Celebrating Day of the Dead with art

Elizabeth decorates her sugar cookie skull during our art club's Day of the Dead celebration.

Elizabeth decorates her sugar cookie skull during our art club’s Day of the Dead celebration.

The young artists of our Masterpieces at Main art club filled our story-time room with brightly colored skulls last month.

They weren’t being macabre. Instead, the kids were making artwork inspired by Dia de los Muertos. The holiday is an opportunity for families in Mexico and parts of Central America to get together, celebrate, and remember loved ones who have passed on.

The kids got in the spirit by painting alfeñique skulls, decorating sugar cookies, and even coloring marshmallows with edible gels—all with bold and bright colors.

By the way, our Masterpieces at Main Art Club is always happy to welcome new members. It’s open to all kids (eight to 12 years old.) And you don’t need to paint like Picasso or sculpt like Michelangelo to participate. However, to get the most out of the club, the kids will need to be able to work independently. Also, art can get messy, so dress appropriately.

We’re taking a brief hiatus for the holidays, but we’ll be back in January.

In the meantime, art lovers have other clubs they can check out at the library:

  • Teens and tweens can make melted crayon art at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at The HUB. Create a unique piece of artwork using crayons and a hair dryer. Register to attend online or call The HUB at (440) 205-6011.
  • Studio MPL is now at the Lake Branch! Kids gather each month to make a fun art project. The next meeting is 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.
  • Kids aren’t the only ones who can get creative. Adults can join us for our Crafty Adults Club at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at our Lake Branch or our Bad Art Club at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, at our Headlands Branch. Both are free to join. We provide the supplies. You just bring your imagination.
  • Finally, if you love art, then you should check our Book & Brush Club. Our Collection Development Manager Barb provides  a visual presentation based on the lives of artists and associated art movements from the club’s book of the month. Like our Masterpieces at Main Art Club, Book & Brush will also return in 2020.
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