I have been offering classes mostly at the Olympia Center for the close proximity to where I live, well lighted free parking and a great activity director.  Untill things pick up I won’t be offering classes in Auburn, Shelton or Centralia.

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

 Ready! Set! Draw!: Drawing from the Right Side Wed Sept 5th – Oct 24th from 6 to 8 pm

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.

Chick-a-dee block print

Block Printing: Linoleum Cut – Monday Sept 10 – Oct 1   from 6 to 8 pm

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 prints to exchange with students to complete an edition. Open to both teens and adults.


Into the Void – mixed medi – acrylic

Painting What You Love  Tuesday Sept 11 to Oct 30 from 6 to 8 pm-

This course is an instructional class for beginning in acrylic paint that will cover the essential elements of competent drawing skills, good composition, accurate values, exciting color harmonies and expressive textures. A course outline and materials list will be mailed upon registration. Participants provide their materials

Brrrrrrr — Sumi-e

Introduction to Sumi-e    Monday Oct 15-Nov 5…  from 6 to 8 pm

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.


Writing on the Wall 2012 Sketchbook Project cover

Artist’s Sketchbook  Project 2013 – Thursday Nov 1 to 15th from 6 to 8pm

Pages are created incorporating pencil, embroidery floss, art paper, paint, gesso, inks, crayons and other media. These can be adhered in the sketchbook for the 2013 Sketchbook Project [http://www.arthousecoop.com/projects/sketchbookproject] or used to create a personal journal or a record of a particular event or holiday. Construct book pages using collage, stitching, windows, flaps, found objects, threads, beads and embroidery to create richly embellished pages. If you have an idea for a book, bring items you may want to put in your book/journal to use as inspiration – photos, dried flowers, leaves, tickets, letters, post cards, interesting poetry or prose, or any other kind of printed memorabilia.  Material list provided at registration.

Finger Painting on the Moon  Tue Nov 6 to Dec 11 from 6 to 8 pm

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 drawing materials and explore how to develop our personal voice.  Students will practice ways to overcome the fear of the blank page and find ways to start a series or develop a theme.  This will be a mixed media extravaganza full of tips and prompts for a creative soul…  a great way to test the water if you are just beginning or for the experienced artist to go deeper.  Supply list available upon registration.


Leaf Sprite – watercolor

Children’s Book Illustration  Wednesday  Nov 7 to Dec 12h from 6 to 8pm no class Nov 21

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.

Saturday Classes –

Baby Cottontail  WC pencil 

Painting with Water Soluble Colored Pencils Saturday 9:30 to 3pm Sept 29

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.

Zen Brush with Color Saturday  Oct  13 9:30-3:30pm

First begin by practicing 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, students learn to paint flowers, insects, birds, and animals with simple strokes in color.


Solstice Mandala WC pencil

Introduction to Mandalas Sat. Oct 27th 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.

Handmade Paper for Embellishing Holiday Projects Saturday Nov 10th 9 to noon

Not only is making homemade paper a fun experience for you, but it’s a good way to recycle waste into wonderful possibilities such as envelopes, greeting cards, artwork and more.  Making paper is a fun way to express your creativity and homemade papers are the perfect additions to holiday greeting cards, gift tags, wrapping paper and more!” A supply list with directions for making a simple mold & deckle and press will be mailed with your registration confirmation.


Christmas Tree vs. Cat Block Print

Holiday Block Print Cards  Dec 1 from 9 to 3pm

Block printing is a simple technique of carving into linoleum surface to make a relief design that are inked and printed for cards. This process is an excellent way of producing simple line designs.  Instructor provides many sample designs or students can create their own designs for holiday cards…