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playing with paint, part two

Posted by Maria Castellano-Usery on May 3rd, 2017

Last fall, I hosted a four-week series in the library’s basement called “Playing With Paint.” It was so well-received, they asked me to come back and do it again for the month of April!


Each week, our group focused on a different painting by a different artist: Vincent Van Gogh‘s Sunflowers was week one, Jackson Pollock‘s “Convergence” was week two, Georgia O’Keeffe‘s Red Canna was week three, and Marc Chagall‘s “Blue Circus was week four. I would begin each class chatting about that week’s artist and why they were so important, and then the focus would turn to fun. My hope was for people to have a good time, to enjoy the experience of putting paint onto canvas, and to gain a new appreciation for art and artists. Thankfully, that is just what happened! Here are some photos to give you a sense of what the classes were like:



pwp sunflowers      pwp sunflowers 2

pwp sunflowers 4     pwp sunflowers group 2



pollock pwp       pollock group

pwp pollock       pollock mcnallys


“Red Canna”:

PWP red canna        pwp red canna group

pwp red canna 2        pwp red canna 3


“Blue Circus”:

chagall pwp      PWP chagall

pwp chagall 2        pwp chagall 3


I’m grateful to Curtis Memorial Library for offering this opportunity, and I’m thankful for Sarah Brown (and library volunteer extraordinaire, Ellen!) for making sure every class went as smoothly as possible.


Were you a part of “Playing With Paint”? If so, how was your experience? Please let me know in the comments!



photo credit: Chris Tucker

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