25 Days of Art

April is a stressful time of the year. With a lot of schools on spring break during the first week and standardized testing during the rest of the month, there are sure to be cries of "I'm bored!" and "I want to do something!" from kids all over the city.
Here at the Southwest Neighborhood Library we're supplying one option for bored and antsy kids everywhere. During the month of April there will be one art project per day for every day the library is open. That's 25 days of new and original art projects!

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays will be drop in programs that anyone can complete with on their own. Wednesdays will be a time for more in-depth projects with a librarian on hand to do demonstrations and offer help and instruction. In addition to regular art projects, we'll also be introducing the art and style of some famous and not-so-famous artists throughout the month.

The projects are designed with elementary school-age children in mind, but younger children are welcome with an adult helper.

Want a sneak peek? Here some of the artists that we'll be discussing during our 25 Days of Art:

On Thursday, April 4

Louise Bourgeois' MamanLouise Bourgeois is famous for her giant, metal sculptures of spiders. There's even one in the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden! While we can't recreate the great heights of her spiders, we will use ink and straws to mimic the organic forms present in her sculptures.

On Thursday, April 11
Pablo Picasso's Weeping WomanPablo Picasso is one of the most famous artists of the 20th century and definitely a household name. He was one of the pioneers of an avant-garde art movement called cubism. Cubism involves drawing or painting figures using geometric shapes- cones, triangles, cubes and spheres just to name a few. The resulting image is a painting that looks like it has been cut up and glued back together, not necessarily in the right order. That's exactly how we'll create our cubist paintings!
On Monday, April 15
Romare Bearden's One Night Stand-1974April is also Jazz Appreciation month and in recognition of that, we'll be looking at the work of Romare Bearden. Romare Bearden is an African-American artist from the mid 20th century whose work depicted scenes of African-American life, particularly in the south. Some of Bearden's most famous works use collage techniques to depict jazz musicians and night clubs. We'll be using magazines and pastels to create our own music themed collages.
On Wednesday, April 17
Jackson PoJackson Pollack's Untitled No. 3llock created vibrant paintings that looked like he just flung paint at the canvas. We'll use a variety of techniques including marbles, bubbles and paint filled balloons to explore and create the same type of out of control art that Pollock is famous for.
On Tuesday, April 23
Georges Seurat is a late 19th century Impressionist painter who Detail from Georges Seurat's Parade de Cirquecreated his own offshoot movement called Pointillism. Pointillism uses tiny dots of color to create larger images. Using cotton swabs, we'll make our own tiny dot paintings where the result is so much more than just a sum of the parts. If you're still interested in learning more about Seurat's style check out Liar and Spy, a mystery novel from the Newberry Award-winning author Rebecca Stead. Seurat's painting plays a major role in this mystery about looking at the bigger picture.
On Wednesday, April 24
Everyone's seen a moOne of Alexander Calder's mobilesbile, there was probably one hanging over your crib at some point. But did you know that the mobile was originally developed by Alexander Calder as a kinetic sculpture? And that kinetic is just a fancy way of saying "it moves"? We'll be making our own mobiles that you'll be proud to hang above your bed or somewhere else in your house. Want to know more? There's an entire room at the Hirshhorn Museum full of Calder mobiles!