STEAM with Miss Jena @ Mt. Lebanon Public Library

I’m teaming up with Mt. Lebanon Public Library again to bring Virtual STEAM programming all summer long. All programs are free and materials are provided. Generously funded by Matt’s Maker Space

Tuesday, August 10


Put together dynamic artworks influenced by the colors, shapes and patterns of flowers and the animals that help them flourish.

Ages 2-4 | 10am – 10:45an

Ages 5-7 | 11am-11:45am

Ages 8-10 | 1pm-2pm

Tuesday, July 20


Create art camouflage and fool the viewer with clever mimicry inspired by animal patterns.

Ages 2-4 | 10am – 10:45an

Ages 5-7 | 11am-11:45am

Ages 8-10 | 1pm-2pm

Tuesday, June 8


Animal Architects

Engineer your own structures inspired by the amazing homes that animals create all over the world!

Ages 2-4 | 10am – 10:45an

Ages 5-7 | 11am-11:45am

Ages 8-10 | 1pm-2pm

Union Township Virtual Art Classes

Learn new processes, explore diverse materials and discuss interesting artworks that go along with the monthly theme. Use your class kit to create a unique artwork each class with local artist and educator Jena Schieb. For residents only.

Classes available for ages 3-6 and a grown-up, Ages 7-10 and Ages 11 and up all summer long!

Registration Deadlines:

June: June 7

July: July 1

Aug: July 29

Saturday Virtual Programs for kids at Mt. Lebanon Public Library

All programs are FREE and hosted by Mt. Lebanon Public Library

Watercolor Experiments
Saturday, April 24

What happens when you add salt to water? What if you introduce color to dry paper? Would it look different than wet paper? Become an Art Scientist and make new discoveries through the watercolor medium.

Ages 2 – 4 | 10am – 10:45 am

Ages 5-7 | 11am – 11:45 am

Ages 8-10 | 1pm – 2pm

Creating Colors
Saturday, March 27

What new colors can you invent? Experiment with different color combinations and concoct your own pigment recipes to discover a new and magnificent rainbow of colors.

Ages 2 – 4 | 10am – 10:45 am

Ages 5-7 | 11am – 11:45 am

Ages 8-10 | 1pm – 2pm

Geometry of a Snowflake
Saturday, February 27

Look closely at the unique properties of the snowflake and create colorful and intricate designs inspired by this natural marvel.  

Ages 2 – 4 | 10am – 10:45 am

Ages 5-7 | 11am – 11:45 am

Ages 8-10 | 1pm – 2pm

Look out for:
Using the Scientific Method with Watercolors in April

South Fayette PTA Art @ Home Virtual Classes

Two unique classes for students in South Fayette Elementary and Intermediate Schools only, sponsored by the PTA.

Click image to register!

Grades K-2 | Elementary School

Material List:

  • Washable markers
  • Pencil
  • (2 pieces) Watercolor paper
  • Paint tray or plate
  • Stamping items like bubble wrap, Duplo blocks and lids
  • Washable liquid paints
  • Paint brush
  • Fork and q-tip
  • Paper towels
  • Flat, smooth hard surface like plastic tray, acetate, baking sheet or plastic packaging
  • Foam craft stickers and/or craft foam sheets
  • Tissue paper, multiple colors
  • Glue stick
  • Optional: scissors, plastic animal toy

Grades 3-5 | Intermediate School

Material List:

  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Clear acetate, clear binder sleeves or a gallon sized plastic bag
  • White watercolor paper or cardstock the same size as the plastic
  • Liquid washable paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paper towels
  • Water cup
  • Small cardboard rectangle or credit card
  • Bubble wrap and other stamping and/stencil tools
  • Washable markers
  • Collage paper
  • Optional: Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Photograph of student, loved one or pet

Art Kits will be available for contactless pick-up at a home within South Fayette School District. The address will be emailed to families after registration.

ArtLab | Mt. Lebanon Public Library

November 2, 9 & 16 | Mondays | 4pm-5pm

Conduct experiments with a variety of art materials and create take-aways to use as an act of kindness in this series for kids in 3rd-5th grade.

This class if free, including a Class Kit that can be picked up at the Library. Generously sponsored by Matt’s Makerspace.

Adult Virtual Studio | Watercolor with Mt. Lebanon Public Library

Virtual Watercolor | Wednesdays | November 4, 11, 18 | 3pm – 4:30pm | FREE

Join me in Zoom to explore methods in watercolor painting. We’ll experiment with mixing mediums and application while creating vibrant and diverse artworks

Halloween Programs | Mt. Lebanon Public Library

I’m partnering with Mt. Lebanon Public Library again this month to offer Free Halloween themed programs for kids!

Mini Makers: Halloween Edition | Ages 2-3 with a grown-up | Saturday, October 24, 10am

Create a pumpkin patch, making each unique with magical reactions

Suggested Materials:

-heavy white cardstock or watercolor paper
-water cup
-paintbrush
-paper towels
-watercolors and/of food dye diluted with water
-drinking straw or eye dropper
-about 1 tbsp baking soda in a cup
-about 1 tbsp table salt in cup
-about 1/4 cup white vinegar in a cup
-washable markers
-aluminum foil
-plastic bubble wrap
-a damp paper towel
-black sharpie marker
-pencil
-scissors
-colored construction paper at least 8.5×11”
-glue stick, Elmer’s School Glue or adhesive squares


ArtLab: Halloween Edition | Ages 8 and up | Saturday, October 24, 11am

Design and construct the head of a dragon using drawing and collage methods

Suggested Materials:

-white drawing, watercolor or cardstock paper
-black sharpie marker
-pencil
-washable markers
-paint brush
-water cup
-paper towels
-empty cereal box cut flat
-aluminum foil
-bubble wrap and/or other plastic texture pieces like scraps of plastic fencing
-glue stick
-scissors
-optional: additional embellishments like sequins, glitter, glitter glue, paper scraps

Virtual Mini Makers Video: Bubbling Brew, Color Concoctions and Magic Flower Crowns

My beautiful Studio Assistant, Grunt

Watch my first Mini Makers Virtual Lesson on my YouTube channel here

If you want to create with me, check out the material lists per activity:

Bubbling Brew:

White distilled vinegar

Baking soda

Food coloring or liquid watercolor

Eye droppers (pipettes) or turkey baster

Shallow dish

Glass or plastic cups or an ice cube tray

Color Concoctions:

Clear glass or plastic containers

Water

Food coloring or liquid watercolor

Eye droppers (pipettes) or turkey baster

Shallow tray, plate or bin

Optional:

Water Beads

Glitter

Beads

Small plastic animals

Flower petals

Magic Flower Crown:

Washable Magic Markers

Coffee Filters

Paper Towels

Spray bottle

Water

Shallow Trays, plates or plastic table covering

A strip of card stock, cereal box or other heavy weight paper

Hole punch

Masking, packing, duct or aluminum foil tape

Scissors

Ribbon at least 1/2 inch wide

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Basic Supplies for Acrylic Painting Beginners

I’ve compiled a list of basic supplies for those interested in beginning acrylic painting. We went over this list in the first session of Acrylic Painting for Adults at Mt. Lebanon Public Library. It is not meant to be comprehensive but as a starting point for those new to the medium.

Paints, 2 oz.

Suggested Brands: Liquitex, Utrecht, Golden

Titanium White

Mars Black

Alizarin Crimson

Cadmium Red

Ultramarine Blue

Cerulean Blue

Phthalo Blue

Hookers Green

Phthalocyanine Green

Cadmium Yellow

Burnt Umber

Brushes [ https://www.dickblick.com/info/brushpdf/brushsizing.pdf ]

Round

Flat

Filbert

Painting Surface

Pre-stretched canvas

Wooden board

Watercolor Paper

Matboard or Museum board

Paint Palette

Any impermeable surface such as:

Styrofoam plate

Aluminum foil

Plexiglass or glass sheet

Plastic or glass tray or dish

Other supplies

Acrylic medium (matte or glossy)

Gesso

Easel

Artist & Craftsman Supply, 5603 Hobart Street, Squirrel Hill, 15217

Dick Blick, 5534 Walnut Street, Shadyside, 15232 www.dickblick.com

Mini Monets at CMOA

This past summer I was lucky enough to teach two summer camps for 4 – 5 year olds at the Carnegie Museum of Art; Mini Monets and Art Cat’s Kitchen.

In Mini Monets, students learned basic facial anatomy and created self-portraits. They were particularly interested in the deep spaces of the skull and loved to feel along their face as we discussed each feature, comparing their own face to the model skull that we had in the classroom.  After completing the underdrawing, students used mark making methods discussed in the galleries to add oil pastel color to the face. The portraits were cut out and placed on landscape paintings that each child created. The drawing for each landscape was created ‘en plein air’ (in open air) near the entrance to the library and the painting was done in the studio using tempra cakes.

I couldn’t resist using shaving cream painting with this group. The puffy paint really lended itself to the impasto surface made famous by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. The students were able to blend together the milky pastels to create beautiful abstract landscapes inspired by Monet’s Waterlilies.