BELMAR, NJ — Dawn Lisko has big plans for this summer’s Youth Art Workshop at the Belmar Public Library.

The art instructor is putting out the call for youngsters 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.

While the children will bring their imagination and creativity to the drawing table, Lisko will provide all the paint, brushes and other supplies, as well as her expertise and guidance in pulling together the seven-week project.

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All children are invited to attend the first session at 4 p.m. on Thursday, July 18 at the library, located at 517 10th Avenue on the corner of E Street.

“What I envision is a beach theme background to represent Belmar as a beach town and characters from the kids’ favorite books,” said Lisko, an art teacher at Red Bank Regional High School who lives in Belmar. “So I’ll incorporate the reading/ library aspect within the beach scene.”

During Thursday’s first session, participants will discuss the concept of a mural as an art form, paint the large mural panel with primer, and select their characters from books at the library. And for the following five sessions, they will undertake a step-by-step process of creating their mural — from tracing their characters and placing them in a beachfront background to the actual painting of the large piece that culminates with everyone signing their original piece.

Because the youngsters will be working on their own part of the mural at each session, those who need to miss one or even two sessions because of vacation are still welcome to be part of the project, Lisko said.

During the final session on Thursday, August 29, a reception will be held to unveil the mural, which will be permanently displayed within the Belmar Public Library community.

“This should be exciting for a kid to be able to see their work hanging up and be proud of what they accomplished,” Lisko said.

For more information on the Youth Art Workshop, call 732-681-0775.

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