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Arts and Crafts for Youth Librarians
Are you the one responsible for creating arts and crafts programs? Do you need new creative art project ideas for your Summer Reading Program or other events? Tired of the same ole, same ole. This is your opportunity to develop a portfolio of ideas that you can use with your Preschool through Teen visitors. This 4 week online workshop is taught by an art instructor who has first hand experience developing library art programs. The online class is open 24/7. Access the online workshop at your convenience.
Instructor Valerie Colston, M.A. is an art instructor and author with many years of experience developing and teaching art programs as an Art Performer at several San Diego local libraries. She has taught 100 Art Ideas for Teachers at the University of California, Extension in San Diego, California and presently teaches a variety of Art history courses online through colleges and universities. 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" article appeared in the youth librarian publication Voices of Youth Advocates. Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes for YA Programming Libraries Unlimited Professional guides for Young Adult Librarians Series 2012 written by Colston has been at times on the best seller list for its category on Amazon. Her artwork was r included in a group exhibition titled "HOME" at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Her one person Paper Kimonos art exhibit traveled to several libraries last year.
Here's what youth librarians who have taken the class are saying about the workshop:
|. . .this four week class has made a very strong impression on
just how important planning and preparedness are to a successful
Also, the lesson on studying and interpreting art was very informative and is something I can refer back to.
What I've gained from
this class is the wealth of resources brought together under one roof,
so to speak. It is helping me push past the nervousness or unease I feel
when I want to do more art at the library. I'm not uncreative, but I
worry it won't be age-appropriate or there won't be enough supplies or
there will be too many supplies. I'm not sure what the barrier is, but
I'm breaking through it with my plans for our Summer Learning
program, because it will be more hands-on than the usual performers, and
I want kids to be able to get their hands sticky and painty and dirty :)
I learned 2 important things by taking this class. I realize that
I need to remember to tell patrons that it is ok not to be perfect in
doing a craft. Additionally, I have found so many different resources
for art projects for my storytime patrons. I am so excited to be able to
offer different projects instead of recycling the same ones over and
over (boring for the patrons and boring for me).
. . . What I appreciated, as well, was the
opportunity to have the class as a catalyst for ideas and new ways of
thinking about what I already do. It has also been a great source for
sites and resources that I can have at the ready for inspiration in the
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
This workshop created by Art Teacher on the Net, www.artmuseums.com has been approved for 12 LEUs (Indiana Librarians) All libraries and staff welcome.
For more information Contact-Valerie Colston through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Sign Up Today. Next Workshop Starts May16th . This is a 4 week workshop only $59.00 (USD) UK, Canadian, Australian and other currency accepted on the Pay Pal secure website.
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