Arts and Crafts for Librarians Online Workshop

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Art Workshop for Librarians

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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 professor who has first hand experience developing
library art programs.  Interact with other Youth Librarians and a real
art professor. 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 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.  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 2011 will be
released this year.

Here's what youth librarians who have taken the class are saying about
the workshop:

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

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.

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