Tagged Art

The Vibrancy and Colors of a Great American Artist: Praising Ashley Bryan

For an artist renowned for his use of color, my first exposure to Ashley Bryan (1923-2022) was the pen and ink drawings in The Dancing Granny . In the 1977 edition published by Atheneum, Mr. Bryan's drawn line captures the movement…

National Children's Craft Day

Do you enjoy creating things with your hands, be it simple origami shapes, drawing, painting, baking,  or even learning and creating code? There are few better ways to explore your creativity than just letting loose and making…

The Quilts of Gee's Bend

History is found in the pages of a textbook—or so I thought! This February, celebrate Black History Month by learning more about the history of Black quilt makers! Do you know about the (Quilt) Pieces of Black History series…

Nourishing Literacy | Let's Layer: Art and Cooking!

What art projects can you think of that involve layers? What recipes have you tasted that include layers of ingredients? Leanna and Tonii share two ideas for layering, while creating art and recipes in the following video. These ideas…

A Continued Discussion on the Topics of Surrealism and Gender

Written by Lewis Shaw, who conducted extensive research in the Art Department as part of a Friends Select School Senior Internship Project. The following is a continuation of a previous blog post on the topics of Surrealism and Gender.…

African American Art Collecting and Research with Philadelphia Author Sherry Howard

Updated Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Sherry L. Howard is a Philadelphia-based art collector and researcher who primarily focuses on local African American art and artists. She writes about her experience in the world of art auctions…

Surrealism and Gender

Written by Lewis Shaw, who conducted extensive research in the Art Department as part of a Friends Select School Senior Internship Project. During the extended fever dream which we all refer to as COVID quarantine, I picked up a love of…

Create Something New During National Sewing Month

September is National Sewing Month and a great opportunity to create something new this year for everyone on your D.I.Y gift-giving list. Both the Art and Literature and Science and Wellness departments at Parkway Central Library have…

What Do You Know About Bollywood? | International Bollywood Day

September 24 is International Bollywood Day! So... what exactly is Bollywood? Depending on who you ask, each person defines it differently.  In the film My Name Is Khan , an Indian man embarks on a remarkable journey across America…

Best Summer Albums Through the Decades

Whether it is eating ice cream, swimming, or visiting your neighborhood library, there are so many great summer pastimes. One of the most exciting parts of summer is listening to all the incredible music! As we approach the end of…

For the Greatest Number: The New Deal Revisited

by Laura S. and Caitlin G. It’s been ninety years since the crisis of the Great Depression inspired the New Deal’s government investment and aid. But it’s not just history. The country is again facing a choice: What do…

An Update from Our Summer of Wonder Teen Artist Deyania Sanders

Last year, the Free Library put out a contest call for artwork from high school students. Deyania Sanders’ art teacher encouraged her to submit her designs and she was selected to be our Summer of Wonder artist! You’ve seen…

Central Senior Services Joins Moore College of Art to Fight Social Isolation During Pandemic

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has studied the impact of loneliness and social isolation on American seniors and the results are deeply disturbing. Extensive studies of the subject reveal that social isolation of…

Frank Stephens, Jr.: A Free Library Legacy

When Frank Stephens, Jr., passed away in March at the age of 89, many mourned the loss of a friend and colleague. Others were hearing about Frank for the first time. And it was an opportunity for all of us at the Free Library to learn…

Spotlight on Special Collections: Artist Dox Thrash and the WPA Printmaking Collection

Dox Thrash was an innovative artist and printmaker who gained recognition for his realistic and moving depictions of Black life while working for the federally-funded Philadelphia Fine Print Workshop.  Dox…

Thinking in Community

by Mariam Williams, Project Director, Chronicling Resistance One of my greatest joys in this project is witnessing how the Fellows draw connections among their respective areas of research and activism. I get to see and hear lightbulbs…

Art Book Club Online

The Art Department is now hosting a virtual book and art-making club and we're excited to kick off our next topic! Art Book Club Online: Picturing Information starts Tuesday, February 2, meeting 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays…

Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea. I’ve always been more of a talker…

Chronicling Resistance: Meet the Fellows

by Mariam Williams, Project Director for Chronicling Resistance "I've studied what I could of the Niess and their culture. There isn’t much left, and I have to sift the truth from all the lies. But there was a … a…

An Interview with Deyania Sanders, the High School Artist Behind This Year's Summer of Wonder

2020 Summer of Wonder poster In December, the Free Library and the design team at Mighty Engine put out a contest call for artwork from high school students. Deyania Sanders’ art teacher encouraged her to submit. Now, she’s…

Public Typewriter

Stop by Art & Literature on Parkway Central Library's second floor any time we are open to use a 1940 Royal typewriter courtesy of Philly Typewriter's Philadelphia Public Typewriter Program .  A Perkins Brailler…

BIG Crafternoon: Buttons

Children and teens can come make their own buttons for back to school!

Storytime and Craft with Black Soul Vintage

Join us for a three-week series of learning and creating for grades K-5.  Black Soul Vintage will lead these learning experiences centering on African-descendent history and literature for children.  Book readings will be…

Art on the Road

Join us for a fun and exciting art program!  Professional Artists Mr. Abdul Karim and Mr. Ali Salman engage budding artists as they work together to create a one of a kind…

BIG Crafternoon: Paint a Story

Ms. Echo will read a story while you paint along! For children ages 4-12. Space and supplies are limited.

Community Paint Day

Join Walls For Justice ( wallsforjustice.org ) from 5;30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a community paint day as we paint the mural that will be installed in the library!

Storytime and Craft with Black Soul Vintage

Join us for a three-week series of learning and creating for grades K-5.  Black Soul Vintage will lead these learning experiences centering on African-descendent history and literature for children.  Book readings will be…

Crafter Gather

Makers, crafters, artists! You are invited to join us on zoom every other Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m! Log in with your latest project and enjoy an evening of crafting and conversation. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 821 3211…

Art Book Club Online: June

This informal art book appreciation and art making group meets twice a month: once in person in the Art Department starting  Friday, June 17th, 3:30-5pm and once online through a video-free private chat and image-sharing…

Art on the Road

Join us for a fun and exciting art program!  Professional Artists Mr. Abdul Karim and Mr. Ali Salman engage budding artists as they work together to create a one of a kind…

Community Mural Input Day

Join Walls For Justice ( wallsforjustice.org ) for a brainstorming workshop from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. to decide the theme of our community mural to be installed at  the library.

BIG Crafternoon: Sand Art Keychains

Children ages 5-12 are invited to come make sand art keychains with Ms. Echo! Space and supplies are limited.

Art Book Club: June

This informal art book appreciation and art making group meets twice a month: once in person in the Art Department starting Friday, June 17th, 3:30-5pm and once online through a video-free private chat and image-sharing…

Crafter Gather

Makers, crafters, artists! You are invited to join us on zoom every other Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m! Log in with your latest project and enjoy an evening of crafting and conversation. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 821 3211…

Art and Illustration Class

The Kingsessing Library will host a free Art and Illustration class led by artist, Martha O’Connell. Participants will play with art materials and learn techniques in drawing, collage, and printmaking in a relaxed and generative…

Artsy Crafty Storytime

Storytimes for preschool children followed by art time. Ms. Rachel will provide a half hour of stories and songs and then provide either an in-person or take home craft.

Art on the Road

Join us for a fun and exciting art program!  Professional Artists Mr. Abdul Karim and Mr. Ali Salman engage budding artists as they work together to create a one of a kind…

Art on the Road

Join us for a fun and exciting art program!  Professional Artists Mr. Abdul Karim and Mr. Ali Salman engage budding artists as they work together to create a one of a kind…

Art and Illustration Class

The Kingsessing Library will host a free Art and Illustration class led by artist, Martha O’Connell. Participants will play with art materials and learn techniques in drawing, collage, and printmaking in a relaxed and generative…

English Conversation Group: Art and Architecture

Join us to learn and practice English while discussing famous works of art and architecture (in Philadelphia and beyond). If you are interested in exploring the great collections and museums of the region, public art as well as historic…

Anime and Manga - Manga for You and Me

Learn the techniques behind the creation of anime.

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Get your hands on the newest manga we have.

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Art Full Text

Art Full Text™ is a comprehensive resource for art information featuring full-text articles from more than 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, high-quality indexing and abstracting of over 600 periodicals dating as far back as 1984,…

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More than 18,000 peer-reviewed journals and more than 9,200 in full text Full text of The Economist ranging from 1988 to the present, with no embargo Full text of The New York Times from 1985 to present, updated daily Full text of The…

Chloé Cooper Jones | Easy Beauty: A Memoir

In conversation with Isaac Fitzgerald Freelance journalist Chloé Cooper Jones was a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing for “Fearing for His Life,” a profile of the man who filmed NYPD officers killing Eric Garner. Also a…

Mary Beard | Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern

In conversation with Michael Kulikowski “A national treasure, and easily the world’s most famous classicist” ( The Guardian ), Mary Beard “radiates authority and expertise” in guiding her readers through the world of Ancient Roman…

Edward Sorel | Profusely Illustrated

Watch the video on our youtube channel. In conversation with Signe Wilkinson “One of America’s foremost political satirists” ( The New York Times ), illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for …

Laura Raicovich | Culture Strike: Art and Museums in an Age of Protest

In conversation with Seph Rodney, PhD, opinions editor and managing editor of the Sunday Edition for Hyperallergic , author of The Personalization of the Museum Visit , and winner of the 2020 Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize. The interim…

Paul Hendrickson | Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Paul Hendrickson’s books include Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934–1961 , a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; Sons of Mississippi , winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; and The Living…

Jed Perl | Calder: The Conquest of Time: The Early Years: 1898-1940

Watch the video here . “Few people write about art as beautifully” ( Wall Street Journal ) as Jed Perl, a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the former 20-year art critic for The New Republic . A longtime…

Walter Isaacson | Leonardo da Vinci

Watch the video here . Released just weeks after the tech guru’s death, Walter Isaacson’s “staggering” ( The New York Times ) portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs instantly became an international bestseller. Isaacson has also penned…

Christina Baker Kline | A Piece of the World

Watch the video here . Christina Baker Kline is the author of The Orphan Train , the no. 1 New York Times bestseller and 2015 One Book, One Philadelphia selection. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be , and…

Ross King | Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies

“With a fiction writer’s feel for character” (Philadelphia Inquirer ), Ross King is the author of several nonfiction works that situate art within the context of the history in which it was born, including the New York Times bestsellers…

Edward Sorel | Mary Astor's Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 with Jules Feiffer | Cousin Joseph

“One of America’s foremost political satirists” ( New York Times ), illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist Edward Sorel has illustrated 41 covers for The New Yorker and has published pictorial essays and features in The Nation ,…

David Salle | How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art

One of the principal definers of postmodern art, painter David Salle is one of the last four decades’ most celebrated artists. Known for paintings and prints of what seem to be indiscriminately overlaid found images from a variety of…