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  • Limited enrollment, please register at least 1 week in advance.
  • New membership policy: Students are not required to be current members but Members are eligible lower tuition and additional membership privileges.
  • Classes that do not make minimum enrollment at least a week in advance are subject to cancellation. Refunds will be honored to paid registrants at that time.
  • Refunds: Refunds will be honored for cancellations made at least 72 hours in advance.
  • Scholarship assistance is available for Youth Intersession Programs with applications due at least one month in advance (please see class listings for due dates).
Lauhala Weaving

Lauhala Weaving

~With Nanette Bell

Event Type: Workshop
August 6 , 2015

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Tuition: $45

Level: Beginners

Basic Weaving: Placemats
Tuition: $45/$55 Non-Member includes supply

Join us for quiet morning of tea, scones, laughter and lauhala weaving in Holualoa -- this small group gathering will take place on our shady lanai overlooking the sea. Create placemats woven in the niho niho (sharktooth) pattern, while learning the traditions of weaving using Lauhala -- the "leaf" of the hala tree.

Lauhala weaving has traditionally been an integral part of Hawaiian society, utilizing natural leaves to create everyday items such as thatch, mats, containers and bedding. Please bring a snack for yourself or to something to share for our potluck-style lunch break. Limited to 8 participants.

Call: (808) 322-3362 to sign up.

2015 Ride the Breaks - Artist Talk

2015 Ride the Breaks - Artist Talk

~With Steve "Zulu Gremlin" Roybal

Event Type: Presentation
August 28 - August 30, 2015

Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Admission: Free!

"Dance is a physical celebration of life."

The Donkey Mill Art Center welcomes 2015 Ride the Breaks, Annual Hip-Hop cultural festival on the Big Island of Hawaii. This Multi-Day Hip Hop Arts Festival takes place from August 28-30 with multiple events in West Hawaii, including elements of Hip Hop; breaking (breakdancing), aerosol art, deejaying, and emceeing.

This year kicks off at the Donkey Mill an Artist Talk by Steve "Zulu Gremlin" Roybal, awarded dancer, choreographer and advocate of Hip-Hop culture. Steve has been active in the Hip Hop community since the early 80's and is on the international panel of judges for the Hip-Hop International World Championships. He has been teaching break dancing since the age of 14 and performed in the first celebration and induction of the Hip Hop culture into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 (his sneakers are currently on exhibit there).

Through performances, competitions, live painting, lectures, demonstrations, and workshops, Ride the Breaks seeks to present elements of Hip Hop in an inclusive and educational way, uniting community members of all ages while highlighting artists in various stages of their career. RTB also brings world renowned dancers and performers from throughout Hawaii, the mainland, and around the world to create a forum for cultural exchange.

Other events on the Calendar for the 2015 Ride the Breaks Include:
Friday, August 28 - After Party from 8-10pm at Big Daddy's Pupus & Beer in Kona
Saturday, August 29 - Break Dance Workshops from 11:30am - 3pm at KTPS in Kealakekua
Saturday, August 29 - Ride the Breaks main event, Hip-Hop and BBoy Battle and Live Art Performance
at the Kona Town Night Market from 6pm-11pm
Sunday, August 30 - All day BBQ at Pine Trees Beach

Sculpting Little Critters

Sculpting Little Critters

~With Esther Shimazu

Event Type: Workshop
September 5 - September 6, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $160

Supply Fee: $30

Level: Open to All Levels

We will make small hollow ceramic animals using standard handbuilding techniques. These are a riff on Pre-Columbian terra cotta dogs but with some updating and more detail and humor. Option to make them into rattles. Students need some experience, at least understanding the ceramic process and familiarity with pinchpot and coil construction. On Day 1: small seated rabbit and cat. Day 2: Fat (very) standing poi dog

Esther Shimazu was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she received bachelors' and masters' degrees in fine art. She is currently a studio artist and an occasional teacher and has taught workshops at The Honolulu Museum, Penland, Anderson Ranch, Santa Fe Clay, Emily Carr Institute and Idyllwild among others.

Life Sculpture in Washi

Life Sculpture in Washi

~With Thais Mazur

Event Type: Workshop
September 12 - September 19, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Tuition: $85

Supply Fee: $TBA

Level: Open to All Levels

Non-Member: $100
Saturdays, September 12 & 19 from 10am - 1pm

This workshop explores life sculpture inspired by the technique of Washi, or Japanese doll making. Students will consider personal narratives while creating figures that represent archetypes, ancestors and other important figures in our lives and dreams. Sewing, paper wrapping and modeling with paper clay will be used to bring the figures to life.

Over the past 25 years, Thais has studied art in many settings, including in Zimbabwe under the Shona Stone Carving Masters and at the Sorbonne in Paris where she studied classical art history and figurative drawing and painting. She has exhibited her figurative sculpture and paintings and taught art workshops throughout the US and in Europe. "My art is a study of the unity of the sacred with seen and unseen elements, arising from everyday life and from imagined worlds. My passion lies in the relationship between natural elements and human form, gesture and motion, body and nature."

Students should bring: Found objects, cloth, photographs, meaningful keepsakes they want to add to their sculptures

Metalsmithing Sampler

Metalsmithing Sampler

~With Kristin Mitsu Shiga

Event Type: Workshop
October 26 - October 31, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $235

Level: Open to All Levels

Coming up (save the date!)
$85/$100 Non-Member
or $250/$275 NM for all 3
Supply Fee TBA

Join us for one or more of these fun, focused workshops to build your metalsmithing and jewelry-making skills. Geared for beginners, each workshop introduces new concepts and techniques and yields finished pieces of jewelry. Registered students may come for "open studio" time on Wednesday and Friday from 10am - 3:30pm to complete any unfinished projects and practice the skills you have learned.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 10AM-4PM (with break for lunch)
Dog Tags, Charms & Keychains
(for youth and adults age 10 and up -- youth under 16 should be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the workshop -- maximum enrollment 12 students)
Learn the basics of jewelry fabrication in one fast-paced day! Using basic hand tools, students gain experience in sawing, filing, texturing and drilling their own unique charms in copper & brass. We'll add dimension by dapping and connect elements with rivets. Various finish options will be discussed. Students will leave with a finished pendant, charm, dog tag or keychain of their own design.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 10AM-4PM (with break for lunch)
Viking Knit Chains
(for students age 16 and up -- maximum enrollment 12 students)
Learn the ancient woven chain technique called Viking Knit (or Viking Weave). Using simple tools, we will transform a single strand of fine gauge copper wire into an airy yet strong, flexible, rope-like cable. After applying a patina for an antiqued look, we'll finish off our chains with a simple but elegant, hand-forged copper s-hook clasp and copper-toned bead cones. Students will leave with a finished Viking Knit bracelet or necklace and a kit of tools and materials to make more at home.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 10AM-4PM (with break for lunch)
Hammered Silver Stacking Rings
(for students age 18 and up -- maximum enrollment 10 students)
Rings hold special meanings in every culture, many of them passed down for generations. Make your own hammered silver stacking bands to fit the finger(s) of your choice. Students learn accurately to measure, saw, file and texture their silver wire before silver (hard) soldering and forming them. Torch skills will be introduced during this workshop, along with polishing for the perfect finish. Students will leave with 2-3 finished silver rings.