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Arts & Crafts Programs

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You are invited online or in-person to meet-up with fellow creatives to learn a new skill or improve one you have always enjoyed! Books, e-books, magazines, video tutorials, and more will keep your creative muse flowing all year long! Browse our art, craft, and hobby reading recommendations too!

Don't miss Meet the Artists, our annual featured event that takes place after the first of the year at Central Library. Meet the Artists has been showcasing local artists for more than thirty years!

For Adults

Landscape for Fun
Schedule & Register
This 90-minute workshop will lead participants through the process of creating an entire landscape using their imagination, their emotions and the instructor's easy “Bob Ross” style teaching.

Recycled Book Art with Jenn Hash
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Have you ever wondered what to do with your old books? In this 1.5 hour workshop we will repurpose old books into two kinds of art. We will alter book pages to create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art pieces.

Beech Grove Adult Coloring
Adults are invited to experience the latest trend in relaxation and fun: coloring! Enjoy socializing with others while coloring on pages designed for adults. Coloring supplies are provided or bring your own.

Central Library 3D Printing: Dream It, Design It, and Print It!
Learn the basics of 3D printing from concept to creation using Tinkercad and the 3D Systems Cube Printer. Dream it, design it, print it! This program will be held in the Makerspace. No registration is required.

Central Library Maker Crafts: Origami
Saturday, March 25 from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Register
Join us in the Makerspace at Central Library to try the art of Japanese paper folding, origami! In this class you will learn about the different types of folds used for origami while creating a paper crane and a jumping frog.

East 38th Street Podcrafts = Podcasts + Crafts
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Bring your work in progress, or complete a provided craft while listening to and discussing a podcast.

Glendale Yarnslingers
Knitters, crocheters, and fiber artists of all kinds are welcome to join monthly to meet, work on projects, share their recent creations, and discuss fiber arts. All skill levels are welcome.

Martindale Brightwood Art Station for Kids, Teens & Families
Join us for an afterschool craft! A craft tutorial will be provided as well as supplies for independent drawing/coloring/crafting.

Martindale Brightwood Senior Crafting Hour
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A crafting hour for adults and seniors to come and socialize. Follow along with the instructor to create a fun adult craft. This month we will be making Chocolate Body Scrub. Limited supplies, so registration is encouraged.

Pike Crochet-a-Long
Those who enjoy crocheting, knitting or other fiber arts are invited to learn a new craft and make something for the homeless. Basic supplies will be provided.

Warren Fibre Folk Tales - Fibre Arts Craft Club
Schedule & Register
Come craft with us! Adults are invited to bring their crochet, knitting, sewing, and other crafting projects for free crafting time. Free patterns, materials, and tools will also be provided for those wishing to learn, or try something new. A librarian will be on hand for some beginner instruction. Anyone wishing to donate finished projects will be given the option of a charity basket. Come craft with us!

Get Creative Series

Central Library Adobe Creative Cloud Self-Study
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Learn about Adobe Creative Cloud or work on a project with the library's training computers. Use Adobe's beginner tutorials or access video tutorials from LinkedIn Learning with your library card. See description for how to prepare for this session and available Adobe Software on training computers.

Central Library Adobe Photoshop Basics
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Get started editing images and photos. Discover how to transform images to match your artistic vision. Explore the basic tools you will need and gain hands-on experience.

Central Library Get Inspired with Adobe Capture
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Find design inspiration everywhere. Learn how to quickly transform your inspiration into digital art with your phone by extracting colors, patterns, and more from images and ordinary objects.

For Kids & Teens

Storybook Friends Preschool Art Workshop
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Explore watercolor and collage techniques inspired by the art of Eric Carle. Children ages 3-6 will learn about painting with water and will take home a fun collage creation of their own! Dress to mess!

Street Art 101
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This workshop will introduce the genre of graffiti and cover everything from creating different fonts to the history of tagging. Using stencils, pencils, sharpies, cardboard, fabrics and spray paint, Ess will guide the participants in the creation of “Street art” of their own style. See our book list In Celebration of Street Art.

Central Library Teen Open Activities
Teens ages 13-17 can join us in The Learning Curve, on the 3rd floor for drop-in craft projects. We provide the materials; you provide the creativity! Each Monday evening will feature a different craft or activity.

Lawrence Teen Zone
Teens ages 12-18 are welcome to join us for crafts, gaming, homework help, and snacks after school. Registration is not required.

Martindale-Brightwood Art Station
Join us for an afterschool craft! A craft tutorial will be provided as well as supplies for independent drawing, coloring, or crafting.

Southport Get Crafty - Teen Art & Crafts
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Teens ages 12-18 join us for an art or craft activity on the first Thursday of every month! Each month we'll feature a new project to make and take home.

Southport Tot Art at Southport
Babies and toddlers up to age 3 and an adult are invited for an art program. Please stick around after the art activity for socialization and playtime. Come dressed for a mess!