Getting creative this spring

Image of a field of multicolored tulips

It’s clear from my allergies and the light green dusting of pollen on my car that spring is in full flow and nature is reviving in the warmer weather. For many of us, spring is a time of inspiration, which can take the form of the traditional spring cleaning or a recommitment to getting outside to exercise. It’s also a great time to reinvigorate (or discover) your artistic sensibilities.

It’s hard not to be struck by the beauty of the outdoors as the trees flower and the sounds of birds fill the air. (As a bonus tip, check out our Nature Explorer Backpacks to explore the natural world more thoroughly.) If you’re tempted to capture and share those perfect moments, you can do so without formal equipment. Join us on May 19 to learn how to use your phone to take compelling and thoughtful nature photography. You can find the details and registration here. For those who prefer pencils, paints, or other media, our social sketching group meets at the library twice a month, and our knitting and crochet group meets every Wednesday.

Don’t let a lack of experience prevent you from trying out different artistic styles; we have plenty of resources to get you started. For those who prefer books, we have a book list here to help you take those first steps. If the urge to learn strikes when you’re away from the library, use your library card to connect with Creativebug and LinkedIn Learning to find classes and daily practice routines in a variety of art styles. Creativebug also has tutorials on bringing the outdoors in through flower arranging, pressing flowers, and more. Once you get started, share your favorite photos or projects with us on Instagram @princetonpl.

However you learn, we hope you’ll find the tools you need at the library to explore your artistic side this spring. Let us know if we can help.

Photo by krystina rogers on Unsplash

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