When one thinks of melted crayons, what probably comes to mind is the mess.But there was no mess on a recent Monday at the Kannapolis Public Library.In a program co-sponsored by the library and the Cabarrus Health Alliance, teens melted crayons with a hairdryer to make works of art. The dozen participants were instructed to attach the crayons to their canvases in any pattern they chose, using a hot-glue gun. Once the crayons were secured to the canvas, the melting began. At first the process was slow, and little lines came from the crayons. Then things heated up, and crayons melted into streams of color running down canvases.Kannapolis resident Amanda Moss, 18, celebrated her birthday as she lined her green and yellow crayons in a straight row across the edge of the canvas, with a specific theme in mind. Melting the crayons into vertical lines on her canvas set the background for her creation.Moss added artificial flowers to the lines to create her “Crayon Garden,” which looked like a field of flowers.Others tried different designs. China Grove resident Jenna Waugh, 13, arranged her crayons to make a heart shape. Her 11-year-old brother Ian Waugh stripped the paper from his different shades of green crayons and arranged different sizes across his canvas to create an abstract design.Courtney Taylor of Kannapolis, 11, used bubble-gum pink and purple to match her bedroom. By using the hairdryer to blow the liquid streams around the canvas, she created an abstract with texture. As some of the cooled crayon was covered by more melted material, it created a 3-D effect.“Excellent,” Courtney said. “It is like you discovered all these colors while mixing them on the canvas.”Courtney named her creation “Fireworks,” because it looked like fireworks, and the event was held close to the Fourth of July.Her 13-year-old brother Jonathon Taylor used a more extensive palette to make a colorful offering he titled “World of Color.”The Cabarrus Health Alliance had provided a grant to pay for artists and supplies for the programs geared for teens and children in grades six through 12. The library supplied work space, staff and advertising for the summer programs.The next teen programs will be “Make a T-Shirt Bag,” 3-5 p.m. July 25; and “Tie-dye T-shirts,” 3-4 p.m. Aug. 1.
Friday, Jul. 12, 2013
Liquid or solid, crayons give color
Learn more: For information on programs for all ages at the Cabarrus County libraries, check the county calendar of events at www.cabarruscounty.us/Pages/Calendar-Rollup.aspx. For information about the Cabarrus Health Alliance and the services it provides, visit the website: www.cabarrushealth.org.
Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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