Here is my new list for Spring and Summer… I offer many art classes at 

Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501   

www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

Adult / Fine Arts and Crafts

 

Block Printing: Linoleum Cut

Fee: $55.00

Mon, May 5 – Mon, May 19

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

1601        Meeting Room 204 at The Olympia Center              6pm to 8pm             Mon, May 5 – Mon, May 19    M

 

Paint What You Love – Acrylics

Fee: $89.00

Tue, May 6 – Tue, June 24

Ages: 16 and up

This course is an instructional class for learning to paint with acrylic paint that will cover the essential elements of competent drawing skills, good composition, accurate values, exciting color harmonies and expressive textures. Participants provide their own materials (course outline and materials list provided). Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

1643        Meeting Room 204 at The Olympia Center              6pm to 8pm             Tue, May 6 – Tue, June 24       Tu

 

Introduction to Sumi-e         

Fee: $69.00

Wed, May 7 – Wed, May 28

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

1505        Meeting Room 204 at The Olympia Center              6pm to 8pm             Wed, May 7 – Wed, May 28     W

 

Enticing Your Personal Writing Muse

Fee: $89.00

Thu, May 8 – Thu, June 26

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

1603        Meeting Room 204 at The Olympia Center              6pm to 8pm             Thu, May 8 – Thu, June 26      Th

 

Make Art, Make Books       

Fee: $49.00

Sat, May 17, 2014

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

1520        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              9am to 3pm             Sat, May 17, 2014   Sa

 

Zen Brush with Color

Fee: $69.00 Sat, May 31, 2014

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

1586        Meeting Room 204 at The Olympia Center              9am to 3pm             Sat, May 31, 2014   Sa

 

Zen Ink

Fee: $55.00   Mon, June 2 – Mon, June 16

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

1611        Meeting Room 204 at The Olympia Center              6pm to 8pm             Mon, June 2 – Mon, June 16    M

 

Design Principles: An Introduction

Fee: $49.00 Wed, June 4 – Wed, June 25

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

1403        Meeting Room 204 at The Olympia Center              6pm to 8pm             Wed, June 4 – Wed, June 25     W

 

Travel Sketching with Watercolor/Pencil

Fee: $29.00 Sat, June 14, 2014

Ages: 16 and up

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 you’re 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 and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

1645        Meeting Room 204 at The Olympia Center              9am to 1pm             Sat, June 14, 2014   Sa

 

Summer Solstice Mandala

Fee: $39.00 Sat, June 21, 2014

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 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

1605        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              9am to 3pm             Sat, June 21, 2014   Sa

 

Youth and Teen / Fine Arts and Crafts

 

Manga

Fee: $80.00

Mon, June 16 – Fri, June 20

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

1650        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              9am to Noon            Mon, June 16 – Fri, June 20     M Tu W Th F

 

Art Sampler

Fee: $75.00

Mon, June 16 – Fri, June 20

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

1651        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              1pm to 3pm             Mon, June 16 – Fri, June 20     M Tu W Th F

 

Draw Your Own Comic Book

Fee: $80.00

Mon, June 23 – Fri, June 27

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

1647        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              1pm to 4pm             Mon, June 23 – Fri, June 27     M Tu W Th F

 

Art from Around the World

Fee: $99.00

Mon, July 14 – Fri, July 18

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

1648        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              9am to Noon            Mon, July 14 – Fri, July 18      M Tu W Th F

 

Zen Ink Camp

Fee: $69.00

Mon, July 14 – Fri, July 18

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

1649        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              1pm to 3pm             Mon, July 14 – Fri, July 18      M Tu W Th F

 

Draw Your Own Comic Book

Fee: $80.00

Mon, July 21 – Fri, July 25

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

1653        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              9am to Noon            Mon, July 21 – Fri, July 25      M Tu W Th F

 

Sketchbook Drawing

Fee: $109.00

Mon, July 21 – Fri, July 25

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

1652        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              1pm to 4pm             Mon, July 21 – Fri, July 25      M Tu W Th F

 

Ocean & Marine Life Art Adventure

Fee: $99.00

Mon, July 28 – Fri, August 1

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

1654        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              9am to Noon            Mon, July 28 – Fri, August 1    M Tu W Th F

 

FUNdamentals of Acrylics

Fee: $115.00

Mon, July 28 – Fri, August 1

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

1655        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              1pm to 4pm             Mon, July 28 – Fri, August 1    M Tu W Th F

 

Mimic the Masters

Fee: $109.00

1 Week Session

Mon, August 4 – Fri, August 8

Ages: 8-12

Each day one or two different artists will be featured. Students will use various media such as watercolor, pastel, or acrylic paint to mimic the artist’s style. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

1540        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center              9am to Noon            Mon, August 4 – Fri, August 8 M Tu W Th F

 

 Explorations in Watercolor

Fee: $115.00

Mon, August 4 – Fri, August 8

Ages: 12-16

Each day, you will imitate an American watercolor artist’s unique use of color, method of applying paint and subject matter. This is a great way for you to gain skills, learn about American artists, and gain a sense of your own personal expression. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

1656        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center        1pm to 4pm             Mon, August 4 – Fri, August 8 M Tu W Th F

 

Art in the Middle Ages and Today

Fee: $99.00

Mon, August 11 – Fri, August 15

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

1658        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center      9am to Noon      Mon, August 11 – Fri, August 15             M Tu W Th F

 

Recycled Art (Collage/Mixed Media)

Fee: $99.00

Mon, August 11 – Fri, August 15

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

1657        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center      1pm to 4pm        Mon, August 11 – Fri, August 15             M Tu W Th F

 

Fantasy Sculpture

Fee: $109.00

Mon, August 18 – Fri, August 22

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

1659        Meeting Room 205 at The Olympia Center        9am to Noon            Mon, August 18 – Fri, August 22     Tu W Th F

 

 

 

 

 

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