December Visual Arts Workshops
Join our TECH Lab Artist-in-Residence Megan Stacey and guest artists for a series of virtual workshops! You’ll complete a hands-on activity during each session and have the opportunity to share your work online!
Dec 7: Intro to Weaving: Make your own cardboard loom! With visiting textile artist Maddie Osborne (she/her).
Dec 8: Intro to Printmaking: Make your own stamps out of household objects with visiting printmaker Ruby Sgueglia (they/them).
Dec 14: Intro to Character Design: Draw and create your own characters, or learn how to improve your fan art with visiting illustrator Liv Rouse (they/them).
Dec 18: The Art of The Doodle: how to turn any shape or line into a fully formed illustration with cartoonist Mitch Angelo (he/him).
Meet Our Workshop Educators
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE Megan Stacey (she/her) is a director, performer, and media artist from Lake George, NY. She is a graduate of both the New Media and Theatre and Performance departments at Purchase College. She specializes in devised, immersive, and transmedia performance. She is a professional musician, coordinator, educator, and all-around conduit of fun.
Maddie Osborne (she/her) has a BFA in Visual Arts (Interdisciplinary) with a focus in Painting and Printmaking from SUNY Purchase College. Maddie loves textiles and fibers, and loves to make functional objects that are beautiful. She hopes to continue telling stories of childhood, memory, loss and love for as long as possible. She hopes to share this passion with children of all ages by becoming an art teacher! Meet Maddie on Dec. 7 for an Into to Weaving!
Ruby Sgueglia is a multidisciplinary artist and illustrator currently residing in Putnam Valley, New York. They graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in 2020. Having lived up and down the Hudson River for their entire life, Ruby has developed a visual language that honors the contemporary, diverse, and cutting edge art culture of the city that trained them and the rural landscape of the towns that raised them. Meet Ruby Dec. 8 for an Intro to Printmaking!
Liv Rouse (they/them) is a multimedia creator with a Visual Arts and Psychology degree from Purchase College. Their artistic efforts focus primarily on illustration, painting, and the creation of handheld objects, all of which approach the Big Scaries (that we all have but in different ways) with humor and love. Meet Liv Dec. 14 for an Intro to Character Design!
Mitchell Angelo (he/him) is a recent graduate of the SUNY Purchase Lilly Lieb Port Creative Writing Program, and the former Managing Editor of Gutter Mag. His microwave is haunted. His previous publications include Gandy Dancer, The Westchester Review, & Silver Needle Press. Meet Mitchell Dec. 18 to explore The Art of the Doodle!
Mental Health Workshop
Saturday, November 28, 2020 10am-12pm Youth Dynamics of Billings will present a virtual workshop for teens in partnership with the TECH Lab. Trained therapists will share some insight into the issues teenagers face and provide an art activity where participants can explore painting as therapy. FREE painting kits will be provided prior to the workshop, available for pick up from the LIBRARY help desk or curbside service. Participants will be notified when their kits are ready.
BE SURE TO SIGN UP EARLY so you can pick up your art kit. THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED NOV. 26 AND 27. An email address is needed to receive information for joining the workshop. If you do not have your own, or do not feel comfortable sharing, you can use your caregiver's email address.
REGISTRATION IS NOW FULL.
Workshop Speaker: Clinical Director for Community Services
Moyra Anthony is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s of Social Work and a Master’s of Business Administration. She serves as the Clinical Director of Community Services at Youth Dynamics. Moyra says she loves being a part of a growing organization, which subscribes to an actively caring culture and trauma sensitive staff.
The Democracy Project
The Democracy Project engages high school students in civic action through partnerships between Billings Public Library, Humanities Montana, and community organizer, Emma Kerr-Carpenter, MT State Representative.
Teens plan and work on projects they feel are vital to their community while building leadership, critical thinking, and information literacy skills. This is an ongoing project based on interest.
Teen Take-Away Kits
- Make Your Own Magnetic Poetry - This kit provides magnetic tape, blank cardstock, a sample poem (or two), and guidance for creating your own set of words. Use these words to make endless poems!
- Low-Tech Pixel Art- Create your own pixel art designs without a computer! Each kit includes graph paper, paper squares, colored pencils, a glue stick and sample images!
- Fresco Ornament- Create your own portable fresco with the items in this kit! Use the instructions to turn your creation into a holiday ornament! (Available starting Dec. 1st)
Kits can be picked up from our curbside service.
Teen Advisory Group
TEENS 13-19 years old:
TEEN BOOK GROUP
Reading and Discussions For Teens
Our Teen Book Group resumes virtually! What book do you want to read next? Email Vanessa at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest a book to read and to discuss as a group.
Physical copies of books may be available, or read an Ebook through Billings Public Library’s FREE digital resource, Freading.
Test Prep E-Books
Getting ready to take the SAT or GRE? Just need some extra help with geometry? Want to be a firefighter or police officer? Then check out the library's new collection of digital reference books for test prep and study help! All of the titles are free to access and download. All you need is a library card! See our selection, and get studying.
Are you looking for ways to spend your free time? The TECH Lab is looking for 16-18 year old teenagers to help lead and mentor younger teens in the lab during open hours. Volunteers need to be interested in technology, willing to teach and learn alongside other teens, and be in the lab for a minimum of 4 hours per week. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable leadership experience, or just give back to your community! Submit an online application.
Read Megan Bingham's poem, "Hope," winner of Billings Public Library's Creative Writing Competition!
View photographs taken by two talented teens who participated in our Cellphone Photography workshop series! Thanks Adisyn Gamble and Dayna Otis!
Local Teen Interviews Architect of Billings Public Library
Katelyn Bauer interviewed Will Bruder, the architect for the new Billings Public Library building,
and used the TECH Lab equipment to edit the video together. Way to go Katelyn!