Monday, July 6, 2020

Spotlight 31: Art

Have you been trying out a new creative hobby lately? From collage and comics to illustration and origami, we've got lots to inspire you in this Family Library Spotlight!

This week we're sharing some great creative activities for children to try out at home. As always there'll be a few bits for older readers at the end of the post too.

Be inspired by Luna Loves Art

We're kicking off today's post with a brand new picture book released last week: Luna Loves Art

Listen to author Joseph Coelho read his beautifully illustrated story about a school trip to the gallery. How many of the artworks do you recognise?

Discover more about one of the famous artists featured in the book, Vincent van Gogh, and play some arty quizzes and games on the Tate Kids website.

Ask the illustrator!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to write and illustrate a book?

As part of our Adventure Book Festival, author/illustrator Steve Smallman will be hosting an exclusive Sheffield Libraries launch for his new picture book, Poo in the Zoo: The Great Poo Mystery! on Wednesday 15 July.

As well as reading the story, Steve will be illustrating live and answering your questions!

This free online event is perfect for children aged 5+ and for primary schools. Book tickets now on our Eventbrite website.

In the meantime, why not learn more about some of the UK's most famous illustrators, including Sheffield's Lydia Monks. Here are some of their websites to explore...

Nick Sharratt (Shark in the Park!)
Lydia Monks (What the Ladybird Heard)
Beatrix Potter (Peter Rabbit)
Quentin Blake (Matilda, The BFG - and lots and lots of other Roald Dahl books!)

Draw with Rob

All through the lockdown, illustrator Rob Biddulph has been teaching families how to doodle some fun and colourful characters. Back in May you may have even helped him break a Guinness World Record for the largest ever online art lesson!

You can catch the latest Draw with Rob sessions live every Tuesday and Thursday morning on his YouTube channel.

In the meantime, why not try out one of the previous lessons here. What will you create?

Here's one of our attempts at a sheep...

Painted lilies and origami frogs

This week's crafty activity from Beki in Highfield Library is a pretty painting and collage project inspired by Claude Monet's famous Water Lilies. You can find out more about Monet here.

We'll be featuring this activity on our Facebook page this Tuesday. Give it a go - we'd love to see your creations!

Click the images for a larger view

No paint? No problem! Here are some great simple origami projects for children - most can be made with just a single piece of paper.

If you're up for more of a challenge, this video will teach you how to make a cool little paper toy: a jumping frog! Perfect for hopping around on those Monet lilypads.

Create your own comics

Develop your drawing skills with The Phoenix, the home of comics like Evil Emperor Penguin (by Laura Ellen Anderson, the artist for this year's Summer Reading Challenge)!

Each month The Phoenix is releasing a free "Q Club" activity book for children. Each edition is full of puzzles, comic strips to complete, and guides on drawing comic book characters and mastering tricky artistic skills (like drawing hands and feet!)

You can download the latest Q Club issue here, and find out when new activity books are released on The Phoenix's Twitter page.

Ever read a wordless picture book?

David Wiesner is a master of "wordless stories" - books that blend together picture book illustrations and comic strips to tell fantastical, dream-like stories. Take a look at one of his stories, Flotsam, here.

For a couple of wordier arty stories, check out...

For more stories and songs, don't forget that Laura is still hosting a special Sheffield Libraries Rhyme Time online every Friday morning!

Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages at 9am this Friday for the latest event.

Now in the eLibrary

Looking for a new book for bedtime? Borrow one for free from our eLibrary! (If you're not a library member yet, you can join here.)

Here's a selection of picture eBooks from our Children's eLibrary...

For older children, we've also got some fantastic comic strip-filled stories, ideal for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans! Click the titles to take a look at these great books...

A great read for the
Silly Squad Summer
Reading Challenge!
My Best Friend
& Other Enemies

Meet comics artist Jessica
in this hilarious story
of friendship and felt-tips
Manga-influenced art
and musical adventures
in the latest Dork Diaries

Check out the newest
Barry Loser book!
(And listen to more in
our audiobook library)

For older readers: Animated Britain at the BFI

Turning to adults now:

The British Film Institute has made many of its archived short films free to watch on the BFI Player website (be advised that some content will not be suitable for children).

The collection includes some excellent animated films, including Marcus Armitage's That Yorkshire Sound, a fast-paced journey through the sights and sounds of Yorkshire's cities and countryside, drawn in oil pastel and watercolour.

Watch That Yorkshire Sound here.

Creativity During Corona

Throughout the week, Claire from Central Library will be posting poems and writing prompts to spark your creativity.

Today's Creativity During Corona post focuses on photography, featuring poems like Jim Hall's wonderful "Sorting the Photos".
We sort the photos. Make the years into piles.
Everywhere there are cats doing what we would
be doing in a better world. We throw away only
the ones without people or cats,
the landscapes too wide and gorgeous to keep.
Check out the full poems and post and share your writing (and photos!) on our Facebook page.

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