MPL’s Art @ the Library programs started September 12th, 2012. The first program filled up fast followed by a waiting list and it’s been that way for every program since! I f we had known we were tapping into something so popular, we would have started earlier!
For the first program, the artwork of Jackson Pollock was interpreted using string dipped in paint which was then dragged and plopped on a piece of paper. We also took water color paints and, with a straw, created artwork by blowing through the straw; pushing the paint in different directions. Everyone was truly inspired when it came to naming their abstract works of art.
Some of our “artists” had the choice to leave their art work to be displayed in our hallway gallery. Once displayed, it brightens our hallway and has been a great place to check out the creativity of everyone involved.
We followed that first program with “Alphabet Art”, inspired by the artwork of Stuart Davis, an American abstract painter. The children were asked to look at the alphabet in a different way; one of lines, shapes and space. With this new perspective the letters of the alphabet became artwork.
After that first two programs, we adjusted the time to meet the needs of children getting home by the bus; having a 4:00 pm time worked better for everyone rather than 3:30!
Vincent Van Gogh and his master piece “Starry Night”was duplicated by the children but with a twist. We had downloaded a print out of Starry Night which had been segmented into 24 blocks. Each child received a segment and with oil pastels colored in their block. When each block had been finished it was reassembled. It was a master piece of a Master Piece.
Our next program involved print making. Using Styrofoam plates, the children pressed into the disc a depressed grove with a pen or pencil to make the outline of images. Artwork ranged from simple flowers to complicated underwater scenes. As one child said, “This is cool!”. The printing making continued using celery, leaves, and other found items. There was the option to make note cards along with printed pictures.
Aboriginal Dot Painting dealt with the idea of creating images with a series of dots. The Aborigines of Australia have been doing this technique for centuries using sticks as their tools. Their paintings consist of symbols used to tell a story. The children took the opposite ends of paint brushes to make the dots, filling in a picture of a kangaroo, bird or lizard. Some children went so far as to using traditional Aboriginal symbols to tell a story of their own.
We’ve all had a great time and we have two more programs left for 2012. The November 20th program will involve looking at the works of Paul Klee, with the December 11th program having the children construct mobiles based on the artist Alexander Calder.
We look forwards to 2013 with more programs encouraging young artists!