Selecting Art for Your Home or Office


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Would you like to select art for your home, office, hotel, or business but don't know where to start?  



You've moved in months ago but your walls are still bare.  Are you having trouble finding art to adorn your walls.   You don't have to be an art collector or to have a huge budget to select and locate quality artwork for your home.  An art professor offers some advice for finding art for you home and office and having fun doing it.

This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more about their own taste in art and where to locate the best art for their budget.


Instructor Valerie Colston, M.A. is an art professor with many years of experience developing and teaching art programs as an Art Performer at several San Diego local libraries.  She teaches 100 Art Ideas for Teachers at the University of California, Extension in San Diego, California and a variety of Art history courses online through colleges and universities.  Ms. Colston was an art consultant to the Wyland Foundation Ocean Challenge program for teachers.  Her book 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills published by Barrons Educational Series has received outstanding reviews appearing in School Library Journal, National Art Education Association newsletter, and more.  Her "It's Easy to be a Green Teen" appeared in  the youth librarian publication Voices of Youth Advocates October 09 issue.  Teens Go Green!  Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes for YA Programming.  Libraries Unlimited Professional guides for Young Adult Librarians Series 2012.


Here's what past participants of other workshops are saying about  art workshops with the instructor:

This class has planted the seeds for many ideas, and provided resources that I can go back to when I'm stumped. I would recommend this class to people who are looking for fresh ideas and new resources, or for people who are new to programming.

In working on this workshop I have worked also on my Summer Reading Program for our library. Week 3 gave so many ideas to use that it was fun to do them and discover which ones would work well for our young patrons. I now have crafts for at least 2 of the 4 books we will read in my Youth Discussion Group. I am well ahead of the game.

I really enjoyed answering the questions about the piece of art in the museum. I want to use some of the questions I learned this summer when we read "Chasing Vermeer" because the book deals with a piece of art.

Thanks for all the help with one of my books for the Summer Reading Program.

Well, I had not thought about bonding art and books together in one reading hour before, so I got new and interesting views of what to do. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.
I had a great time brainstorming ideas and reading the suggestions everyone had!
I feel I learned how to study a painting in more depth. That a painting is made up of many facets. The lines, colors and textures all blend together to make one painting.

I gained lots of great ideas from everyone. The ideas were great and I will incorporate some of them into my programs.

I will keep a copy of the different things I have learned in this session of the class to apply it to painting I encounter. It is exciting.

I bookmarked several of the sites presented in the lessons which will come in handy when I get stuck for ideas. It also helps reading the other's experiences in working with library patrons in crafts events.

Finding ideas are hard to find and this is a wealth of information for myself and the library.

Thank you very much for the wonderful and interesting web-sites, you mentioned. There are so great ideas.

I was delighted to find some new web sites for inspiration - many of my students love to draw and I hope to integrate some of the cartoon drawing lessons in to our weekly book club meetings, possibly in the creation of bookmarks, etc.

It has been great having so much information all in one place. I enjoyed browsing through the many websites & links. Many are new to me. I appreciate all of your suggestions for organization, supplies, storage, recycling, and art tips & resources.

Where do I begin! I have learned about so many resources. I really liked the online scavenger hunt, what a great idea. I also really loved the letter writing with beads.

This week gave me a great many resources to use in our library. I really had to think for the scavenger hunt but I love the idea and did work our a hunt. I also thought the "wanted" poster was fun as well .  .  .

There really are a wealth of information and ideas to explore.

I would recommend this class to others. After all I took this class because my supervisor recommended it to me.

I have definitely learned a great deal in this course and would recommend it to others.  I am a new librarian, and I did not know what to do with arts and crafts.