The Norman Transcript

September 7, 2013

Artist to offer course

By Jocelyn Pedersen
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Janey Crain who has been an Artist in Residence with the Oklahoma Arts Council for years, will teach art at the Noble Public Library.

In a four-week course, Crain will teach school-aged children about oil pastels from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Mondays.

“It’s part of our Maker Monday Series,” Library Director Cathy Adams said. “Each month, there will be a new topic.”

Adams said participants in the series will make things with different themes from art, to culture and even technology. October’s focus will be on creating your own video games, and November will be food-themed. December will focus on holidays. Adams said residents can come and create something at the hands-on events.

“Janey will do art with students after school — landscaping with oil pastels,” said Judy Houser, library assistant.

Houser said students can learn how to use pastels properly.

“I think it’s fantastic,” she said. “We had a wonderful summer program where we did different arts. The kids were very engaged and they had a lot of fun with it. It’s a great thing we’re doing for the public.”

Crain said she’ll base her oil pastel training on things students already know, like the color wheel, shapes and the relative difference in light and dark — known as value.

“Oil pastel is very forgiving. You can go over your mistakes. Watercolors are the hardest. You think for 10 minutes, then paint for 10 seconds,” Crain said. “The thing that keeps me interested in teaching is seeing someone do something that they didn’t think they could do. The people who are going to be artists are going to be artists in spite of us, not because of us.”

For more information, visit the library at 204 North 5th St. or justsoyouknow.us/

noble.