Here is the confirmed list of art classes that I will be teaching through Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation. Give the gift of creativity for the Holidays The classes generally need an enrollment of six to run.  Some classes require the participant to bring supplies and some classes have the supplies provided.  [please note: I think some of the copy has a grey colored font now… hmmmm, a mystery.]

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
Jan 5-12                 6:00pm-8:00pm                   $35         #2316

Paint What You Love – Acrylics         Ages:  16 and up
This course is an instructional class for beginning in acrylic paint that will cover the essential elements of basic sketching skills, composition, accurate values, color harmonies and expressive textures. Bring your ideas/sketches for either realistic or abstract paintings to the first class. Participants provide their own materials (course outline and materials list provided). Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Jan 6-Feb 24         
6:00pm-8:00pm   $89         #2317

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 many watercolor effects plus have the ability to create colored pencil techniques. Discover this medium’s exciting versatility using wet-on-dry, dry-on-wet, wet-on-wet and much more! At each class you will apply this information to create painting studies. Participants bring watercolor paper and watercolor pencils to class along with ideas/sketches for realistic to abstract paintings. A supply list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Jan 7-Feb 25         6:00pm-8:00pm   $89         #2255

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
Th            Jan 8-Feb 26         
6:00pm-8:00pm   $119       #2318

Art Sampler                          Ages:  16 and up
Join us for this Sampler where you will be introduced to simple projects using basic materials/techniques (ink, oil pastels, watercolors). You will be guided through step-by-step drawing and painting techniques that include subject development using basic shapes, shading, and blending. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Jan 10     
9:30am-3:30pm   $46         #2133

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            Jan 17     
9:30am-3:30pm   $46         #2313

Block Printing using “Soft-Kut”            Ages:  16 and up
Learn techniques for the relief printmaking process using the flexibility and ease of  “Soft-Kut” which is very easy to carve. A relief is achieved by carving into this flexible 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. Open to both teens and adults and all materials are provided. If you have a linoleum cutting tool set or special paper that you would like to use, you may bring it to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Jan 26-Feb 9         6:00pm-8:00pm   $55         #2200

Curve Stitching                      Ages:  16 and up
Curve Stitching is a creative, practical activity with a strong mathematical background. Have no fear, participants will start with simple easy patterns to create designs. These “stitch-by-stitch” thread patterns make a beautiful symmetrical design suitable for meditation. Instructor: Elllen Miffitt
Sa            Feb 7     
9:00am-1:00pm   $29         #2199

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 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 simple materials and explore how to develop our personal voice. The fun projects will help you overcome the fear of the blank page and find ways to start a series or develop a theme. Embellishment supply list available upon registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Feb 21   
9:30am-3:30pm   $49         #2159

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, oil pastels and other material you have saved but didn’t know what to do with! Experiment with techniques like dribbling, splashing or smearing, 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 course outline and materials list will be sent upon registration. Participants provide their own acrylic paint, brushes and substrate (canvas board, stretched canvas or other prepared substrate). Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Feb 23-Mar 30     6:00pm-8:00pm   $79         #2319

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), graphite stick, an eraser and a sketch pad no smaller than 11 x14 to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Mar 3-Apr 28       
6:00pm-8:00pm   $99         #2320

Illustrating Your Interests          Ages:  16 and up
Drawing skills are taught in conjunction with participant selected subject interest. Participants have the opportunity to design long term projects while also being taught the skills needed to express themselves visually. A variety of media will be used: graphite/pencil, 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. Be thinking about what subject matter you want to illustrate and bring in your own photographs or other images of those subjects. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Mar 4-Apr 29        6:00pm-8:00pm   $112       #2202                    6pm to 8pm

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, and pad of mixed media paper (11×14 inch) to first class. Other materials will be announced in class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Th            Mar 5-Apr 30       
6:00pm-8:00pm   $105       #2321

Spring Equinox 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 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 any 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, play with color and design, and to have fun! Most supplies included in class fee. Suggested embellishment list will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Mar 14   
9:30am-3:30pm   $39         #2204

Free Form Acrylics                               Ages:  16 and up
This is not your formal painting class. Come and experiment with acrylic paints. You’ll learn to use acrylic extender and gel to create flowing, dripping, separating and unusual methods of applying paint to substrate. Bring brushes, basic acrylic paint (red, yellow, blue) and mixed media paper or mat board or canvas board. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Mar 28   
9:30am-2:00pm   $55         #2229

Simple Book Making                            Ages:  16 and up
This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures to make small art books/journals. Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch, ribbon & chopstick book and other simple forms will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. Book covers will be created using mixed media/collage approach. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Apr 6-27                6:00pm-8:00pm   $59         #2322

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, you will learn to paint flowers, insects, birds, and animals with simple strokes in color. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Apr 11   
9:30am-3:30pm   $59         #2314

Zen Ink Doodles                    Ages:  16 and up
Calling all artists, doodlers, and pen-wielding daydreamers! Using design principles and elements, participants will create patterns and textures. Finished drawings can be plain black and white or you can add a little color to some or all of your black and white designs. You’ll be surprised at the results! This is a great right brain activity. Supply list available upon registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Apr 18    9:30am-2:00pm      $29                      #2315