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Our mission is to provide a community art studio to nurture the creative potential in children.

Art Explorium is Moving on UP!

Did you know that in addition to our studio space downstairs, Art Explorium has a space upstairs in the same building? We are super excited to announce that we just started offering art workshops upstairs! We've been working hard to get the space organized, cute-ified, and ready for your keiki and you. Artists will teach workshops upstairs on a variety of art topics, and details will be posted on our web site. We just started with sewing classes by the very talented Uakea Egami of Me+U (see below for these workshop details). Stay tuned for details on more upcoming workshops upstairs.

Sewing Lessons with ME+U

As mentioned above we are working with Uakea Egami of ME+U to offer some really cool sewing workshops at Art Explorium in our new upstairs space. ME+U offers sewing lessons for the life-long learner to engage their creativity through sewing. Sign up and try your hand at beginner through intermediate projects that will teach you sewing vocabulary, skills, and techniques.

Registration is now open for sewing workshops, which started this week. Sewing lessons are on Wednesdays and Fridays. There are options for just about every age: kids ages 6 & up, high school students, and even adults! Sign up today and get your sewing on!

Leave Your Mark on our Marine Debris Art Project!

Stop by during Open Studio between now and February 11 to participate in an exciting community art project. We are working with guest artist Nicole Chatterson to create mosaics with plastic found on our beaches. Learn more about the issue of marine debris while contributing to these community art pieces. We worked on a very cool octopus last week, and now we will create the Hawaiian Island Chain from marine debris. When the mosaics are complete they will be proudly displayed in the new Hawaii Kai offices of the Hawaii Fish Trust.

Fairytales, Bollywood, & Super-Heroes: Workshops for Our Littlest Friends

With cool topics like these, it's pretty hard to resist these upcoming Little Artists Workshops, isn't it? Little Artists is a new program of workshops offered on the second and fourth Friday mornings of the month. These classes are designed especially for our youngest friends who are not in school yet, and homeschool keiki. We have been working with awesome instructor Harmony from HarmsaStar to develop this program and we are really excited about it! Harmony blends together movement, theater, and art all in one to provide a great experience for your own little artist.

Guest Artist Aunty Lani Coming Soon!

Our favorite reuse artist Aunty Lani will be here during Open Studio on Wednesday, February 12 from 2-4 pm with an adorable Valentine's Day art activity. She will teach keiki how to make a cute heart-shaped box out of reused materials. She will also share her own homemade rose petal potpourri to keep in your heart box! Regular $5 Open Studio rate, no pre-registration required.

From musical instruments to puppet theatre, Japanese enameling to yoga, solar system art to making beads and jewelry out of magazines, there really is something for every young artist at Art Explorium!


* Open Studio on Tuesday, February 18 from 2-5 pm is CANCELLED due to family reasons. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

* Guest Artist Aunty Lani was originally scheduled to be here this Wednesday, February 12 but she is not feeling well this week. So she will be here NEXT week Wednesday, February 19 from 2-4 pm to help us make adorable heart-shaped boxes and fill them with her home-made rose-petal potpourri.

Coming Workshops

Puppet Theatre

A two part workshop

Sundays, February 2nd and 9th: 1pm-2:30pm

At the Art Explorium: 1142 Koko Head Ave

$25 per person (Ages 4 and up. Fee covers both sessions)

Let's play with Puppets! Finger puppets, sock puppets, paper puppets,

and more. Let's create unique characters and then learn how to act

with our new friends. This two-part workshop will conclude with a

little mini performance featuring your puppets! Acting games, puppetry

skills, coordination, exploration, and performing, will all be a part

of this new and exciting two part workshop.

Fairytale Frenzy

Friday, February 14th: 9:30am-11am

At the Art Explorium: 1142 Koko Head Ave

$15 per student (All Ages)

Once upon a time there was HarmsaStar and Art Explorium! Join us as we

bring to life the pages of your favorite fairytales. Everyone will get

to express their story in a few different ways. Dance, Theatre, and

Art all mixed up and ready for a happily ever after.

Brush Painting for the Chinese New Year

Sunday, February 16th: 1pm-2:30pm

At the Art Explorium: 1142 Koko Head Ave

$15 per student (Ages 4 and up)

Gung Hei Fat Choy! We are predicting a happy and lucky ART time

celebrating the Year of the "Wooden Horse" for 2014, we will enjoy

combining our Asian cultures in a colorful fold -out Japanese book and

create brush painting of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals on rice paper.

Instructor and artist Lauren Okano is an art specialist at Hanahau'oli

Schooland instructor at Spalding Gallery.

Kaimuki Third Friday at the Art Explorium

Friday, February 21st: 5pm-8pm

1142 Koko Head Ave

$5 per person

We will be offering Open Studio hours as part of Third Fridays

Kaimuki, a monthly celebration of our neighborhood and community.

Families can drop in to try any of our creative art stations.

Animal Sculptures

Sunday, February 23rd: 1pm-2:30pm

At the Art Explorium: 1142 Koko Head Ave

$15 per student (Ages 4 and up)

Let's make animals! Please join Roy Kunisaki, based in LA, and he

will show you how to form a lump of clay into amazing, unique,

creative animal sculptures. He is a full time ceramic instructor at

his studio and at Palos Verdes Art Center for several years, teaches

both adults and kids.

Open Studio Hours

Mon AND Thurs, 9 am - 12 pm

Mon through Fri, 2 pm - 5 pm

Sat, 1 pm - 4 pm

We will also be open on Friday, December 20 from 6-9 pm for Third Fridays Kaimuki.

$5, drop-in, no pre-registration required. We look forward to seeing you in our Kaimuki studio soon!

About Art Explorium

Art Explorium provides a community art studio to nurture the creative potential in children.

Art Explorium is a non-profit organization in Kaimuki that provides art opportunities for youth. Stop by and try out our art stations (request a $5 per person coupon>>>).

Open Studio Hours
Monday and Thursday from 9-12 am
Monday through Friday from 2-5 pm
Saturday from 1-4 pm

Nurturing tomorrow's creative thinkers

Art Explorium provides a fun, safe place where children of all ages have the opportunity and the permission to create freely. We firmly believe that art experiences are an important part of every person's growth and development. So... WE provide the space and materials, YOU provide the ideas and make them happen!

Art Explorium strives to be an eco-friendly organization. Many of the art materials in our studio are items that would normally be thrown in the landfill (old pieces of fabric, used bottle caps, small boxes, magazines, ribbon, etc.). We collect these used materials from our friends and local businesses, and Art Explorium visitors give these items a new life as art.

We offer art classes, birthday parties, and field trips to our studio. We also offer Open Studio time - come on in with your family and dabble in one or all of our art stations which offer activities like painting, sculpting, drawing, making mosaics and more. See you there!

General Information
Come on by! During Open Studio time you are free to drop in, use our space and materials and explore the process of creating.

We also offer art classes, birthday parties and field trips to our studio!

Hours and price subject to change without notice.
Ample metered parking is available on the street or in the lot behind our building.

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