Try some art or simply socialize with free Sno-Isle Libraries arts program

Sno-Isle Libraries is expanding its online arts offerings with a free, online, all-ages arts program. 

Silver Kite logoFive live Silver Kite social hours start at 10:30 a.m. July 1 and continue weekly through July 29. Art classes will start July 3 and include watercolors, drawing, poetry and songwriting. While all Silver Kite events are intended for older adults, all ages are welcome, making them great for inter-generational learning. 

I’m excited to work with Silver Kite to offer engaging online programs for our older adult customers,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Librarian Denise Douglas-Baird 

The social hours feature time for conversation, play and connection. Bring a piece of music, visual art, photograph or poem to share, or just join to watch and listen. 

The COVID-19 quarantine has taught many of us how debilitating and unhealthy isolation can be, especially for older adults,” Douglas-Baird saidAs Sno-Isle Libraries creatively harnesses technology to connect with our customers in new ways, our collaboration with Silver Kite offers us a perfect opportunity to engage customers of all ages. 

Sno-Isle Libraries customers can sign up for as many Silver Kite classes as they want. Classes cover an array of arts, including watercolors, drawing, poetry and songwriting. Most classes require supplies that many people may already have at home. 

Two classes are specifically dementia friendly. 

Customers who can’t make the live online classes can access pre-recorded classes any time. 

Silver Kite has presented in-person programs at several libraries in the past and they have been very popular,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Programming Coordinator Anne Murphy. “When the pandemic hit, they worked quickly to move their classes online. Were excited that we can offer the Silver Kite experience to our customers. 

Click on any class title below and follow the registration instructions. 

Art of the Campaign Poster: 10:30 a.m. July 3 

Explore the history of campaign art in the United States, share personal stories related to election campaigns, and design possible campaign posters for issues or candidates you feel passionate about. 

What you’ll need: Paper, markers 

Watercolor Your World (Dementia Friendly): 1:30 p.m. July 6 

Explore basic watercolor techniques by exploring color and color mixing and creating a spring-themed original painting of your own. This workshop has been designed and will be facilitated for persons with dementia and their care partners. Everyone is welcome. 

What you’ll need: Watercolors, brush, cup of water, pencil, thick marker or Sharpie, paper (watercolor paper is ideal but not necessary) 

Beginning Drawing – Still Life: 10:30 a.m. July 10 

During this interactive workshop learn some basic drawing techniques in shading, shapes, and perspective as you explore ways to draw a still life. 

What you’ll need: Paper, pencil, eraser 

Painting a Landscape with Words: 1:30 p.m. July 11 

Explore the settings that hold special meaning to you through reminiscence activities. We will sing songs together that recollect and songs we remember. We will share our personal stories and, together, create a mural of landscape memories—captured in visual images, words and phrases. 

What you’ll need: Paper, pencil or pen 

Writing Poetry (Dementia Friendly)1:30 p.m. July 13 

Using photographs, music and objects, we’ll explore the theme of “flight,” and create simple and elegant poems together. This workshop is designed and will be facilitated for persons with dementia and their care partners in mind. Everyone is welcome. 

What you’ll need: 3-4 pieces of paper, pen or pencil, markers 

Making Pop-Up Cards: 10:30 a.m. July 17 

Making Pop-up Cards: 10:30 a.m. July 31 

Transform flat pieces of paper into pop up cards and scenes. We’ll learn a variety of beginning paper engineering techniques that will dazzle your friends and pen pals. 

What you’ll need: Scissors, glue or glue stick, paper (construction paper, printer paper, paper bag, card stock etc.), your favorite drawing material (crayons, markers, pens or colored paper) 

Beginning Watercolors1:30 p.m. July 18 

Explore basic watercolor techniques by exploring color and color mixing, creating a collaborative painting, and creating a spring-themed original painting of your own. 

What you’ll need: Watercolors, brush, cup of water, pencilSharpie or thick marker, paper (watercolor paper is ideal but not necessary) 

Song Writing1:30 p.m. July 20 

Work together to write a song, learning rhythm, structure, and melody techniques in the process. 

What you’ll need: Pen or pencil, piece of paper 

Collage: 10:30 a.m. July 24 

In this class, collect, cut, tear and glue scraps and small treasures to create art. We’ll look at the work of a few collage artists and explore different techniques they use to make their work, and of course we’ll make our own. 

What you’ll need: Scissors (but not required), glue or glue stick, anything you can glue to a page (newspaper, magazines, construction paper, cardboard, packaging, fabric scraps, buttons, beads, found objects from nature or around the house), small inexpensive brush to apply glue 

Paint & Sip (Acrylics): 1:30 p.m. July 27 

Join us for a step-by-step acrylic painting workshop with one of Silver Kite’s professional teaching artists. Grab a beverage of your choice and spend an hour with us talking and making art together. 

What you’ll need: acrylic paints, paint brush, canvas (or piece of mixed media paper), glass of water