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Registration Guidelines

  • 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).
2nd Saturday's Photo Series 2014-2015

2nd Saturday's Photo Series 2014-2015

~With various instructors

Event Type: Workshop
October 11 - May 9, 2014

Tuition: $75

Level: Open to All Levels

Save the Dates! More information on each class below.

8 November - Photographing Your Artwork & How to Prepare for Gallery Submission
with Laurel Schultz & Eric Edwards
Saturday, November 8 - 10am - 4pm

13 December - Photo Open House
Saturday, December 13 from 10am - 2pm
Suggested donation: $10 - proceeds benefit Donkey Mill's Youth Programs

10 January - Photography: DSC Boot Camp
Camera Essentials
with John Ferdico & Eric Edwards
Saturday, January 10 from 10am - 4pm

14 February - DSC Boot Camp - Essentials of Composition
with John Ferdico
Saturday, Feb 14 from 10am-4pm

14 March 14 - Smartphone Photography Techniques and Social Media Marketing Strategies
with Daniel Sheinfeld Rodriguez
Saturday, March 14 from 10am - 4pm

11 April - Video and Your DSC with Eric Edwards
Saturday, April 11 from 10am - 4pm

9 May -Master Class - Visiting Artist TBA
Saturday, May from 10am - 4pm

About the Instructors

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 Hawaii, Artists of Hawai'i 2013 at the Honolulu Museum of Art. John was the Program Coordinator UC Berkeley's ASUC Art Studio, where he first began teaching, and also taught Photography at Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University.

Laurel Schultz recently moved to the Big Island in 2012. She received her MFA from the University of Washington in 2009. She taught photography at the University of Washington and The Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle. She works in glass as well as photography, and 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.

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. His stock photography is primarily represented by Getty Images

Eric Edwards developed digital imaging products, technology and intellectual property at Sony, and led development of international standards in digital photography, digital cinema, JPEG and MPEG. Since moving to the Big Island in 2006 he is exploring the creative side of photography as well as teaching photography and video production.

Encaustics: Special Techniques

Encaustics: Special Techniques

~With John Matsushita

Event Type: Workshop
April 4 - April 25, 2015

Time: 9:00am - 1:30pm

Tuition: $240

Supply Fee: $60

Level: Open to All Levels

Saturdays, April 4 - 25 (4 weeks) from 9am - 1:30 pm
(with 1/2 hour break)
* REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 7 based on shipping for specialized materials.

Tuition: $240.00/$280 Non-Members
Supply: $60.00 includes
- 1 pound USP refined beeswax pillets
- Approximately 60 grams damar crystals
- Fair share of other specialized ingredients
- 104 ml of paint in primary colors, white, and 4 earth tones.
Other specialized color cakes, more medium making ingredients, medium, and white will be available for purchase.

Beginning this April, local artist and adventure seeker, John Matsushita, will be teaching a workshop that expands upon the incredible tradition of encaustic wax painting. This class is designed to accommodate the creative interests of students that already have a beginner's encaustic course beneath their belts.

Students will be experimenting with proven recipes and techniques that are less common in working with waxes. These will take them beyond the basics but with a solid knowledge base of the specific capabilities of this medium. Therefore allowing them to push the limits in their personal journeys with wax. There will be a review of foundational material safety practices as some of these new techniques will require even more vigilant safe practices. Class space is limited to 8 students.

John Matsushita is Hawaii born and raised, with a BFA in painting and drawing with sculpture, from the University of Hawai'i - Manoa, with study at the Art Institute of Southern California, Laguna. As a painter he works in molten wax against recycled wooden panels that he salvages. His encaustic paintings have been featured at VAC's Emerging Artist exhibit, The Nature of Nature exhibit, he was the featured artist of the Volcano Village Artist Hui show Edges, he enjoys participating in Hawaii Collaboration, he is currently represented in Volcano Art Gallery, and has commissioned works throughout the country. As a sculptor, he works in wood and stone, which he carves away to reveal landscapes and features of the natural environment that he feels a sense of deep connection with. His artistic focus has also involved volunteer projects with limited resources beyond natural materials that have been foraged from the land itself.

Students please bring:
- Nitrile gloves (~$2 for a 4 pack at Home Depot)
- 2 jars with lids about 8 oz or more
- Empty tin cans (like tuna, etc)
- Some of your favorite tubes of oil paints if you have
- Some of your favorite acrylics if you have
- A respirator (3M brand, model 65021HA1-C or 6211PA1-P or if you have one already check that it is for both vapors and particulates).
***I realize the respirator is both costly (~$35 Home Depot) and intimidating. There is no need for worry, this is just because we value good health and longevity and want to teach best practices. These respirators will also be valuable to you beyond this class as they are vital for protection during lots of other art practices and even home projects. It is an investment of great value that should be in your basic kit for approaching life's amazing opportunities and special experiences.

Photography: Video and Your DSC

Photography: Video and Your DSC

~With Eric Edwards

Event Type: Workshop
April 11 , 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $75

Level: Beginners - Intermediate

2nd Saturdays Photography
Early Registration by March 28: $75 / $90 Non-Members
Late Registration: $90/Non-Members: $108
- Registration Deadline: April 4

Digital Still Cameras are capable of capturing amazing quality HD (High Definition) video. This workshop will cover video formats, capturing video with your DSC and an introduction to basic editing. Format will include an illustrated lecture covering simple techniques to understand and capture video with your camera and discuss why one might choose to capture moving images as opposed to still images. Students are asked to bring their cameras so they can practice the different functions and techniques.

Relief Tile Carving and Mold Making

Relief Tile Carving and Mold Making

~With Jason Walker

Event Type: Workshop
May 6 - May 27, 2015

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Tuition: $140

Supply Fee: $TBA

Level: Open to All Levels

In this class, we will be creating a tile with relief carving on it, then learning to make a slip cast mold of the tile. Each student will be given a six inch by six inch by half inch tile in the leather hard stage. A carving demonstration will be given and various tools and techniques for carving will be discussed. Students will then move on to learning how to mix and pour plaster to make a mold. Students should bring an assortment of carving tools, such as small loop tools, exacto knife, sur-form tool, metal ribs, a big sponge, small sponge and a small funnel.

Drawing With a Brush

Drawing With a Brush

~With Jason Walker

Event Type: Workshop
May 6 - May 27, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Tuition: $140

Supply Fee: $TBA

Level: Open to All Levels

In this class, students will learn brush handling techniques in order to become more proficient drawing with a brush. We will focus on drawing representational imagery with a brush and learning to see. It will start with monochromatic drawings and color may be introduced by the last class session.

Each student will bring an object or a photo of an object to class to draw from. We will use water based materials such as black india ink, gouache, sumi ink or water color paint and learn different uses of multiple types of brushes. We will start each class with a series of quick gesture drawings and then focus on one lengthy drawing for the remainder of the class on a piece of good quality paper stretched and attached to a board. Each class will focus on different types of mark making. Each student will get individual instruction each class session. Students should bring an assortment of sumi-e brushes and/or water color brushes including rounds and flats and paper for sketching.

The Inside Secrets - What you need to know as a gallery artist

The Inside Secrets - What you need to know as a gallery artist

~With Amber Aguirre

Event Type: Workshop
May 16 , 2015

Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm

Tuition: $60

Level: Beginners

Saturday, May 16 from 10am - 1:30pm with lunch break
Tuition: $45 / $50 for Non-Members

This 3-hour intensive workshop will inform students on how to secure gallery representation, enter juried shows, keep good records, ship their work and market themselves as artists. The course will consider common issues and challenges that arise for gallery artists and cover information that is rarely discussed (what people don't tell you). This is a chance for artists to get the inside "skinny" on what to expect as well as how to advance in the gallery art world. Each student will receive a CD (PC format) that will contain useful templates for record keeping.

Amber Aguirre is a prolific, local ceramic artists whose work is collected and exhibited internationally. She holds a BFA from the University of Southern California and an MFA from San Francisco State University. In her past life, she was a public school teacher and librarian. Today she creates anthropomorphic figures as a vehicle to explore fear, apathy and victimization inherent in human cultures.

Dramatically Constructed Ikebana Vases

Dramatically Constructed Ikebana Vases

~With Carol Zee

Event Type: Workshop
May 22 - May 24, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $225

Supply Fee: $30

Level: Intermediate - Advance

For people with prior experience with hand building techniques, this will be an exciting new experience. In this three day weekend workshop, artist Carol Zee will guide you through the process of hand building a dramatic bowl suitable for Ikebana and other styles of flower arrangements. Carol has developed this unique style of hand building using custom made slump molds. Special tools will be made available for use during the workshop by the instructor. Please bring your lunch each day.