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


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 you’re 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 and at registration.

Sa Jun 8 9:00 AM-1:00 PM $29 #7100


Simple Zine Illustrations Ages: 16 and up

Zines are self-published magazines and a great way to artistically showcase interests and passions. In

this class, participants will create several simple one page mini zines. Illustration tips will aid your

imagination and help you create awesome images to go with your poems, personal story or simple

graphic zine. If you have pencil sketches or a file of ideas to adapt, please bring them. Supply list

available online and at registration. Students should provide Micron Ink Pen Set, Pencil & Eraser.

Sa Jun 15 9:00 AM-1:00 PM $29 #7101


Shibori Ages: 16 and up

Shibori is a Japanese dyeing technique that 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, with other areas of the cloth remaining white. The technique used in shibori depends not only on the desired pattern, but the

characteristics of the cloth being dyed. Please bring rubber gloves. All other supplies included in fee.

Sa Jun 22 9:00 AM-1:00 PM $49 #7102


Sketchbook Drawing 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 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.

M-F Jun 24-28 9:00 AM-12:00 PM $109 #6846


Draw Your Own Comic Book Ages: 8-12

Develop your characters in this class, starting with doodles to finished drawings! Learn the exercises 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.

M-F Jun 24-28 1:00 PM-2:30 PM $49 #6847

M-F Aug 5-9 1:00 PM-2:30 PM $49 #6854


Manga Ages: 12-16

Come share your skills with other fans of anime and manga. In Japan, people of all ages read manga “whimsical pictures.” Students practice basic drawing skills to develop their characters along with

flushing out 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 class.

M-W Jul 1-3 9:00 AM-12:00 PM $55 #6848


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