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

Starry Night Watercolor

starry night

Here’s a fun project we did last month in our Creativity Lab!

  1. Using a pencil on watercolor paper, draw a large jar with a lid. Draw the outline of three fireflies inside the jar.
  2. Paint the lid of the jar with purple, red and black watercolors.
  3. Paint the inside of the jar, leaving a circle of white around each of the fireflies- this will be their glow in the next step! Paint the inside of the jar like a night sky, using blue, purple, red and black to create a galaxy look. Let this dry a little, so that it’s damp but not wet.
  4. Paint the fireflies and the circle of white with bright yellow, and let it gently bleed into the blue around them. Dab just a drop of orange into the body of the fireflies and let it bleed outward. Let it dry!
  5. Once everything is dry, use a Sharpie or black marker to outline the body of the fireflies and fill in their heads. Use a silver, white or gold Sharpie or marker to outline the wings and draw stars in the jar surrounding the fireflies.

For step by step picture instructions, click here  to see Kathy at kathy-angelnik’s original post. Thanks Kathy! We loved this project!

Miss Janna