Displays & Exhibits

Displays & Exhibits

On Display February 2024

Livingston Elementary Schools Explore Line

As a collaboration between the Livingston Public Library and the Livingston Public School Visual Arts program, the Library’s display case will feature rotating artworks created by elementary and middle school students under the guidance of their art teachers, for the months of February, March and April.

Line is one of the most basic building blocks of art, but it can also be the most exciting! Line can convey emotion, movement, or even bring your eye around the composition. From a complex cityscape to an abstract design, line can create ANYTHING! 

Students at Harrison, Hillside, and Riker Hill Elementary Schools from Livingston explored the concept of line to create the various colorful artworks that are on display in the Library’s exhibit case for the month of February. 

At Harrison Elementary School, second grade students showcased their understanding of various types of lines by creating “Line Castles.” Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night, students incorporated dashes of color and swirling lines into the background sky of their work. Lastly, students added a light watercolor wash to their work. Through this process, they learned the balance of using more water and less paint to achieve a subtle watercolor finish. 

First graders at Hillside Elementary School drew inspiration from artist Vassily Kandinsky’s Composition 8. Kandinsky often looked to the relationship of art and music to guide his expressive paintings. Students listened to music to help direct their drawings and explored how different types of line can represent different instruments or even the tempo of the song. Students used a resist painting technique with black and white oil pastels, and tempera cakes.

Riker Hill fourth graders learned the difference between bilateral symmetry and radial symmetry. They studied radial symmetry created by Tibetan monks, architecture and nature. They began this lesson as a team, arranging an assortment of objects to create a design that showed radial symmetry around a central point. Using this concept, students brainstormed ideas for their radial symmetry prints and then used lines to draw one quarter of their design on styrofoam. Students learn about the printmaking process and then stamped their design 4 times around a central point to create a radial print.

More on Livingston's Displays & Exhibits

The Livingston Public Library welcomes exhibits and displays, which further the educational, cultural, intellectual, charitable and/or public service objectives of the Library. Exhibits and displays which incorporate books and other Library materials are especially encouraged.  The Library recognizes its role in nurturing local talent and culture and, therefore, extends its preference in scheduling exhibits and displays to local schools, civic and community groups and local artists.  The Library also encourages exhibits and displays by collectors, crafts people and hobbyists.  Other displays may be devoted to an aspect of community life, science, education, family life, local or other history, community accomplishments, national anniversaries or events, or traveling exhibits in various fields and areas of interest.

All exhibits are subject to the terms of the Livingston Public Library’s Exhibits and Displays Policy.

The Library has a lighted glass display case (H 15”; D 20”) by the entrance where the displays can last from 2 weeks to a month.  Scheduling for this is arranged several months in advance.

If you are interested to set up a display in the case or to have any sort of display anywhere in the Library, please complete the Request to Place or Erect an Exhibit/Display and submit it for advance review and approval to the Library. Your application must include photographs or samples of items to be displayed.

The Exhibits and Displays Agreement must be signed prior to setting up any exhibit or display.

Once the application is approved, you will be contacted to schedule specific dates.

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