Wednesday, December 02, 2020

The Arlington Public Library’s ‘Art is for Everyone’ series continues with Amy Stephens. In December, Amy will be teaching the community how to make sculptures, accessories, and more through a variety of free virtual and in-person classes. Classes will be held at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library. Social distancing will be enforced and masks required per the Tarrant County Mask Mandate.

Amy is an MFA student with a focus in glass and a professor of record at The University of Texas at Arlington. She received a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry as well as a BFA in Sculpture from the University of North Texas. Amy has eight years of foundry experience and has been involved in over thirteen public artworks. Her work is represented by The Upstairs Gallery in Arlington.

Her work revolves around collecting and repurposing single-use items to address the ever-growing impact humans have on the environment. Amy’s colorful sculptures create an appreciation for these materials while bringing attention to the overwhelming abundance of these objects in our daily lives.    

Make sure to check out Amy’s work in the CREATE room located on the second floor of the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library.

Art classes will be free and all materials will be provided. These are intended for ages 14 and up. Classes are first-come, first served. Due to social distancing, we are restricted to limited capacity at this time.  

Every month a different local artist will present an exhibit of their work and offer free classes to the public. Don’t miss the array of disciplines and techniques on display. This class is part of the 'Art is for Everyone' series, a project supported in part by the Texas State Library And Archives Commission: TSLAC.

Handcrafted Accessory’s

Saturday, Dec. 5, noon

Amy is excited to start her series off with some cool jewelry made from recycled material.  Participants will have a choice of creating a blue jean bracelet cuff or a t-shirt rose necklace/pin.

Sculpt your Own Gnome  

Saturday, Dec. 12, noon

Amy will guide this exciting sculpting class! Sculpt your own personalized little gnome mascot using basic sculpting techniques. 

Virtual Paint Along 

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 6 p.m.  

Get into the holiday spirit with this seasonal paint along. This virtual program will be available on our Facebook, @ArlingtonTXLib.

A limited supply of art kits will be available for this class at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library. Register here. These will be available for pickup beginning Dec. 8. If you are not able to pick up a kit, no worries! The supply list is below so that you can still follow from home.  

  • Acrylic paint
  • A canvas
  • A paintbrush (round and flat).  

Upcycled Jewelry  

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2 p.m. 

Who loves a good upcycle? We do! Learn how to use household items to create one of a kind jewelry. She will show us how to reuse plastic bottles, washers, nuts, and such and create something marvelous!