This was a quick and easy painting session on using the brushes to create texture, in this case fur. I ran shadow copies of a panda bear on cardstock then gave everyone a stiff natural hair brush. They were to put thick paint on the tip and drag it over the area to make it look like fur. When they finished the white areas we washed their brushes and dried them on a chamois then painted the black areas. The black fur was not as distinct as the white. A couple of the painters made the fur "fluffier" around the edges.
This gave us a chance to talk about panda bears, where we might see one and what they eat. I was able to get bamboo stalks from a neighbor so we could add a stalk or two to embellish the pages. A few even were able to position the stalk so the panda could munch on the leaves!
The Family Arts & Crafts group meets at the Wells Branch Community Library every Wednesday night at 6 pm taught by Dianne Koehler. The program lets us turn donated or recyclable materials and imagination into great projects.
You may also want to take a look at the Art & crafts database the library recently subscribed to for the patrons. Check the library website for details.