: $195/ $220 Non-Members
* Includes Optional use of Open Studio on Tuesday and Thurs to further develop work

Johanna Mueller is a visiting Artist-in-Residence whose visit is made possible through the Laila Twigg-Smith Fund. Her workshop will cover basic relief carving techniques on linoleum and engraving on plastic plates and printing. Carving techniques, gray scale, emotive imagery and use of text will also be covered. Participants will explore how relief printing can be used as a form of evocative storytelling. This engraving class will include a portfolio exchange so that every student comes away with a prize portfolio.

Learn more about Johanna Mueller and her work at www.johannamuellerprints.com. Her residency is made possible through the generosity of the Laila Twigg-Smith Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Special Ceramics Offering: Surface Decoration

Special Ceramics Offering: Surface Decoration

~With Jason Walker

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $250

Level: Open to All Levels

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Early Registration Tuition: $250/$300 Non-Member
After January 23: $300/$350 Non-Member
Deadline for registration: Jan 30

"For quite some time, I have explored the idea of 'nature'. What is it exactly? How do we perceive and define it, and why?"
In this special ceramics workshop, visiting artist Jason Walker will teach his techniques of combining 3-dimensional ceramic forms with 2-dimensional imagery. Through demonstration and individual instruction participants will learn his hand building techniques using porcelain. He will also demonstrate his underglaze methods and discuss tools, concepts and philosophies of combining painted imagery with sculptural form.

Jason Walker is a Ceramic Artist who creates narrative ceramics that evoke a dialogue about humanity viewing itself apart the natural world. Jason earned his MFA from Penn State University, his BFA from Utah State University and has done several international residencies including two years at the Archie Bray Foundation. He lives in Bellingham, WA and is a full time studio artist and workshop instructor.

His residency is made possible through the generosity of the Laila Twigg-Smith Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Evening with the Artists

Evening with the Artists

~With Johanna Mueller and Jason Walker

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

Thursday, Feb 5 from 6pm - 8pm
Free to the public - Potluck-style, please bring a dish to share

Join us for a presentation and talk-story with two gifted Artists-in-Residence. Johanna Mueller is a Printmaker and Engraver whose work is imbued with personal mythology as she draws from her own narrative, cultural and historical references, pattern and design, and ancient myth and legend. The animals in her work are elevated from beast to mythic status as they take on human emotions and become metaphoric portraits of the artist and others. Ms Mueller earned her MFA from George Washington University and she now lives in Denver, Colorado.

Jason Walker is a Ceramic Artist who creates narrative ceramics that evoke a dialogue about humanity viewing itself apart the natural world. Jason earned his MFA from Penn State University, his BFA from Utah State University and has done several international residencies including two years at the Archie Bray Foundation. He lives in Bellingham, WA and is a full time studio artist and workshop instructor.

Made possible through the generosity of the Laila Twigg-Smith Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation.