New art workshops at Merrickville Public Library

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The Merrickville Public Library is teaming up with the Merrickville Artists Guild (MAG) to offer four free art workshops. Library volunteer, Gloria Stowell, has been running the Brenda Carter Memorial Art Workshops at the library for several years. This Fall, she decided it would be nice to tap into the rich artist community of Merrickville to give children a taste of all different types of art. “We’re taking it to the next level by partnering with the Artists Guild,” says Librarian Mary-Kate Laphen. “It is an opportunity for kids to work with actual professional artists.”

All four workshops are geared towards children ages 8-14, and will have a superhero theme. MAG artists are volunteering their time as part of their community outreach efforts, and the Friends of the Merrickville Public Library are donating all the materials for the workshops. The two Fall workshops have already been scheduled for Saturday, October 27, and Saturday, November 24, at 1:00pm.

The first will be led by artist, Mary Loos, and will feature acrylic paint on canvas. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Mary’s use of bright colours and bold techniques to create a bursting energy field around a superhero mask silhouette.

“The Ink Master”, Larry Thompson, will lead the second workshop. He will be using his expertise to show participants how to design and create their own low-relief 3D labyrinth, and then use old-time printing tools to reveal its twists and turns in a decorative map.

Stay tuned for more information about the February and March workshops. They will also follow the superhero theme, inspired by mythical beasts and their lairs, and the kid’s own personal superpowers.

Registration deadline for all four workshops is October 14. Register at the Library, or by phone (613-269-3326) or email ([email protected]).

In the meantime, come check out the library’s new chalk board wall. The wall is also magnetic, so kids can use it to play with magnets, or draw on it with chalk. It will also be used as a green screen for photography and other activities and workshops put on by the library. The wall was made possible by the generous contribution of the Friends of the Merrickville Public Library.

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