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Visiting Artist Talk

Visiting Artist Talk

~With John Hitchcock

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

Friday, June 27 from 6pm - 8pm
Potluck Style, please bring a dish to share.

Please join us in welcoming visiting artist John Hitchcock, an Artist and Professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches screenprinting, relief cut, and installation art. John uses printmaking, with its long history of social and political commentary, to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. His works on paper and multimedia installation consist of prints and moving image that mediate the trauma of war and the fragility of life. Images of U.S. military weaponry are combined with mythological hybrid creatures from the Wichita Mountains of western Oklahoma to explore notions of assimilation and control.

The Summer Art Institute of UH Hilo is in its second year, offering courses in printmaking, mixed media, digital photography, and art appreciation. John Hitchcock is a visiting artist and teacher for the 2014 SAiH, leading workshops in screen printing and mixed media installation. UH Hilo's summer program, SAiH, plays an integral role in the UH Hilo Art Department's visiting artist program, which brings in several artists to the Big Island each year. SAiH is supported by the Hawaii Community Foundation's Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund, the Droste Bequest, and the Art Department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Basic Lauhala Weaving: 1 Day Workshop

Basic Lauhala Weaving: 1 Day Workshop

~With Nanette Bell

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $50

Level: Beginners

(Non-Members: $60)
Tuition: $75 After May 31
Registration Deadline: June 7
Min/Maximum Attendance: 5 - 12
Lahala weaving has traditionally been an integral part of Hawaiian society, utilizing natural lahaula leaves to create everyday items such as thatch, mats, containers and bedding. In the introductory class students will complete two bracelets,one of two colors and single weave (maka moena) , the other embellished in the pahu style (drum). There will also be a processing demonstration. Students should bring scissors.

* Series to follow June 21. See "ongoing weekly classes"

Creating Large Ceramic Sculptures with Slabs

Creating Large Ceramic Sculptures with Slabs

~With Amber Aguirre

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $225

Level: Intermediate - Advance

Non-Members: $270
Registration deadline: April 9, 2014

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.

Playing with Light: Camera Obscura and Pinhole Cameras

Playing with Light: Camera Obscura and Pinhole Cameras

~With Laurel Schultz

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $75

Level: Beginners - Advanced

(Nonmember: $85)

Class meets:
Thursday, May 1 (6pm - 8pm) - Photo Lecture
and Saturday, May 3 (10am-4pm) - Workshop
Registration deadline: April 25, 4pm

In this workshop students will build their own pinhole cameras and create unique photographic images with them. By making an aperture (essentially a round hole) that projects light into a darkened space, anything from a matchbox to a barn can become a camera. "Playing With Light" will explore this fundamental form of photography actively practiced by artists and explorers of visual perception since at least the 10th century. Class will include an overview of the pinhole camera's history and its application in contemporary art photography. The majority of class time, however, will be hands on: we will be building cameras and creating weird and wonderful one-of-a-kind images. Students will leave with an understanding of pinhole fundamentals and all the resources needed to follow this technique wherever it leads them.

Laurel Schultz recently moved to the Big Island from Seattle. She taught photography at the University of Washington and The Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle. She was an Emerging Artist in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School in 2010, and a Hauberg Fellow there 2011. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States.

- Image credit: Light Bulb, 1991. Abelardo Morrel

Hawaiian Cordage/Fiber Plants Workshop

Hawaiian Cordage/Fiber Plants Workshop

~With Gary Eoff

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $80

Level: Open to All Levels

Wednesdays, April 23, May 7 and June 4 *New Date
Members: $80/Nonmembers: $95 per day includes supplies
(Member promo: $220 for all 3 classes)
Registration deadline: April 31

This Spring, the Donkey Mill is honored to host a series of 3 workshops relating to Hawaiian cordage plants and fiber preparation with renowned cultural practitioner Gary Eoff. Over the course of 3 days, Gary Eoff will share his knowledge of local plants and traditional methods of preparation and weaving. Classes can be taken together or individually. * To attend the 3rd class, one of the 2 previous classes must be attended.

Wednesday, April 23
Day 1: Introduction to Hawaiian Cordage/Fiber Plants and Cordage Making
- The 10 basic Hawaiian cordage plants will be discussed.
- Examples of cordage and the plants will be presented.
- We will process and make cordage using hau fiber.
- Cordage making skills will be taught.

Wednesday, May 7
Day 2: Preparation and Cordage Making with Hawaiian Fiber
- Hands on workshop preparing and making cordage with hala, 'uki 'uki, 'ie 'ie, 'ahu 'awa, wauke, and morning glory.
- Pound and scrape fibers.
- Learn and improve cordage-making skills.

Wednesday, June 4
Day 3: Preparation and Cordage Making Using Coconut and Olona Fiber
- Extensive discussion and display items with coconut and olonä.
- Cleaning and preparation of fibers for cordage making.
- Improve and expand on cordage making skills.
- 2 & 3-ply cordage; 3,4 & 5-ply braiding and how they are used will be explored.

Eoff is an artist and craftsman with a strong passion for communicating cultural knowledge. Inspired by the expert craftsmanship, the high level of aesthetics and the natural materials used in the culture of old Hawai'i, Gary's work is noted for its attention to detail, it's authentic designs and use of traditional materials and processes. Gary gathers his materials in a manner that sustains the forest: always careful to nurture the plants and help them to reproduce more than was taken.

Students: Please pack a lunch, park at the lower lot and bring a 5 gallon bucket to class.

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.