Arts/Crafts

The 9th annual Canton Acts of Culture Week is May 11-18 and events and activities are planned throughout the community to celebrate the arts. All of our storytimes during this week will have an art theme, and we're hosting the following events at the library.

For a list of everything happening in Canton, download this schedule from the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage website.

Imposter Art Make and Take

Thorndyke as Frida Kahlo

 

Imitate an impressionist, copy some cubism, emulate an abstract, or just be your own best artist self.

Whatever your approach, artists of all ages and abilities are welcomed to stop in to replicate their favorite style, or create something wholly original.

We provide the art supplies and some inspiration, and you get to exercise your creativity muscles. Come alone or bring a friend and make an artwork to take home.

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Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle

In honor of Earth Day 2019, come learn some simple ways to reduce your use of plastics and create a beautiful flower craft from recycled plastic bottles. Supplies are provided - just bring yourself and your creativity!

This program is for adults 18 years and older. 

plastic flowers, plastic bottles, craft

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Bad Art Night

 

Join us for this freestyle crafting event on Tuesday, October 16, 7:00-8:30 pm. We'll provide the art supplies, you create something terrible. Hideous painting,  tacky sculpture,  ghastly drawing,  the sky's the limit - as long as it's bad! 

Participants will have 45 minutes to create something dreadful. Then,  each piece will be displayed and attendees will enjoy light refreshments as they vote for the worst piece of art. The winner will have the distinction of Best Bad Artist and receive the Bad Art trophy. Good luck!  

This program is for 18+. Registration is required. 

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Explore the lives of many artists. The books below are found in our children's collections, but may appeal to wider audiences. Find more artists and art in our collections: just ask any librarian.

Describes how Van Gogh's insomnia, possibly a symptom of mental or phyical illness, allowed him to view the night sky while everyone else was asleep and influenced how he saw the world around him.

A story inspired by the life of the influential French master artist considers how he transformed his dreary childhood community in northern France through his expressions of color and form.

Dot Painting

 

Looking for a fun and creative way to relax? 

Join us on Thursday June 28, 7-8:30 pm, as we create works of art using the wrong end of the paintbrush! This activity requires a bit of concentration and a little creativity. Animal templates will be provided. 

 

This program is for ages 18 and up.

Registration is required. 

 

 

Animal by GDJ licensed under CC0 1.0

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Paint Splat!

 

Do you like making art? Do you like when things go splat? If so, you’ll want to contribute to the community art piece we’re creating for Canton Acts of Culture Week. We’ll be set up outside the library entrance, stop by on your way in and help us splatter paint on canvas! No registration is required. 

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Did you miss Storytime this past Thursday? Have no fear! Here are the wonderful books we read and some extra books for you to enjoy all about the amazing world of Art. See you next week!

From Storytime

2018 LEGO® Building Contest

LEGO® creation

Attention Builders! It’s time for our LEGOs® in SPACE! Building Contest. Show us your most creative, outer space design. It could be a space ship, a space battle, an alien, or even a scene from a space themed book or movie. There are multiple divisions based on age: K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, 7th-8th, 9th-adult.  Contestants may enter individually or as part as a team.  Registration begins Wednesday, December 20, and the Contest will take place Wednesday, January 3.   Entries must be dropped off on January 2 between 6:00-8:00 PM or on January 3 between 9:00 AM-12:00 PM. A public viewing will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 3:00-6:00 PM and an awards ceremony at 7:00 PM.  Patrons will have the opportunity to cast their vote for a Popular Vote winner separately from age category winners that will be chosen by our judges.

Contest Rules

  1. Use your own LEGO®, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO® compatible plastic bricks, motors and materials.
  2. Entries must be your own creation, not a LEGO® designed kit or a project found online, in a book, or in a magazine.
  3. Your creation may not be larger than 2' x 2' x 2'.
  4. Participants must register online (beginning December 20) to ensure a space for display. Please also fill out the paper entry form (downloadable from the CPL web site) and bring it with you when you drop off your entry.
  5. Each person may enter only once. You may enter as an individual OR as part of a team but not both. Entering as a team is a way for families and friends to build together. Team entries will be judged in the age category of the oldest team member.
  6. You must adhere to the following participation schedule (see below).
  7. Canton Public Library cannot assume responsibility of LEGO® creations while they are on display, though we will have someone monitoring the room at all times.
  8. Entries must be taken home by Wednesday, January 3, by 8:45 PM.

Participation Schedule

  • Tuesday, January 2
    • 6:00-8:00 PM: drop off entries
  • Wednesday, January 3
    • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM: drop off entries
    • 12:00-3:00 PM: room closed for viewing set-up and judging
    • 3:00-6:00 PM: public viewing and popular vote casting
    • 6:00-7:00 PM: room closed for popular vote tallying and ceremony set-up
    • 7:00-8:00 PM: awards ceremony

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Winter Solstice Lantern DIY

The winter solstice is December 21 and brings the longest evening of the year. Stop in to learn about winter solstice traditions around the world and make your own lantern to brighten up the dark night. 

Recommended for ages 9 & up. 

The image Lit Lanterns by Ann is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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