My experience teaching art is an important part of my own artistic growth as I learn as much from others as they do from me. The synergy and exchange of ideas is a catalyst for my creative process. Experienced in preparation and presentation of age appropriate activities, my lessons are designed to promote growth, develop new skills and build positive reinforcement in a safe and supportive environment. I teach art classes for preschool age children to adults locally for local venues in the South Puget Sound area.
I started painting sumi-e in January of 2002 and registered “Nine Lives Studio” in Oct of 2002. As an artist I am constantly involved with that process of transformation: spirit to image on paper, mixing papers to create new textures, combining a variety of papers and various objects found or purchased to create collage or mini assemblages. The idea of mixing and blending different materials is exciting and a natural extension of sumi for me. Embossing metal to create texture, modeling Precious Metal Clay to make jewelry, painting on silk scarves and exploring other media are an outlet for my creativity.
To see more of Ellen Miffit’s artwork, find out where she’s teaching classes, and where you can find her work for sale, visit her website www.nine-lives-studio.com. You can also reach her at 9LivesStudio@gmail.com.
“My extensive written business plan, importance of keeping accurate financial records and flexibility in setting goals were the major aspects achieved from participating in Enterprise for Equity. I update my Nine Lives Studio business plan & rewrite my goals each December, prepare monthly cash out / in spreadsheets and review my goals quarterly to keep my focus.” – Ellen Miffit, E4E graduate.