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Inspired by Music

Inspired by Music

~With with Lindsday Lander

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Open to All Levels

Sunday August 3rd from 10am-1pm
Early Registration: $45/Non-Members: $50
After July 20: $50/Non-Members: $55
Registration Deadline: July 27
Music has long been a source of inspiration for all types of artists. Enjoy the playful process of painting while using various types of music as a source of inspiration. Students will learn basic color theory and about the principles of art and how they interconnect with music. This course is a way of exploring and enjoying the process of painting without a focus on the outcome. Create fun and playful artwork inspired by the sounds of music.

Making Ceramic Sound Sculptures

Making Ceramic Sound Sculptures

~With Susan Rawcliffe

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $225

Level: Open to All Levels

Friday-Sunday
Early registration discount before July 18:
Members: $225 / Non-Members: $250 Supply Fee: $30
After July 18: Members: $250/ Non-Members: $275 - Registration deadline: July 25

This workshop will focus on the construction of the mouthpieces and basic acoustical properties and limits for selected instruments. Students will begin with air duct mouthpieces on ocarinas and then on tubes, followed by an examination of finger hole placement considerations for both body types. We will also explore how to position whistles on extruded forms, potentially leading to more complex sculptural forms such as whistling bottles etc. Students will also be encouraged to follow their own interests.

Bring an idea for an instrument: a fute, ocarina, rattle, pipe, trumpet or didjeridu. We will test & play our instruments before firing, making clay whiskers around our lips. Soon, the room sounds like a flock of birds--or elephants. All work will be dried & then bisque fired for later pick up.

Artist Presentation & Performance

Artist Presentation & Performance

~With Susan Rawcliffe

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: $5

Potluck - please bring a dish to share
Suggested donation: $5

Susan Rawcliffe is an explorer of primeval soundscapes. She is a master flute maker, player and researcher as well as a master didjeridu player. Her work evolves through a circular process of making acoustical copies of ancient and contemporary specimens, learning to play them, and investing new insights into the creation of more instruments to then learn to play. She delights in exotic and potent sounds, whether as a performer, a creator of musical instruments and sculptures or a researcher into ancient flutes and their music.

Making Cordage in Traditional Hawaiian Technique

Making Cordage in Traditional Hawaiian Technique

~With Gary Eoff

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $80

Level: Open to All Levels

Date Change: July 23
Early Registration: Members: $80/Non-Members: $95 Includes Supplies
* Continuing students receive an additional $10 off by signing up early!
Registration Deadline: July 18

This workshop will focus on improving cordage making skills using natural hau fiber. Although it is a continuation of an earlier series, new students are welcome to join. 2 and 3-ply twisted and 3, 4 & 5-ply braid will be taught. Guidance on individual projects to be explored. Bring things to make a necklace with such as embellishments, beads or pendants. Gary Eoff will share his knowledge of local plants and traditional methods of preparation and weaving.

Visiting Artist Talk

Visiting Artist Talk

~With Crystal Wagner

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

Friday, July 18 from 6pm - 8pm
Potluck Style, please bring a dish to share.

"Multi-disciplinary artist Crystal Wagner creates deceptively natural-looking environments with paper and other materials purchased from dollar stores and office supply chains. Whether working on drawings, installations or printmaking, Wagner begins all of her work with an organic mark, allowing shapes to emerge and multiply like moss or fungus from another planet." -Nastia Voynovskaya, Hi Fructose Contemporary Art Magazine, 2013

Wagner's interest in combining 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional forms, alternative use of materials, and hybrid approaches to printmaking have led to her artwork being exhibited extensively. Her exhibition schedule has her actively growing large-scale installations all over the United States. Her exhibition schedule has her actively growing large-scale installations all over the United States. She received her MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2008, her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 2004, and her AFA from Keystone College in 2002. She is represented by Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco, CA.

The Summer Art Institute of UH Hilo is in its second year, offering courses in printmaking, mixed media, digital photography, and art appreciation. 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.

* see more at www.crystalwagner.com

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.