In our community, businesses are booming that allow patrons to come to socialize, have snacks and paint a picture. This is a trend in other areas as well. I wanted to attempt a library friendly version of such an event for teens.
Paint by Numbers was born!
Unlike the namesake of children's crafts of yore, I did not set specific art projects. Instead, I had the materials on hand and teens were able to use their creativity to paint mini pictures of their own accord. I made several examples prior to the event, which were then on display in the library's teen area and in our meeting room during the day's activity. This planned activity lasted 2 hours (allotting dry time). Teens chatted and had some snacks while they waited for their art to dry.
What Supplies You'll Need:
- Black canvas (pick any size you'd like)
- I found the teeny canvas and easels pictured from Discount School Supply
- The package comes with 48 and was just on sale at the time, somewhere around $75 --BUT --I still have some left over for future use.
- Acrylic paints (multiple colors or just the basics so teens can mix their own)
- OPTIONAL - if paint is too expensive or messy, try sharpies!
- Paint brushes
- Paper plates to use as palettes
- Plenty of paper towels
- Small cups of water for rising brushes
- Super fun!
- Teens loved being creative and having little paintings to take home
- Kinda messy :0(
- If I did something like this again, I'd use sharpies since I had such a huge group.
- Paint would work better for a smaller number of participants.
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