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  STORY TO ART!     2021

with Karen Glass and Barbara Tam

for ages 6 - 12

REGISTER HERE!   request art supplies at registration (small fee may apply)

program sponsored by East Branch Friends of the Arts,

                                        Keene Valley Library and

                                        Town of Keene Youth Commission.

The projects are designed for ages 6 to 12, but they can be done by any age, child or adult

The Books/Projects 2021 Spring:


  1. The Noisy Paintbox by Barb Rosenstock. [artist: Wassily Kandinsky] (available April 20)

Project: Color and Sound - Non-Objective Art & Synesthesia

An art exploration with line, shape, color, and form. Kandinsky was fascinated by the colors of the world

and felt that every hue had a special quality that gave meaning and influenced his art. We will try to look

through his eyes and begin to understand some of those relationships that Kandinsky experienced.


Materials: 12”x18” or other large white or light colored paper; oil pastels or colored pencils; pencil; black Sharpie marker, simple geometric templates [and/or found objects]


2 . Frida by Jonah Winter. [artist: Frida Kahlo]  (available April 27)

Project: Frida’s Fruit - Still-life Painting & Bold Color


Inspired by her bold use of vibrant color, we will paint a still-life influenced by an artist who honestly

expressed the difficulties in her life through her art. Painting real objects set before us, we will experiment

with techniques using pure hues, different brush strokes, shadows and highlights, and light washes.

Materials: large white paper; tempera or acrylic or watercolor paints, and brushes; pencil; various colorful fruits and/or vegetables or flowers


3. Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan. [artist: Jackson Pollock] (available May 4)

Project: Not Sitting Still but Dancing with Paint - Abstract Expressionism & Emotion


Free gestures of line with paint [action painting] was a Pollock signature. We will take this ‘gestural

abstraction’ and dribble, splash, or smear paint onto a horizontal surface hereby emphasizing the physical

act of painting itself.

Materials: very large heavy white paper or cardboard or canvas or masonite; tempera or acrylic paint; cups or jars for mixing paints; various brushes and ‘tools’ [sticks, knives, trowels]


4. Maya Lin by Jeanne Walker Harvey  (available May 11)

Project: A Beetle’s Playground - Form & Environmental Sculpture


Architecture is not just designing buildings. We will take a different way of looking at our surroundings

and engage in ‘recycling the natural environment’ into a 3-dimensional landscape or map. Layering and

building up the surface with geometric planes to create visual depth offer further possibilities for


Materials: lots of large sheet[s] of cardboard, mat-board, or illustration board; heavy scissors; X-ACTO knife and cutting surface [optional]; white glue or rubber cement or two-sided tape, various scraps of plain, colored or patterned papers; needle & threads


Each week we will provide a story and an art project for you to do at home with simple materials.  The programs will be available at     Supplies are available each week from the Keene Valley Library.  Call or email to reserve supplies

                    Call 518-576-4335  or email to reserve materials.


August 17.  Cambridge 

Project:  Magic Machine

Materials:  white square paper 

 black Sharpie marker

 colored pencils

August 10. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse 

Project: Wild Landscape

Materials: white paper

 tempera or bottle-type watercolor paint & brushes


Coming Soon---- one more Project!

August 24  And The Good Brown Earth 

Project:  Tangly Fantastic Garden

Materials:  white paper


 oil pastels

August 3.  Blue and other colors

 Project:  Colors and Shapes

Materials:  construction paper

 scissors  /  glue stick/ oil pastels / markers / crayons

July 27: Spots in a Box 

Project:  Summer Spots

Materials:  available from the library

      white paper

     tempera or acrylic paints 

 round ‘brushes’:  stencil brushes, q-tips, wine corks, cotton balls, etc.


July 20   I’m Not Just A Scribble 

Project:  NOT a Scribble

Materials:  large white paper

    black Sharpie marker

    colored pencils or crayons

    glue stick

    part two:   large black paper

    white glue [Elmer’s]

    oil pastels [Craypas]

July 13   Snippets 

Project:  Dynamic Shapes

Materials:  various paper scraps [assorted colors, prints, patterns

 large black or white paper

 scissors. /  markers

 glue stick  / white and black crayon

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  JULY 6!       CLICK HERE.

The Dot:  Paint Splotch Birds and Other Critters

Materials needed:  

· large white paper

· watercolor paints & brushes

· black  permanent Sharpie

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