Open Studio is an opportunity to continue learning at your own pace, using specialized equipment and tools available at the Donkey Mill.
To participate in open studio, you must be a current member who has attended a class in the medium at the Donkey Mill in the last two years. Users must be familiar with studio etiquette, policies and able to work independently. Currently enrolled students in Ceramics, Metals, and Print receive complimentary open studio time for the duration of their class.
Open Studio Fee covers: Use of shared studio tools, equipment, and space for self-guided practice and exploration.
Supplies: Basic supplies and materials are available for purchase at the Donkey Mill, these vary by medium, and guidelines regarding the purchase and use of supplies can be found in each studio’s policy document.
Schedule & Registration:
Please visit the classes page for current open studio schedules. All open studio participants must register in advance for open studio time.
If there is no schedule posted for the Metals or Printmaking studio, it is because there is no open studio being offered at this time.
If you need to cancel your reserved open studio time, please call or email the front desk 24 hours in advance. No shows will NOT be credited if you paid for a spot, or reserved it using a pass – you are forfeiting your pass if you do not show.
Artists of all levels find themselves at home in our fully-equipped, open-air Ceramics Studio. Classes are offered year-round by renowned local and visiting artists drawn to the Mill for collaborative exchange of techniques and perspectives.
We proudly host the only community printmaking studio in West Hawai‘i, built under the care of co-founder and master printer Hiroki Morinoue. The studio is equipped for various techniques, including monoprint, mokuhanga, intaglio and more.
Forging metal is an empowering skill for all ages. Beginner and advanced level students will find a class or workshop to spark their interest in jewelry-making, tinsmithing and more.
From traditional Japanese indigo dyeing and palm frond weaving to kapa and paper making, our fiber arts classes weave art and culture together. Supply materials harvested from our garden of native plants support hands-on, ʻāina-based learning.
Through our vast network of artists across many disciplines, we also offer one-of-a-kind classes and workshops in painting, mixed media, drawing, professional development for artists and more.