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Arts & Crafts Programs

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!

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

Cricut Design Space for Beginners

Cricut Design Space for Beginners

Central Library

This class will guide you step-by-step through Design Space, the software for designing Cricut projects. Explore the Design Space canvas and the functions and tools bringing your designs to life. Learn about the material prep screen and unloading and assembling a beginner-level cut project.

Crafternoon at West Indianapolis

Crafternoon at West Indianapolis

West Indianapolis Branch

Crafternoon at West Indy is an arts and crafts club. You can bring your current creative project to work on or use our supplies to start something new! A Cricut is now available for patron use. Everyone is welcome. Join us every Monday at 2:30 p.m. for an afternoon of crafting and conversation!

East Side Art Club

East Side Art Club

Warren Branch

Calling all crafters! Join us for an hour of creativity and conversation. Artists of all mediums and measures are welcome. Some basic supplies are available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own supplies or current projects to work on.

Digital Creativity Workstation

East 38th Street
Looking to edit photos, videos, audio or make a new graphic design? Or want to use The Library's learn-on-demand collection to learn how? The Digital Creativity Workstations have specialized software to support multimedia projects including Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Vegas Pro Video Editor, and more. A reservation is required. Learn more and make a reservation.

For Kids & Teens

Adult Coloring at Beech Grove

Adult Coloring at Beech Grove

Beech Grove Branch

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.

Cricut Design Space for Beginners

Cricut Design Space for Beginners

Central Library

This class will guide you step-by-step through Design Space, the software for designing Cricut projects. Explore the Design Space canvas and the functions and tools bringing your designs to life. Learn about the material prep screen and unloading and assembling a beginner-level cut project.

Art With Lesly

Art With Lesly

Lawrence Branch

Come relax with us! Let Lesly guide your painting experience and paint a pet-related scene.

Book List: Igniting and Sustaining Creativity

Creativity flows in many different facets of life. This collection of books offers insights from musicians, producers, actors, dancers, writers, physicists, psychologists, and more. I hope they help you find inspiration and delight in your creative process.

See all our Staff book lists about art, artists, and creativity.

Your Idea Starts Here

77 Mind-expanding Ways to Unleash your Creativity

Eckert, Carolyn

Looking for ways to help spark and grow your creativity? Dip in to any of the 77 approaches in this book to give your creative process a boost. Also available as an eBook.

The Shape of Ideas

An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity

Snider, Grant

Flip open the book to any page and allow the illustrations, humor, and insights to wash over you. Also available as an eBook and a Downloadable Graphic Novel.

The Remembering Process

A Surprising (and Fun) Breakthrough New Way to Amazing Creativity

Barrett, Daniel

What a great approach to creativity! Track forward into the future and then look back to remember the process of creating whatever it is you're looking to bring into being. Give it a try. I find this has a lot of merit.