Art Ideas for Youth Librarians
Youth Librarians need a portfolio of art
ideas at their disposal. Normally there isn't a
large budget for materials. With just a little
imagination and a few art supplies you can create a
number of art projects. Puppets from Paper Bags
or Recylables are popular for storytelling groups. This
Marionette below is a good example of using recycled
products to create terrific art projects.
I created this
Marionette from recycled materials several years ago.
It is easy! It's inexpensive!
The head is created from a styrafoam ball attached to a
The hands are created from clear straws which are pushed
styrafoam cup. The straws are cut into two
separate pieces and attached
with brads. Brads are also used to
decorate the vest and shoes (paper
towel rolls cut to size). They are also used to
attach the straw legs.
Foam containers are cut and glued to the
straws to create the hands. String is pulled
through the 2 straws-
overlaid-and attached with a brad. The overlaid
a handle for the moving strings which manipulate the
head and arms.
Scrape fabrics are used
sheets of construction paper (same color)
tempera or acrylic paint
Brush, Round Bristle
Brush and Paint may be replaced with Black Calligraphy
of Paper Towel
Paint to Create Chop Signature
Trace outline of hand (not wrist) with chalk onto one
piece of construction paper.
Using your fingers tear the outline of the handprint.
Do not use scissors. It doesn’t have to be
perfect. The rugged edges will represent the rough
terrain of mountains and valleys.
Glue the cut out face down onto the left hand side the
clean unused piece of construction paper.
Next, using the wide side of the chalk lay it onto the
edges of your cut out and sweep upward about l inch
toward the top of the sheet. You are creating a
fog like effect. Now do the same at the bottom
edge of the cut out and sweep the chalk outward about l
inch at the bottom edges of the cut out. You are
going to be creating a water like effect.
Take l sheet of paper towel and crumple it. At the
top edges where you have used chalk wipe the chalk
upward a few times until it starts to look fog like.
Do the same at the bottom of the cut out but this time
pull the chalk downward a few times with your paper
towel until you get a water like effect.
Dip your brush into the black paint. Hold the
brush vertical and slight stiff while at the same time
create loose sweeping strokes. Use the example to
create motifs and also invent your own.
Optionally: At this point you can dip your
toothbrush into the black paint. Hold the brush
over the painting on the riht hand side. Roll your
thumb across the toothbrush to create fine drips over
the landscape. Practice this method before doing
On the right hand side of the construction paper
composition paint a Chinese Peace Symbol and write or
stencil Peace in English. You can also use other
languages. Chinese landscapes often had poetry or
important thoughts incorporated into the landscapes.
In traditional ancient Chinese Landscape the artist uses
a chop or stamp with their artists name with red ink.
Participants can create their own artist name by using
red paint and their brush.
Display by placing a frame around the composition or by
gluing on to a large sheet of black construction paper.
Compositions can also be folded in half to and glued to
create a greeting card.
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