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   Call 360.753.8380

Winter 2018

Unconventional Creative Toolbox                          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
Tuesday February 13 to March 20th 6:00pm-8:00pm  6 classes

Recharge your Art    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 (11x14 inch) to first class. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt
Monday Feb 26 to March 26th  5 classes  6:00pm-8:00pm  

Zen Ink  

When creating mini 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 a little color to some or all of your designs. This is a great meditative activity. Supply list available online and at registration.

Wednesday March 7th to 28th from 6:00 to 8:00pm 4 classes


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 ribbon & chopstick book, accordion book, stitch binding 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
Thursday March 15th to April 12th  6:00pm-8:00pm   5 classes

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

Palette knife painting with acrylics  Saturday January 27th  from 9 to 1pm 

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.  Supply list available online and at registration.  Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Beyond the Brush  Saturday February 3rd  from 9 to 2pm 

While mastery of traditional painting techniques can be all that is needed in for most paintings sometimes wild and inventive approaches to applying paint is advantageous. This 100% brushless painting session is a fun Saturday class; you will to learn to play with acrylics while creating beautiful and surprising artwork of your own. Be ready to step outside of your comfort zone. No prior experience with paint or drawing is required. Supply list available online and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Glass Etching Saturday February 17  from 9 to 1pm 

Glass etching is a craft that was previously available only to professionals and skilled artisans, but it is now accessible to the general crafter, thanks to the formulation of etching cream. A relative newcomer to the craft world, etching cream is a fast and inexpensive way to create elegant designs on glass. And with just a little know-how and the right supplies, you can make beautiful, personalized etched glass pieces that are perfect for gift giving and home decorating. Supply list available online and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Painting with your Fingertips  Ages:  16 and up Saturday March 3  from 9 to 1pm 

Most of us enjoyed finger-painting as children and surely it is still the most gloriously direct way of applying paint. The touch and feel of the artist is left up on the surface and the whole process is sensual, visceral and delightfully messy. If acrylic paint is applied with a delicate touch by laying the paint gently onto the canvas, the imprecise application gives the finished piece an intriguing softness and suggestiveness. Supply list available online and at registration. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Block Printing using "Soft-Kut"   Ages:  16 and up March 10   from 9 to 1pm 

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 linoleum cutting tool set or special paper that you would like to use, you may bring it to class. All materials provided. Instructor: Ellen Miffitt

Think Big and Paint Small March 24 Saturday   from 9 to 1pm  

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

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