Art Programming and Graphic Design for the School Librarian & Staff



4 Week Online Workshop 12 Hours Overall (12 LEUs Approved-Indiana)

School librarians and media specialists have a unique opportunity when it comes to incorporating Art into their role as educator.

Course Objectives:

Create a portfolio of art programming for your library.

Learn research, information, and suggestion to help you gain confidence in helping others explore art historical topics.

Acquire skills for teaching children, teens, and teachers literacy skills for looking at art.

Discover how to engage students through art activities.

Learn how to create unique library art exhibits.

Explore tips for creating-displays, presentations, signage.

Gain an understanding of how to pair books with art projects.

Develop a plan for creating Makerspace programming ideas for your School library.

This 4 week workshop is entirely online and facilitated by an experienced author, artist, and art instructor. It provides practical tools for school teacher/librarians and media specialists, and an opportunity for networking with others.

Week 1-What Art do You Do?  This week we will look at the role of the School Librarians in teaching and using Art in their unique settings. Cross Curriculum and Art Specific Topics will be discussed.

Week 2-Teaching Visual Literacy.  How to look at Art and bring Art into the Library.  How to create Makerspace programming ideas.  Incorporate outside collaborate resources.

Week 3-Programming Ideas for the School Library. You will begin creating a practical portfolio of Art ideas that you can begin using immediately. Tips for successfully creating Art projects and the materials you will need will be addressed.

Week 4-Your job requires many opportunities to create displays, presentations, posters, and exhibits.  This week we will concentrate on resources that will help you do these tasks.


Valerie Colston, M.A. author of "200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art" (Released April 1, 2008) published by Barrons Educational Publishers is the developer and presenter of the workshop. 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 most recent book Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes, for YA Programming was released December 2011. Ms. Colston has been teaching art and art history classes for several years in San Diego, California and online. Her award winning Art Teacher on the Net art resource website is visited by teachers around the world. Along with teaching Ms. Colston was an art project consultant for the Wyland Foundation Oceans Teacher program, and has taught many 100 Art ideas for Teachers workshops at the University of California, San Diego Extension. Her most recent group invitation included HOME was held at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Ana, California. Her Solo Kimono Exhibit traveled to several libraries in 2015. Ms. Colston has also taught library related CE courses at Simmons (Boston) and Infopeople online and is an Art History university instructor.



For more information contact Valerie Colston at

Enroll Today This 4 week workshop is $99.00

Group rates available upon request.

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