BELMAR, NJ — There is a mural in the making at the Belmar Public Library. About a dozen youngsters brought their imagination and creativity to the first session of the Youth Art Workshop last Thursday, where they started the prep work on the seven-week project.
Art instructor Dawn Lisko has asked children age 8 and older to join her in a major community endeavor — to create a beach-theme group mural that will incorporate characters from their favorite books.
In addition to priming the mural panel, the children selected their characters on July 18 and now they are ready to start the step-by-step process of creating their signature piece of artwork — from tracing their characters and placing them in a beachfront background to the actual painting of the large piece that culminates with everyone signing the mural.
With the next session to be held tomorrow, July 25, Lisko is looking to bring aboard more youngsters since not everyone will be able to attend all of the remaining sessions.
“(The project) is still open to kids to pick up where we are and contribute how they can,” said the Belmar resident, who is an art teacher at Red Bank Regional High School.
The remaining sessions will be held at 4 p.m. every Thursday through August 29 at the library, located at 517 10th Avenue on the corner of E Street. During the final session, a reception will be held to unveil the mural, which will be permanently displayed within the Belmar Public Library community.
For more information on the Youth Art Workshop, call 732-681-0775.
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