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Book Arts

Book Arts

~With with Janet Ballentyne

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $35

Level: Open to All Levels

($40 for Nonmembers)

Students will be making envelopes books, pop-up and single sheet books. Envelopes will form the pages of our next books and students will have a collection of envelope models to to take home for other projects.

Janet Ballantyne is a retired Home Economics teacher from Vermont who has been teaching Book Arts classes at the Donkey Mill for 10 years. She is the co-founder of the Vermont Book Arts Guild of Vermont an active group with 250 members that meets monthly.

Book Arts: Day 1

Book Arts: Day 1

~With Janet Ballentyne

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $35

Level: Open to All Levels

($40 for Nonmembers)
Supply: TBA
Beginning and experienced book artists will find this a fun filled class full of cool ideas and book models. We will be using some basic techniques of folding, sewing scoring, and using adhesives to create some familiar and new book models. In this class, we will be making single signature, pop-up and post-it books with book cloth and wallpaper.

Janet Ballantyne is a retired Home Economics teacher from Vermont who has been teaching Book Arts classes at the Donkey Mill for 10 years. She is the co-founder of the Vermont Book Arts Guild of Vermont an active group with 250 members that meets monthly.

Digital Photography Boot Camp

Digital Photography Boot Camp

~With Eric Edwards & John Ferdico

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $75

Level: Beginners - Intermediate

(Nonmembers: $85)

* Offered again by popular demand.

Class meets:
- Thursday March 27 (6-8pm) - Introductory Lecture
- Saturday March 29 (10am-4pm) - Intensive Camera Workshop

This course will teach beginning and intermediate photographers camera functions and the creative use of digital cameras. Format will include a Thursday evening illustrated lecture covering camera functions and operations. Saturday will be an intensive hands on workshop where students will practice camera techniques and learn to be more creative and competent photographers. Students are asked to bring their cameras so they can practice the different functions and techniques. You will leave this class with the knowledge you need to master your camera and become a stronger photographer.

(This course or proof of competency may be required for more advanced workshops).

Photography: Master Class

Photography: Master Class

~With Alvis Upitis

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $75

Level: Intermediate - Advanced

(Nonmember: $85)
Limited to 6 Students

An intensive and intimate workshop with renowned professional photographer Alvis Upitis. Workshop begins with orientation/assignment at DM and then going to site for a walk around of shooting/lunch and return to DM for insight, review and discussion on student work.

(Taking the Intensive Camera Workshop or proof of camera competency required for this workshop)

Alvis Upitis is a working commercial photographer with 40 years experience shooting for Fortune 500 Companies and top advertising agencies worldwide. He has a BS and MFA in photography and taught photo art and technique at the college level for 10 years.

Indigo and Shibori Workshop

Indigo and Shibori Workshop

~With Darius Homayounpour

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $150

Level: Open to All Levels

Tuition: $150 / Non-Members: $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.

Photography: Image Transfer with Waterslide Decal Paper

Photography: Image Transfer with Waterslide Decal Paper

~With John Ferdico

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $125

Level: Beginners - Advanced

(Nonmembers: $150)

Class meets:
- Day 1 - Saturday, Feb 22 from 10am - 4pm
- Day 2 - Saturday, March 1 from 9am - 3pm

Inkjet printers have expanded how artists of all visual mediums manipulate their imagery. Nowadays, anything that can be photographed or scanned can be transferred to virtually any two or three-dimensional surface. One affordable medium by which this can be done is waterslide decal paper.

Waterslide decal paper has been around since the middle of the last century. Screen printed decals have been used for many years to decorate toys and models, and more recently ceramic artists have used the process to transfer images during the firing process. Looking back to its original application, Kona photographic artist John Ferdico has developed a technique that allows artists to transfer high-quality photographic images to almost any surface. In this workshop, John will share his technique with artists who are interested in transferring photographic images to their work using little more than an inkjet printer and some basic art supplies.

John Ferdico recently moved to Kailua-Kona from Oakland, California, where he kept a studio for sixteen years. He exhibited his photographs and photography-based sculpture throughout the United States, and recently had his first exhibition in Hawai'i, Artists of Hawai'i 2013 at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
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Materials list

Students Should Bring:
- Images to print (.psd, .jpgs. or .tif on a flash drive. Size the image to a dimension anything 8 x 10 inches or smaller, at a high resolution)
- An object or surface on which to transfer your image (such as wood, board, cloth)
- Scissors
- Xacto knife with no. 11 blade
- Masking Tape
- PVA Glue (White Glue)
- A few 1-inch foam brushes
- A few sheets of scrap cardboard a little larger than 10 x 12 inches

Donkey Mill will provide:
- Clear Decal Paper
- White Decal Paper
- Decal Setting Solution (We'll use Microscale's Micro Set and Micro Sol), available at online hobby retailers
- Digital Ground for Non-Porous surfaces--available at Akamai Arts
- Aerosol Clear Coat (we will use Krylon Crystal Clear) available at Akamai and Ace Hardware
- Plastic cups for water

Casual Slideshow Presentation

Casual Slideshow Presentation

~With Julie Crosby

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

Join us in welcoming a New York ceramic artist who has spent the last couple of weeks building a new soda kiln at a local ceramic studio in Holualoa. Crosby will discuss the kiln building process and show a few slides of her work. Coffee and tea, no potluck, simple kine.

Social Media for Artists

Social Media for Artists

~With Anna Metcalfe

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Beginners - Advanced

Social Media is everywhere these days but how do you know what is worth your precious time and energy? This crash course in social media will equip you with a better understanding of the what, how and why of online tools for marketing your work, staying abreast of your field and connecting to your clients and colleagues.

Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists

Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists

~With Anna Metcalfe

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Open to All Levels

Combined Tuition offer:
Members: $45 per class or $165 for all 4
Nonmembers: $50 per class or $185 for all 4

This professional development series is brought to the Donkey Mill by Springboard for the Arts, in St. Paul, Minnesota. It has been developed to be useful to artists practicing in all disciplines--visual, performing and literary arts. The workshops are designed to work together or stand alone. You can take the whole series or only those workshops that best suit you.

7 Feb - Social Media for Artists
Friday, February 7 from 5:30 - 8:30pm
Member Tuition: $45 / Nonmember: $55
Social Media is everywhere these days but how do you know what is worth your precious time and energy? This crash course in social media will equip you with a better understanding of the what, how and why of online tools for marketing your work, staying abreast of your field and connecting to your clients and colleagues. This session will introduce you to a variety of social media tools with a focus on Twitter and Facebook so you can make informed decisions about what works best for you and your artistic practice.

14 Feb - Simple Business Plans for Artists/Promotional Tool Kits
Friday, February 14 from 10am - 1pm
Member Tuition: $45 / Nonmember: $55
A business plan will help you grow your artistic business, a.k.a. your career. This session explains how to prepare a simple business plan, in arts friendly language. People primarily think about writing a business plan when they are seeking money, but a business plan is an essential planning tool for any small business (even if you're "just a painter!").

What should be in your portfolio and who do you want to see it? This session focuses on promotional materials: your business card, artist statement, artistic resume, and your portfolio. We will talk about targeting your resume, choosing a work sample, and composing the catalog page that accompanies it. Artists are encouraged to bring promotional materials along for review.

21 February - Marketing for Artists
Friday, February 21 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Member Tuition: $45 / Nonmember: $55
This session is devoted to identifying the right audience for your artistic output, positioning yourself, and developing marketing strategies and a marketing plan geared for that audience.

28 February - Record keeping for Artists/Pricing Work
Friday, Feb 28 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Member Tuition: $45 / Nonmember: $55
How does your actual income compare with your desired income? If working with numbers drives you crazy, we have clear, simple methods for setting up your financial books. Learn how Budgets and Cash Flow Statements help you plan for profit (it isn't just whatever is left at the end.) Making accurate projections about what to expect allows you to plan for it and to prosper.

While many artists excel at the design and production of their work, they feel far less confident when it comes to deciding what the price ought to be. Most want to be compensated fairly, but what does that mean? Too often, a number is plucked out of the air because it feels about right. In this workshop we discuss what to consider as you 'do the math' both for people who are producing products and for those providing services.

Springboard for the Arts' mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the resources they need to make a living and a life.

Visiting Artist's Presentation & Potluck

Visiting Artist's Presentation & Potluck

~With Bud Shark and Robert Kushner

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

please bring a dish to share.

Bud Shark is a visiting artist from Lyon's, Colorado. His business, Shark's Ink., has printed and published an extensive and eclectic body of prints collaborating with over 150 distinguished and innovative contemporary American artists since opening in 1976. In this presentation, Shark will show and discuss images of recent print projects including the work of notable artists Brad Brown, John Buck, Enrique Chagoya, Dianna Frid, Red Grooms, Jane Hammond, Don Ed Hardy, Yvonne Jacquette, Hung Liu, Hiroki Morinoue, Barbara Takenaga, Betty Woodman and others.

Bud Shark was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota. He received a BS from University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MA from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He has lived and worked in London as a Master printer at Editions Alecto and Petersburg Press and taught at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1976, he opened Shark's Lithography Ltd in Boulder, Colorado, and relocated the studio as Shark's Ink. to Lyons, Colorado in 1998.

Robert Kushher's is an American contemporary painter known for his work in Pattern and Decoration. Since the 1980's he has used flowers as his signature motif in his colorful paintings. His current work presents some striking departures and some reiterations of themes that have been integral to his practice for decades. In this presentation, Kushner will be talking about his recent work, large scale flowers on textured backgrounds, bands of gold leaf and areas of flat color, working with collage and pages from old books. He will discuss the relationship between collage and mono printing as part of a collaboration that he and Bud Shark will be working on during their time in Holualoa.
Robert Kushner has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. His works are in the permanent collections of museums around the world: The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The National Gallery of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tate Gallery, London, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, The Denver Art Museum, Galleria degli Ufizzi, Florence, J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, Museum Ludwig, St. Petersburg, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.