BY BARRY WARNER
Summer is the perfect time to let kids’ imaginations run wild and stimulate creativity. Arts and crafts projects held at local libraries keep children engaged and their minds active while having fun.
Blauvelt Library programs are in full swing this summer. Recently an enthusiastic group of youngsters took part in the library’s T-shirt art class. When they were finished the students each had cool, new shirts to take home and wear with pride, knowing they helped make them.
Instructor Janet Weber said, “T-shirt crafts are one of the most exciting activities for kids, because they get to enjoy the finished project long after the summer is over. The participants are following a nature theme by using actual dry leaves as stencils from the great outdoors that include maple leaves, tulip leaves and ferns. The plan is to brush colored paint on the underside of the leaves selected, place them on the t-shirt and peel them off slowly. Children gain skills of leaf identification, layout and design plus paint brush techniques.”
Library books about arts and crafts include: ‘The Arts and Crafts Busy Book’ by Trish Kuffner and ‘Natures Art Box from T-Shirts to Twig Baskets’ by Laura C. Martin.
For additional information about The Blauvelt Library Programs call 845-359-2811