in-person

Art Journaling – drawing from life

Keeping an Art or Visual Journal is a wonderful way to support your art practice or simply settle a busy mind and relieve stress

All you really need to begin is paper and a pen/pencil.

We will meet weekly to learn about and develop ways in which we can inhabit our journals, making them places of refuge, play, and discovery.

Seed ideas and prompts will be given each week, which we will ponder, expand on, and experiment with.

Whether we’re sketching, writing, doodling, or collaging…. you will find that you’re expressing yourself in your own way and finding those things that resonate with you.

And… doing this in community can be super inspiring and supportive.

 

 

Dates & Topics

Wednesday, July 13: Stepping into your Journal & Helpful Trackers

Wednesday, July 20: Patterns & ‘In Praise of Hands’

* No Class: July 27, August 3, August 10

Wednesday, August 17: Drawing & Urban Sketching

Wednesday, August 24: Fonts & Playing with Words

Wednesday, August 31: Nature Journaling

Wednesday, September 7: Archetypes & Artist Postcards

Wednesday, September 14: Artful Lists & Continuing the Story (image)

Wednesday, September 21: Mind Mapping & Timelines

Wednesday, September 28: Making our own Stamps & Tracing and Writing

 

Registration is required through Eventbrite.

Please register for each date that you plan to attend. This will ensure that you receive particular information and recording of that class.

If you are coming to the Library, in person, please contact Gianna and let her know to reserve a space for you.

Contact Gianna at if you have any questions.

 

Supplies:

If you’re joining us at the Library, we’ve got any supplies that you’ll need. Feel free to bring any special images or papers that you want to play with.

If you’re joining us on Zoom, below is the general Supply List.

 

Supply List:

Really, all you need is some paper and a pen or pencil!

As you venture further into your practice you might want to have.

  • notebook/sketchbook/binder for loose pages
  • a variety of pens & markers
  • Watercolors (pans, pencils, or crayons) / Acrylic paints
  • paint brush/water brush
  • container for water & paper towels
  • tape or glue sticks
  • washi tape
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • An expired Gift Card or Credit Card
  • collage materials (magazines, copies of your own photos…) Royalty Free images can be found online and printed from Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, etc. Other great resources are: Smithsonian Image Gallery https://library.si.edu/image-gallery and Cornell University’s Macaulay Library for wildlife images https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/

DPL at the Farmers Market

Look for the Library at the Dedham Farmers Market! Sign up for a library card, learn about programs and services, and get to know library staff members!
The Farmers Market runs Wednesdays, June 15th through October 26th from 1-5 p.m. at the First Church lawn (670 High St).

Watercolor Painting

Painting with Watercolors is a wonderful way to play with color and lose yourself in the moment.

Whether you are just beginning to explore watercolor, or have been painting a while, we aim to gain a better understanding of this amazing medium and challenge ourselves in the process.

Although these classes are not geared toward beginner painters, those that are new to watercolor are most welcome.  There will be a variety of skill levels and experience within the group.

We’ll gather weekly, to delight in the variety of colors and techniques, and delve into concepts that will enlighten and inspire.

 

Dates

– This session will run for 11 Mondays.

– Please note – these dates are not all consecutive.

– Class dates are:  July 18, 25, August 22, 29, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24, 31

Time

1:00 to 3:00 pm ET (Eastern US Time)

 

Location

Zoom & In-Person at the Dedham Public Library, 43 Church Street, Dedham MA

 

Registration is required

– You will receive a Supply List and Zoom Link.

– Registering once will give you access to the entire 11 week session.

– If you are coming In-Person to the Library for these classes please register, then contact Gianna to reserve a spot.

– We have watercolor paint and paper at the library for anyone living locally who needs them.  If you’re joining us on Zoom and live locally, just email Gianna to arrange a pick-up time.

 

Gianna can be reached at

Memory Café at Dedham Public Library

The Memory Café at Dedham Public Library is a welcoming, interactive place for individuals and families living with memory changes.  Come enjoy refreshments, make new friends, and participate in a fun, failure-free activity.  A care partner must accompany guests who require personal care assistance.

Join us as dance movement therapist, Donna Newman-Bluestein, invites us to sing or hum, and stretch, shake, twist, and bend to irresistible, toe-tapping music, both familiar and new, from the Big Bands, the 1940’s to the 60’s, Broadway musicals, disco, and the Caribbean.  Together we will create community as we dance in our seats and or on our feet.  If you’ve got a heartbeat, you’ve got rhythm enough.  No prior experience necessary.

 

Dates:  We will meet monthly, usually the third Thursday of the month, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

June 16
July 21
August 18
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15
Location:  Dedham Public Library, 43 Church Street, Dedham, MA 02026.
Wheelchair accessibility up to 31″ wide on Norfolk Street entrance where parking is available.
RSVP required due to space limitations. Contact Gianna Bird at  for more information, and if you have any questions regarding accessibility.

This program is sponsored in part by Dedham Savings Bank.

Art Journaling – drawing from life

Keeping an Art or Visual Journal is a wonderful way to support your art practice or simply settle a busy mind and relieve stress

All you really need to begin is paper and a pen/pencil.

We will meet weekly to learn about and develop ways in which we can inhabit our journals, making them places of refuge, play, and discovery.

Seed ideas and prompts will be given each week, which we will ponder, expand on, and experiment with.

Whether we’re sketching, writing, doodling, or collaging…. you will find that you’re expressing yourself in your own way and finding those things that resonate with you.

And… doing this in community can be super inspiring and supportive.

 

 

Dates & Topics

Wednesday, July 13: Stepping into your Journal & Helpful Trackers

Wednesday, July 20: Patterns & ‘In Praise of Hands’

* No Class: July 27, August 3, August 10

Wednesday, August 17: Drawing & Urban Sketching

Wednesday, August 24: Fonts & Playing with Words

Wednesday, August 31: Nature Journaling

Wednesday, September 7: Archetypes & Artist Postcards

Wednesday, September 14: Artful Lists & Continuing the Story (image)

Wednesday, September 21: Mind Mapping & Timelines

Wednesday, September 28: Making our own Stamps & Tracing and Writing

 

Registration is required through Eventbrite.

Please register for each date that you plan to attend. This will ensure that you receive particular information and recording of that class.

If you are coming to the Library, in person, please contact Gianna and let her know to reserve a space for you.

Contact Gianna at if you have any questions.

 

Supplies:

If you’re joining us at the Library, we’ve got any supplies that you’ll need. Feel free to bring any special images or papers that you want to play with.

If you’re joining us on Zoom, below is the general Supply List.

 

Supply List:

Really, all you need is some paper and a pen or pencil!

As you venture further into your practice you might want to have.

  • notebook/sketchbook/binder for loose pages
  • a variety of pens & markers
  • Watercolors (pans, pencils, or crayons) / Acrylic paints
  • paint brush/water brush
  • container for water & paper towels
  • tape or glue sticks
  • washi tape
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • An expired Gift Card or Credit Card
  • collage materials (magazines, copies of your own photos…) Royalty Free images can be found online and printed from Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, etc. Other great resources are: Smithsonian Image Gallery https://library.si.edu/image-gallery and Cornell University’s Macaulay Library for wildlife images https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/

DPL at the Farmers Market

Look for the Library at the Dedham Farmers Market! Sign up for a library card, learn about programs and services, and get to know library staff members!
The Farmers Market runs Wednesdays, June 15th through October 26th from 1-5 p.m. at the First Church lawn (670 High St).

Watercolor Painting

Painting with Watercolors is a wonderful way to play with color and lose yourself in the moment.

Whether you are just beginning to explore watercolor, or have been painting a while, we aim to gain a better understanding of this amazing medium and challenge ourselves in the process.

Although these classes are not geared toward beginner painters, those that are new to watercolor are most welcome.  There will be a variety of skill levels and experience within the group.

We’ll gather weekly, to delight in the variety of colors and techniques, and delve into concepts that will enlighten and inspire.

 

Dates

– This session will run for 11 Mondays.

– Please note – these dates are not all consecutive.

– Class dates are:  July 18, 25, August 22, 29, September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24, 31

Time

1:00 to 3:00 pm ET (Eastern US Time)

 

Location

Zoom & In-Person at the Dedham Public Library, 43 Church Street, Dedham MA

 

Registration is required

– You will receive a Supply List and Zoom Link.

– Registering once will give you access to the entire 11 week session.

– If you are coming In-Person to the Library for these classes please register, then contact Gianna to reserve a spot.

– We have watercolor paint and paper at the library for anyone living locally who needs them.  If you’re joining us on Zoom and live locally, just email Gianna to arrange a pick-up time.

 

Gianna can be reached at

DPL Sci-Fi Book Club

Oye, Beltalowda!
Strap into your crash couch, fire up the tightbeam, and look out for the doors and corners. No idea what any of that means? You will. Join us as we binge read the entirety of the greatest contemporary sci-fi epic. Pick up book 1, Leviathan Wakes, at the circulation desk.

For ages 14+

Art Journaling – drawing from life

Keeping an Art or Visual Journal is a wonderful way to support your art practice or simply settle a busy mind and relieve stress

All you really need to begin is paper and a pen/pencil.

We will meet weekly to learn about and develop ways in which we can inhabit our journals, making them places of refuge, play, and discovery.

Seed ideas and prompts will be given each week, which we will ponder, expand on, and experiment with.

Whether we’re sketching, writing, doodling, or collaging…. you will find that you’re expressing yourself in your own way and finding those things that resonate with you.

And… doing this in community can be super inspiring and supportive.

 

 

Dates & Topics

Wednesday, July 13: Stepping into your Journal & Helpful Trackers

Wednesday, July 20: Patterns & ‘In Praise of Hands’

* No Class: July 27, August 3, August 10

Wednesday, August 17: Drawing & Urban Sketching

Wednesday, August 24: Fonts & Playing with Words

Wednesday, August 31: Nature Journaling

Wednesday, September 7: Archetypes & Artist Postcards

Wednesday, September 14: Artful Lists & Continuing the Story (image)

Wednesday, September 21: Mind Mapping & Timelines

Wednesday, September 28: Making our own Stamps & Tracing and Writing

 

Registration is required through Eventbrite.

Please register for each date that you plan to attend. This will ensure that you receive particular information and recording of that class.

If you are coming to the Library, in person, please contact Gianna and let her know to reserve a space for you.

Contact Gianna at if you have any questions.

 

Supplies:

If you’re joining us at the Library, we’ve got any supplies that you’ll need. Feel free to bring any special images or papers that you want to play with.

If you’re joining us on Zoom, below is the general Supply List.

 

Supply List:

Really, all you need is some paper and a pen or pencil!

As you venture further into your practice you might want to have.

  • notebook/sketchbook/binder for loose pages
  • a variety of pens & markers
  • Watercolors (pans, pencils, or crayons) / Acrylic paints
  • paint brush/water brush
  • container for water & paper towels
  • tape or glue sticks
  • washi tape
  • wax paper
  • scissors
  • An expired Gift Card or Credit Card
  • collage materials (magazines, copies of your own photos…) Royalty Free images can be found online and printed from Pixabay, Unsplash, Pexels, etc. Other great resources are: Smithsonian Image Gallery https://library.si.edu/image-gallery and Cornell University’s Macaulay Library for wildlife images https://www.macaulaylibrary.org/
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