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Access Art

Access Art

Access Art is a year-round initiative for adults featuring in-person and virtual art instruction classes, art history programs, and in-branch art exhibits. Create, learn more, and see original works by local and regional artists, through unique opportunities for adults to “Access Art.”  Explore our program offerings, as well as the Library’s many art resources!

Oil Painting vs. Acrylic Painting (MCPL360)

June 7 | 7:00 p.m.

Discover the differences between painting with oil paints vs. acrylic paints through discussion and exercises involving each medium. Tips and techniques will be explored along with practical information about supplies and safe clean up methods. 

To enjoy this virtual program, go to our MCPL360 Facebook page at at the scheduled day and time.

Draw A Pop Art Cake Like Wayne Thiebaud

This program will be presented in person and at multiple locations.

Morton Wayne Thiebaud was known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects. Using chalk pastels, participants will create a pastel drawing of a colorful tiered cake in a style inspired by the famous American pop artist. 

Free Form Embroidery for Adults

This program will be presented in person and at multiple locations.

Have you ever wanted to cross-stitch or embroider outside a pattern? Using various yarns and threads, participants will create a piece of abstract art by stitching on burlap! Invent your own stitches and design as you go.

Access Art

Moonlight Ascent (MCPL360)

Wed, Jul 19 2023
2:00pm - 3:00pm Central
Virtual Event
Let artist Sarah Poff guide you in capturing a serene summer evening as the moon ascends and the light hits the garden flowers. You’ll be able to finish this painting within an hour.

Origami Basics (MCPL360)

Wed, Aug 9 2023
7:00pm - 8:00pm Central
Virtual Event
Discover the exciting world of origami and paper folding as it applies to art as well as STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects.

Access Art Video Archives

Online Resources for Art

Art Index Retrospective

This collection includes articles from 1929 to 1984 about fine, decorative, and commercial art, including American, Latin American, Canadian, Asian, and non-Western art, as well as stories about new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism.

This resource offers access classical music concerts, operas, ballets, documentaries, and master classes. More than 100 of these performances are streamed live each year.

Fine Arts

This collection provides more than 150 full-text magazines and journals, providing support for research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

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