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Posted on: August 8, 2018

Discover your inner artist at SML!

Discover your inner artist at SML!

Join us for all ages painting programs this August. We invite you to discover your inner artist at a variety of painting and art classes held at our branches. Classes include instruction in acrylic, string and chalk painting as well as art therapy. Supplies for the art classes are provided, and there is no cost to attend, however registration may be required.

A new traveling program offered by Shreve Memorial Library provides hands-on instruction in acrylic painting in an intimate setting. “SML Paint Studio” engages a small audience of participants in an out-of-this-world painting experience. Regardless of skill level, attendees start each class with a blank canvas and leave with a great acrylic painting. Classes are limited to 10 participants age 13 and older, and registration is required.

The next “SML Paint Studio” program will be held on Saturday, August 18 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch, located at 8303 Line Avenue. Registration for this program is currently full, but you can add your name to the wait list.

Subsequent “SML Paint Studio” classes will be held on the third Saturday of each month through the end of the year at various branches. Registration for these programs will be held closer to the date of the events. Please see below for a complete list of “SML Paint Studio” programs:

  • Saturday, September 15 at the Hamilton/South Caddo Branch, 2111 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop
  • Saturday, October 20 at the David Raines Branch, 2855 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
  • Saturday, November 17 at the Mooretown Branch, 4360 Hollywood Avenue
  • Saturday, December 15 at the Atkins Branch, 3704 Greenwood Road

Children between the ages of six and ten are invited to join the Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch for “Little Makers: Salt Painting” on Wednesday, August 15. Attendees will be able to make their own creation using a technique that combines glue, salt and watercolors. The program will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cedar Grove/Line Avenue Branch located at 8303 Line Avenue.

In Hosston, patrons of all ages can drop in at any time on Wednesdays during the month of August to help paint the parking lot. The branch’s “We Paint Picasso” program allows patrons to express their creativity using chalk paint. Possibilities are endless as participants are free to draw and paint whatever design comes to mind.

“We Paint Picasso” takes place each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hosston Branch. Patrons are also invited to the branch on Friday, August 31 from 11 a.m. to noon to get ready for the Labor Day holiday weekend by painting fireworks. The branch is located at 15478 U.S. Hwy 171 in Hosston.

Rock painting is a new trend that combines acrylic painting, ordinary rocks, and a scavenger hunt. Painted rocks have been left in parks and other places and tracked online using cute hashtags (#SMLRocks). We will get into the fun with a rock painting program for all ages at the Higginbotham-Bryson Branch. The library will supply rocks and paint for anyone that would like to paint their very own rock. The program will take place on Friday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the branch, located at 9359 Greenwood Road in Greenwood. RSVP to the Facebook Event

You can also paint rocks with us during the #SMLRocks program at our Hollywood/Union Ave. Branch, 2105 Hollywood Ave., on Friday, September 7 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. RSVP to the Facebook Event

Another intriguing painting technique trend that will be explored is the new ink string art phenomenon. Ink string art uses twine and paint to create captivating abstract art pieces. The Gilliam Branch, 12797 Main Street in Gilliam, will hold an art class for adults that will give patrons a chance to try this trendy art technique. The ink string art class will take place on Thursday, August 30 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Painting is not only fun, but can also be therapeutic. According to the American Art Therapy Association website, “Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.” 

The public is invited to learn more about Art Therapy, a therapeutic and creative method of expression through painting, on Thursday, August 30 at the David Raines Branch. Join branch staff and Mr. Joseph Williams from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for this interactive experience.

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