Summer Activity Series for Teens
Angela Hanshaw | July 28, 2011
Programming Librarian seems to be on a teen programming streak lately, so I thought I’d add one more. In addition to the usual summer reading program, the Pasadena (Calif.) Public Library is hosting a series of special teen activities through July and August. The Try It @ Your Library Teen Camps will cover a variety of topics, from crafts, to illustration and visual arts, to performing arts, to technology and science:
Wire & Mixed Media Jewelry. A fun and unique jewelry class that goes way beyond stringing beads. Teens learn wire manipulation, finishing off techniques, wire and thread crochet, wire wrapping, incorporating recycled and found objects, and beading techniques. The workshop is led by artist Janell Mithani.
U Design It. Teens create t-shirt designs and then learn how to screen print those designs onto t-shirts that are theirs to keep. Instructors from the Pasadena Armory for the Arts will be on hand to instruct and assist.
Character Design. This class is for teens who love to draw characters, regardless of skill level. They’ll create and develop characters for video games, animation films, and illustrations through fun and exciting exercises that strengthen conceptual ability and skills. Teens will learn how to develop a character layout sheet, model sheet, and a turn-around. Brainstorming, story, and idea conceptualization will be emphasized. The workshop is led by Ronald Llanos of the Art Center College of Design.
Creative Comic Book Illustration. Students will explore the art of storytelling and design principles that involve creating comics or longer stories. This course covers brainstorming and collaborative exercises, character development, and comic book tricks and secrets. All students will create their own comic book/story and take home copies of the class project. The workshop is led by Jeff McMillan of the Art Center College of Design.
Around the World in 5 Days. Explore the art of five different countries in five days. Teens will learn a variety of media techniques, including drawing, painting, collage, mixed-media, and manga/anime illustration. The workshop is led by artist Janell Mithani.
Magic Revealed. Teens learn the tricks of the trade from Wayne the Magician, while enhancing presentation and speaking skills. They can practice prestidigitation and amaze their friends and family at a fun-filled magic show! Practice and performing hours can be counted toward school’s community service hour requirements. All materials will be supplied, and students all receive a basic tricks kit to keep.
Robotics. Learn about robotics and how to program their movements. At the end of the session, each and his or her robot will participate in a special robot obstacle course showcasing what it can do. This advanced workshop is for teens who have completed the ninth grade only.
Teens were also given the opportunity in April to design the official Try It @ Your Library t-shirt, which was handed out to the series’s participants. In addition to seeing the winning design on the t-shirt, the first-place designer received $100. Second and third prizes of $50 and $25 were also awarded.
Angela Hanshaw is Program Officer/Web Editor for the ALA Public Programs Office.