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Find Your Inner Artist

Learn Freely. Isn’t that what we all wish to do?

Let’s say you grew up drawing…like all the time. You looked at fashion models in magazines to learn how to draw the human figure. You asked your parents to buy How-to-Draw Horses books, and begged your mom to let you use her fancy acrylic paint – with, of course, her official painter’s palette, so that you felt like a pro. You entered all the school drawing contests, maybe even came in 1st or 2nd place once or twice, because somewhere down the line someone told you that you had potential.

Now let’s say you got a little older. Middle School happened. You stopped drawing because you began to feel self-conscious, and your mom stopped buying so many art materials. Then you graduated, got a job, maybe got married, had a couple of kids, and before you knew it, you realized you haven’t touched your pencils or paints in years.

Well, that’s what happened to me, at least. I can’t be the only one who lost her inner artist somewhere in the halls of Junior High School. This is why you need to come back to the library. TO FIND IT.

Libraries have always been about learning. Here’s the difference now: we now know that learning happens – not just by reading (though that is a perk!) – by doing. And now you can do all the things you used to do. For free. Check out a How-To-Draw Horses book. Then come to the library and draw them in our Visual Arts Studio. Create a masterpiece! Really, it’s that easy.

Learn Freely. That’s what we do. It’s what we love. And we hope you will Learn Freely along with us. Starting tomorrow, at our annual Learn Freely Fest! I’ll see you at the watercolor table on the 2nd floor!


Draw Horses by Lee Hammond
Amazon Says: Draw HorsesThere's nothing quite so captivating as the elegant lines, powerful muscles and graceful movements of a horse. For centuries, artists have celebrated these e more...
Amazon Says: Draw HorsesThere's nothing quite so captivating as the elegant lines, powerful muscles and graceful movements of a horse. For centuries, artists have celebrated these exquisite creatures in their work—now you can too!Lee Hammond shows you how with her special step-by-step method for breaking down each subject into easily drawn shapes that fit together like pieces of a puzzle. She'll teach you the basics of horse anatomy along with the finer details, including facial features, hair, legs and hooves. You'll learn blending and shading techniques to capture a horse's form and dimension, then give each animal personality, conveying emstartling realism.04 Learn to draw horses of any age, in any stance. Master the techniques needed to render a horse in motion, and capture the speed, power and grace of an animal on the move. Hammond makes it easy, illustrating each lesson with start-to-finish exercises and invaluable advice.So what are you waiting for? It's time to grab your pencil, saddle up and begin your new artistic journey. less...
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Amazon Says: Each book in the Art School series explains all the materials, techniques , methods and contains inspirational and practical projects, expert ideas and approaches, clear instr more...
Amazon Says: Each book in the Art School series explains all the materials, techniques , methods and contains inspirational and practical projects, expert ideas and approaches, clear instructions and examples and at-a-glance, step-by-step images that every artist will value. This book is divided into two practical sections, and starts with a full catalogue of materials and equipment, and includes a comprehensive techniques section which covers such areas as mixing pastels, using charcoal, layering a textured ground, sgraffito and much more. It shows clearly how to do all the basic setting up and preparation, and takes the reader through all the primary techniques, with step-by-step practical projects. Throughout, lively and inspirational works by contemporary artists illustrate the skills in action, and provide a constant source of inspiration. The book contains 175 color images including an inspirational gallery, and the book is filled with practical guidance on how to treat classical subjects such as Landscapes, Flowers, Faces and Figures. less...
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Vibrant Flower Painting by Frances Treanor
Amazon Says: Frances Treanor, who is best known for her paintings of flowers in pastels, sets out to demonstrate how vibrant images of flowers can be achieved with maximum speed and minimu more...
Amazon Says: Frances Treanor, who is best known for her paintings of flowers in pastels, sets out to demonstrate how vibrant images of flowers can be achieved with maximum speed and minimum fuss, and that the colour and texture range of pastel is as varied as that of the flowers themselves. Intended for all levels of artistic ability, the book encourages an approach based on personal response and interpretation. Whatever an artist's style, Treanor's structured approach to the basics of pastel drawing and painting techniques, colour, and flower pattern and decoration, offers a framework on which to build. less...
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