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Slate, Barbara You Can Do A Graphic Novel Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors,
Visual Arts- Cartooning
The students create a character study that tells everything you’ve ever wanted to know about a character, plot a story, do an interesting layout, and demystify the creative process. Some of the schools and libraries have organized an exhibition of the students' work. It is good for a teen’s self-esteem to see their work on display. It also attracts a lot of attention to the library, and usually results in articles in local newspapers. Any press showing a student's work is a big plus for their portfolio. Four to twelve sessions can be scheduled. Details are at
$1001- $3000
Crocker, Keith Ed Wood - Hollywood's Worst Filmmaker, or Misunderstood Genius? Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Ed Wood the man who directed the infamous and unintentionally funny Plan 9 From Outer Space has often been accused of being Hollywood's worst filmmaker but is this criticism fair? In this program, we explore the life of Ed Wood, from his days as a marine Corporal during WWII were he served in the battle of Tarawa to his career as a screenwriter in Hollywood, penning such classics as The Bride & The Beast (1958) and later working his way to directing cult classics as Bride of the Monster (1955), Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) and Night of the Ghouls (1959). Woods somewhat autobiographical Glenn or Glenda (1953) explored his passion for dressing like a woman. Writer Jim Morton said of Ed Wood; "Eccentric and individualistic, Edward D. Wood, Jr. was a man born to film. Lesser men, if forced to make movies under the conditions Wood faced, would have thrown up their hands in defeat." As a bonus, we will also explore other filmmakers whose works are so bad it proves that Ed Wood was actually quite ahead of his time.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John ‘Making A Hand-Bound & Hand-Decorated Medieval Book’ Literature- Other,
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Participants will take their inspiration from the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, and learn how to create their own hand-stitched, hand-decorated chapbooks. Best of all, they will discover the important truth that EVERYONE is an artist - it’s just a question of learning these tools of the trade. You will truly be amazed. Note: Everyone knows it is wise to heed your dreams! Our dreams and ideas are rich treasures that deserve special attention, and when recorded in this special book, can serve as inspiration for all manner of creative endeavors. The workshop leader is also a playwright and author, and testifies that the act of writing fleeting dreams and ideas down in a specially prepared book is the surest route to the creation of new plays, poems, and much, much more! A highly adaptable workshop - share your ideas!
$201- $350
Agostino, Christopher Before Cave Walls...The Transformation Lecture Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Before Cave Walls…the story on our skin A Dynamic Lecture by Christopher Agostino Before we ever painted a cave wall, we painted ourselves. Christopher Agostino,  author of Transformations: The Story Behind the Painted  Faces, presents an interactive performance lecture on this art of transformation.  An exceptional visual artist and fascinating speaker, he delves into the use of masks and makeup in cultural traditions and  world theater, symbols and iconography in tribal body art, and the influence of traditional sources on the early 20th century modern artists and current culture.  This performance challenges audiences to consider the origins of our collective humanity while taking performance art in a new direction — illustrated live on the faces of volunteers. Originally created as an instructive program for theatrical makeup artists and facepainters, Before Cave Walls… has developed into a performance proven fascinating for artists of all fields and general audiences as well, including family audiences, adults and college students. Presentations for theatres, libraries, festivals, and colleges. See the Before Cave Walls… video at: For additional information see:
$501- $1000
Singer, Lauren RECYCLE THE EARTH WEAVINGS Nature- Environment,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Class will focus on how to rebuild our earth with an easy weaving project that re-uses, re-purposes and recycles commonly discarded materials, such as junk mail, plastic bags, packaging wraps and more!. Easy weaving and knotting techniques on a cardboard loom will be taught for all age levels and ability. Participants will weave an earth conscious motto into their weaving. Finished pieces are ready for hanging on wall. Inspiring examples of weaving from diverse cultures will be shown and environmentally conscious practices will be discussed. Class is taught by award-winning artist/Board Member of the Long Island Craft Guild, art educator and passionate conservationist. Great for Earth Day and every day!
$201- $350
Visual Arts- Drawing,
Visual Arts- Painting
Be inspired by nature's bounty, variety and beauty as you create vibrant images using library's choice of pencil, pen, oil pastel and/or watercolor. See details up close from live plants and natural elements as well as work from a large arrangement. You'll learn composition, cropping, proportion, value and expressive techniques. Come capture the absolute magnificence of nature in every season! Class is taught by award winning artist, art teacher and passionate gardener. No experience necessary.
$201- $350
Field, Barb Family Fun Face Painting Performing Arts- Clowning,
Visual Arts- Painting,
Visual Arts- Other
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. SUGGESTED PROGRAM: (other ideas are available!!!) BJ will give a brief demonstration on how to use face paints. Then the fun begins! Participants may use the mirrors provided and paint their own faces or paint on a willing friend or family member. As they do this, they are learning about blending colors and cooperating with others. The students will be using safe, non-allergenic face paints to create their own designs on themselves or each other. 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Egan, Lesniak, Bobbi, Kinga Paint a floral still life History,
Visual Arts- Painting
Learn about the colorful history of Mexican Folk art painting while creating your own floral still life using acrylics on 12x15 paper. You will be guided through the process step-by-step. All materials supplied. This is a make and take program.
$201- $350
Manning, Jim Minecraft Madness Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
“Build a Better World” is the 2017 summer reading theme developed by the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). To fit with the Architecture, Building, and Construction theme, Jungle Jim's new show is titled Minecraft Madness! Join Jungle Jim as he leads your young patrons through the magical world of Minecraft! Some of the activities we do with the children include: The creation of the incredible Giant Dragon, competing in the sensational Building Block Madness Tournament, Beware of the riveting Zombie Chase!, Battle with the epic Balloon Blaze Rod, Watch the magic Bone Wand appear!, the Balloon Firework Rocket extravaganza, and for the big finale… Jungle Jim creates the biggest challenge of them all: A humongous 6-foot Slimeball!
$351- $500
Fultz, Dave Introduction to Balloon Sculpture Visual Arts- Crafts,
Visual Arts- Other
This is a fun and imaginative introduction to the art of balloon sculpture. Inflating, tying, managing the air within the balloon, lock twists, tulip twists, fold twists, and other techniques are all demonstrated. Students will make multiple balloon sculptures all of their own and are encouraged to merge their newly acquired skill with their own limitless imaginations to come up with their own works of art. More advanced multiple balloon works are also demonstrated. This program helps students to develop dexterity, creativity and is just plain fun!
$201- $350
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