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Art Teacher on the Net Offers Librarians, Staff, Students and Volunteers New Online Workshops


San Diego, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/18/2014 -- Art Teacher on the Net has added even more online workshops to its line up of popular online selections for librarians, staff, volunteers, and students. The four week (12 hour) online, budget friendly, workshop offerings will include:

Arts and Crafts for Youth Librarians.
It's Fun to be Green for Librarians (Tween and Teen Emphasis).
Creating Cartoon Library Programs.
Making Manga Art Programming.
Visual Literacy for Library Staff.
Art Projects and Programming for the School Librarian and Media Specialist.
It's Fun to be Green (Age 5-12 Emphasis).
Storytime Arts and Craft Projects and Programming.
Go Green Babies, Preschoolers, and Pre-K.
Art Exhibits in Your Library.
Intergenerational Art Projects and Programs for the Library.
Graphic Design for the Librarian and Staff.
100 Art Sites for Librarians.

Sign up and more information is available at.

Here is what past participants have said about the Art Teacher on the Net workshops:

I have found so many different resources for art projects for my storytime patrons. I am so excited to be able to offer different projects instead of recycling the same ones over and over (boring for the patrons and boring for me).

My favorite project was the Japanese symbol calligraphy- it would be so easy for anyone to do and the results don't have to be perfect to look amazing.

I would definitely recommend this class to other librarians like myself who have no art background. This class would also be good for someone with an art background who is looking for new ideas to try.

In working on this workshop I have worked also on my Summer Reading Program for our library. Week 3 gave so many ideas to use that it was fun to do them and discover which ones would work well for our young patrons. I now have crafts for at least 2 of the 4 books we will read in my Youth Discussion Group. I am well ahead of the game.

I really enjoyed answering the questions about the piece of art in the museum. I want to use some of the questions I learned this summer when we read "Chasing Vermeer" because the book deals with a piece of art.

Thanks for all the help with one of my books for the Summer Reading Program.

Well, I had not thought about bonding art and books together in one reading hour before, so I got new and interesting views of what to do. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.

I had a great time brainstorming ideas and reading the suggestions everyone had!

I feel I learned how to study a painting in more depth. That a painting is made up of many facets. The lines, colors and textures all blend together to make one painting.

I gained lots of great ideas from everyone. The ideas were great and I will incorporate some of them into my programs.

I will keep a copy of the different things I have learned in this session of the class to apply it to painting I encounter. It is exciting.

I bookmarked several of the sites presented in the lessons which will come in handy when I get stuck for ideas. It also helps reading the other's experiences in working with library patrons in crafts events.

Finding ideas are hard to find and this is a wealth of information for myself and the library.

Thank you very much for the wonderful and interesting web-sites, you mentioned. There are so great ideas.

I was delighted to find some new web sites for inspiration - many of my students love to draw and I hope to integrate some of the cartoon drawing lessons in to our weekly book club meetings, possibly in the creation of bookmarks, etc.

It has been great having so much information all in one place. I enjoyed browsing through the many websites & links. Many are new to me. I appreciate all of your suggestions for organization, supplies, storage, recycling, and art tips & resources.

Where do I begin! I have learned about so many resources. I really liked the online scavenger hunt, what a great idea. I also really loved the letter writing with beads.

This week gave me a great many resources to use in our library. I really had to think for the scavenger hunt but I love the idea and did work our a hunt. I also thought the "wanted" poster was fun as well . . .

There really are a wealth of information and ideas to explore.

I would recommend this class to others. After all I took this class because my supervisor recommended it to me.

About Valerie Colston, M.A.
Instructor Valerie Colston, M.A. is an art professor and author with many years of experience developing and teaching art programs as an Art Performer at several San Diego local libraries. She teaches 100 Art Ideas for Teachers at the University of California, Extension in San Diego, California and a variety of Art history courses online through colleges and universities. Her book 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills published by Barrons Educational Series has received outstanding reviews appearing in School Library Journal, National Art Education Association newsletter, and more. Her "It's Easy to be a Green Teen" appeared in the youth librarian publication Voices of Youth Advocates October 09 issue. Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes for YA Programming Libraries Unlimited Professional guides for Young Adult Librarians Series was released in December 2011.

For more information contact:

Valerie Colston, Author and Instructor @ 760-978-3609 or 858-453-2ART and