I received notice today from the director that my next batch of adult classes might not run due to low enrollment.

Here are current numbers:
Mon Blockprint 3
Tues Acrylics      3
Wed Sumi-e       2
Thur Writing Muse          2

These classes are held at the Olympia Center at 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

 

 

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

 

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