Another Tween Club hit! I ran this program as one of my weekly events for grades 5 – 8 and they loved it. It’s easy enough that anyone can create a cool looking piece of art in under an hour – even with no painting experience.
The goals of this program were:
- attendees will build creative and artistic confidence
- everyone will leave with a piece of art they are proud of
- provide a safe, fun, social space for an under-served demographic
- 8 x 10 canvas panels
- A bunch of little jars of washable paint (bonus points if it’s glitter paint)
- Paint brushes and/or sponges
- Stencils (you can buy from the dollar store, or make your own with your library’s die cutter)
- Tape to hold the stencils down
- Paper towels
- Plastic table cloths
I put all the stencils on two tables, and set up 5 painting tables with 6 chairs each. Each painting table had a canvas at each spot, and brushes and paint in the middle.
The program really runs itself! I introduced the concept by showing them my pre-made examples, and explaining how to tape down the stencils and paint on top. After that, they went to work picking stencils and colours and glitter.
Everyone had a lot of fun – from the shy grade 5 girl to the usually boisterous grade 8 boy. I loved watching how everyone put their own spin on their painting, and got so excited about the stencils available.
I HIGHLY recommend making your own stencils if your library has a die cutter. We have a Silhouette Cameo, and I was excited to create all sorts of timely stencils for the tweens: emojis, grumpy cat, characters from movies, animals, batman, etc.
My personal favourite has to be the glitter rainbow donut painting:
What are your favourite Tween programs to run? Let me know if you have any questions!