The art of reading

First Posted: 7/9/2009

The art of reading in the summer reading program for the Mount Airy Public Library is one that requires lots of imagination and plenty of paintbrushes.
More than 100 kids learned the art of reading first-hand at the library yesterday when it sponsored a workshop to allow kids to learn the basics of painting and encourage them to read.
This years theme is Be creative and we are hitting every medium of being creative, said Angela Llewellyn, a library assistant. Some of those mediums include art, music and a recent July 4th celebration with an ice cream social.
Llewellyn said that the Summer Reading Program Painting Workshop featuring local artist Lisa Cline showed students the basics of painting, while also encouraging them to read about art and artists. Childrens books about drawing, painting and artists were also lined along a table to draw the childrens interest. During the workshop, Llewellyn read snippets from some of the books.
The kids seem to enjoy the program, said Llewellyn, who helped lead two workshops on Wednesday afternoon at the library. They seem to be most fascinated by Van Gogh and know that hes the one that cut his ear off and they seem familiar with Leonardo da Vinci, and that he painted the Mona Lisa.
She said the kids were also fascinated by A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884-86), which is a painting created from fine dots of color instead of brush strokes. The concept is known as pointillism, which is the art of using tiny dots of pure contrasting color to create an image. Along with using dots, the children also learned about how to draw anything from basic shapes like straight lines, circles, curved and angle lines.
The best part of the workshop is the painting, said Nisha Board, 12, who attended with her sister, Nidhi Borad, 9.
Charity Johnson, 5, agreed.
I liked the painting, she said. I painted a woman with black hair on the beach. This picture is for my mama.
Debbie Johnson, Charitys mother, helped her daughter paint the picture. She brought her along with her two sisters and brother.
I thought it would be fun, and they love coming to the summer reading program, she said. I wanted them to be a part of it.
The next Summer Reading Program session is a dance with members of the Surry Arts Councils Theatrical Dance Class on July 16 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the library on 145 Rockford St.
For more information, call the Mount Airy Public Library at 789-5108 or visit
Contact Erin C. Perkins at [email protected] or 719-1952.

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