Art

Recovering the Classics

Maud Marks Library is Recovering the Classics and you could win a copy of a classic book with YOUR art on the front!

Maud Marks Library is hosting a “design-a-thon” from November 1~December 19, 2016. As part of a National Initiative Recovering the Classics is encouraging artists, designers and illustrators to redesign classic book covers. Why? Because "Sadly, many of the greatest classics in the public domain are left with poorly designed or auto-generated covers that fail to capture what makes these books exciting and inspiring to us…"

Be the Peace Be the Hope

If you are between the ages of 10 and 18 you are invited to be part of an art program that connects Houston teens with displaced children residing in refugee camps around the world.
On Monday, November 7th, at 1:00 p.m., come decorate a canvas square with a hopeful message. Your canvas art will be sewn into a tent, and with other tents, will be sent to a children’s refugee camp in an effort to spread hope and encouragement.
Call 832-559-4200 or visit the first floor Reference desk to register for this event. 

Image, via the Creative Commons, from Compika.deviantart.com peace.

Be the Peace, Be the Hope


Barbara Bush Teens! Make a difference and support teens in refugee camps around the world by creating art for the Be the Peace, Be the Hope project. www.bepeacebehope.org

Thursday September 15th

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

Images courtesy of www.bepeacebehope.org

Secret Garden Photography Show

Our Art Photography show featuring Mercer Botanical Garden's secrets is up.

Please come by the library to see the beautiful works on display and be inspired.

The show will be up until October 15th.

Thank you to all the artists who did a fantastic job and chose to participate in this exhibit.


 

Portrait Drawing Class

Our final installment of Summer Reading Program for adults was a Portrait Basics Drawing class.

This was a four part series adult class for those interested in learning the basic techniques for portrait drawing. 

Thank you to all who participated.

Check out the results!




Keep an eye on our calendar for future events.

Starry Day, Starry Night at Aldine Library

Friday, June 17th at 2 PM was supposed to be an hour of magic at Aldine Library with none other than Ronald McDonald. Ronald was not able to make it. In his place, creative magic unfolded at Aldine in the form of beautiful chalk illustrations done by children in the style of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night. It was a time of great family fun. The chalk drawings are now on display in the children's section of the library. Come by, take a look, and enjoy the night skies.


 


 


 

 

Pendulum Painting @ North Channel's Tween Time

Tween Time Pendulum PaintingNorth Channel's Tween Time had lots of fun outside today Pendulum Painting. 

In exchange of the paint brush we used a pendulum and we used paint mixed with corn starch (for quick drying purposes). A pendulum is a fixed object hung from a point so it can swing freely back and forth due to the force of gravity. If you'd like more information on today's craft, check out the website for Pendulum Painting Made Easy.

School is almost out and North Channel Library has lots of fun activities in store. Check out the Online Calendar for more Tween Time events and other Summer Reading Programs. 

"Secret Garden" PHOTOGRAPHY ART EXHIBIT

In collaboration with Mercer Botanic Gardens, we'd like to invite YOU to participate in an upcoming

curated ART SHOW at Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library titled:

“Secret Garden”

What: Photography show
featuring plant life of Mercer Botanic Gardens

Who: YOU are welcome to enter your work.

When: Submission deadline  July 15th

Where: Baldwin Boettcher  Library

How: See the attached submission  guidelines for more specific details:

Benefits of Crafts in Story Times

 


Developmental Benefits of Art

In our Story Times, we often incorporate creative activities.  We practice this approach in order to provide building blocks of child development.  The arts promote skills that are important in academic, career and life success.  Arts and crafts also open a child’s eyes to a new world of possibilities and independent thinking.
Here are just a few reasons why we use crafts and arts as part of our regular programming


Motor Skills: Scribbling with a crayon, learning to hold scissors, manipulating paintbrushes are all helpful dexterity skills that later translate into learning to write.

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