STEAM: A is for Art

18 Apr STEAM: A is for Art

Art—–defined by Webster’s dictionary as skill acquired by experience, study, or observation. Where would science, technology, engineering, art and math be without the skill acquired by knowledge, study and observation? Many of the great inventions, discoveries, and breakthroughs wouldn’t have happened.  This the is the fourth post in a series on STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.

In a 2015 New Yorker magazine article, columnist Joshua Rothman asked whether Steve Jobs was an artist.  The article goes on to state that Apple developed and sold beautifully made computers and devices while using advertising to compare its products to artists like Pablo Picasso, Alfred Hitchcock, Ansel Adams, and Miles Davis. Can technology be art? Or did Jobs, through his work, become like one of the artists he so admired?

The Library offers classes, events and workshops to all ages where you can observe, experience and acquire a new skills through hands on activities and instruction that can help you make your own art.

  • A great books that teaches drawing techniques to young and old alike is Ed Emberley’s Big Green Drawing Book.  It provides step-by-step instructions. This is the first of several books by Emberley that teach drawing in this simple way.
  • Gale Courses has a free Introduction to Guitar class.
  • Spark Labs can help you become a certified Maker, through courses where you learn to use a variety of tools. Using the 3D Printer  Makers design and print small objects. With the Cricut Air,  you can design a t-shirt logo, cut it out on vinyl, and Heat Press it on your own shirt.

 The library has art and craft options often at a variety of locations. Check our Calendar of Events for the most up-to-date listings of classes.