The following are my art classes offered through Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation starting in May through August.  Located in the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

Adult classes

Block Printing: Linoleum Cut

Mon, May 4 – Mon, May 18    6-8pm    3 classes        material fee $10

Fee: $49

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

Paint What You Love – Acrylics

Tue, May 5- Tue, June 9               6-8pm            6 classes         no material fee

Fee: $69

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. Please download supply list. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Introduction to Sumi-e

Wed, May 6 – Wed, May 27      6-8pm            4 classes         material fee $15

Fee: $69

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

Enticing Your Personal Writing Muse

Fee: $69

Thu, May 7 – Thu, June 11      6-8pm              6 classes          no material fee

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! If you wish to use an electronic device, please be sure the keyboard doesn’t make “typing” sounds. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Simple Book Making

Sat, May 2, 2014         9am to 3pm     material fee $5

Fee:$39

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

Zen Brush with Color

Fee: $55

Sat, May 30     9am to 3pm    material fee $15

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

Travel Sketching with Watercolor/Pencil

Fee: $25

Sat, June 13      9 to 1pm         no material fee

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 your 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 or at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Summer Solstice Mandala

Fee: $39

Sat, June 20     9 to 1pm          material fee $ 5

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

Youth Camps

Draw Your Own Comic Book

Fee: $69

Mon, June 15 – Fri, June 19  9:30 to noon  no material fee

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

Printing: Linoleum Cut

Fee: $109

Mon, June 15 – Fri, June 19   1 to 4:00pm  material fee $20.00

Ages: 12-  16

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. All materials and supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Manga

Fee: $80.00

Mon, June 22 – Fri, June 26    9am to Noon   no material fee

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

Art Sampler

Fee: $89

Mon, June 22 – Fri, June 26               1pm to 3:30pm  $15.oo material fee

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

Ocean & Marine Life Art Adventure

Fee: $90

Mon, July 6 to 10    9:30 to noon  material fee $16.00

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

Art from Around the World

Fee: $105

Mon, July 13 – Fri, July 17    9 to noon  material fee $16.00

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

FUNdamentals of Acrylics

Fee: $115.00

Mon, July 13 – 17   1 to 4 pm  material fee $22.00

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

Draw Your Own Comic Book

Fee: $69

Mon, July 27 – Fri, July 31  9:30 to noon  no material fee

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

Sketchbook Drawing

Fee: $109.00

Mon, July 27 – Fri, July 31  1 to 4pm  material fee $20.00

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

Art in the Middle Ages and Today

Fee: $105

Mon, August 3 – Fri, August 7     9 to noon  material fee $15.00

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

Explorations in Watercolor Textures and Techniques

Fee: $109

Mon, August 3 – Fri, August 7  1 to 4pm  material fee $20.00

Ages:  12-16

Students will explore 25+ techniques for achieving textures and special effects in their watercolors. Some techniques include: colored pencils in the wash, ink line,  markers, salt, wax paper, crayon, and other materials with the washes, both while wet and when dry. After making a reference sampler the students will complete paintings combining 5 or 6 different techniques. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Fantasy Sculpture

Fee: $109.00

Mon, August 10 – Fri, August 14  9am to noon  material fee $20.00

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

Recycled Art (Collage/Mixed Media)

Fee: $105

Mon, August 10 – Fri, August 14       1pm to 4pm  material fee $16.00

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

Zen Ink Camp

Fee: $75

Mon, August 24 – Fri, August 28 10 to noon  material fee $15.00

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

 

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