Resolution Collage in a Container

Saturday Jan 7 from 9:30-3:30pm bring a lunch

Start the New Year by visualizing your desires and goals into permanence, In this workshop, we will create a work of art around and inside a container or box using a variety of intriguing techniques.  Many of us have collections of ephemera in the form of old photographs, postcards, buttons, twine and found objects from everyday life to use to collage the box. After transforming it into a work of art, students will create an altered paper doll as resident.  For the Beginner to Experienced Student.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit    Call 360.753.8380

Introduction to Mandalas Sat. Jan 21 from 9:30 to 3:30pm

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 explore the history of mandala patterns and create our 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.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

Block Printing: Linoleum Cut –  Thurs Jan 5 – 26th from 6-8pm  4 weeks

Material fee 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.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

Painting with Water Soluble Colored Pencils  –  4 weeks Tue Jan 10 – Jan 31 from 6 to 8pm

Want the look of watercolor and the control of colored pencil? Water-soluble colored pencils can match anything watercolor do, plus have the ability to create effects impossible with watercolor. Discover this medium’s exciting versatility. Learn about materials, tools, and techniques, and then apply this information to create a painting. Participants bring watercolor paper & watercolor pencils to class.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501  www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

 

 

“You-Don’t-Need-To-Know-A-Thing” Collage  4 weeks

Mondays, January 23 – Feb 13th  from 6:00 to 8:00pm    Collage offers versatility and flexibility. Free your creative spirit with this fast-paced, upbeat “You-Don’t-Need-To-Know-A-Thing” Introduction to Collage. Come prepared to learn the basics of collage, materials, and techniques in a supportive environment. Emphasizing fun – catch the spontaneity of a child: finding objects, bits & pieces in the most unlikely places and putting a puzzle together.

Collage Part Two – 4 weeks  Feb 27 – March 19th  from 6:00 to 8:00pm 

Gorilla Enameling   Wednesday Jan 25 to Feb 8 from 6 to 8pm –  Participants will learn basic enameling procedure on copper – “gorilla” style – quick and easy. Come to this workshop to create several pendants and pins.  No prior metalwork experience necessary…

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

Ready, set, draw…. Drawing Class     Tuesday  Feb 14- March 13  6 to 8 pm five classes   

Have you always wanted to draw – are looking for a way to express your creativity? This basic course in drawing will introduce the participant to a number different exercises that help you understand how an artist sees. These will include: upside down drawing; contour and gesture drawing; the value scale and blending techniques; and using a basic unit and sighting.  Suggested reading The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Bring a soft pencil (4B is good), an eraser and a sketch pad no smaller than 8 x 11 to class.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

Make Prints, Make Books –  Sat. Feb 18 from 9:30-3:30 pm – bring a lunch 

This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures and beginning printmaking techniques to make small edition arts books. Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch book will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. Simple printing processes like linoleum cut and monoprint will be covered for students to learn how to combine text with image.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

Introduction to Sumi-e Wed Feb 22- March 14 from 6:00 to 8:00pm  4 classes 

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.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

Children’s Book Illustration  Thursday Feb 2 – Mar 1 from 6 to 8pm – 5 classes –  

Enroll in this information packed class and become acquainted with the concepts of design, storyboarding and dummy construction of a children’s picture book. At first the participants will work to illustrate popular fairytales, folktales, fables and legends from around the world. Discussion with a simple critique checklist will improve storyline, characters, setting and dialogues. Class time and handouts provide students with the basic tools to continue working on projects at home. For the first class, please bring pencils and a medium sized drawing pad additional materials and supplies will be discussed in class.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501  www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

Watercolor: Textures and Techniques    Sat. March 10 from 9:30 to 3:30pm

Bring watercolor paper, brushes, watercolors [dry or tube], water dishes and a bag lunch – Some painting experience required.

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.

Olympia Parks and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit  Call 360.753.8380

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