Category: Art Instruction


Art Classes are a great creative gift to give friends and family.  Below is my winter schedule. There is plenty of well lighted parking at the Olympia Center.

 

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation –  222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia WA 98501    www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit   Call 360.753.8380

 

WINTER 2016 Class Schedule

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 9                      9:00am-Noon                      $25         #3287

I actually added a lot more to this design during a second workshop…

Playing with Moonbeams

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 playful 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. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Jan 16                    9:00am-1:00pm                  $39         #3168

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

Tu           Jan 19-Feb 23      6:00pm-8:00pm                  $99         #3281

 

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

W            Jan 20-Mar 9        6:00pm-8:00pm                  $89         #3144

 

Mimic the Masters

Ages:  16 and up

Paint like the Master! Each week a different artist will be featured. You will use media of your choice such as watercolor, pastel or acrylic paint to mimic the featured artist’s style. Supply list provided with registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Jan 21-Feb 25      6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3291

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

M            Jan 25-Feb 8         6:00pm-8:00pm                  $39         #3253

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 pieces need. We’ll start creating with paper and finish the day by adhering them to a kid’s board book. Most supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Feb 6                      9:00am-1:00pm                  $35         #3288

 

Artist Trading Cards

Ages:  16 and up

As their name indicates, ATC are collectables of miniature works of art, a brilliant idea born of the older sports-themed trading cards. The only rules being that the small works of art are, (1) exchanged and not sold, and (2) that they must be  2.5”x3.5” or 64 X 89 mm in size. The whole essence of these tiny works of art is about artists meeting (by correspondence or online if need be) and exchanging their works, thus meeting many artists and getting exposed to many personal styles. Because they are art for the sake of art, ATCs are a precious reminder to amateurs and professional alike of what creativity is about – the pleasure of working with beauty and the excitement of being surprised by experimental techniques. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Feb 20                    9:00am-Noon                      $25         #3203

 

Selling Art on “Print on Demand”  Sites, the Pros & Cons 

Ages:  16 and up

Print on Demand (POD) companies, like Fine Art America, Zazzle, RedBubble, Cafepress,  etc. are flourishing. Typically you create a shop front and choose what to display your work on. No physical products are created until it sells.  Products include (prints, t-shirts, mugs, home décor, and so on) within their marketplace.  Spend an evening learning the Pros, Cons & Risks of placing your images on a POD shop. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Feb 22                    6:00pm-8:00pm                  $19         #3294

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

Tu           Mar 1-22               6:00pm-8:00pm  $59         #3283

 

Comics Aren’t Just for Kids 

Ages:  16 and up

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 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. Please bring drawing pad, pencils and erasers.

Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Mar 3-24               6:00pm-8:00pm                  $49         #3292

 

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 will print on registration receipt. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Mar 5                     9:00am-1:00pm                  $25         #3290

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. Download supply list. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Mar 7-28               6:00pm-8:00pm                  $49         #3282

Beginning Drawing

Ages:  16 and up

Drawing is practiced observation and the goal of this beginners class is to practice observation through hand eye coordination exercises such as contour and adjusted contour line drawing. Upside down drawings of various images also increase hand eye coordination. Exercises with charcoal or graphite sticks aim to increase the skill of representing value and creating depth in a drawing. 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

W            Mar 16-April 20   6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3260

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 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 19                   9:00am-Noon                      $25         #3289

 

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. Please be thinking about what subject matter you would like to illustrate and bring in your own photographs or other images of those subjects. All supplies included in class fee.

Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tu           Mar 29-Apr 19     6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3284

positive negative design

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. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           Mar 31-Apr 21     6:00pm-8:00pm                  $69         #3285

 

Drawing on your iPad

Ages:  16 and up

Among the many creative apps for iPads, there is a wonderful portable non messy way of staying creative on the go! Art Set Pro Edition has the feel of using the real materials. It’s a great way to plan projects, practice sketching and finish pieces to be used for prints. The app cost is $6.99 and must be downloaded from the Apple App store prior to class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M            Apr 4-18                6:00pm-8:00pm                  $39         #3293

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

Sa           Apr 9                      9:00am-1:00pm                  $29         #3286

 

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Zen Ink Class samples

Catching up with another summer class exercise samples – Zen Ink as in doodling but this style of ink doodling has a well know copyright name that shall remain nameless…
This is a landscape that is almost finished…

Hills and Dales  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt


Flower Gardem  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt  Ink pen design of multiple flowers colored with color pencils.


Fall Pumpkin  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Did this exercise with adults once but I colored in the doodles after I made the designs within the pumpkin sections and leaves. There are many “line” drawing that are copyright free online. This often helps with students of any age that might not have ability to draw an object.


Name Doodle  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

The first project I had the students make was their name. I had started this in an adult doodle class and finished it between checking/advising the student’s work. I was amazed at the talent the kids exhibited.


Black and White Mandala  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

When creating these type of repitious patterns small mistakes happen. The whole idea is to just left it flow. No predrawing and no erasers – there is a freedom in letting little mistakes be there… over time, skills with the pens increase. There are many mandala blank designs online that can be downloaded for doodle exercises and are copyright free. Hint: work on a smooth surface. the table had slight pattern and I got a few extra bumps.


Cats in Boxes  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

The exercise is to create a whole series of different shape boxes. Doodles could be whatever you fancied. One girl did Manga drawings, another flowers….

Owl  © 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

The exercise was to draw a simple outline of a animal and then create the doodle patterns within the simple outline. I had started this owl in the adult class. The 12-16 year old classes were three hours long and they worked the full time on their doodles.

I bought pickle cucumbers so I’m going to slice and dice for awhile before bed and make Bread and Butter Pickles tomorrow!

scanned art work that I did when working with the older kids age 12-16. They were fun to be with and they liked to see what I would come up with on each exercise in the recycled collage class.


Orange Moon

© 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Orange Moon is a torn/cut collage landscape from discarded watercolor paintings.


Leaf Nymph

© 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Leaf Nymph was made from sewing pattern tissue paper and a hand cast face.

Painted Spheres

© 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

The paper for this design was scrap scrapbook paper and hand stained paper [acrylic paint]. This design is on a 16X16″ black paper but I can only scan most of it.


Butterfly Weaving

© 8/2015 Ellen Miffitt

Anothe design from scrap scrapbook paper and I emphasized using weaving as part of their design. This design is on a 16X16″ black paper but I can only scan most of it.

I’m almost finished with the chopstick books I’m making. All I have to do is cut the ribbon and thread through paper punched holes to keep the chopsticks in place. I may cut up Leaf Nymph, Painted Spheres and Butterfly Weaving as well as other older collages/artwork to decorate the cover of these simple books.

The cooler weather has me reenergizing and starting to work on lots of started projects!

Wonderful to be focused again..,
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SHELTON  PARKS and REC Fall Art Class   

     Registrations must be made by filling out the program registration form and paying.  The form can be found at http://www.ci.shelton.wa.us/parkrec.php.  All classes will be conducted at the Shelton Civic Center

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This is a list of my Fall Classes offered through Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation – Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, Olympia, WA  98501 www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit

 

Travel Sketching with Watercolor/Pencil
Ages:  16 and up
Do you 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
Sa            Sept 12  9:00am-1:00pm   $29         #3038

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
Tu            Sept 15-Oct 6       6:00pm-8:00pm   $49         #3026

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
W            Sept 16-Oct 14     6:00pm-8:00pm   $59         #3031

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! If you wish to use an electronic device, please be sure the keyboard doesn’t make “typing” sounds. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Th            Sept 17-Nov 19    6:00pm-8:00pm   $109       #2900

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 playful 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. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Sept 19  9:00am-2:00pm   $39         #3011

Handmade Paper for Embellishing Holiday Projects
Ages:  16 and up
Not only is making homemade paper a fun experience for you, but it’s a good way to recycle waste into wonderful possibilities such as envelopes, greeting cards, artwork and more.  Making paper is a fun way to express your creativity and homemade papers are the perfect additions to holiday greeting cards, gift tags, wrapping paper and more! A supply list with directions for making a simple mold & deckle and press will be mailed with your registration confirmation. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa            Oct 10    9:00am-1:00pm   $39         #3041

Holiday Block Print Cards
Ages:  16 and up
Learn techniques for the relief printmaking process using the flexibility and ease of a linoleum type material (soft Kut). Block printing is a simple technique of carving into the surface using special tools to make a relief design that is then inked and printed for cards. This process is an excellent way of producing simple line designs. Instructor will provide many sample designs or students can create their own designs for holiday cards. All materials and supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Oct 13-20              6:00pm-8:00pm   $35         #3016

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, Sumi ink, etc. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
W            Oct 21-Nov 4        6:00pm-8:00pm   $45         #3039

Paint the Holiday, a Snow Scene – Acrylics
Ages:  16 and up
Come paint a simple landscape featuring a snow scene with step by step instructions. Participants provide their own materials. Materials list will be provided at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Oct 27-Nov 3        6:00pm-8:00pm   $29         #3025

Make Art, Make Books
Ages:  16 and up
This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures that would be great as holiday gifts! Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch book will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu            Nov 10-24             6:00pm-8:00pm   $49         #3024

Introduction to Mandalas
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 water color pencil, scrapbook paper and your embellishments (buttons, feathers, shells, etc.). 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            Dec 12   9:00am-2:00pm   $45         #3040

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

 

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
M           
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
W           
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
M           
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
M           
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
W           
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
M           
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

My Special Effects Watercolor class meets on Tuesday October 7th to the 28th from 6 to 8pm. During the first class I went over and showed samples of all kinds of techniques: resist [wax, frisket, tape]. use of syran wrap & wax paper, scraping, sgraffito, etc… and the participants made samples on their watercolor paper & extra notes on their handouts.

Mushrooms 10/7/2014
I’ve painted several samples of this particular image which was from a photograph I made back in New Hampshire. These is the best rendition. I masked the mushrooms with frisket and then dropped fall colors for the background and covered with syran wrap. When that was dry, I removed the syran wrap and painted the branch. I torn pieces of waxed paper to cover the moist brush strokes. After that dried, I took the frisket off and painted the mushrooms and added color to other areas. Last I went in with watercolor pencils [Inktense] and made leaf shapes out of the dropped in colors.

Before the Snow 10/14/2014
In this painting, I used Elmer’s Glue as a resist on the tree and grass shapes in foreground. I next did washes for sky and middle ground. I used chalk on the distant mountains. Lastly, I went back in and worked the tree. The glue tends to dissolve with the repeat washes.

Winter Field Oak 10/14/2014
Bubble solution with acrylic ink was used to blow a series of bubbles for the sky. Then I dropped a puddle of ink on the paper. Using a straw, I blew the ink up into a tree/branch shape. I did add a little extra watercolor and a few extra branch tips to the tree. There is some white chalk on the tree branches for snow.

This week, I used the bubble ink for a moon, sprinkled salt on it. That didn’t do much so I put a yellow wash [deep cadmium yellow] and a circle of wax paper on it.

Autumn Full Moon 10/21/2014
Then I used fairly thick instant coffee for the tree… made a puddle of coffee at the base and used a straw to blow the fluid up into tree shapes. Of course, I could have left the background white or painted it first [^..^] but I did it after the coffee dried. I used Payne’s gray wash and sprinkled the sky area with salt. The wash moved the coffee a little but I like how it looks foggy. The foreground wash was covered in syran wrap. After the “moon” and the foreground was dry I removed the wax paper shape and the syran wrap. The coffee left a nifty sheen on the paper.

Keep arting folks!
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in the class “finger Painting on the Moon” that I facilitated yesterday we made crowns, bubble wands, and lots of art…
for example – here is a bubble piece combined with blowing blobs of ink with a straw to make the tree and then pen work for leaves & flowers and last but not least watercolor pencil to add a little extra color.


Summer’s End  © 9/27/2014 Nine Lives Studio

This piece is like a spirit guide… Cutting the bird spirit from scrapebook paper [sparkles which don’t show up in the photo] and then using oil pastels to make the swirl patterns from the bird’s flight. I want to add some sparkly paint for the magic of it…


Spirit Guide  © 9/27/2014 Nine Lives Studio
guess the short poem I wrote yesterday was connected to this piece.

pearlescent feathers
sunset bound
crows fly to dream

9/27/2014

I have 3 more 12X12″ to finish and then attach hanging devices/wire/label and the mixed media will be ready for delivery on Sat to The Gallery @ Town Center – Shoreline Forest Park Art Commission gallery. Plus I have the three 16″HX20″W mixed media from the Oly Little Theatre.

Keep arting,
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Fall Classes @ Olympia Center

Here are the rest of the listings for my Fall schedule at the Olympia Center through Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation…  City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation,   222 Columbia Street NW,   Olympia, WA  98501  Call 360.753.8380

www.olympiawa.gov/experienceit

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 playful 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. This fun workshop is full of tips and prompts for a creative soul and is a great way begin or for the experienced artist to break out of a rut. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa           Sep 27                    9:00am-2:00pm                  $39         #1850

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
Tu           Oct 7-28                                6:00pm-8:00pm                  $45         #1991

Make Art, Make Books
Ages:  16 and up
This hands-on class will focus on combining simple book structures that would be great as holiday gifts! Easy to learn bookmaking such as the Japanese stab binding stitch book will lead students to understand the formal qualities of the book. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa           Oct 11                    9:00am-1:00pm                  $35         #1926

Mixed Media Monotype
Ages:  16 and up
Enhance monotypes by incorporating hand stamped elements, decorative papers and various other collage elements into your prints to create beautiful texture and depth. By printing onto lightweight papers, you will layer imagery onto substrate/base paper. No need to have had previous printmaking experience to enjoy exploring a combination of monotype and mixed media elements. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Sa           Oct 25                    9:00am-2:00pm                  $39         #1907

Holiday Art Cards
Ages:  16 and up
For the beginner to experienced student…come make your own holiday greeting cards combining collage, stencils, stamps and simple watercolor/watercolor pencil techniques. Discover how simple transfer, painting and collage techniques can lead to surprising and beautiful holiday greeting cards. Participants should bring blank note card/envelopes. Instructor: Elllen Miffitt
Sa           Nov 8                     9:00am-2:00pm                  $35         #1942

Holiday Block Print Cards
Ages:  16 and up
Learn techniques for the relief printmaking process using the flexibility and ease of a linoleum type material (soft Kut). Block printing is a simple technique of carving into the surface using special tools to make a relief design that is then inked and printed for cards. This process is an excellent way of producing simple line designs. Instructor will provide many sample designs or students can create their own designs for holiday cards. All materials and supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
M            Nov 17-24             6:00pm-8:00pm                  $35         #1832

Paint the Holiday,  a Snow Scene – Acrylics
Ages:  16 and up
Come paint a simple landscape featuring a snow scene with step by step instructions. Participants provide their own materials. Materials list will be provided at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Tu           Nov 18-25             6:00pm-8:00pm                  $29         #1971

Introduction to Mandalas
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 water color pencil, scrapbook paper and your embellishments (buttons, feathers, shells, etc). 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           Dec 6                      9:00am-2:00pm                  $39         #1949