Art Programs

We believe there is an artist, teacher and student in everyone and offer multiple ways to explore these roles.

Our programs include hands-on classes, thought-provoking exhibitions, and a Youth Education program that reaches beyond our campus to provide in-classroom arts curriculum and teacher training.

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& Workshops

Learn a new skill, take it to the next level or try several. Whether you fly solo or thrive on collaboration we offer shared space to connect and reflect through arts and culture.

Youth Education Kids Art Classesr art programs


Our hidden gem. This program trains and sends teaching artists into area schools and provides year-round subsidized programs on campus.

Programming includes parent & child experiences, family and teen workshops, after-school classes, day camps and the very popular Summer Art Experience program.


From crowd-pleasers like our annual art auction and Cool Fusion: Festival of 1000 bowls to intimate artist talks and gallery tours, our events celebrate the traditions of our diverse community.

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Open studio is available to our members who have completed an introductory workshop in the mediums of ceramics, print or metals.

For a modest fee, self-starters can register for studio access, including basic tools and materials. Day passes are available for pre-designated dates.


Our gallery is a space to reflect, share perspectives and grow as a community. It is open to the public, free of charge, and accessible online through recorded programs.

Explore Our Studios

Ceramic Art Programs art programs


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.

Printmaking Art Programs art programs


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.

Metal Art Programs art programs


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.

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Fiber Arts

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.

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& More

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.