Online Arts and Crafts Workshops for Youth Librarians

Top Quote Art Teacher on the Net is offering a 4 week online arts and crafts workshops for youth librarians. The workshop is 12 hours in length and offers networking opportunities. Sign up for the May 8, 2009 workshop is at End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 25, 2009 - Are you the librarian 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. Learn simple basic techniques for teaching art to all age groups of children and teens. No prior art experience required. This 4 week online workshop is taught by an art professor and experienced library performer who has first hand experience developing library art programs. Interact with other Youth Librarians from around the country 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, California 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 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills published by Barrons Educational Series was released April 2008.

    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 exciting."

    "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."

    This is a non-credit workshop created by Art Teacher on the Net residing in San Diego, California. Indiana Librarians have been approved to receive 12 LEU's for completing the course.

    For more information Contact-Valerie Colston @ 858-453-2ART or through email at crafts ( @ ) artmuseums dot com or art259 ( @ ) hotmail dot com

    Sign Up Today for the May 8, 2009 workshop at
    This is a 4 week workshop only $59.00 (USD) UK, Canadian, Australian and other currency accepted on the Pay Pal secure website.

    You may purchase the class online through a secured site or school and Library checks are also accepted upon approval.

    Valerie Colston
    Art Teacher on the Net
    crafts ( @ ) artmuseums dot com
    art259 ( @ ) hotmail dot com

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