Nine Lives Studio - Ellen Miffitt
Sumi-e, Collage, Mixed Media, Watercolor Pencil, PMC Jewelry, Block Prints and Art Instruction

Art Instruction

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



Summer camps

Recycled Art (Collage/Mixed Media)

Ages: 12-16

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. We'll emphasize fun - collage is a spontaneous art! Working with miscellaneous materials and found objects is like putting a puzzle together. All supplies provided.

Instructor: Ellen Miffitt. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.

M-F        Jul 23-27       9 AM-Noon              $109       #5613



Pen, Brush & Ink Drawing

Ages: 12-16

Learn to use dip pens, brush pens, inking brushes, felt tip pens, and calligraphy pens to create striking high-contrast images. You'll also learn how to do feathering, hatching, cross-hatching, and more. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.

M-F        Aug 6-10      9 AM-Noon $109       #5614


Draw Your Own Comic Book

Ages: 8-12

Design characters by starting with doodles and bringing them to finished drawings! Learn exercises to develop your ideas into storylines, which then become character studies for your comics. Get the ideas out of your head and into reality through basic drawing, sequencing, writing, production, and character development. Bring drawing pad, pencils, and erasers. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.


M-F        Aug 6-10        1 PM-2:30 PM                         $49         #5615


FUNdamentals of Acrylics

Ages: 12-16

Acrylics are one of the most versatile art media! Bright colors, ease of use, and infinite techniques make it a boundless, creative choice. Get one-on-one support to take your creative ideas from beginning to end. You will have the opportunity to paint a variety of subjects - bring ideas with you! We will cover the basics of composition, light & shadow, color harmony, and perspective and delve into alternative techniques like washes, layering, dripping, sponging, spraying, texture, and collage. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.

M-F        Aug 13-17      9 AM-Noon             $109       #5616


Art in the Middle Ages

Ages: 8-12

Step back in time to imagine epic battles and
tournaments, royal feasts, and knights of the
realm! Legends of Medieval times will come to
life through the creation of a coat of arms, illuminated page, gargoyle sculpture, simple woven tapestry, and faux stained glass. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.

M-F        Aug 13-17    1 PM-2:30 PM           $59         #5619


Sketchbook Drawing

Ages: 12-16

Comprehensive drawing skills are taught in conjunction with your 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 & gesture, value scale & blending, and using a basic unit & sighting. You will use a variety of media, including graphite/pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen & ink, colored pencils, and watercolor pencils to develop your unique style of illustration. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.

M-F        Aug 20-24      9 AM-Noon             $109       #5617