Here is my Winter 2014 class schedule through Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501
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Journey to the Center, 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 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 and a focal point for the New Year. Some supplies included in class fee. Supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Jan 6      6:00pm-8:30pm                $25         #1053


Zen Ink

Ages:  16 and up

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

Tu           Jan 7-28                6:00pm-8:00pm                $65         #1057


The Graphic Novel: Storytelling with Images

Ages:  16 and up

Comics have been called “the invisible art” because the deceptive simplicity of the form masks a complex, expressive multi-medium in which writing, drama, stage-craft, drawing, design, and imagination are combined to create an endless range of visual-narrative possibilities. In this class, participants will explore the fundamentals of graphic storytelling, learn how to design characters, develop short scripts, and use fundamental drawing techniques to develop graphic stories based on personal experiences, memories, fantasies, and dreams. Please bring a sketchpad and drawing materials (pens, pencils, etc) to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W            Jan 8-29                6:00pm-8:00pm                $49         #1060


Enticing Your Personal Writing Muse

Ages:  16 and up

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! Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Jan 9-Feb 27       6:00pm-8:00pm                $89          #1061


Resolution Collage in a Container

Ages:  16 and up

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 memorabilia 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. This class will be enjoyable for both the beginner and experienced student. A supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Jan 11    9:00am-1:30pm                 $35         #1067


Suminagashi – Floating Ink

Ages:  16 and up

Marbleize paper in beautiful unexpected patterns the Japanese way. Work with traditional black ink as well as modern colors to create incredible designs to be used as backgrounds for watercolor paintings, stationary, gift wrap, collage, or work of art in their own right. These techniques are effective in watercolor or acrylic painting. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Jan 13    6:00pm-8:30pm                $29         #1054


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 it 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 your 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. This class is a great way to test the water if you are just beginning, or for the experienced artist to go deeper. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Jan 24    9:00am-3:00pm                 $49         #1063


Block Printing: Linoleum Cut

Ages:  16 and up

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

M            Jan 27-Feb 10     6:00pm-8:00pm                $55        #1055


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

Sa           Feb 1     9:00am-3:00pm                 $49         #1064


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, paint and other material you have saved but didn’t know what to do with! Experiment with techniques like drip painting, gestural painting, 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 materials list will be mailed upon registration. Participants provide their own materials. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tu           Feb 4-25               6:00pm-8:00pm                $49          #1058


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, students learn to paint flowers, insects, birds, and animals with simple strokes in color. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W            Feb 5-26               6:00pm-8:00pm                $65         #1082


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           Feb 22   9:00am-3:00pm                 $45         #1065


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 anything watercolors 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. A supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Feb 24-Mar 17   6:00pm-8:00pm                $49         #1056


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

Sa           Mar 1    9:00am-3:00pm                 $39          #1066


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 & pad of Bristol paper (11×14 inch) to first class. Other materials will be announced in class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tu           Mar 4-Apr 8        6:00pm-8:00pm                $69          #1059


Illustrating Your Interests

Ages:  16 and up

Comprehensive drawing skills are taught in conjunction with participant selected subject interest. Participants have the opportunity to design long term projects while also be taught the skills needed to express themselves visually. A variety of media will be used: 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. Please be thinking about what subject matter you would like to illustrate. We will be working from magazine or book illustrations, your own photographs, or other images. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W            Mar 5-Apr 9        6:00pm-8:00pm                $79         #1085


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), an eraser and a sketch pad no smaller than 8″ x 11″ to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Mar 6-Apr 24      6:00pm-8:00pm                $89         #1062


Altering a Kids’ Board Book

Ages:  16 and up

You will use watercolor tricks to create a series of paintings on paper (subject matter up to you). Then you will put the finishing touches on with pen, ink, pencil, gesso, charcoal, marker, collage, or whatever else the piece needs. We’ll start creating with paper and finish the day by altering a kid’s board book.  Most supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Mar 22  9:00am-2:00pm                 $39         #1068


Mimic the Masters

Ages:  16 and up

Each week a different artist will be featured such as Matisse – Collage, Mondrian –  ink, and Georgia O’Keefe – watercolors. Participants will use various media such as watercolor, pastel, or acrylic paint to mimic the artist’s style. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Mar 24-Apr 28   6:00pm-8:00pm                $85         #1110


Make Prints, Make Books

Ages:  16 and up

This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures and beginning printmaking techniques to make small edition art 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. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Apr 5     9:00am-3:00pm                 $49         #1069


Altered Books

Ages:  16 and up

Wonder what an “Altered Book” is? It is defined as any book, old or new that has been recycled by creative means into a work of art. A book of your choice is used as your canvas and you decide if the original words are incorporated or not. Anyone can create an altered book because there are no rules and your only limitation is your own imagination. Simple technique and media are used to alter the pages of your book. The end result can be an artist journal, a memorial, or simply a work of art! Supply list provided at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Apr 12   9:00am-2:00pm                 $35         #1071


Art Inspired by Words

Ages:  16 and up

Art projects will be inspired by words. Poetry, a descriptive passage or a quote will be used as a starting point for participants’ illustrations. Conversely participants have the option of writing after completing the art project. Art techniques/media will vary and include the following: watercolor, watercolor pencils, pen & ink, scratch paper and Sumi ink. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tu           Apr 15-29             6:00pm-8:00pm                $45         #1070


Special Effects Watercolor

Ages:  16 and up

Each week you will learn and implement a special effect to your watercolor painting-of-the-class-day. Increase skills and have fun experimenting with salt, wax paper, and more. Participants supply their watercolors and watercolor paper. Supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W            Apr 16-30             6:00pm-8:00pm                $39         #1088