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




Recycled Art (Collage/Mixed Media) 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. Emphasizing fun - collage is a spontaneous art! Working with miscellaneous materials and found objects is like putting a puzzle together. All supplies provided.

M-F Jul 15-19 9:00 AM-12:00 PM $109 #6849

Art Discovery Sampler Ages: 8-12

In this engaging class students will draw favorite animals, characters, still life, vehicles and more while learning fundamental art elements: line, shape, texture, color, value and space. Our fun projects are geared towards developing drawing and painting skills within each theme, while also encouraging individual creativity and expression. While many of the projects are guided, each student works with his or her own vision and produces a unique, finished piece. All supplies  included in class fee.

M-F Jul 15-19 1:00 PM-2:30 PM $59 #6850


Pen, Brush & Ink Drawing Ages: 12-16

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 also learn how to do feathering, hatching, cross-hatching, and more. All materials and supplies included in class fee.

M-F Jul 22-26 9:00 AM-12:00 PM $109 #6851


Fantasy Fun Ages: 8-12

Using your own imagined legends or being inspired from an enchanting fairy tale, you will build artistic skills using a variety of media, from drawings to paintings and sculpture to create a realm where woodland animals talk and mythical creatures roam amongst fairies, chimeras and dragons.

M-F Jul 22-26 1:00 PM-2:30 PM $59 #6852


FUNdamentals of Acrylics Ages: 12-16

Acrylics are one of the most versatile media ever invented! Bright, luminous colors, ease of use, and in finite techniques make acrylic painting a boundless, creative choice. You will have the opportunity to paint a variety of subjects: landscapes, animals, plants, national parks, birds, sailboats, still lives. Bring subject ideas or images with you to begin your composition to a completed work. We will cover the basics of composition, light & shadow, color harmony, and perspective. We will delve into some of the alternative techniques acrylics has to offer: washes, layering, dripping, sponging, spraying, textured mediums, collage, etc! Expand your creative horizons in this fun and informative class! All supplies included in class fee.

M-F Aug 5-9 9:00 AM-12:00 PM $109 #6853

Art Journaling Camp Ages: 12-16

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. All supplies provided.

M-F Aug 19-23 9:00 AM-12:00 PM $99 #6855


Art in the Middle Ages & Today 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. All supplies included in class fee.

M-F Aug 19-23 1:00 PM-2:30 PM $59 #6856


Explorations in Watercolor Textures and Techniques 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.

M-F Aug 26-30 9:00 AM-12:00 PM $109 #6857