Library Art Programs for Adults
Programs are hands-on and last 90 minutes, including a PowerPoint presentation and time to create with expert guidance. Maximum 30, ages 15+. All materials and handouts are provided. Scroll down to see what’s currently available, or request your idea for a program here.
iREAD Summer 2019 theme: It’s Showtime!
It’s Showtime! Harry Potter Illustrations: A Drawing Workshop
(Perfect for young adults and teens!)
Beginners are welcome as we explore imagery from the beloved books that became blockbuster movies. We’ll study some of the chapter heading illustrations from the books. Christine will teach you easy drawing techniques to capture the magic as you create your own small copy.
CSLP Summer 2019 Theme: Space
Galaxy Silhouettes: An Outer Space Painting Workshop
Beginners are welcome for this modern twist on a classic silhouette portrait. Draw freehand or use one of the provided printouts. You’ll transfer an outline to watercolor paper, then Christine will teach you how to paint a galaxy pattern inside of your outline.
Seasonal Painting Programs
Blue Bird and Cherry Blossoms: A Painting Workshop
We’ll use liquid watercolors to create this beautiful image of an Eastern Bluebird perched among pink blossoms. The outline will be provided so you can focus on painting. Learn different watercolor techniques like wet on wet, dry brush, color mixing and more in this fun painting workshop. Beginners welcome!
Cherry Blossoms: A Painting Workshop
We’ll use liquid watercolors to create these delicate cherry blossoms. Learn different watercolor techniques like wet on wet, dry brush, color mixing and more in this fun painting workshop. Beginners welcome!
Flowering Spring Trees: A Painting Workshop
Learn to paint these beautiful flowering trees. Christine will teach you some fun, easy painting techniques using liquid watercolors, plastic wrap and brushes. Perfect for spring and Arbor Day (April 26). Beginners welcome!
Butterflies: A Painting Workshop
Beautiful, colorful butterflies will be the inspiration for this class. First we'll draw a butterfly on watercolor paper from photo reference and outline with permanent marker. Then learn to use watercolor pencils under Christine's guidance to add vibrant color to your painting. Colors can be realistic or inspired by your imagination. Beginners welcome!
Peaceful Mountain Landscape: A Painting Workshop
Pine trees, a lake and distant mountains unfold in this peaceful landscape. Learn to use some basic watercolor techniques like flat and gradated washes, wet on wet, dry brush and more. Then create your own beautiful landscape painting under the guidance of art teacher Christine Thornton. Beginners welcome!
Fall Birch Trees: A Painting Workshop
Beautiful white bark looks striking against the red and gold leaves of autumn. Learn to use watercolor pencils in this fun seasonal painting workshop. Christine will guide you through a high success painting process, first drawing with pencil and permanent marker, then learning to use watercolor pencils to add vibrant color to your painting. Beginners welcome!
Cardinal in the Snow: A Painting Workshop
First Christine will teach you how to draw a cardinal using pencil on watercolor paper. Then learn to paint with watercolor pencils. Beginners welcome!
Cozy Winter Cottage: A Painting Workshop
Northern lights soar above a cozy winter cottage nestled in a pine forest. Learn to use some basic watercolor pencil techniques like gradated washes, wet on wet, dry brush and more. Then create your own beautiful painting under the guidance of art teacher Christine Thornton. Beginners welcome!
Hands-on Art History Programs
Paint to the Rhythm
Join us for this relaxing art program and get into the creative groove of abstract painting. Learn about artist Wassily Kandinsky and how music informed his paintings. Then Christine will teach techniques for painting to the rhythm of music like Kandinsky did using watercolor pencils. No art experience required! You’ll leave with a small finished painting.
Tree of Life: A Painting Workshop
Come learn about the fascinating artist Gustav Klimt, and make your own painting inspired by his work. Art teacher Christine Thornton will teach you how to use metallic paint and colored pencils to create a beautiful tree of life on black paper for this fun, easy process. Beginners welcome!
Three Women Artists: A Drawing Workshop
Perfect for "Women's History Month" in March! Learn about three popular female painters: Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Mary Cassatt. Christine will start with a brief presentation touching upon the lives and art of these three fascinating women. Then you'll choose a reproduction of one of their paintings to copy in colored pencil under Christine's guidance. No art experience required.