Art in YA Fiction

Hello, art lovers! A picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes words paint a pretty awesome picture, too. And these YA books featuring art create some pretty fantastic portraits of their characters. After all, writing is a form of art! So take some time to give your brushes and pencils a rest so you… read more >>

Art: Taking Inspiration from Nature

If you’re still spending a lot of your time at home, why not take advantage of the nice weather and learn some new skills by trying out some art inspired by nature? Nothing beats spending time outside, so while you’re out there in the back yard, take a look at the plants and animals around you for ideas. If… read more >>

Free Online Resources for Artistic Teens

Hello, artsy teens!  Are you looking to change things up with your art?  Maybe you just want to see what else is out there.  Or perhaps you just need some new inspiration.  No matter what you need or want to do with your art, you’ll be able to accomplish your goal with these free online… read more >>

Meditation Art – Word Embodiment 

Learn how to create Meditation Word Embodiment Art by watching this video: How-to do your own Meditation Word Art Gather any paper that you want to write on.  You can use boxes, old envelopes, computer paper, ads, newspaper, scraps from other crafts.  Then, gather some writing tools that seem like fun today.  Try paint and brushes, markers,… read more >>

Zentangle Art Therapy

Create your way to relaxation and contentment! Looking for an easy, low-cost activity to help relax and feel creative?  Explore the world of Zentangle and art therapy virtually through the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. Create beautiful works of art (like the images below) instantly, without having to possess transcendent artistic talent.  Zentangle… read more >>

STEAM Challenge: Art!

We challenge you to create a tessellation. You may be asking yourself what is a tessellation? A tessellation, sometimes known as tiling, is a repeating pattern created by a geometric shape that fits perfectly together to create a design. There should be no gaps or overlapping in your pattern. Think of it like a puzzle piece, a quilt, or a honeycomb.  Your Goal… read more >>

Window Clings Craft for Kids

Doesn’t it make you feel happy to see the sun shining through your windows? You can make sunny days even more cheerful with these colorful window clings! This craft can get a little messy, so be sure you choose your work surface carefully, and have some soap and water standing by for quick clean-ups. What You Will Need:… read more >>

Children’s Art with Ms. Tracy

Are you looking for some inspiration? Get out your art supplies because it is time to be creative and expressive with art. When children draw, color, paint, or write, this expression of art is a language. Long before children can talk, they will use art to communicate how they feel and think. Art is a way a child… read more >>