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

Winter 2018

 

 

Start with a Shape   Monday April 2 to April 30th  6:00pm-8:00pm   5 classes

 

This adult class provides a unique combination of expertise and a friendly, accessible approach to expressing yourself creatively. Introducing a variety of materials and art techniques, this class is designed to give you the perfect balance of increased technical skill and confidence mixed with exploration and experimentation without worry. Supply list available online and at registration.

 

 

Pen, Brush and Ink Drawing:  Ages: 16 and up 

In this class you’ll learn to use dip pens, brush pens, inking brushes, felt tip pens and calligraphy pens to create striking high-contrast images. You’ll learn how to do feathering, hatching, cross-hatching, and more.  Supply list available online and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Tuesday April 3rd to 24th from 6:00 to 8:00pm 4 classes

 

 

Recycled Art (Collage) 

Working with miscellaneous materials and found objects is like putting a puzzle together. In this class, you will create a series of collages using a variety of materials - this is recycled art at its best. You will learn about basic collage techniques and materials, with an emphasis on fun - collage is a spontaneous art! Please see required supply list upon registration.  Instructor: Ellen Miffitt   Wednesday April 4th to 25th from 6:00 to 8:00pm 4 classes

 

Winter Saturday 2018

Starscapes:  Saturday April 7  from 9 to 1pm 

This class is creating galaxies & starscapes in ink and watercolor. You’ll learn how to create the effect of deep space, multiple different ways of creating stars, and a few more tricks to creating beautiful & magical starry illustrations. All supplies provided.  Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
 

Curve Stitching    Ages:  16 and up  Saturday April 14th  from 9 to 1pm 
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. All materials provided.  Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

 

Art Journaling Saturday April 21 from 9 to 1pm 

Art journaling is a consistently popular topic in mixed media and that’s largely for two reasons. The first, it’s a safe space to play, to practice, to see what kind of art YOU like to make. And second, it’s a great place to experiment with using art supplies in new ways. In a nutshell, an art journal the ultimate place to turn the page for a fresh start. Supply list available online and at registration Instructor: Elllen Miffitt

 

Adult classes Spring


Design your own Coloring Book

Ages: 16 and up

Coloring books have recently hit the news as an exercise in mindfulness as well as a very fun way to develop artistic skills. There are many reasons to make your own coloring books. For one, you can rest assured that the subject matter won't be limited to childlike favorites like princesses and/or trucks. Choose your subject, collect images and turn them into simple line drawings. Combine family photographs with interesting backdrops to create a unique piece of art that makes a great gift. Supply list available online and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

T             May 1-22                 6-8 PM                        $49         #5882



Drawing Comics & Graphic Novels

Ages: 16 and up

Which comes first the characters or the story? If you are inspired by your favorite graphic novel, why not create your own. Between perfecting your drawing style and then imagining a set of amazing characters, you can plot out a story. Using pencil to start, inking brings your drawings to life. Colored pencils or watercolor pencils add color to finish your pages. Supply list available online and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W           May 2-30                 6-8 PM                        $59         #5883



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. All supplies are included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th           May 3-24                 6-8 PM                        $59         #5884



Palette Knife Painting with Acrylics

Ages: 16 and up

Looking for an opportunity to try palette knife painting? In this pleasant one-day workshop, we'll explore knife strokes and color mixing with acrylics and modeling gel/paste, mixing on the palette versus on the canvas, the uses of color contrasts and blending, creating simplicity and complexity, and more. Please see required supply list upon registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           May 5                       9 AM-1 PM                $35         #5889



Dotting (Dot Painting)

Ages: 16 and up

Dotting is the latest trend in the craft world to go viral. The colorfully dotted patterns are a real eye catchers and easy to recreate. The art of dotting, pointillism, or dotillism makes your mind slow down, as you concentrate on each dot. When your mind slows, your creativity can take center stage. Supply list available online and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

M           May 7-21                 6-8 PM                        $49         #5881



Think Big and Paint Small

Ages: 16 and up

Painting in miniature is more than just painting a small work. Miniature painting has its roots in illuminated manuscripts. The word "miniature" originally came from a Latin term for the red pigment that was used in the creation of illuminated manuscripts. Because the decoration and illustration in these old (and even ancient) manuscripts was necessarily small, techniques for creating them influenced the later creation of small, extremely detailed artworks outside of manuscripts, and the name "miniature" stuck with these as well. Participants will have the choice of painting a landscape or a still life with acrylics. Supply list available online and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           May 12                     9 AM-1 PM                $25         #5888



Shibori

Ages: 16 and up

Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that typically involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding it, then dyeing it in indigo. Whatever is used to bind the fabric will resist the dye, resulting in areas of the cloth that take the distinctive blue dye in patterns created by the resistance, and other areas of the cloth that remain white. The technique used in shibori depends not only on the desired pattern, but the characteristics of the cloth being dyed. All supplies included in class fee. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           May 19                     9 AM-1 PM                $49         #5892



Pen, Brush & Ink Drawing

Ages: 16 and up

Ink drawings are strikingly beautiful. In this class you'll learn to use dip pens, brush pens, inking brushes, felt tip pens, and calligraphy pens to create striking high-contrast images. You'll learn how to do feathering, hatching, cross-hatching, and more. Supply list available online and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

T              May 29-Jun 19                    6-8 PM                                            $55             #5885



The Intersection of Write and Draw

Ages: 16 and up

Where does drawing end and writing begin? This workshop will start there and involve exercises aimed at employing drawing and writing to produce both finished and preliminary ideas. Please bring a drawing pad, pencils, and erasers. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Th          May 31-Jun 21                    6-8 PM                                            $49             #5886



Zen Ink

Ages: 16 and up

When creating repetitive patterns to enhance simple line design, your mind relaxes into the creative right brain. Finished drawings can be plain black and white or you can add color. Please see required supply list upon registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

W           Jun 6-27                   6-8 PM                        $49         #5887



Travel Sketching with Watercolor/Pencil

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 your drawing and watercolor skills improve! Supply list available online and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Jun 9                         9 AM-1 PM                $25         #5890



Art Journaling

Ages: 16 and up

Art journaling is a safe space to play, to practice, to see what kind of art YOU like to make, and to experiment with using art supplies in new ways. An art journal is the ultimate place to turn the page for a fresh start. Please see required supply list upon registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Sa           Jun 16                       9 AM-1 PM                $35         #5891

 


Summer camps


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        Jun 25-29      1 PM-2:30 PM                         $49         #5608

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



Fantasy Fun

Ages: 8-12

Use your imagination or take inspiration from fantasy stories to build artistic skills. You'll draw, paint, & sculpt to create a realm where woodland animals talk and mythical creatures like fairies, chimeras, and dragons roam. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.

M-F        Jul 9-13      1 PM-2:30 PM             $59         #5610



Art Discovery Sampler

Ages: 8-12

Draw your favorite animals, characters, still lifes, vehicles, and more, while learning basic art elements like line, shape, texture, color, value, & space. You'll develop drawing & painting skills within a theme, while also encouraging individual creativity. You'll work with your vision to create a unique final piece. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.

M-F        Jul 16-20     1 PM-2:30 PM            $59         #5612



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



Explorations in Watercolor Textures and Techniques

Ages: 12-16

We will explore 25+ techniques for achieving textures and special effects in your 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, you will complete paintings combining 5 or 6 different techniques. All supplies provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.

M-F        Jun 25-29      9 AM-Noon              $109       #5607



Manga

Ages: 12-16

Come share your skills with other fans of anime and manga. In Japan, people of all ages read manga. You'll practice basic drawing skills to develop your characters and a storyline in black and white manga style. Illustrate your action-adventure, comedy, or fantasy writing in a single episode - to be continued in the next issue or collection of your stories. Please bring a sketchbook and pencils to camp. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt. Staff to camper ratio is 1:12.

M-F        Jul 9-13      9 AM-Noon  $89         #5609



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



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



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