Fine Arts for the School Age - Programming for Libraries


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Adding Fine Arts programs to your library's line up doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Review this presentation for tips on programs to try and resources to use.

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Fine Arts for the School Age - Programming for Libraries

  1. 1. Suzanne Walker Children’s Services Consultant Indiana State Library Twitter: @suzieecw
  2. 2.  2 dimensional art ◦ Painting ◦ Drawing ◦ photography  3 dimensional art ◦ Sculpture ◦ Paper mache  Performing arts – Poetry as a performance
  3. 3. Students who study art are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and 3 times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. Source: Education Fund / NYSFLT
  4. 4.  Murals  Paper Mache  Easy Peasy Pastels  Eric Carle Fruit Bowls  Prints  Still Life  Go Outside  Copy from the masters  Your ideas?
  5. 5. Garden of Imagination Mural We need your artwork to use in a mural we will be painting together on the library wall! What does a fairy look like? What color is a troll? Draw, color or paint people, animals, or scenes from your favorite fairytale and hand in your paintings to the library. Your paintings will not be returned. Use your imagination! Your drawings don’t have to look like those in books. The entire community is invited to submit artwork. Here is a list of the fairytales we will use: The Gingerbread Man / The Cow Jumped Over the Moon / Humpty Dumpty / Jack and the Beanstalk / Billy Goats Gruff / The Frog Prince / Rapunzel.
  6. 6. Get Creative with Painting! Come make tempera paintings on paper to get ideas for the mural. We will be painting pictures of people, animals, or scenes from your favorite fairytale at this event. Use your imagination! Wear old clothes. Adults invited to stay! Here is a list of the fairytales we will use: The Gingerbread Man / The Cow Jumped Over the Moon / Humpty Dumpty / Jack and the Beanstalk / Billy Goats Gruff / The Frog Prince / Rapunzel
  7. 7. What: At this program we will be painting a wall at our library with permanent paint. You do not have to be an artist to paint. The painting will be roughed out for us ahead of time. You may submit artwork to be included on the wall. See details above.
  8. 8.  Real live HOUSE PAINT  Small containers to pour it in  Floor coverings (a MUST)  Tubs of hot soapy water if you need to rinse as you go  Latex paint will clean off brushes with soap and water  Art smocks or old tee shirts
  9. 9.  Searched for Starry Night Color Sheets
  10. 10.  Plotting the numbers  Do on paper  Do on Wall
  11. 11.  Kids!  Each kid had one color at a time.  We worked in shifts.
  12. 12.  Parents helped…
  13. 13. Day One
  14. 14. Day Two
  15. 15. Day Three
  16. 16. After the final clean up
  17. 17.   07/monets-mural.html  I love this next one:  oil-pastel-landscape.html  And she’s on Pinterest! Art Projects for
  18. 18.  Arts and music education programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores, like Japan, Hungary, and the Netherlands. Source: Education Fund / NYSFLT
  19. 19.  We did this over three sessions. ◦ Session One: First layer of paper mache ◦ Session Two: Second Layer of paper mache ◦ Session Three: Painting Then I took them home and my friend and I cut out all the holes with a power tool/saw thingy.
  20. 20.  Newspaper  Copy Paper  Balloon  Paper or Plastic Bowls  Glue  Towels and / or rags  Large tarp to cover floor  Plastic covering for tables
  21. 21.  Prep your room by covering all surfaces with tarps or plastic tablecloths  Blow up balloons first. Takes too long to do with kids in room.  Place each balloon on a plastic bowl.  Mix your glue (I used: 1 part Elmer’s, 1 part water, and about a ¼ part corn starch).  Place a bowl, bucket, or bin of glue for every set of four children
  22. 22.  Have several hand-cleaning stations where children can rinse their hands off. I just used a couple of towels spread on the floor with a bucket of warm water on sitting in the middle. Have lots of towels or rags available to dry off.  Children should not have any jewelry on their hands or arms and should pull all hair back.
  23. 23.  Now you are ready.  Bring the kids in. Put them in their paint shirts or smocks (I use old tee shirts).  Have the “rules” talk. I sit them on the floor away from the glue.  Start by having them tear a lot of paper. We used a small baby pool to hold it all.
  24. 24.  Do a demonstration of paper mache while the kids are still not by the glue  Have kids take armload of paper to their table and begin  Be sure to explain that they only have to cover one side of their balloon  Use newspaper only for first session
  25. 25.  You will need a method for putting kids names near their work.  I used paper hotdog holders to put the kids names on and tape on the table  This will go quicker than you think. My session was an hour and we could have been done in ½ hour or 45 minutes.  As the children leave the room, have them wipe their feet. The glue will be everywhere.
  26. 26.  This time, use white computer paper. It’s lots easier to paint over  Repeat all process of day one
  27. 27.  For the painting session, you will be really happy not to be gluing. Just have the kids paint away. If you are cutting holes later, be sure to clearly mark those with a marker before the kids leave.
  28. 28.  http://www.dltk-  mache-recipes
  29. 29.  Researchers find that sustained learning in music and theatre correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading. Source: Education Fund / NYSFLT
  30. 30.  bernard-hoyes-inspired-dancing-lady.html  Once again, I’ve used the above website.  Picture based on Bernard Hoyes Dancing Lady  You need zero creativity for this.
  31. 31.  Multiple studies have concluded that curricular and extracurricular art studies and activities help keep high-risk dropout students stay in school. Source: Education Fund / NYSFLT
  32. 32.  Eric Carle Fruit Bowls  Color sections with crayons (hard)  Go over with water colors  Cut out shapes  Paste into “bowl”  Share Eric Carle’s books. Once again, you need no creativity for this.
  33. 33.  Prints… ◦ Take a piece of cardboard and cover it with items that give it texture like gluing string, buttons, craft foam.
  34. 34.  Cover this with paint and press a piece of paper on top of your “stamp.”  Let the kids go wild. Talk about abstract art.  Guess how much creativity you need for this.
  35. 35.  Still Life ◦ Create an interesting group of objects and have kids draw what they see
  36. 36.  Rubbings ◦ Leaves ◦ Shoe bottoms  Drawing with Different Mediums  Finger Painting  Collages  Working with clay  Painting objects
  37. 37.  Crayons  Watercolors  Decent Paint Brushes  Paper – I use card stock for water colors a lot  Consider half sheets  Consider other mediums…pastels, charcoal, acrylic paint, colored pencils, poster paint  Art smocks/old tee shirts
  38. 38.  New brain research shows that not only does music improve skills in math and reading, but it promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth. Source: Education Fund / NYSFLT
  39. 39.  This is the part where Suzanne talks about theatre!
  40. 40. Thanks for listening! Suzanne Walker Indiana State Library Twitter: @suzieecw