Youth Arts Series: Summer 2017
East Hawai’i Cultural Center’s Youth Arts Series (YAS) is an exciting immersion experience for young artists. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of engaging and innovative art-making processes. We strive to enrich the artistic abilities of our students in a fun, nurturing environment that stimulates their artistic talents.
YAS offers students a wide range of mediums that provide a variety of creative outlets to stimulate their imaginations and to promote their ability to think outside the box. Each day, students rotate through classes that include basic principles of design, 3-dimensional hand-building, textile techniques, and self-expression.
YAS coincides with the Department of Education’s K-12 academic breaks throughout the year. New workshop day-camps are held each academic break to encourage continuing participation.
These classes are available to students ages 8-14. Experienced instructors and artists lead each session.
YAS is an ongoing workshop program presented by East Hawai‘i Cultural Center.
Summer 2017 Dates
Students may register for each week individually or both consecutively. *TUITION COST IS PER WEEK*
Registration begins Tuesday, March 28 (see ‘ABOUT’ page for hours of operation)
Registration deadline: Friday, May 5 by 4:00PM
Week 1: Monday, June 5- Friday, June 9
Asian Paper Art
Week 2: Monday, June 12- Friday, June 16
Basic Digital Photography
Upcycle Fashion Design
Upcycled Fashion Design
Students will create their own fashion designs using recycled apparel and accessories. They will learn to customize articles of clothing with DIY stamping, stencils, and resist techniques.Bio:Monique was raised on the Big Island with a passion for creativity and expression. She attended Hilo High School where she was able to explore a variety of art but has sustained a passion for photography, printmaking, and textiles. Since art needs to be something that is easily accessible for everyone, Monique tried from early on to reuse & modify everyday materials, shopping second-hand, and upcycling as a way to help the environment as a conscious-consumer, yet still be able to create the things she enjoys. Learn More
Basic Digital Photography
In this class students will be introduced to the art of photography as a means of storytelling and artistic expression. They will learn the basics of technique such as composition, lighting, vantage points and more. Students are required to bring their own digital camera which can be the camera of their smart phone, a point and shot, or a DSLR.Bio:Leah Wilson has her B.A. in Performing Arts from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. She has been immersed in visual arts since she was a small child, going on to study at Sudbrook Magnet school in Maryland. Photography is her preferred medium; following the footsteps of her father, Vincent Wilson, who is a professional photographer. She ran the UH Hilo video production program, then called Lava Shoot, where she filmed, produced, photographed original content and documented campus events. Learn More
Students will engage in production of and building with paper clay, creative construction and building with paper. They will explore different media through painting, embellishing, and finishing their sculptures.Bio:Dena is a multimedia artist based in Volcano, on the Big Island. She has attended Kapiolani Community College on Oahu as well as the University of Hawaii at Hilo, majoring in art. Dena has had her work exhibited in numerous galleries and art exhibitions in Hilo, as well as on the island of Oahu. She brings to the table a unique flare for art, with her own unique, contemporary style. Learn More
Students in Week 2 will design and paint imagery on the EHCC Annex, exterior mauka wall. All of the students will have the opportunity to take part in the conceptualization and execution of the mural process. The mural will center around a theme (tbd), and will be worked on in small groups throughout the week. Students will engage their creativity, drawing and painting skills, and ability to collaborate with fellow artists.Bio:Kellie is a graduate of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art.She has spent the past several years doing freelance graphic design work as well as designing for various University of Hawai'i at Hilo organizations. She can currently be found teaching art at Waiakeawaena Elementary School, the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service, as well as part of the E.B. DeSilva Elementary School EdVenture Afterschool Enrichment Program. Learn More
Explore several types of innovative printmaking techniques. Hands on projects designed to help you express your personality and creativity through color, shape and texture. Various printing surfaces will be introduced, including, fabric, stencils and styrofoam sheets. Each lesson will focus on a different design and technique, building upon a final finished piece.Bio:Darcy Gray is a graduate of Birmingham City University, England, where she majored in Three Dimensional Design. After graduating Darcy returned to the U.S to continue her studies, where she focused on Printmaking at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in San Francisco.While living in Santa Fe, Darcy started teaching both as a volunteer and gave private lessons in her studio. Learn More
Bookmaking has always been an area of interest for Alyssa, from physically crafting books and their components to the content within them. Her book making session aims to teach others a variety of ways to construct books, ways to use different materials and finding the best intended use for them. Students will be engaging in crafting 4 different books, each constructed in a different way. Various styles may include: stitch binding, case binding, traveler’s notebooks style, and repurposing.Bio:Alyssa is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Master’s Degree in Teaching. She is currently a teacher at Waiakea Elementary School. Learn More
Asian Paper Art
In this class students will explore the folk art of Chinese Paper Cutting. The Chinese Paper cutting artwork is used in festivals, weddings and even at childbirth as symbols of luck and happiness. Students will learn basic Origami folds that can be applied to their Chinese paper cutting art work. Students will also explore the art of Japanese Washi Paper Decorating. They will learn to use the decorative patterned washi paper to decorate an empty chicken egg with their own unique collage.Bio:Jessica graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art. She learned the art of paper cutting and washi paper decorating from her mother who continues to teach these folk arts in Oahu. She has spent the last few years teaching art to elementary students at Ka'umana Elementary and Mountain View Elementary. Learn More
This workshop is meant to guide personal artistic expression, creativity, play and discovery for all skill levels and ages with a focus on rep-resentational rather than realistic styles through the use of mixed media.
Students will be provided with up-cycled canvases that they will prime and gesso with various mediums such as acrylic, oil pastels, inks and spray paint.Bio:Kosmides is a fourth generation Japanese American and a Hilo, Hawaii-based painter. Art is her daily practice which explores the intimate and ephemeral qualities of humanity through abstract works that honor a sense of that which is greater than herself. Her work aims to touch the hearts of others and manages to make the personal universal through the eternal languages of beauty, connection and visual storytelling. Learn More