Inspiring Art

This video gives you a taste of a lovely book, My America, featuring the poetry of Jan Spivey Gilchrist and illustrations by both Gilchrist and Ashley Bryan.  Both artists are winners of the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration.

During the library’s Coretta Scott King Award Festival, February 18-20, you will have a chance to explore different styles of art and make your own art projects to take home.

On Saturday, you can make a collage.  We were especially inspired by the beautiful collage art of Bryan Collier, though you might also draw inspiration for your artwork from Ashley Bryan‘s paper cutting or Faith Ringgold‘s story quilts.

Sunday,  you can design your own dinosaur, like the little girl in Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist’s I Can Draw a Weeposaur.  Stay to hear Mrs. Gilchrist speak about being an artist at 2:00!

Monday (when children are out of school for Presidents’ Day) we will be showing short videos based on books that won the Coretta Scott King Award.  After the videos, you can stay to make a craft.  We’ll start at 11:00 a.m. with Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.  Afterwards, design a collage with Kente cloth-patterned paper and create a fancy hairstyle with yarn.  At 1:30 in the afternoon we’ll continue with two stories that feature quilts (The Patchwork Quilt and Tar Beach) followed by quilt crafts.  After that, at 2:45, you can enjoy Duke Ellington (based on the book by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney) and Ellington Was Not a Street.  We’ll finish by using a scratchboard to make a picture, a technique Brian Pinkney uses in many of his books.

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