Adults work on their art at Poland library

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Jan Luoma's painting at Poland library's Painting Party for Adults on Aug. 15.


Neighbors | Zack Shively .The Poland library set up a drying station for their acrylic paints on Aug. 15 at their event Painting Party for Adults.


Neighbors | Zack Shively .The group works on their paintings on Aug. 15 at Poland library's Painting Party for Adults.


Neighbors | Zack Shively .Jan Luoma instructs the full group at Painting Party for Adults at the Poland library on Aug. 15.


Neighbors | Zack Shively .Jan Luoma gives assistance to a small group during Poland library's Painting Party for Adults on Aug. 15.


Adults worked on paintings in Poland library on Aug. 15 during the Painting Party for Adults.

Librarian Jan Luoma directed the full class on how to paint a certain picture. The picture displayed dolphins swimming in the ocean on a sunny day and included two islands with palm trees. Luoma considers the painting to be for an advanced beginner as it is more difficult than drawing a sky and water, but not as difficult as drawing people.

The library gave the painters a couple different brushes, paints, napkins, a cup to wash the brush in and a blank canvas. They used acrylic paint and had a table set up to blow dry the painting when finished. Luoma walked around with her print and assisted the painters. The painters mostly used their brushes to paint, but Luoma occasionally instructed that they use their napkin to dab the paint to give it a different look. The library also provided the group with stencils of dolphins to help get the shape correct if the painters wanted to use them.

The class did well and treated the project as a fun endeavor. People often laughed about their paintings or joked in comparing paintings.

“I never ask anyone to copy me exactly. We all see color differently,“ Luoma said to one of the painters. She did not force any strict rules to follow, adding that they could have as much or as little detail as possible. Though they used the same painting as a rubric, no two paintings in the class looked alike. Luoma talked about how the exercise focused less on demanding perfect art and more on providing an educational, entertaining way to release stress for the adults in the room.

The Poland library does offer painting events like this one often, but they do not happen with set regularity. The class fills up quickly when they do have painting events.

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