Northern Lights Creativity Lab Recap

We had an awesome January Creativity Lab, making our own chalk art northern lights.  The inspiration for this activity was from and Elements of the Art Room.

To get an idea of how the northern lights look in real life, we watched this Youtube video while making our artwork.  It was very relaxing!

This project was so easy and fun, and everyone did a fantastic job!

To make your own Northern Lights, you’ll need:

Black construction paper

White legal paper (or any paper wider than your construction paper)

Colored chalk

Cotton balls (optional)

Oil pastels (optional)

Scissors and tape (optional)

Step 1

Step 1

First, you’ll cut the white paper to make a mountain silhouette.  You can also tear the paper to give your mountain range a more jagged appearance.

You can tape your white paper down or just hold it.

Step 2

Step 2

Now you can start adding chalk!  It is fun to make the colors “shoot” off the different angles of the slopes.  Add more chalk by the edge of the white paper and less closer to the top.

Step 3

Step 3

This is the fun part!  Use a cotton ball or your fingers to smudge the chalk upwards.  You can keep the colors separate or blend them together – your call!  Add more chalk if you need to during this step.

Step 4

Step 4

After all that smearing and blending, you can remove your white paper to reveal your mountains and northern lights.

Step 5

You can use pastels if you have them, or more chalk to add details to your mountain range and sky.  The pastels were harder to blend than the chalk but looked really cool against the chalk and black paper!

Thanks to everyone who came!  Hope to see you at our next Creativity Lab on Thursday, February 13 at 6 pm where we’ll make giant collage donuts like the ones here at the Art Bar Blog.

Miss Tess


Creativity Lab – Sculptures

art show


This month in Creativity Lab, we will be making sculptures.  You can work on your Showstopping Sculpture Challenge entry, or create something just for fun!

We’ll explore different types of sculpture and make our own.  This will be an open lab with different materials and supplies for you to use.

Thursday, June 13th at 6 pm.  Grades K-6.  No registration required.

Gel Print Butterflies and Children’s Book Week

We made these beautiful butterflies in April’s Creativity Lab!  We used gel plates, acrylic paint, and different items to achieve these unique designs and textures.

The butterflies made a great display for Children’s Book Week, which we will celebrate for two weeks – April 29 through May 11.

Children's Book week

Over the weeks, we’ll have some great programs and fun activities.  There will be lots of Very Hungry Caterpillar inspired games and crafts out around the department, so drop in and enjoy!

Our next Creativity Lab will be on Thursday, May 9th where our friends from the Figge will teach us how to make Tiffany-inspired window art.  Be sure to register for that one!

Miss Tess


Cupcake Decorating Recap

We had a wild Valentine’s Day at MPL!  During Creativity Lab, we decorated cupcakes provided to us very generously by Brandy at the Java Lab.

We also made cupcake boxes and gift bags for those who wanted to give their cupcakes as Valentine’s gifts.  How sweet!

Check out the masterpieces-

So much creative energy!


This frosting unicorn would look great on a cake!

Some of the older kiddos took part in the PNG dissection class here at the library that evening and dissected a sheep heart.  Don’t worry – they washed their hands before decorating!

Join us for our next Creativity Lab on Thursday, March 14th at 6 pm for grades K-5.

Miss Tess