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Educational Resources: Visual Arts

children painting visual arts

A great way to get creative is to use the visual arts. Visual arts are an art form that uses different media to create an emotional response to something. The forms of visual arts include painting, crafting, design, architecture, drawing, ceramics, and photography.   Children and toddlers begin to use the visual arts very early in… read more >>

Poinsettia Window Cling

poinsettia window cling craft

Our Adult Take & Make Craft for December is a Poinsettia Window Cling.  Pick up your kit at any library branch or through curbside!  (While supplies last.) Materials paper pattern sheet protector glue based paint: green, red, black and yellow paint brush Instructions 1. Insert the paper pattern into the sheet protector. Using the black… read more >>

Make Your Own Tabletop Zen Garden

sandy zen garden

Quarantine and isolation got you down?  Are you finding it difficult to relax or calm your nerves in these trying times?  Are you looking for a little pocket of space you can control and relax in?  Learn how to make your very own tabletop Zen garden with affordable materials that will give you a mini–oasis… read more >>

Art in YA Fiction

art palatte

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 >>

Meditation Art – Word Embodiment 

coloring photo

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

zentangle art

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 >>