Youth​ ​Arts​ ​Series:​ ​Fall​ ​Break​ ​2017

Program type: 
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, October 13, 2017 - 3:00pm
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Youth​ ​Arts​ ​Series:​ ​Fall​ ​Break​ ​2017

YAS​ ​goes​ ​green!

October 9th- 13th, Monday- Friday


Open to students ages 8-12 years old

Register​ ​for​ ​half​ ​a​ ​day​ ​or​ ​a​ ​full​ ​day


Registration deadline Monday, October 2. 

Click HERE to download Registration Packet!



$75- EHCC Member (full day $150)

$95- Non EHCC Member (full day $190)

See ‘JOIN US’ page for membership information

*Must​ ​be​ ​18​ ​years​ ​of​ ​age​ ​or​ ​over​ ​to​ ​qualify​ ​for​ ​EHCC​ ​membership*


Session​ ​A:​ ​8:00​ ​AM-11:20​ ​AM

•Hilo UrbFarm Zero​ ​Waste​ ​Gardening

•Garden​ ​Mural

•Upcycle​ ​Arts


Session​ ​B:​ ​11:45​ ​AM-​ ​3:00​ ​PM

•Piko Press Printmaking

•Exploratory​ ​Painting

•DIY​ ​Botanical​ ​Bookmaking

  • Students will rotate through all classes within their session(s) each day. There will be a mid-morning break for students in Session A, 20 minutes for lunch, and a mid-afternoon break in Session B.

  • Students​ ​should​ ​arrive​ ​each​ ​morning​ ​with​ ​a​ ​packed,​ ​non-perishable,​ ​home​ ​lunch, and​ ​snacks​ ​(optional,​ ​but​ ​recommended​ ​for​ ​full​ ​day​ ​students).


Daily Schedule

  • Drop off 7:30am- 7:55am

  • Students should be dropped off in rear parking lot at the main gallery back door.


Session A

Class 1: 8:00- 9:00

Class 2: 9:05-10:05

Snack break: 10:05- 10:15

Class 3: 10:20- 11:20

Lunch: 11:20- 11:40- For students registered for full day, otherwise pick up/ drop off window for half day students.


Session B

Class 4: 11:45- 12:45

Class 5: 12:50- 1:50

Break (unstructured time) : 1:50- 2:00

Class 6: 2:00- 3:00

Pick up 3:00- 3:30

  • Daily schedule will rotate order of classes. Students in each session will be split into three smaller groups which will rotate through the classes.


Mission​ ​Statement

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, traditional and contemporary media, 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 8-12. Experienced instructors and artists lead each session. YAS is an ongoing workshop program presented by East Hawai‘i Cultural Center. This October YAS has partnered with it’s fellow EHCC programs, Hilo UrbFarm and Piko Press to bring students a jam-packed and diverse learning experience. YAS is going green in support of the sustainability efforts of its partners. In celebration of its 1st anniversary YAS would like to do its part in encouraging students to be mindful in their art making processes. Classes will include projects that promote upcycling, environmental consciousness and sustainability.

Please email [email protected] for questions!


  • Upcycle​ ​Arts​ ​

    Students with creatively decorate and reuse everyday products to create new works of art. Students will combine new and recycled products for their art pieces. 
    Jessica McMahel's picture
    Jessica graduated from the University of Hawaii at Hilo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art.  She is currently an Educational Assistant with the East Hawaii District Regional Sped.   Learn More
  • Garden​ ​Mural

    Students will design and paint nature inspired imagery on the EHCC Garden Shed. They will pull inspiration from and the Hilo UrbFarm and incorporate visual interpretations of plant life and concepts learned in the Zero Waste Gardening class. All of the students will have the opportunity to take part in the conceptualization and execution of the mural process. The mural 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. 
    Kellie Miyazu's picture
    Kellie Miyazu is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, with a BA in Art. She attended California College of the Arts in the Bay Area for part of her education. She has been a freelance painter and graphic designer for the past few years. In 2015, she began teaching art at Waiakeawaena Elementary, UH Hilo Center for Community Engagement, and the E.B. Learn More
  • Zero​ ​Waste​ ​Gardening​

    Learn how to start a garden for free and explore creative ways to recycle and reuse everyday materials in the garden to make it more convenient and efficient to grow fresh food at home. Students will also learn how to transform food and paper waste into compost and why it is essential for healthy soil. 
    Michael Pierron's picture
    Hilo UrbFarm Coordinator & DirectorMichael Pierron has a bachelors degree in Agriculture from UH Hilo. He has been involved with various community gardening projects in east Hawaii since 2011, and started the Hilo UrbFarm in 2016 to bring awareness to compost and its role in maintaining a healthy environment. The Hilo UrbFarm is closing this chapter of it's tale at the end of 2019. Keep up with Michael at Compost HI! Learn More
  • Exploratory​ ​Painting

    Exploratory Painting is an introduction to mixed media painting using recycled media and collage elements. This class will teach students how to create and build a canvas, various paint techniques, as well as creative application of unconventional materials. 
    Dena Nakahashi's picture
    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
  • Printmaking

    Fundamental elements of composition, color, and techniques of printmaking will be explored, and the goal is to find freedom in the process. Students will experience the magic of printing with non-toxic materials with basic relief, frottage, and monotype techniques. 
    Kanani Daley's picture
    Her gallery curatorial concepts explore the changing cultural and social values in Hawai‘i, and exclusively represents contemporary aboriginal artists from Polynesia as a method for self-determination and decolonization. As a gallery curator she is dedicated to providing a contemporary perspective of the plural meanings of culture and identity for indigenous people today. Learn More
  • DIY​ ​Botanical​ ​Bookmaking

    Students will be up cycling materials that they own to create a DIY botanical journal. The journal can be used to house sketches, samples, botanical inspired collages and observational notes. 
    Alyssa Perry's picture
    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
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