Art and Crafts for Youth Librarians Workshop
The highly recommended and fun Arts and Craft for Youth Librarians is back
with even more ideas. 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. Interact with other youth
librarians and a university art instructor and author. The online class is open 24/7. Access
the online workshop at your convenience.
Instructor Valerie Colston, M.A. is an art professor and author with many years of
experience developing and teaching art programs. She has first hand
experience in creating and teaching classes at several San Diego local
libraries and as far away as Orange County. 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. 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 was
released December 2011. She created and taught an online class for Infopeople
and has been offering workshops for several years through her Art Teacher on
the Net website.
Here's what youth librarians who have taken the class are saying about the
|. . .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 think this class has pushed me toward fearlessness (I hope). Thank you
for the awesome resources. . .
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).
My favorite project was the Japanese symbol calligraphy- it would be so
easy for anyone to do and the results don't have to be perfect to look
I would definitely recommend this class to other librarians like myself
who have no art background. This class would also be good for someone
with an art background who is looking for new ideas to try.
I think that a refresher class would be good to take in the future.
There are so many art resources out there, it is difficult to keep up
. . . 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
I will do a few of the marketing suggestions. During open house, it is
very difficult to get parents into our small media center. The Creative
Arts teacher is already on board with creating a gallery in our space.
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
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
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
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
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.
This is a non-credit workshop created by Art Teacher on the Net,
For more information Contact-Valerie Colston at firstname.lastname@example.org
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