SUMMER Classes

Location: Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation –222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501 Call 360.753.8380


Saturday Classes:

Travel Sketching/Watercolor/Pencil Workshop June 23 from 9 to 1pm

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 visit and sketch some of Olympia’s interesting locales. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be dedicated to journaling.

Children’s Summer classes:

Ocean and Marine Life Art Adventure   Ages 8-12 July 16-20 from 9 to noon 

Based on ocean theme, children will explore art materials and create different projects such as beach treasure wreath, ocean creature sock puppet, collage beach scene, mono print “Swimmy” type story and more.

Manga     Ages:      12-16   no fee july 16-20 from 1 to 4pm

Are you a fan of anime and manga? In Japan, people of all ages read manga “whimsical pictures.”Are you interested in learning to draw in the 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. Bring sketch book and pencil to class. bring a sketchbook

Colonial Arts & Crafts: Ages 8-12 July 23-27 from 9 to noon 

The American Colonial Period will come alive as students participate in the following activities: silhouette cutting, candle making, carving apple head dolls, stenciling, quilting, weaving, calligraphy, basket making, and making Colonial games tops, whirligigs, kites… The projects will give students a feel for Colonial craftsmanship and games using simple techniques with a modern twist.

Draw Your Own Comic Book Ages 8-12  week of July 23- 27 from 1to 3pm

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 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 bring drawing pad, pencils and erasers  

Wildlife Art Encounter – Studio Arts Youth Sampler    Ages 12-16 July 30- August 3 from 9 to noon  Through the use of ink, pastels, watercolors and other materials explore nature. Students will be guided through a step-by-step drawing and painting techniques that include subject development using basic shapes, shading, blending, and the development of an environment/background for Pacific Northwest wildlife.  Students will use photographs of animals, birds, nests as well as skulls, shells, and other natural subjects as inspiration.

Illustrating your interests  Ages 8-12 July 30- August 3 from 1 to 3pm

Comprehensive drawing skills are taught in conjunction with student selected subject interest. Students have the opportunity to design long term projects while also be taught the skills needed to express themselves visually.  Drawing exercises include: upside down drawing; contour and gesture drawing; the value scale and blending techniques; and using a basic unit and sighting as found in Betty Edward’s Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.   Students 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 their choice. Developing their unique style of illustration from stylized to realistic will be emphasized.

Students – be thinking about what subject matter you want to illustrate.  We will be working from magazine or book illustrations, your own photographs, or other images.

FUNdamentals of Acrylics  Ages 12-16  August 6-10 from 9 to noon  A class designed to take students from “Start To Finish” in the “FUNdamentals” of accomplishing an acrylic artistic endeavors. “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 start to finish. 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 each class. 

Painting Story Studio  Ages 12-16  August 13- 17 from 1 to 4pm

There are stories all around us waiting to be captured on paper. Our daily experiences are filled with potential for inspiring paintings, drawing and stories. In this class you’ll begin to find your muse. The class encourages interest in the written word and integrates the development of literacy skills with the exploration of two-dimensional art. Students will learn how to work with water-based medium of watercolor paint and ink. Participants watch informative painting demonstrations of ways to create interesting compositions and receive guidance with projects painted from personal photographs or drawing. We’ll explore techniques to create accomplished images, get beautiful results, and improve painting skills while developing personal stories.

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501  Call 360.753.8380