Art Frenzy is a program giving kids the opportunity to take art classes taught at Cabell County Public Library and Cox Landing Library.
Classes at Cabell County Public Library are every second and fourth Monday of the month from January to May.
Classes at Cox Landing Library occur the first and third Tuesday of the month from January to May.
Breana Bowen, youth services manager, said normally four to 15 kids attend each class.
“The classes provide a varity of techniques, creative outlet and a chance to explore new materials,” said Julianne Jillis, employee at the children’s department of the library.
The classes are by a local artist or a person who works in the library.
The classes start with the teacher explaining what they will be making for the day and throughout the class, the teacher will show some examples while giving instructions of what to do.
“I go along with them as they experiment and show examples,” Jillis said. “For example, in the manga series, I would show them how to make the eyes and lips.”
Carrie Niles, professor at Ashland Community and Technical College, said it is a great activity for her kids.
“It is a great free service free for my kids,” Niles said. “My kids have been coming back since the new coordinator arrived.”
The classes provide colored pencils, crayons, paper and any other art materials needed for the session.
Jerry Bell, a graphic designer, said his daughter learned a lot from the classes.
“I like that she is learning art from a technical side and a classical side,” Bell said.
At the end of each class, the teacher collects the students’ artwork and puts pieces on display at the Art Frenzy Community Art Show.
The Cox Landing Library art show is May 19. The art show at Cabell County Public Library is May 20.
Breana Bowen said she hopes to do this program again next year.
The Art Frenzy was provided by a $6,000 grant from Best Buy.
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