I love all things Halloween. So of course, one of the art programs I created at my library was an October painting class. Drink & Draw: Halloween Acrylic Painting riffs on the popular paint nite events. I do it a little differently, though. I served seasonal local wine and soda at this session. This is a public library event, so it’s important to be able to encompass ALL skill levels. Seriously. Some people say this, but there are people who have never painted a day in their lives that may show up. (In fact, I had a previous attendee of another class who was so intimidated by painting that they even ditched elementary school art projects. They quite literally never painted before!) Because of this, I feel picking one project and telling people how to do it point by point can be disadvantageous for a group with varied skill levels. I had a demo that I painted, but also printed out some inspiration images for attendees to draw from. I provided everyone with various brushes, student grade acrylic paint, and 9×11″ canvases. Everyone had a great time! Below is a slideshow of what we created in the class.
Back in April 2017 I taught an upcycled collage making class for adults at the library I work at. I provided participants with an 8×10″ canvas, discarded library books, magazines, and newspaper, watercolors, and inspiration photos to get their imaginations going. I used an old heart shaped chocolate box to create the collage while instructing. (Pictured in the slideshow below)
I was invited to bring the silhouette class I’ve done for one of the local Delaware libraries across the border to Maryland. It was a lovely drive down 95 South to Cecil County Library: Rising Sun Branch.The library is situated in Rising Sun, Maryland. The space was cozy, but open. The environment felt warm and inviting. Both the library staff and patrons were amicable and receptive. In other words, the perfect climate for a fun art program. Learning silhouette cutting can have a bit of a learning curve. I was pleasantly surprised how well everyone did given it was their first time attempting cut paper portraiture. More importantly, they had fun while doing it. We ended the Valentine’s Day themed session with a sweet treat- chocolate candy hearts.
Thank you Cecil County Library: Rising Sun Branch!