Youth Arts Series
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 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 8-17. Experienced instructors and artists lead each session. The week long programs conclude with a showcase of the students creations and handiwork.
YAS is an ongoing workshop program presented by East Hawai‘i Cultural Center.
In this class students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of circus skills including juggling, clowning, stilt walking and more. Each class will begin with some warm-ups and circus games and will feature a new circus skill each day. For the final two days of the workshop any interested students will have the opportunity to collaborate with the performance art class to create an original circus performance.
Students will be introduced to the art of theatre in a supportive and fun environment where they will explore their creativity using voice and movement in storytelling. Through theatre exercises students will enhance their concentration and sensory awareness, gain confidence, learn improvisation and build collaborative and communication skills. Students are urged to come dressed ready to move as many activities involve sitting and moving on the floor.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
Upcycled Fashion Design
Students will create their own fashion designs using recycled apparel. 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
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
Program CoordinatorBio:Kellie is a graduate of the University of Hawai'i at Hilo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art. She is the Coordinator and Co-Creator of the Youth Arts Series as well as EHCC’s Graphic Designer. Currently, she can also 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's EdVenture Afterschool Enrichment Program. Learn More