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This Puget Sound Sumi Artist group exhibit runs from February 2 to the 28th.  I have three paintings exhibited… of course, I was in a rush and forgot to write down the titles. Wow, I’ve been spacey!

Reception: February 8 from 1 pm – 4 pm Sidney Art Gallery and Museum, 202 Sidney Avenue, Port Orchard, WA 360-876-3693

I know I put this image into the exhibit – frame is  14″X11″ but the actual image is 5X5″.

Winter Nap

there was a landscape and….

I have to say, I’ve been so stressed lately. Somewhere I read how much it messes with your thinking which for me means being a real space cadet and forgetting to write down what I entered.

Time for some serious meditation to calm down as we all know stress does nothing – calm is everything.

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The following are my art classes offered through Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation starting in May through August.  Located in the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

Adult classes

Block Printing: Linoleum Cut

Mon, May 4 – Mon, May 18    6-8pm    3 classes        material fee $10

Fee: $49

Learn techniques for the relief printmaking process using the flexibility and ease of linoleum. A relief is achieved by carving into the surface using special tools to leave raised images. These images are then inked and printed without a press to create a dynamic and textured print that can have many layers and colors. Students have the option of creating a multi-block image or themed cards to exchange with students to complete an edition. Open to both teens and adults. All materials and supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Paint What You Love – Acrylics

Tue, May 5- Tue, June 9               6-8pm            6 classes         no material fee

Fee: $69

This course is an instructional class for beginning in acrylic paint that will cover the essential elements of basic sketching skills, composition, accurate values, color harmonies and expressive textures. Bring your ideas/sketches for either realistic or abstract paintings to the first class. Participants provide their own materials. Please download supply list. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Introduction to Sumi-e

Wed, May 6 – Wed, May 27      6-8pm            4 classes         material fee $15

Fee: $69

Instructor Ellen Miffitt will introduce you to the four treasures: ink stick, ink stone, brush and paper. The simplicity and spontaneity of brush painting begins by learning to hold the brush, making the basic strokes and loading the brush to create tones and depth. The goal is to break away from logical thinking and to be spontaneous in expressing with the brush. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Enticing Your Personal Writing Muse

Fee: $69

Thu, May 7 – Thu, June 11      6-8pm              6 classes          no material fee

This creative writing class will develop your vibrant writer’s voice by letting the words flow, stream of consciousness style. Two twenty minute writing exercises with nonjudgmental sharing encourages writing from your heart. Pen or pencil and a spiral notebook are all you need to begin this creative journey! If you wish to use an electronic device, please be sure the keyboard doesn’t make “typing” sounds. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Simple Book Making

Sat, May 2, 2014         9am to 3pm     material fee $5

Fee:$39

This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures to make small art books/journals. Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch, ribbon & chopstick book and other simple forms will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. Book covers will be created using mixed media/collage approach. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Zen Brush with Color

Fee: $55

Sat, May 30     9am to 3pm    material fee $15

We will first begin by practicing Sumi-e brush control and continue the basic stroke study by painting the “Four Gentlemen” and the “Four Seasons” in color (with a flower representing each season). Using the refined Sumi-e style, you will learn to paint flowers, insects, birds, and animals with simple strokes in color. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Travel Sketching with Watercolor/Pencil

Fee: $25

Sat, June 13      9 to 1pm         no material fee

Ever wonder why we rarely relive our travels through photos? Perhaps because taking a photo requires so little investment of one’s attention. Artistic journaling slows your pace, as you observe a scene for at least as long as it takes to sketch it. Journaling is solely for pleasure – it doesn’t require that you be an accomplished artist. Regardless of skill level, you’ll be amazed how quickly your drawing and watercolor skills improve – within hours! We’ll sketch around Olympia’s Percival Landing and by the end of the workshop, you’ll be dedicated to journaling! Supply list available online or at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Summer Solstice Mandala

Fee: $39

Sat, June 20     9 to 1pm          material fee $ 5

The word “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that is over 2300 years old translated as “circle” or “sacred center.” Circular patterns have been used throughout time in many cultures, including the Tibetan and Native American, as tools for centering and healing. In this workshop we will explore the history of mandala patterns and you will create your own personal mandala, using oil pastel, colored pencil and collage. Using principles of geometry and symmetry present in nature, along with your own personal creativity, you will come away with new knowledge of yourself. This should be a time to let go, to play with color and design, and to have fun! Some supplies included in class fee. Supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Youth Camps

Draw Your Own Comic Book

Fee: $69

Mon, June 15 – Fri, June 19  9:30 to noon  no material fee

Ages:  8-12

Have you been wondering if you could come up with your own super characters or silly family? Join this class to draw, doodle, and have oodles of creative fun! Learn how to develop your ideas into a story line which then is translated into character studies for your comic strip. Get the ideas out of your head and into reality through basic drawing, sequencing, writing, production and character development techniques. Students should bring a drawing pad, pencils and erasers. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Printing: Linoleum Cut

Fee: $109

Mon, June 15 – Fri, June 19   1 to 4:00pm  material fee $20.00

Ages: 12-  16

Learn techniques for the relief printmaking process using the flexibility and ease of linoleum. A relief is achieved by carving into the surface using special tools to leave raised images. These images are then inked and printed without a press to create a dynamic and textured print that can have many layers and colors. Students have the option of creating a multi-block image or themed cards to exchange with students to complete an edition. All materials and supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Manga

Fee: $80.00

Mon, June 22 – Fri, June 26    9am to Noon   no material fee

Ages:  12-16

Are you a fan of anime and manga? In Japan, people of all ages read manga “whimsical pictures.” If you interested in learning to draw in black and white manga style – then this is the class for you! Illustrate your action-adventure, comedy, or fantasy writing in a single episode – to be continued in the next issue or collection of stories. Basic drawing skills and more that you need to know to develop your characters and storyline. Please bring a sketchbook and pencils to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Art Sampler

Fee: $89

Mon, June 22 – Fri, June 26               1pm to 3:30pm  $15.oo material fee

Ages:  8-12

Through the use of paint, pastels, watercolors and other materials, we will explore nature from Aardvarks to Zebras and beyond. You will be guided through step-by-step drawing and painting techniques that include subject development using basic shapes, shading, blending, and the development of an environment/background. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Ocean & Marine Life Art Adventure

Fee: $90

Mon, July 6 to 10    9:30 to noon  material fee $16.00

Ages:  8-12

Based on an ocean theme, you will explore art materials and create fun projects such a papier mache fish, beach treasure wreath, ocean creature sock puppet, collage beach scene, mono print “swimmy” type story and much more! All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Art from Around the World

Fee: $105

Mon, July 13 – Fri, July 17    9 to noon  material fee $16.00

Ages:  8-12

Take a trip with your creativity and imagination! Discover the secrets of art from faraway places. Create a range of art projects derived from various cultures around the world. Both 2D and 3D processes will be covered. Enjoy painting, drawing and mixed media as we learn about different countries. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

FUNdamentals of Acrylics

Fee: $115.00

Mon, July 13 – 17   1 to 4 pm  material fee $22.00

Ages:  12-16

This class is designed to take you from “Start to Finish” in the “FUNdamentals” of accomplishing an acrylic artistic endeavor! “How To’s” include planning, thumbnails, composing and executing a painting with subject matter of still life, portrait, landscape, seascapes and cloudscapes. Students will be worked with individually to take their creative ideas from beginning to end. This class is designed to increase essential foundation of drawing skills, composition and value, capturing light, color theory and expression to a finished work. Instructor will demonstrate techniques in class. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Draw Your Own Comic Book

Fee: $69

Mon, July 27 – Fri, July 31  9:30 to noon  no material fee

Ages:  8-12

Have you been wondering if you could come up with your own super characters or silly family? Join this class to draw, doodle, and have oodles of creative fun! Learn how to develop your ideas into a story line which then is translated into character studies for your comic strip. Get the ideas out of your head and into reality through basic drawing, sequencing, writing, production and character development techniques. Students should bring a drawing pad, pencils and erasers. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sketchbook Drawing

Fee: $109.00

Mon, July 27 – Fri, July 31  1 to 4pm  material fee $20.00

Ages:  12-16

Comprehensive drawing skills are taught in conjunction with student selected subject interest. You will have the opportunity to design long term projects while also being taught the skills needed to express yourself visually. Drawing exercises include: upside down drawing; contour and gesture drawing; the value scale and blending techniques; and using a basic unit and sighting. You will use a variety of media: graphite/pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen & ink, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and a variety of paper in accord with the media to illustrate the subject matter of your choice. Developing your unique style of illustration from stylized to realistic will be emphasized. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Art in the Middle Ages and Today

Fee: $105

Mon, August 3 – Fri, August 7     9 to noon  material fee $15.00

Ages:  8-12

Explore medieval art and its influence in today’s time! Your projects will include creation of a contemporary coat of arms, illuminated page, gargoyle sculpture, simple woven tapestry, and faux stain glass design. You will also learn about contemporary artists who combine text, symbols and images in altered books and create an altered book of your own! All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Explorations in Watercolor Textures and Techniques

Fee: $109

Mon, August 3 – Fri, August 7  1 to 4pm  material fee $20.00

Ages:  12-16

Students will explore 25+ techniques for achieving textures and special effects in their watercolors. Some techniques include: colored pencils in the wash, ink line,  markers, salt, wax paper, crayon, and other materials with the washes, both while wet and when dry. After making a reference sampler the students will complete paintings combining 5 or 6 different techniques. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Fantasy Sculpture

Fee: $109.00

Mon, August 10 – Fri, August 14  9am to noon  material fee $20.00

Ages:  8-12

Create imaginative, playful animals, monsters and masks using self-hardening clay, papier-mache, found objects and other materials. You will learn about form, space and have lots of fun! All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Recycled Art (Collage/Mixed Media)

Fee: $105

Mon, August 10 – Fri, August 14       1pm to 4pm  material fee $16.00

Ages:  12-16

Join us for this daily camp where you will create a series of collages using a variety of materials – this is recycled art at its best! Come prepared to learn the basics of collage, materials and techniques in a supportive environment. Emphasizing fun – collage is a spontaneous art! Enjoy finding and sorting objects, bits and pieces in the most unlikely places and putting a puzzle together. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Zen Ink Camp

Fee: $75

Mon, August 24 – Fri, August 28 10 to noon  material fee $15.00

Ages:  12-16

Calling all artist, doodlers and pen-wielding daydreamers! Using design principles and elements, you will create fun patterns and textures. Finished drawings can be plain black and white or you can add a little color to some or all of your designs. You’ll be surprised at the results! This is a great right brain activity. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

 

No digital drawing tonight but then I did 4 Irish themed ones yesterday. I’m up to 48 of them – all are posted on Fine Art America and Spoonflower. As far as Zazzle that’s a slower process even to get them onto the “quick create” it takes about twenty minutes per image.


Cotcha says Kitten  © 2/1/2015 NLS


Kitten Grabs at a Leprechaun  © 2/1/2015 NLS


Leprechaun Trapped by Kitten Paws  © 2/1/2015 NLS


Leprechaun is between Kitten’s Paws  © 2/1/2015 NLS

these are mostly “oil pastel” with details on the leprechauns made with the “art marker” tool.

managing to be silly is so important! Hope these give you a smile!
Keep Arting,
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Black Tuxedo Kitten Chases a Bee Over the Clover  © 1/2015 NLS

another St Patrick’s design

Tuxedo Kitten Sits in a Leprechaun Hat  © 1/2015 NLS

and

Bunny and Kitten Play in Clover  © 1/2015 NLS

Most are posted on basic products in Zazzle shop     http://www.zazzle.com/Nine_Lives_Studio*   , Fine Art America   http://ellen-miffitt.artistwebsites.com   and Spoonflower   http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/nine_lives_studio   [I still have to order sample swatches before the fabric can go on sale]

I have created 44 of these digital drawings in January. Like I said, its very relaxing and I definitely need relaxing.
Keep arting
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yes… more digital drawings…  I’ve made 35 digital drawings on my iPad using Art Set Pro Edition set on the “oil pastel”  setting.


Valentine Cupcake Tempts Orange Tiger Kitten  © 1/27/2015 NLS

Larry, the orange tiger kitten, has a sweet tooth. This Valentine Day cupcake is tempting his kitty taste buds.


Tuxedo Kitten has Three Valentine Heart Catnip Toys  © 1/27/2015 NLS

Joe, the black and white tuxedo kitten, has been given three valentine catnip hearts. What fun to see him bounce around with his toys.

and

Grey Kitten Plays with a Fluffy Heart Toy  © 1/27/2015 NLS

Joey, the grey kitten, plays with his new favorite toy – a fluffy yarn heart.

These images are uploaded to Spoonflower, Fine Art America and Zazzle [soon to appear on the basic products].

I printed a proof of my six new carved blocks today. Just need to clean up a few lines. If I have time tomorrow, I’ll fix them and make second proof prints.

Keep arting!
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Catching up I did three digital drawings while at Gallery Boom today as well as started to read my novel again. I actually had seven people come in throughout the day. Nice that the gallery is getting discovered. I made two sales on the Square set up – and correctly entered the cash tendered. Always learning new skills.


Grey Kitten Plays with his Bunny Pal

© 1/18/2015 Nine Lives Studio


Momma Cat gives Orange tiger Kitten a Bath

© 1/18/2015 Nine Lives Studio


Valentine’s Day Kitten

© 1/18/2015 Nine Lives Studio

I have already posted them on Fine Art America and Spoonflower….

will post to Zazzle shop soon….

Time for some Zzzzzzzzzz
Keep Arting
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Digital Drawings

Tuxedo Kitten Sneaks a Glass of Milk

Daily digital drawings…. my aim is to make one a day – Yes that’s 365 cats.  I purchased an app for the iPad called Art Set Pro Edition. I have been using the “oil pastel” setting.


Valentine’s Day Present for Tiger Kitty   � 1/11/2015 Nine Lives Studio

I have been uploading my digital images to Spoonflower. They are a Print on Demand site that prints on fabric, wallpaper, wrapping paper, etc. Before they can go on sale I have tp purchase samples of the various finished prints.     http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/nine_lives_studio

This images are also on my Zazzle shop     http://www.zazzle.com/Nine_Lives_Studio*                                     and on my Fine Art America site. http://ellen-miffitt.artistwebsites.com

 

Tracks exhibit started on Jan 19th and goes to Feb 14th, 2015  at  Confluence Gallery and Art Center, 104 Glover Street [PO Box 716] Twisp, WA 98856   (509) 997-2787 http://www.confluencegallery.com/

Four mini 4X4″X1.5″

 

Spirit Flight

 

Winter Dawn

 

Moon Over Mountains

 

Snowfields under Moon and Stars

and this 12X12″

Labyrinth

In thinking about winter and snowfields, a labyrinth reminds me of the game of fox and geese.  When playing with the neighbor kids, we’d stamp out a big circle and cross pieces to play that winter’s game of tag.  This 12X12″ mixed

 

 

Original Art Call: This coming January 10, 2015 we will be opening an exhibit titled “Tracks”. We invite you to interpret this theme through your artistic lens. Submitted works can be anywhere from wildlife predators and their tracks, to human tracks left from former or current lives, to tracking memories. Footprints, paw prints, bones, feathers, railroad tracks, garbage, old orchards, buildings, fences, ashes are just a few examples. We encourage you to think outside the box. There are many ways to interpret Tracks and we look forward to seeing your ideas on paper or canvas, in ceramic, glass or whatever your medium.

 

not the best photo – snapped it before I packaged these four 5X5″ mini collages for donation to Five Squared 2, YMCA, 45 McClurg Rd, Boardman, OH 44512.


Solace, Earth Meditation, Transience, Celebration – I refurbished older collages for this donation.

Opening reception, February 8th, 2015. Exhibit runs from Feb 8 to March 8, 2015.

Art donations are 5″x5″ (12.7 cm x 12.7cm) and sell for $25 each. All proceeds fund art scholarships for under-served kids. Sponsor – Davis Family YMCA, 45 McClurg Road, Boardman OH –

 

Here is the confirmed list of art classes that I will be teaching through Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation. Give the gift of creativity for the Holidays The classes generally need an enrollment of six to run.  Some classes require the participant to bring supplies and some classes have the supplies provided.  [please note: I think some of the copy has a grey colored font now… hmmmm, a mystery.]

Exploring the Written Word through Art                  Ages:  16 and up
In this workshop, participants will create a series of four small collages, each with a Muse-Guide as the focal point. Creative people visually benefit from stretching their “writing legs.” Likewise, for writers to confront visual material enhances their own process. After the completion of each collage, a short paragraph based on a writing prompt or exercise will be completed that ties into the particular piece of artwork like “Is this Muse-Guide trying to tell you something?” Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
M           
Jan 5-12                 6:00pm-8:00pm                   $35         #2316

Paint What You Love – Acrylics         Ages:  16 and up
This course is an instructional class for beginning in acrylic paint that will cover the essential elements of basic sketching skills, composition, accurate values, color harmonies and expressive textures. Bring your ideas/sketches for either realistic or abstract paintings to the first class. Participants provide their own materials (course outline and materials list provided). Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Jan 6-Feb 24         
6:00pm-8:00pm   $89         #2317

Painting with Water Soluble Colored Pencils        Ages:  16 and up
Want the look of watercolor and the control of colored pencil? Water-soluble colored pencils can match many watercolor effects plus have the ability to create colored pencil techniques. Discover this medium’s exciting versatility using wet-on-dry, dry-on-wet, wet-on-wet and much more! At each class you will apply this information to create painting studies. Participants bring watercolor paper and watercolor pencils to class along with ideas/sketches for realistic to abstract paintings. A supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
W           
Jan 7-Feb 25         6:00pm-8:00pm   $89         #2255

Introduction to Sumi-e           Ages:  16 and up
Instructor Ellen Miffitt will introduce you to the four treasures: ink stick, ink stone, brush and paper. The simplicity and spontaneity of brush painting begins by learning to hold the brush, making the basic strokes and loading the brush to create tones and depth. The goal is to break away from logical thinking and to be spontaneous in expressing with the brush. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Th            Jan 8-Feb 26         
6:00pm-8:00pm   $119       #2318

Art Sampler                          Ages:  16 and up
Join us for this Sampler where you will be introduced to simple projects using basic materials/techniques (ink, oil pastels, watercolors). You will be guided through step-by-step drawing and painting techniques that include subject development using basic shapes, shading, and blending. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Jan 10     
9:30am-3:30pm   $46         #2133

Watercolor Textures and Techniques                Ages:  16 and up
In this workshop, you will try 15-20 techniques for achieving textures and special effects in your watercolors. You will employ colored pencils in the wash, ink line, markers, salt, wax paper, crayon, and other materials with the washes, both while wet and when dry. The morning will be spent exploring these materials and in the afternoon you will complete a work combining 5 or 6 different techniques. Supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt.
Sa            Jan 17     
9:30am-3:30pm   $46         #2313

Block Printing using “Soft-Kut”            Ages:  16 and up
Learn techniques for the relief printmaking process using the flexibility and ease of  “Soft-Kut” which is very easy to carve. A relief is achieved by carving into this flexible surface using special tools to leave raised images. These images are then inked and printed without a press to create a dynamic and textured print that can have many layers and colors. Open to both teens and adults and all materials are provided. If you have a linoleum cutting tool set or special paper that you would like to use, you may bring it to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
M           
Jan 26-Feb 9         6:00pm-8:00pm   $55         #2200

Curve Stitching                      Ages:  16 and up
Curve Stitching is a creative, practical activity with a strong mathematical background. Have no fear, participants will start with simple easy patterns to create designs. These “stitch-by-stitch” thread patterns make a beautiful symmetrical design suitable for meditation. Instructor: Elllen Miffitt
Sa            Feb 7     
9:00am-1:00pm   $29         #2199

Finger Painting on the Moon                            Ages:  16 and up
Jump start your creative side! Awaken the muse within no matter how dormant you may feel your muse is. With activities designed to lead you gently into a creative space, everyone will enjoy this adventure. We will work with a variety of simple materials and explore how to develop our personal voice. The fun projects will help you overcome the fear of the blank page and find ways to start a series or develop a theme. Embellishment supply list available upon registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Feb 21   
9:30am-3:30pm   $49         #2159

Mixed Media Painting                          Ages:  16 and up
This class is designed for those who want to add to their art repertoire. Break loose, play and dare to be spontaneous with unconventional materials! Use wire mesh, wood, glass beads, acrylic gel, oil pastels and other material you have saved but didn’t know what to do with! Experiment with techniques like dribbling, splashing or smearing, spattering and other methods to enhance your “creative toolbox” and work more freely. While playful experimentation is encouraged, attention to composition, use of space, concept and other relevant aspects will be explored. A course outline and materials list will be sent upon registration. Participants provide their own acrylic paint, brushes and substrate (canvas board, stretched canvas or other prepared substrate). Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
M           
Feb 23-Mar 30     6:00pm-8:00pm   $79         #2319

The Art of Seeing: Beginning Drawing        Ages:  16 and up
This class has been designed to help the beginner see the world with new eyes through the act of drawing. Each week, exercises will challenge students to question what they think they know about their subject and really begin to experience their subject through intense, direct observation. The primary goals of this class are to give the beginning drawer tools for visual problem solving, confidence in the handling of drawing media, and most importantly to inspire joy, meditation, and awareness through the act of seeing. No prior art experience is required. Bring a soft pencil (4B is good), graphite stick, an eraser and a sketch pad no smaller than 11 x14 to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Mar 3-Apr 28       
6:00pm-8:00pm   $99         #2320


Illustrating Your Interests          Ages:  16 and up
Drawing skills are taught in conjunction with participant selected subject interest. Participants have the opportunity to design long term projects while also being taught the skills needed to express themselves visually. A variety of media will be used: graphite/pencil, pen & ink, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and a variety of paper in accord with the media to illustrate the subject matter of your choice. Developing your unique style of illustration from stylized to realistic will be emphasized. Be thinking about what subject matter you want to illustrate and bring in your own photographs or other images of those subjects. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
W           
Mar 4-Apr 29        6:00pm-8:00pm   $112       #2202                    6pm to 8pm

Design Principles: An Introduction      Ages:  16 and up
Design is the basis for all other art courses and it includes the elements and principles of art. The material will be presented through hands on studio problems in two dimensions. These will cover line, shape, texture, value and color. Also the topics of balance, unity repetition and other principles will be introduced through simple projects. These exercises will provide you with the tools to create compositions in any medium. Please bring pencil, eraser, and pad of mixed media paper (11×14 inch) to first class. Other materials will be announced in class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Th            Mar 5-Apr 30       
6:00pm-8:00pm   $105       #2321

Spring Equinox Personal Mandala                    Ages:  16 and up
The word “mandala” is a Sanskrit word that is over 2300 years old translated as “circle” or “sacred center.” Circular patterns have been used throughout time in many cultures, including the Tibetan and Native American, as tools for centering and healing. In this workshop we will explore the history of mandala patterns and you will create your own personal mandala, using oil pastel, colored pencil and collage. Using principles of geometry and any symmetry present in nature, along with your own personal creativity, you will come away with new knowledge of yourself. This should be a time to let go, play with color and design, and to have fun! Most supplies included in class fee. Suggested embellishment list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Mar 14   
9:30am-3:30pm   $39         #2204

Free Form Acrylics                               Ages:  16 and up
This is not your formal painting class. Come and experiment with acrylic paints. You’ll learn to use acrylic extender and gel to create flowing, dripping, separating and unusual methods of applying paint to substrate. Bring brushes, basic acrylic paint (red, yellow, blue) and mixed media paper or mat board or canvas board. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Mar 28   
9:30am-2:00pm   $55         #2229

Simple Book Making                            Ages:  16 and up
This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures to make small art books/journals. Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch, ribbon & chopstick book and other simple forms will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. Book covers will be created using mixed media/collage approach. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
M           
Apr 6-27                6:00pm-8:00pm   $59         #2322

Zen Brush with Color                          Ages:  16 and up
We will first begin by practicing Sumi-e brush control and continue the basic stroke study by painting the “Four Gentlemen” and the “Four Seasons” in color (with a flower representing each season). Using the refined Sumi-e style, you will learn to paint flowers, insects, birds, and animals with simple strokes in color. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Apr 11   
9:30am-3:30pm   $59         #2314

Zen Ink Doodles                    Ages:  16 and up
Calling all artists, doodlers, and pen-wielding daydreamers! Using design principles and elements, participants will create patterns and textures. Finished drawings can be plain black and white or you can add a little color to some or all of your black and white designs. You’ll be surprised at the results! This is a great right brain activity. Supply list available upon registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Apr 18    9:30am-2:00pm      $29                      #2315

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