Gift a Masterpiece
Holiday Gift Guide / Jewelry 101
DIY jewelry can make a great gift, but why not take it one step further and offer to “repair” your loved ones’ broken jewelry? Bead It offers beginner’s classes on wire basics, knotting, stamping, fusing and more. You can attend beginning or intermediate/advanced silversmithing workshops by David Smith. Prices vary from the $25 zipper bracelet to Smith’s $200 beginning workshop. Think of it as a good investment–you’re learning skills you can use anytime, for anyone.
Side by Side
Poetry & Bookmaking
This creative writing and visual art workshop explores the cross-pollination of words and pictures. Students will write, draw, collage, color, print, listen, discuss, wander and weave the mundane and the miraculous together with creative detail. This is an experiential class that does not require any special skills in visual or literary art and will culminate in a handmade book. This holiday, think about Side by Side, it’s a class that sticks with you.
Art Thou in the Mood?
Academy Art Classes
The Academy Art Center’s new class, Afternoons at the Museum: Drawing in the Galleries, introduces students to drawing techniques and some background on painting techniques and sketching.
Other studio art classes include drawing, painting, textiles, fiber, glass, book arts, printmaking, jewelry, metal, ceramics, sculpture, visual studies, Sogetsu ikebana and contemporary bonsai studies. Young artist classes include ceramics, drawing and painting, cartooning and exploring art.
More than Winter Blues
If you’ve got cash to spare and a special artsy someone to spend it on, give them a chance to get out of the winter blues and experiment with other colors. .Oil/Acrylic Painting/Gyotaku will be held in Kailua Beach Park starting on Jan. 21 and ending on April 7. Registration costs $150 for beginners and $125 for repeat students. Taught by Mark Brown, the classes will explore various sceneries of Oahu while painting on location. The shodo/shuji (Japanese calligraphy) classes by Hiromi Peterson are a budget-friendly ($15 per class), cultural experience. And how about gyotaku workshops? Ron Graham teaches the art of fish printing for $120 ($60 per person thereafter). Brace yourself, the class is pretty hardcore. Students will learn how to prepare the actual fish for printing, print it on rice paper and t-shirts, along with different techniques on adding color and finishing prints.