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Introduction to Encaustics

Introduction to Encaustics

~With with Judith Williams

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $120

Level: Open to All Levels

Saturday Dec 6 from 9am - 12pm
& Sunday Dec 7 from 10am - 4pm

Early registration: $120/$140 Non-Member
After Nov. 22: $140/$160 Non-Member

This workshop will provide information and demonstrations of using encaustic, wax paint that was first used by the Ancient Greeks. Course content will include history, grounds and supports, safety measures, fusing, and the following techniques: layering, scraping, incising, stencils, line-age, use of pigment sticks, and collage. Please bring some of your favorite collage papers, specifically those very thin, not shiny or glossy. The rest of the materials will be provided. Please bring lunch Sunday.

About the Artist:
Judith A. Williams is a contemporary encaustic and mixed media artist from Northern California. She has developed an incredible, deft vocabulary of everyday objects.

"I respond to poetry, memories of my childhood, and everyday objects. My images are metaphorical.
My work is often motivated by social inequities towards women, and global political unrest.

Working with encaustic paints allows me to layer and imbed forms and marks. I paint over maps, architectural blueprints, sewing pattern paper, and old dictionary pages, and textbooks, incorporating them into the compositions and content. I think about seeing below the surface, transparencies, and layering."
Visit www.judithawilliams.com for more info.

Floral Arrangement Workshop:  Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Floral Arrangement Workshop: Thanksgiving Centerpieces

~With Scott Seymour

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $55

Level: Open to All Levels

Wednesday, November 26 from 9am - 1pm
Early Registration Tuition: $45 Members / $55 Non-Members
After November 12: $55 / $60 Non-Members

Thanksgiving -- a time of gratitude and time with family and friends. Join us the day before Thanksgiving to create a fresh, stunning arrangement for your dining table or buffet. Think in shades of autumn. Bring your own flowers and your container of choice and any fall color you might like to use in the way of foliage. Our popular and experienced floral designer/artist/instructor will supply supply filler, oasis floral foam and guidance.

Aloha Style Potluck and Artist Talk

Aloha Style Potluck and Artist Talk

~With Estria Miyashiro

Event Type: Presentation

Cost: Free!

Please bring a dish to share

Donkey Mill Art Center is proud to welcome Estria Miyashiro to talk about Mele Mural and his recent projects here on the Big Island of Hawaii including the Kahilu Theatre Mural, Keahou Mural and his work as a mentor and leader to our local teens. Estria has been spray painting for over 28 years, and is recognized around the world as a graffiti art living legend. As a pioneer in an arts movement that is arguably more influential than the classical renaissance, he is acknowledged as a valued historian, and also a community leader who is helping to awaken the social and political consciousness of graffiti writing art.

Originally from Honolulu, Estria moved to The Bay Area in the 1980's during San Francisco's "Golden Age Of Graffiti." He is credited with pioneering important painting techniques, and is the originator of the "stencil tip." His murals are known to be whimsical, cultural, political, and vibrant, with a focus and dedication to uplift the communities they serve. His graffiti art background has led him to produce innovative projects as an educator, entrepreneur, and social activist. From the city streets, to executive suites, Estria has worked with numerous non-profit organizations, as well as high profile corporations. In 2007, he co-founded the "Estria Battle", a nationwide urban art competition that honors and advances creativity in the Hip Hop arts. In 2010 He co-founded the Estria Foundation, a community-based organization dedicated to lasting systemic and social change.

How to Photograph Your Artwork & Prepare for Gallery Submission

How to Photograph Your Artwork & Prepare for Gallery Submission

~With Laurel Schultz & Eric Edwards

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $75

Level: Beginners - Intermediate

2nd Saturdays Photography
Early Registration by Oct 25: $75 / $90 Non-Members
Late Registration: $90/Non-Members: $108
- Registration Deadline: Nov 1

This workshop will begin with a short lecture reviewing tips and procedures for preparing submissions to calls for exhibitions and gallery submission. It will also cover basic techniques for digitizing your drawings, paintings, fiber art, ceramics or sculptures by accurately photographing your work. Format will include an illustrated lecture covering simple techniques. Emphasis will be on methods using equipment available to the amateur photographer. Attendees are requested to bring their cameras.

Attendees are invited to spend the afternoon using DMAC's lighting equipment to practice with their own cameras and artwork. The DMAC's lighting equipment will be available on location for all members to photograph their artwork in future.

Lauhala Weaving: Bracelets

Lauhala Weaving: Bracelets

~With with Nanette Bell

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Beginners

Saturday
Early Registration Tuition: $45 Members / $55 Non-Members
After Oct 11: $55 / $60 Non-Members
Registration Deadline: Oct 18th

Lauhala weaving has traditionally been an integral part of Hawaiian society, utilizing natural lauhala 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. Please bring a snack for yourself or to something to share for our potluck-style lunch break.

Reframing How You Think About Your Art Business

Reframing How You Think About Your Art Business

~With Tiffany DeEtte Shafto

Event Type: Workshop

Tuition: $45

Level: Open to All Levels

Early Registration Tuition: $45 Members / $50 Non-Members
After August 16: Tuition: $50 Members/$60 Non-Members
- Deadline for Registration: August 23

Art Success Starts, and Stops, with You!
A full-day workshop with serial entrepreneur, Tiffany DeEtte Shafto. Sponsored by Volcano Art Center & the Donkey Mill Art Center.

Do you want to increase the amount you earn from your art? Are you ready to learn action steps that can help you do that? Then join us on August 30, 2014 at the Donkey Mill for an intensive workshop that will have you reframing how you think about the business of being an artist.

You'll learn:
1. About the value you create in a year--and how to maximize it
2. How to weigh the options for marketing tools, where to start, and which ones will give you the biggest bang for your buck
3. Affordable tools to sell your own work
4. Some simple steps to keep you in front of your current collectors and galleries, while building new connections
5. Where to look for opportunities to expand your career

Worksheets will be provided and the workshop will wrap up with private portfolio and marketing material reviews. Please bring your laptop, iPad, or iPhone (if you have one), a notepad, your marketing materials to share, and a potluck dish.

About the presenter: Inspired by the abundance of talented artists throughout the islands, Tiffany DeEtte Shafto, found her calling in 2009 and formed her company, Contemporary Publications. She's an award-winning woodworker, an award-winning book producer/publisher, and an active community volunteer. She has served on the board of Hawaii Craftsmen, the Hawaii Wood Guild, Hawaii Artist Collaboration, and the national Craft Organization Development Association. Her time spent serving as the administrator for the 2011 and 2013 Hawaii Artist Collaboration deepened her appreciation for Hawaii's artists. From 2012 to 2013 she served as the project manager for the Hawaii Island Network of Artists Research Report & Website--proving the rich diversity of artists living on Hawaii Island and the economic and social impact they create. Most recently, she was a partner in The Gallery at Hualalai in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort. All these experiences have given her a deep appreciation for Hawaii's artists and for representing them at the very highest level.

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.