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Last month we spotlighted Inktober, a daily art challenge for struggling artists. November brings another set of challenges but this time we are going to utilize it to get our kids active and thinking. Huevember is exactly like Inktober except that it focuses on hues of color instead of specific prompts. We are going to use the vagueness of the challenge to our advantage and teach kids to think outside the box!

Huevember, invented by Matthieu Daures in 2014, is a daily art challenge for the month of November where you use the given color for the given day to create anything and everything as long as the main hue is spotlighted. This is an especially good challenge to get kids involved in as there is no set medium that they have to use. Art is subjective so it’s very important to encourage your child and never dote on the bad (or what seems like bad to you) while you are speaking about the object of your childs’ focus.

This years' prompt:

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Not sure where to begin? The library is a good start, and here you are! Our catalog of thousands of books and E-media will be your assistant in this lesson as you try to get your child to have less screen time (or more depending on the medium you choose for the challenge) and more creative time!

First, let’s get into how to use our system to accurately get to what you need to get started:

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This is what you will see on our homepage. Scrolling up or down will show you new features, books, blogs, and events. The links at the top should be self-explanatory but if you need further assistance getting directly to E-media, because you cannot make it out to the library, CLICK HERE. We are going to utilize the “search” bar directly at the top of the page. Let’s go ahead and enter “Beginner art” just to start us off right. You should see something akin to this:

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It’s at this point that we are going to refine our search by clicking on the “refine your search” in the blue space at the top of your list of possible books (circled above). Here you can take a look at what we have to offer to get an idea of what medium you might want your child to try out (or yourself if you’re wanting to get into it). If you already have an idea, you can replace “beginner art” in the search bar with whatever you want.

So, let’s refine your search:

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 Are you looking for something you can grab right now? Click the “availability” button.

Want to pick up at a specific library? Click the “Libraries” button.

Looking for a specific language, format (dvd vs book), audience (adult vs children), author, subject? All of these things are customizable on the left-hand side under their specific buttons. You can also click on any of the buttons above your search results and refine further by clicking “sort by”, circled below. Make sure you sign in in the top right hand corner before placing a hold.

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We have books for clay-making:

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Fun With Modeling Clay/ Play-doh Animal Fun/ Clay Modeling

We have books for drawing:

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Draw Your Own Fairy Tale Zendoodles/ Mini Artist Drawing/ Art Works Drawing Animals

We have books for painting:

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Painting Rocks/ Learn Art-Painting/ Make Your Own Art-Painting

We even have books on multi-craft, seasonal, knitting, and more! Let’s assume at this point that you have done all that and have the desired book in hand. How do you know what your child will work well with? Experimenting is the answer. You just have to test things out and see what works best for them. Failure in art is subjective so do not be hard on your kid’s projects. What starts off as scribbles or a lump of clay (Look mom/dad! It’s a snake!) will morphe into mini works of imaginative art over time.

How do I know? I went through it with my owns kids, of course! Every time they showed me something new, I ooo’d and ahhhhh’d. Even if they felt they didn’t quite measure up, my go to was “Good trying!” Kids will inherently know over time what is good and what is not depending on your reactions to what they make. Saying “good job” for everything will eventually come across as uninterested or fake so you want to be sure that you have something to fall back to when you don’t know what to say.

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In a few short years, my 8 year old has started making his own creations instead of copying something else.

The trick to success is to let them experiment however they see fit, even if that means you have to sit and work with them to ensure your work space doesn’t end up a disaster area. That’s why Huevember is the best place to start! All it requires is a color to start. Having our beginner books at hand will help them with ideas to come up with. Giving them a list of ideas that you think are manageable will also help (and if you have none, our books are always around!)

So hop on the color train and put a kit together for your kids to experiment with! Post your pictures below or just share this article to help others get started. As always, the library is here to help!

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