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  • Limited enrollment, please register at least 1 week in advance.
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  • 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.
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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.

Photography: Digital Still Camera Boot Camp

Photography: Digital Still Camera Boot Camp

~With John Ferdico & Eric Edwards

Event Type: Workshop
January 8 , 2015

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Tuition: $75

Level: Beginners - Intermediate

Camera Essentials
Thursday, Jan 8 from 6-8pm Introductory Lecture
Saturday, January 10 from 10am-4pm - Intensive Workshop
Early Registration by Dec 20: $75 / $90 Non-Members
Late Registration: $90/Non-Members: $108 - Registration Deadline: Jan 3

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)

Evening with the Artists

Evening with the Artists

~With Johanna Mueller and Jason Walker

Event Type: Presentation
February 5 , 2015

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Admission: Free!

Thursday, Feb 5 from 6pm - 8pm
Free to the public - Potluck-style, please bring a dish to share

Join us for a presentation and talk-story with two gifted Artists-in-Residence. Johanna Mueller is a Printmaker and Engraver whose work is imbued with personal mythology as she draws from her own narrative, cultural and historical references, pattern and design, and ancient myth and legend. The animals in her work are elevated from beast to mythic status as they take on human emotions and become metaphoric portraits of the artist and others. Ms Mueller earned her MFA from George Washington University and she now lives in Denver, Colorado.

Jason Walker is a Ceramic Artist who creates narrative ceramics that evoke a dialogue about humanity viewing itself apart the natural world. Jason earned his MFA from Penn State University, his BFA from Utah State University and has done several international residencies including two years at the Archie Bray Foundation. He lives in Bellingham, WA and is a full time studio artist and workshop instructor.

Made possible through the generosity of the Laila Twigg-Smith Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Special Ceramics Offering: Surface Decoration

Special Ceramics Offering: Surface Decoration

~With Jason Walker

Event Type: Workshop
February 6 - February 8, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $250

Supply Fee: $45

Level: Open to All Levels

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Early Registration Tuition: $250/$300 Non-Member
After January 23: $300/$350 Non-Member
Deadline for registration: Jan 30

"For quite some time, I have explored the idea of 'nature'. What is it exactly? How do we perceive and define it, and why?"
In this special ceramics workshop, visiting artist Jason Walker will teach his techniques of combining 3-dimensional ceramic forms with 2-dimensional imagery. Through demonstration and individual instruction participants will learn his hand building techniques using porcelain. He will also demonstrate his underglaze methods and discuss tools, concepts and philosophies of combining painted imagery with sculptural form.

Jason Walker is a Ceramic Artist who creates narrative ceramics that evoke a dialogue about humanity viewing itself apart the natural world. Jason earned his MFA from Penn State University, his BFA from Utah State University and has done several international residencies including two years at the Archie Bray Foundation. He lives in Bellingham, WA and is a full time studio artist and workshop instructor.

His residency is made possible through the generosity of the Laila Twigg-Smith Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Printmaking Workshop: Special Techniques "Postage Stamp Exchange" Engraving Workshop

Printmaking Workshop: Special Techniques "Postage Stamp Exchange" Engraving Workshop

~With Johanna Mueller

Event Type: Workshop
February 7 - February 15, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $225

Supply Fee: $25

Level: Open to All Levels

Sat. & Sun, Feb 7 and 8
& Sunday, February 15
* Includes Optional use of Open Studio on Tuesday and Thurs to further develop work

Early Registration Tuition: $225/ $270 Non-Members
After Jan 31: $270/ $290 Non-Members

Johanna Mueller is a visiting Artist-in-Residence whose visit is made possible through the Laila Twigg-Smith Fund. Her workshop will cover basic relief carving techniques on linoleum and engraving on plastic plates and printing. Carving techniques, gray scale, emotive imagery and use of text will also be covered. Participants will explore how relief printing can be used as a form of evocative storytelling. This engraving class will include a portfolio exchange so that every student comes away with a prize portfolio.

Learn more about Johanna Mueller and her work at www.johannamuellerprints.com. Her residency is made possible through the generosity of the Laila Twigg-Smith Fund and the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Photography: Digital Still Camera Boot Camp

Photography: Digital Still Camera Boot Camp

~With John Ferdico

Event Type: Workshop
February 14 , 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $75

Level: Beginners

2nd Saturdays Photo
Essentials of Composition with John Ferdico
Early Registration by Nov 31: $75 / $90 Non-Members
Late Registration: $90/Non-Members: $108
- Registration Deadline: Feb 7

Once you understand the capabilities of your camera the next step to capturing compelling images is mastering composition. If you'd like to learn how to take better photographs, come to this all-day workshop on composition. After a slide presentation reviewing the key elements of composition and artful seeing, the class will be given assignments designed to exercise what they have learned. Instructor will assist each participant with composing their photographs. The workshop will finish with a review of selected class images, including a discussion on how to improve the composition in the student's images.

Please bring your camera (it can be a point and shoot, a DSLR or anything in between), and a laptop if you have one.

Intuitive Painting and Drawing

Intuitive Painting and Drawing

~With Timothy Ojile

Event Type: Workshop
February 28 - March 1, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $150

Level: Open to All Levels

Tuition: $150 / $175 Non-Members
After February 14: Tuition: $175/ $190 Non-Members
Registration Deadline: February 21

An intuitive approach to art is always best when creating new work. The workshop will emphasize individual breakthroughs and accomplishment with special regard to form, style, and content of participants' work.

Each day a series of exercises will be given culminating in a set of complete paintings on paper. Collage will also be introduced, as will partnering and art discussion/review/critique.

My workshops are designed to inspire anyone interested in painting and working with paper.
Mixed mediums, including modeling paste, or other textured mediums, can enhance any kind of work on paper; but my emphasis on color and composition coordination with an intuitive approach is a highlight of these workshops.

Timothy P. Ojile, originally from Minneapolis, is an artist who lives and works in Honolulu. He teaches classes called "Intuitive Painting" and "Beyond Boundaries" at the Academy Art Center, and he has exhibited his artwork extensively in Hawaii and on the mainland, including in New York City.

Students should bring:
- 5 pieces of 22 x 30" or larger watercolor paper
- acrylic paint and crayons in a wide variety of colors, including black and white
- Sharpie OIL INK pens (not magic markers)
- mixed media (not including oil paints).
- brushes of varying sizes and shapes (round, pointed, flat)

Indigo and Shibori Workshop

Indigo and Shibori Workshop

~With Darius Homayounpour

Event Type: Workshop
February 28 - March 1, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $150

Level: Open to All Levels

Tuition: $150 / $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.

Creating Large Ceramic Sculptures with Slabs

Creating Large Ceramic Sculptures with Slabs

~With Amber Aguirre

Event Type: Workshop
March 6 - March 8, 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $225

Level: Beginners

Friday-Sunday
Early Registration - Members: $225/ Non-Members $270 Supply fee: $70
After Feb 20: Members: $270/ Non-Members $295 Supply fee: $70
Registration Deadline: Feb 27
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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.

Creative Workshop: Patterns in Paper

Creative Workshop: Patterns in Paper

~With Sarah Steinwachs

Event Type: Workshop
March 7 , 2015

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Tuition: $45

Level: Open to All Levels

Saturday
Early Registration - Members: $45/ Non-Members: $55
After Feb 21: $55/ Non-Members: $65 - Registration Deadline: Feb 28

This one-day workshop will teach students how to develop patterns from nature, architecture and other points of inspiration We will examine the Golden Section and Fibbonacci Sequence of numbers that is found in nature, and as a consequence has been used in the arts and architecture for thousands of years. Students will learn how to create both 2D and 3D modules for repeat pattern making using paper. Folding and delicate cutting techniques will be taught, as well as a variety of systems for making repeat patterns including a tessellation (similar to Escher), and exercises in learning the Golden Ratio and Fibonacci sequence. We will work with paper, paint, pens, and a variety of other media such as collage and watercolor to create this patterns.

Sarah is a visiting artist from Philadephia with a MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale. She currently teaches design at Drexel University and has traveled around the world for artistic research and exhibition. This workshop is informed by Paper Microcosms (2010), a project Sarah developed that considered illusory and actual spaces created through grids and lines on paper.

Photography: Smartphone Photography Techniques and Social Media Marketing Strategies

Photography: Smartphone Photography Techniques and Social Media Marketing Strategies

~With Daniel Sheinfeld Rodriguez

Event Type: Workshop
March 14 , 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $75

Level: Open to All Levels

2nd Saturdays Photography
Early Registration by Feb 28: $75 / $90 Non-Members
Late Registration: $90/Non-Members: $108
- Registration Deadline: March 7

This is course is intended for amateurs who seek to effectively use and share mobile imagery and are interested in exploring the creative side of smartphone photography. Students will be introduced to a number of popular apps that allow them to customize and enhance their shooting experience. Lastly, students will understand how to develop and implement social media campaigns for PR and self-promotion.

All participants must bring a mobile device with a camera such as an iPhone or Android smartphone.

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.

Book Making: Tunnel Books

Book Making: Tunnel Books

~With with Janet Ballantyne

Event Type: Workshop
December 21 , 2015

Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Tuition: $75

Supply Fee: $10

Level: Open to All Levels

Saturday, Feb 21 from 10am - 4pm
Early Registration Tuition: $75 / $85 Non-Members
After Feb 7: $85/ $95 Non-Members - Registration deadline: Feb 14

Tunnel books were all the rage in the 1800's when they were known as traveling "peep shows," made to delight and amaze by allowing one to view tiny worlds through keyholes, windows or doorways. The tunnel book model holds endless design possibilities, incorporating collage, hand drawn images or even photographic imagery. This day long workshop is suitable for beginners or experienced book artists.

Book making tools and materials will be provided, but if you have favorite images, papers, or items you would like to work with, bring them along, such as:
- self-healing cutting mat
- exacto knife
- sharp scissors
- bone folder
- ruler
- glue stick
- misc. art supplies (stamps, pens, pencils, photography, decorative papers

* From Through the Rabbit Hole, an Alice inspired tunnel book, by Ingrid Dijkers.