3D Immersion Workshop

Program Overview

This intensive six-week experience will explore three dimensionality across the continuum of three different media: ceramics, 3D printing and immersive virtual worlds. Students will experience how perception changes when modeling directly with hands, digitizing and altering scale, and moving through form transferred to computer graphics. In addition to utilizing a ceramics studio and a state of the art 3D scanning and printing facility, students will have access to Hawaii Island’s first CyberCanoe collaborative visualization platform located at the ‘ ʻImiloa Astronomy Center. These cutting edge resources are funded in part by the Academy for Creative Media.

The Big Island is a unique location where elements carve and mold into each other resulting in textures, patterns, forms and whole environments. It also provides for some of the best astronomical observation in the world. IMG_3748.jpgStudents are encouraged to explore and research this extreme variety of environments, from volcanoes to waterfalls to coral reefs and beyond.These experiences will inform a sequence of exercises designed to open venues of aesthetic reflection. They will also encourage the understanding and handling of visualization and abstract relationships, an understanding rooted in the natural experience of the body as it exists in space and time. In turn, these relationships will allow us to extend the experience to microscopic and cosmic scales.

SummerAi – 2016 will provide 3 credits of Beginning or Advanced level instruction in 3D media over six week-ends of intensive studio engagement beginning June 25-26 through July 30/31, 2016. Instructional Lab and Group Review sessions are designed to accommodate individuals who must juggle the demands of a regular work week schedule, and summer student visitors who would appreciate an opportunity to explore and to be inspired by the Big Island.

Meeting Times:

Saturdays: from June 25 - July 30, 2016

  • Morning: Monika Mann, 8:00 am - 11:00 am - Ceramics
  • Afternoon: Jon Goebel, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm - 3D Scanning/Printing
  • Evening: Julieta Aguilera, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm - 3D Virtual Forms and Space

Sundays: from June 26 - July 31, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Group review with the cohort of SAiH faculty, associates and visiting artists.

Open Studio Hours

Hours will be announced for open lab access.

Program Dates: June 25 through July 31, 2016

Registration Deadlines

  • May 31, 2016: SAiH registration deadline
  • Admission to the program after 5/31/2016 will be contingent upon availability of remaining program seats

Tuition Rates

For the six week 3 credit course (A lab fee $100 also applies):

Tuition Per Credit
Undergraduate - Resident $288
Undergraduate - Non-Resident $407
Western Undergraduate Exchange/Pacific Islanders $347.50*
Fees Flat Rate
Student Life Center $35
Lab and Other Fees Varies

*For summer 2016, the board of regents has approved a special rate for the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and for pacific island students. The rate is $347.50 per credit.


Dormitory housing (if needed) is available through the UH Hilo Summer Housing Program.


SAiH Scholarships

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Art Department is offering a limited number of scholarships for its Summer Art Institute Hilo program. These competitive awards will provide a half tuition waiver for Hawaiʻi residents who wish to attend SAiH. Scholarships will be awarded based the quality of applications. Applications must include:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Three JPEG images of your current two dimensional artwork. Images should be 1000 pixels on the longest side.
  3. A copy of your undergraduate transcript(s)

Fill out an Application

Contact Information

For more information, contact:

Art Department, Chair
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Phone: (808) 932-7237
Fax: (808) 974-7712
Email: mdmarsha@hawaii.edu