Cindy Crushes Programming: Mushroom Paint and Sip
The following pieces of art were created by the Romeoville teens in my most recent teen program.
I am not an artist. I know my talents lay in crafts. My teens were asking for some art and I said that I will try and so we had a cottagecore painting night. Since the Cottagecore aesthetic is so popular, I thought this was as good of a starting place as any. I picked an image of a mushroom house I liked and that was the goal. (Editor’s note: This could also be a fun tie in for The Last of Us and its killer mushrooms.)
1 We painted the canvas blue beforehand, so they could focus on their mushroom. A really quick way to do this would be to buy spray paint and mass spray paint the canvases on a back lot and let them dry.
2. We printed out stencils of mushroom and snails to help save time.
During the Program
I was really honest and I told the teens I would try to help but painting is not my number one skill. I was lucky and they were wonderful. They didn’t need my help at all and created some amazing art. To do this, follow these next steps:
- Trace the shape on the canvas.
- Do the first layer of paint. Let them be creative. There are no wrong mushrooms.
- Let the paint dry and apply a different layer.
- Repeat step three as often as you need.
Honestly, the teens blew me out of the water. They were amazing and I realized I did not have to be an artist to run this program. The point was having fun and making a piece of art and we succeeded. I am going to do this regularly now.
For more canvas fun, check out these posts
About Cindy Shutts
Cindy Shutts is the Teen Services Librarian at the White Oak Library District in IL and she talks programming every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. You can follow her on Twitter at @cindysku.
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