Art @ Your Library

Picture 2.jpgMeet Christine Thornton, art teacher, studio owner, wife and mom. She began her career as a school art teacher but now teaches art lessons at her home studio and also at libraries throughout the Chicago area. She started as many of you have – enjoying all kinds of art like drawing, painting, sculpting, making jewelry, you name it!

Christine frequently visits Fountaindale Public Library District to lead painting and drawing programs for teens and for adults. This month, she’ll return to the Vortex for How to Draw Mexican Sugar Skulls. She’ll give a brief slideshow about Día de Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead and the traditional of sugar skulls or decorated skulls as a part of Día de Muertos celebrations and altars. Then, she’ll be on hand to guide program attendees in drawing their own colorful skulls.

Here’s some photos from last years event!

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Summer’s here and the season brings with it a certain creative energy. There’s just something about the colors and freedom of summer that makes me want to grab a paintbrush or camera or even a crochet hook.  

When you feel the call of creativity and need an outlet for your artistic ideas, look no further than the Vortex! This summer, we have programs in which you can learn to draw, paint, tie-dye, crochet, knit, photograph, animate, and more!  

In betwen programs, you can always curb your crafty cravings by checking out a Craft Kit or exploring the Vortex’s Maker Cart stocked with tools and supplies to help you create!File_001

Need some inspiration? Check out these ideas on our Pinterest page!

Summer Adventure 2015: Draw, Paint, or Create Your Own Superhero

thick colored pencils on white background, isolatedEarn points for the Summer Adventure by drawing, painting, or creating your own superhero!

An easy way to get these points is to join the Teen Fan-Art Club!

It meets June 10th & 24th, July 8th & 22nd, and August 5th from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m!

Or you can join in on our Comic Book Art craft!

It is a one-time program on August 10th from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.!

For those who prefer to work at home, the library also has plenty of books you can checkout to get inspired! Check out our list of recommended reading.  You can also find superhero crafts on our Pinterest page.