Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

September 20, 2012

Taking art off the page, into your hands

Library offers 'Let's Create' programs


The Andover Townsman

---- — Andover adults have a chance to not just read about arts and crafts at Memorial Hall Library, but to try them out themselves.

Memorial Hall Library is inviting people to get creative this October with four adult programs featuring different hands-on craft and art projects.

“With the “Let’s Create” series, come try something new, or learn more tips for something you already create. Participants will leave with a finished project from each program. There’s still time for hand-made holiday presents, thank you cards, and hostess gifts,” said a release from Emily Classon, community services librarian.

Space is limited for each program. To register, people are asked to visit mhl.org/eventcalendar or call 978-623-8401, Ext. 31 or 32.

PROGRAMS

Let’s Create, Mosaics

On Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m., people can join mosaic and stained glass artist Leslie Doherty for a hands-on lesson with glass tile mosaics. Participants will create a trivet or small wall plaque to keep. Doherty, owner of Ways of Color, has worked with stained glass for over 20 years and teaches throughout Massachusetts, according to the library.

Let’s Create: Zentangle

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On Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., people can discover their inner artist with the zentangle method of creating artwork through repetitive patterns.

According to the library, “This creative, inspiring, and relaxing practice only takes minutes to do and few materials. Zentangle is great for people on the go and anyone looking for a few minutes to themselves. Learn how to create beautiful artwork with just a few simple pen strokes, and it’s no harder than writing your name.”

The event is described as a relaxing, fun, and creative experience, presented by librarian and certified Zentangle teacher Emily Classon.

Let’s Create: Cards

On Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. , learn how to create handmade cards for the season. Create several cards using rubber stamps, coordinating papers, and fun embellishments. The session is presented by librarian and Stampin’ Up demonstrator Diane Giarrusso.

Let’s Create: Mandalas

On Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m., learn about mandala. From Sanskrit meaning circle or whole, it describes a circular design found not only in nature but also in Buddhist, Christian, and Native American sacred art traditions. In psychology, mandala is seen as a metaphor for the self.

“In this fun and relaxing workshop we will work with colors, shapes, and patterns to create our own mandalas using pen, pastel, colored pencil, and collage. The process of making mandalas allows us to listen to our inner spirit and to be present in the moment,” according to the library. This session is presented by Karen Beaver.