06 25, 2021

Make art that rocks at the library

By |2021-06-25T12:00:37-04:00June 25, 2021|

Paint rocks with us on Friday, July 9. You can keep your masterpiece or hide it around town for someone else to find.

Want to paint some pumice? Beautify a basalt? In other words, ready to make some art that rocks?

We’re hosting a rock-painting program for adults on Friday, July 9, outside of our Main Branch. We’ll provide all the supplies, including the rocks that will serve as your canvas. You only need bring you creativity.

We’re hosting two rock-painting sessions that day – one at 10 a.m. and the second at 11:30 a.m. – to make room for as many people as possible. The program is free, and registration is required beforehand. You can sign up online or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 247.

When you’re finished, you can keep your masterpiece or hide it around town for someone else to find.

11 11, 2020

Enjoy Paint Night from the comfort of your home

By |2020-11-11T16:00:14-05:00November 11, 2020|

We recently hosted a paint night with artist Janie Walland. We’re sharing the program so that you too can make your own Starfish & Love painting.

Here are the supplies that Janie used (but you’re welcome to adjust them to your own taste:)

  • acrylic craft paint (we used shades of aqua, yellow, and brown)
  • cutouts of the letter L, V & E
  • canvas
  • string
  • a pen or pencil to poke a couple of small holes in the canvas
  • starfish, which you can get at a craft store
  • paper towel for dabbing paint. (No brushes necessary!)

Have fun and get messy!

By the way, if you’re an art lover, then you should check out some of the Book & Brush talks that we’ve shared on our YouTube channel. Our own Barb Hauer discusses post-Impressionists and celebrates women artists like Helen Dryden and Lee Miller.

Also, if you’re looking for fun artistic projects that you can make at home, watch our Artpocalypse series. Each week, we suggest different crafts, artwork, and even science experiments that you can try.

05 27, 2020

Celebrating the Post-Impressionists with Henri Matisse

By |2020-05-27T19:00:05-04:00May 27, 2020|

Join our Collections Development Manager Barb Hauer as she introduces you to the art of the fauvists and their leader, Henri Matisse.

Fauvism absorbed lessons from both post-impressionist painters like Cézanne and Van Gogh and neo-impressionists like Seurat. The fauvists employed vivid and non-natural uses of color, and their influence can still be seen in artwork today.

Hauer prepared this talk for our Book & Brush Club, which she has led since its inception in 2009. Each month, she offers a visual presentation based on the lives of artists and associated art movements based on either art historical fiction and nonfiction. Our buildings may presently be closed because of the coronavirus, but we can still share Hauer’s presentation with you!

For more from our Book & Brush Club:

01 24, 2020

Attend our Van Gogh-themed painting workshop

By |2020-01-24T06:00:43-05:00January 24, 2020|

Learn to paint like Vincent van Gogh on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Learn to paint like Vincent van Gogh on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Mentor Public Library’s Main Branch.

Back by popular demand!

We’re hosting a Vincent van Gogh-themed painting workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at our Main Branch.

The instructor will be Stephanie Royko, a local art teacher. Painters—from rookies to veterans—will learn ways to emulate Van Gogh’s techniques.

The workshop, including art supplies, costs $20 to attend and is payable at registration. People can sign up for the workshop at our Main Branch. There is only room for 12 people in the workshop; so, if you’re interested, you’ll want to register soon before the program fills.

09 30, 2019

Paint Pouring Party!

By |2019-09-30T06:00:48-04:00September 30, 2019|

Ever heard of fluid art? It’s also called Paint Pouring or Dirty Pouring. We tried it last week with our Masterpieces at Main Art Club.

Instead of painting, you can mix your paint in a single cup and pour it directly onto the canvas. It makes for a stunning, psychedelic image.

Here’s a video if you want to try it at home:

By the way, our Masterpieces at Main Art Club is always happy to welcome new members. It’s open to all kids (eight to 12 years old.) And you don’t need to paint like Picasso or sculpt like Michelangelo to participate. However, to get the most out of the club, the kids will need to be able to work independently. Also, art can get messy, so dress appropriately.

Our next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. You can register online for your children to join or call us at (440) 255-8811 ext. 221.

In the meantime, art lovers have other clubs they can check out at the library:

  • Studio MPL is now at the Lake Branch! Kids gather each month to make a fun art project. The next meeting is 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 21.
  • Kids aren’t the only ones who can get creative. Adults can join us for our Crafty Adults Club at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at our Lake Branch or our Bad Art Club at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, at our Headlands Branch. Both are free to join. We provide the supplies. You just bring your imagination.
  • Finally, if you love art, then you should check our Book & Brush Club. Our Collection Development Manager Barb provides  a visual presentation based on the lives of artists and associated art movements from the club’s book of the month. Their next meeting is 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at our Main Branch. This month’s selection is “The Modigliani Scandal” by Ken Follett.

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