Youth Arts Series

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Monday, October 10, 2016 - 8:00am to Friday, October 14, 2016 - 3:30pm

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.



  • Circus Arts

    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.

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  • Drama

    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.

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    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.

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  • Paper Sculpture

    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.

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    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 Coordinator

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    What is your background?I’m a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, with my BA in Art. I attended California College of the Arts in the Bay Area for part of my education. I’ve been a freelance painter and graphic designer for the past few years. In 2015 I began teaching art at Waiakeawaena Elementary, UH Hilo Center for Community Engagement, and the E.B. Learn More
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