Fall Into Art at the Library with Guest Blogger Tabitha Washington of the Gadsden County Public Library
Painting with a Twist has been a popular adult activity for several years. It’s a fun and creative activity to do with friends and family for celebrations, birthdays, or when you’re just looking for something to help you unwind.
This fall the staff of the Gadsden County Public Library hosted our own edition of painting with a twist, Fall Into Art. We are blessed to have an artist on staff to assist with the project as far as recommending supplies, drawing the canvases, and assisting patrons with painting.
We started our planning phase for the program back in June of 2019 during our fall brainstorming session. Staff wanted to do an activity for adults that was relaxing, engaging, and creative. Being in a rural part of Florida, there are not a lot of extracurricular activities for adults; our library is one of the main sources of entertainment. Staff also wanted an activity that was either low cost or free for patrons.
Over the next couple of months, staff members on the Fall Into Art committee collected donations for paint brushes, paint, aprons, and canvases to help supply the class. Our local Friends of the Library group supplied the refreshments for the event. Fall Into Art was advertised on the library’s website, Facebook, and in the local newspapers. Patrons needed to register for the class so staff could ensure we had enough supplies.
The class was held on October 29, 2019, at the William A. “Bill” McGill Library in Quincy, FL. There were 10 participants in the class. Each student was provided with an apron, a palette of paint, a set of brushes, water, and a canvas. Refreshments and mocktails were provided for the students, as well as music to lighten the mood. The class duration was about an hour and fifteen minutes, and library assistant Tonisha Harper was there to assist.
Overall, everyone had a wonderful time, and we are looking to expand the program to our branch libraries. We are already planning a special Valentine’s Day painting event for next year.