Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide / Jewelry 101

Bead It!

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.

–Maria Kanai

1152 Koko Head Ave., Kaimuki Location, 734-1182 629 Kailua Rd., Kailua Location, 263-1182 590 Farrington Hwy., Kapolei Location, 674-1192 []

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.

–Shantel Grace

Side by Side, Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania, Classes begin Sun. Feb. 5–March 4, 9am–3pm, $275 for five sessions, [], 532-8700 or 532-8741

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.

–Michael Nakasone

The Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Young artist classes, Sat. & Mon., Runs Jan. 28–April 14. Adult classes run from Jan. 23–May 5. Adult workshops run from Jan. 14–April 15, $100–$295, 532-8741, [email: artschool]

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.


Beginning Watercolor TBA, Sat., 1/28 — 3/17, 1-4pm, $150, [], 942-3982
Oil/Acrylic Painting 426 Kawailoa Rd., Kailua Beach Park, Sat., 1/21 — 4/7, 9am-Noon, $125-$150, [], 956-8244
Shodo/Shuji Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2454 South Beretania Street, Sat. (except 2nd Sat.), 12/3–3/3, 9:30–11:30am, [], 923-7275
Gyotaku Workshops By appointment, $120, Ron Graham, [email: fish], []