Teens invited to take part in free art lab


Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 5:47 p.m.

Wanted: Teens to participate in a free art lab that will include instruction and supplies with no experience necessary.

Facts

ART LAB

* What: Teen Art Lab with supplies to draw, sketch or paint.

* When: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 21 and every third Wednesday of each month.

* Where: Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave.

* Information: Call 352-334-0165.

The Teen Art Lab will be offered from 3:30-4:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 21, and also the third Wednesday of each month at the Library Partnership at 1130 NE 16th Ave.

"Just show up," said Anita Jenkins, Library Partnership manager, "We provide all the tools."

Jenkins said the purpose of the art lab is to encourage teens to be involved, to create, and to express themselves through the arts. She said library staff will provide instruction, art books, videos and all the materials the teens will need to draw, sketch and paint. Jenkins said the teens can take their artwork home or have it displayed in the Teen Room.

"It's amazing watching the things they come up with," Jenkins said. "They're very creative."

Jenkins said the teens will also learn the different types of art through pictures, videos and online resources. "It's a lot of fun and the teens have a great time," said Jenkins, adding that at the first program, mainly girls showed up, but then boys came to see what the girls were doing, "They kept coming back and we have a mixed group of kids," Jenkins said. "We want the teens to feel comfortable and to give the arts a try."

Jenkins said the art lab was the idea of a former staff member. "I encourage staff to think about (new) programs we should offer and programs we should keep," Jenkins said. "This is a program that we will be keeping."

Jenkins said experience is not necessary to express yourself through the arts, whether it's painting, poetry or other art forms.

"You can put on paper what you feel and it means something to you," Jenkins said. "Let your imagination go and be amazed with the results. It's awesome."

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