Another year of art and media workshops in Point Library

In the year 2016 the library was full of different workshops for kids. Fridays we had Creativity Club – a club for kids by kids. In Creativity Club each week we chose a mentor or a teacher among the kids who spend their time at the library. This mentor/teacher decided what type of activities we did that week. Library´s art educator Taru helped with gathering the right materials and some helpful books. Among other things we made comics, origamis and cards. We even started making our own coloring book. Creativity Club will continue in the year 2017!

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Illustration club dived into ocean themed poetry and made collages. We started by getting to know the illustrations of Eric Carle and Satu Kettunen. Eric Carle paints on transparent paper and then compiles his illustrations together by cutting shapes out of his paintings and composing these shapes into for example animals. Eric Carle´s most beloved book is The very hungry caterpillar (1969). We also admired the see-through pages of Eric Carle´s book Mister Seahorse (2014).

In the spirit of Eric Carle we painted with sponges, forks and our fingers. Then we read some ocean themed poetry and started making our own collages by cutting and pasting our paintings. The final illustrations were displayed on an exhibition at the Point library gallery. 

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Cut-out animation workshops made animations out of pieces of paper. This finnish classic ”Varokaa heikkoa jäätä” is made with similar technique. We made our animations with the library´s iPads and iStopMotion and iMovie applications. We started by making our own characters. All moving parts have to be cut out and moved separately. The parts shouldn´t be too small so they don´t get lost too easily and it´s easier for you to move them. The animators worked in teams of two or three making animations on how these different characters meet. You can see our animations on Point Library´s YouTube-channel.

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Text and images: Taru Liikanen, art educator, Vantaa City Library

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