Workshop: Introduction to Oil Painting

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The Volcano Art Center (VAC) announced that artist Steve Irvine will offer an Introduction to Oil Painting workshop on Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus in Volcano Village.

Steve Irvine. Courtesy photo.

The art exhibition, Tī and Seas, currently on display at VAC Gallery in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, features a new collection of oil paintings by Irvine. The subjects of these vivid paintings appear to contain a glow from within which Irvine achieves by creating a unique orange undercoating as his first layer of paint.

Irvine will be sharing this unique undercoating painting technique and others in this Introduction to Oil Painting workshop. Basic artistic concepts including color, composition and contrast will be discussed before students embark on their own oil painting.

The class fee is $60 or $55 for VAC members. Class supplies must be provided by the student and a full list will be provided upon registration.


To register, call VAC at (808) 967-8222 or visit online.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Irvine came to Hawaiʻi to attend college. In 1983 Irvine received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies specializing in Fine Arts from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Irvine has been painting and surfing ever since. No stranger to East Hawaiʻiʻs art scene, Irvine’s work has appeared in the annual juried Spring and Fall Arts Exhibit at Wailoa Center and East Hawai‘i Cultural Center almost every year since 1986 and he has had two previous exhibits at the VAC in 2004 and 2009. To date he has received twelve awards in recognition of his artistic merits.

VAC Niaulani Campus is located at 19-4074 Old Volcano Road in Volcano Village.


The center is a nonprofit educational organization created in 1974 to promote, develop, and perpetuate the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawai‘i’s people and environment through activities in the visual, literary and performing arts.

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