Workshops with Various Artists

Art Explorium offers classes on various topics that help us fulfill our mission to provide a community art center that nurtures the creative potential in children. Information on any upcoming workshops is listed below. Registration is required. Walk-ins are accepted, space permitting. To register online click on the “Register Here” link below. If it’s your first time visiting us for class, feel free to check out our FAQ page. For additional questions about workshops, contact or call (808) 312-4316. Please review our workshop policies page here for information about cancellations and refunds.

* Classes are subject to cancellation if enrollment is too low


Sewing Circle: Inspired by Honolulu Biennial Artist Marie Watt

Saturday, April 27, 2:30pm – 4pm

$10 per child (Age 8 and up, age 7 OK with participating parent)

Pre-registration required

***This workshop is offered at a low cost thanks to support from Honolulu Biennial 2019

(Above) Art work by Mari Watt, Companion Species: Ferocious Mother and Canis Familiaris

In partnership with the Honolulu Biennial 2019, we will get together and host a sewing/needle-felting circle inspired by Biennial artist, Marie Watt. Each participant will choose a word that holds meaning for them and use both simple sewing and needle felting techniques to bring that word into being. From Marie: “…I am struck by the quality of conversation and storytelling that occurs when eyes are diverted and hands are busy at work. I am interested in how each person’s stitch is unique and signature-like. Threads come together to form a web, also a metaphor for community. I like to compare the Sewing Circle to a barn raising. In an age where so much of our lives are mediated by technology, there is something to be said for gathering in such an ordinary and neighborly way.” Instructor Wendy Ikeda is an Art Explorium staff member and local fiber artist. REGISTER HERE




Roll-A-Monster Sculpture

Sunday, April 28, 2:30pm – 4pm

$20 per child (Age 5 and up)

Join us as we play a game to create a variety of fun and cute monster sculptures. During this workshop we will roll dice to determine what our monsters will look like and then create sculptures of our monsters using colorful oven bake clay. Each participant will make two tiny monster sculptures during this class. The sculptures will be baked by Art Explorium staff, sculpture pick up will be 1-2 weeks after the workshop. Ashley Katamoto was the former birthday party coordinator at Art Explorium and currently teaches visual arts at University Laboratory School. She is also the instructor of the “Monster Mash” Summer Art Camp at Art Explorium. REGISTER HERE




Up-cycled Aluminum Necklaces

Saturday, May 4, 2:30pm – 4pm

$20 per child (Age 5 and up)

Just in time for Mother’s Day, we’ll be making necklaces from upcycled aluminum drink cans. Each child will make two, one for an adult and a smaller one for themselves. After they finish with their necklaces, they can create a Mother’s Day card to go with it. Instructor Charissa Pacheco has been making jewelry for over a decade but has recently shifted focus to work with more recycled/up-cycled materials. REGISTER HERE




Radial Print Mother’s Day Cards

Saturday, May 11, 2:30pm – 4pm

$15 per child (Age 5 and up)

In this workshops students will draw designs in scratch foam (similar to a foam meat tray) and then print the design multiple times to make a radial relief print. Simple abstract designs magically become unique patterns when printed this way. The final print makes a unique Mother’s Day card. Leslie Fleming teaches art to K through 5 students through the Honolulu Museum of Art Outreach Programs. REGISTER HERE




Fuzzy Floral Fringe

Sunday, May 12, 2:30pm – 4pm

$20 per child (Age 5 and up)

Join us for a special workshop to create your one-of-kind fuzzy bouquet. Participants will decoupage a glass jar using colorful tissue paper. We will then cut, bent, curl, and wrap pipe cleaners into a rainbow floral arrangement. Hot glue gun will be used at this workshop. April Sham is on the Art Explorium staff, works as an Outreach Artist in Residence for the Honolulu Museum of Art and is a member of Honolulu Printmakers. REGISTER HERE




Model Magic Under the Sea

Saturday, May 18, 2:30pm – 4pm

$20 per child (Age 5 and up)

Come dive undersea with us as we make an ocean animal and create a sea scene for them to inhabit. First we’ll learn how to mold animals from air-dry clay. Then we’ll create a petit pop-up paper habitat for our animal. Leslie Fleming teaches art to K through 5 students through the Honolulu Museum of Art Outreach Programs. REGISTER HERE




Felted Soap!

Sunday, May 19th, 2:30pm – 4pm

$20 per child  (Ages 5 and up;  Age 5 must be accompanied by an adult)

Join us for some good clean fun! Similar to the way a wool sweater shrinks in hot water, we’ll gently rub wool fiber with warm water until it knits together and shrink-wraps around a bar of soap, forming a woolly washcloth. The “soap sweater” will help our soap last longer, and we’ll save plastic by using bar soap instead of liquid soap from plastic containers. Once you use the last of your soap, you can even reuse your wool pad as a cloth or sponge. Instructor Wendy Ikeda is an Art Explorium staff member and local fiber artist.  REGISTER HERE




Character Creation

Saturday, May 25, 2:30 pm – 4 pm

$15 per child  (Ages 5 and up)


Join us to learn the basics of cartooning and character design. We’ll create our own characters by beginning with simple shapes, like circles and triangles, then add details that bring our creations to life. Instructor Nobu Yasuda is a cartoon artist, maker of plush toys, and co-founder of Honolulu based art collective TRINIGRAFXREGISTER HERE


Don’t see what you’re looking for? We’re adding new workshops all the time. Please check back later or contact us for more info (312-4316,