Art in the Library for Summer 2017

We are excited to announce our free summer outreach Art in the Library programs held in community libraries throughout Columbia County and beyond for students in grades K-8.  Connecting words, art, and children, these free programs use both word and image-based learning paths so that students are inspired to experience reading and art in an entirely new way.  Our theme for 2017 is “art as intersection.”  Families are welcome to attend.

              StudePhilmont photonts in grades K-2 will learn about Columbia County resident and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and her poem “Travel” as they explore the theme “places we can go, people we can meet”  We will explore where a train can take us, write our own poem, and create a travel folder of both a day and night sky, interspersed by sparkly “cinders” (as in Millay’s poem).  Another grade K-2 program explores Emily Dickinson’s poem “The Railway Train” and students will create a landscape scroll with their poem written into their drawing.  Students in grades 3-6 will explore intersections of art and history as they create either 3-D assemblage word and sheet music sculptures or self-portraits inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem “I hear America Singing.”  Students in grades 6-8 will also learn about Millay, inspired by her famed poem “Afternoon on a Hill.”  They will create accordion books tied with ribbons, depicting their own poem of a favorite place, illustrated with a landscape in watercolor, ink and brush. 

      These free programs are made possible with support from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund, funding from Kinderhook Bank and the Bank of Greene County, a Stewart’s Holiday Match Program Grant, and community donors.  These programs are offered in partnership with public libraries throughout Columbia County.  Pre-registration is suggested – please contact the libraries to pre-register.

 Philmont Public Library (672-5010)

  • Monday June 26 1-3 pm Walt Whitman program grades 3-6 (self-portraits)
  • Wednesday June 28 1-2 pm Millay program grades K-2 (day and night train travel)

 Nassau Library (766-2715) – these programs have free take-home art kits in addition to the projects created during the programs.

  • Monday July 17 2:30-4:30 Millay program for grades 6-8 (accordion books)
  • Monday July 24 2:30-4:30 Walt Whitman program grades 3-6 (self-portraits)

 Valatie Library (758-6497)

  •  Tuesday July 25 2-3 pm Emily Dickinson program grades K-2 (scrolls)
  •  Tuesday Aug 1 2-4 pm Walt Whitman program grades 3-6  (self-portraits)

 New Lebanon Library (794-8844)

  •  Wednesday July 26 1:30-3:30 Walt Whitman Program (sculpture)
  •  Tuesday August 8 1:30-2:30 Emily Dickinson program (scrolls)

 Claverack Library (851-7120)

  • Thursday August 10 5-7 pm Walt Whitman program (self-portraits) grades 2-5

 Philmont Public Library (672-5010)

  •  Monday Aug 28 1-2 pm Emily Dickinson program grades K-2  (scrolls)

 Kinderhook Library (758-6192)

  •  Sunday Sept 17 4-6 pm Millay program for grades 6-8 (accordion books)

 Roeliff Jansen Community Library (325-4101)

  •  Saturday Sept 23 10:30-11:30 Millay program grades K-2 (day and night train travel)
  •  Saturday Sept 30 10:30-12:30 Millay program for grades 6-8 (accordion books)

Learn more about our 2017 Art in the Library programs here.

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