Teens Signature Pop-Up Painting Collection

Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library

Teens Signature Pop-Up Painting Collection

Expressive Art

Encouraging Teens to Use Their Creative Powers
When facilitating expressive art painting at William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library with our youth, they were self-conscious about art-making. Most of them felt that they did not have any artistic talent. Our challenge was to make art fun, interesting and expressive but not requiring a talent. This can be therapeutic and humorous at the same time and an art exercise that does not have to require drawing or painting skills.

Passion, Fun and Confidence
Our key to successfully working with teenagers and children here at Bellevue Library is to make the programs we provide fun and safe. As we provide art projects along with supplies and light refreshments, then we make the environment feel free and fun to work in. Many teens came to experiment with art-making in a way that made them forget their self-consciousness for a while. Art and painting made them think and use their imagination. At the end of the program they all walked away feeling confident and passionate about their creative art.