Category Archives: Art

Radio Journalism Workshop (Registration is required)

p00twgfzSaturday, May 9, 2015, 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the University Branch Library

Become a media-maker! Learn about public radio journalism in this fun, hands-on interviewing workshop with professional audio recorders.


Learn about public radio journalism and interviewing with KUOW’s RadioActive Media.

In this fun, hands-on workshop, teens learn about what kinds of questions get people talking, and then interview each other using professional audio recorders. This program is open to teens 13-19 years of age.

RadioActive is a radio journalism program for teens, based at KUOW 94.9 radio.

Teens ages 16-18 may want to stay afterwards to learn more about a competitive paid summer intership and get assistance filling out an application.

Registration is required. Please call the University Branch at 206-684-4063 to register.

Spilled Ink: Today @ Ballard

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Live music! Art! Literature! Videos!

Ballard Branch Teen Advisors and Ballard High School Ink Club invite you Spilled Ink, a community celebration of fresh artwork in many guises from INK Magazine, Ballard High School’s online journal.

Where? The Ballard Branch 

When? Today Saturday May 2nd @ 6-8 p.m. (You’ll get to be in the library after hours! The Ballard Branch closes at 6 p.m. and will re-open especially for Spilled Ink attendees. )

This event will showcase student works including art and photography, along with a screening of student-produced videos at 6:30 p.m. Live music and spoken word will be performed throughout the evening by local artists Roy Street, Golden Years, Dragon & Android, Ternbern Quertet, Eli Goldberg, Noah Forslun and Sophia Hermann.

There will also be a ukulele jam with members of the Ballard Ukulele Club that all are welcome to join. Players are invited to bring their own instrument to the jam, or play one of the limited number of ukuleles that will be available.

For more info call the Ballard Branch @ 206-684-4089


Echoes of a Lifetime: Artist at Work

Savvy Dani


Artist Savvy Dani sets up her easel to paint a portrait of a live model – from start to finish – in three hours.  Savvy has been painting and listening to the stories of older residents for her “Echoes of a Lifetime” project.

Drop in to talk to Savvy and the model, see a portrait come to life, and to see the artist’s other works.

At Wallingford on Sunday, March 22 from 1 pm – 4pm.

Full details here: Echoes Poster

Formosa’s eye for beauty in the everyday…

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Today is Mardi Gras!


Ready to party? Mardi Gras (also known as Fat Tuesday) is a time of fun and celebration before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.  Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the world with parties, feasts, dances, and more.  The most famous celebration is the United States takes place each year in New Orleans, Louisiana.  With parades, bead throwing, and masquerade balls, it sounds like one wild event.  You can also feast on the traditional king cake (see an example below), a pastry resembling a giant cinnamon roll, and hope that your slice features a lucky trinket.  You may receive special privileges for finding the trinket!


Brazil celebrates Mardi Gras as Carnival.  For several days each year millions of people take to the streets to party.  Rio de Janeiro’s celebrations are the largest in the world and feature an annual competition known as the Samba Parade.  Social clubs known as Samba Schools put together elaborate performances for the parade, which takes place in the appropriately named Sambodromo.  Each performance is judged on its samba song, band, chosen theme, costumes, props, and more.  (Read more about the judging here.)  Sounds like this would be a fantastic experience!

Here at Northgate, we are not quite so elaborate.  We are celebrating with a colorful display featuring books, a recipe for king cake, and masks to take home and color.  Take a look:


Want to get involved? How about making your own mask? Find some printable templates here or go freehand for even more possibilities.

Have fun!

Go ahead – make(rspace) something!

What is this?

3D printer

Looks like a popcorn machine, no?

It’s a 3D printer! Want to use one? You can at a Makerspace!

Makerspaces are like community labs where people or groups can come and use available materials, like electronics, printers, machine tools, hand tools, or sewing machines to create projects and collaborate with others. Some makerspaces charge a membership fee and some just a usage fee. Some have special programs and pricing for youth.

Here are 3 you can try out in Seattle.  Go ahead and make something!

SoDo MakerSpace
1914 Occidental Ave. S.

Jigsaw Renaissance
815 Seattle Boulevard S.

Metrix Create:Space
623 Broadway E.

Northeast Pics ‘n Poetry – Pumpkins

picture by Formosa, Northeast Teen Adviser

Bringing pumpkins home

Marks beginning of autumn

Tossing them, the end.

–Iris, Northeast Teen Adviser


Homemade Paper: DIY Recycling

tumblr_n1tdxzheNG1r4mnhwo1_1280-diypaperHomemade Paper: DIY Recycling

I know, I know. It’s September (sorry, November!). Time to buckle down, and abandon the joys of summer for chemistry, geometry, and Faulkner. But once you realize how awesome this handmade paper looks on practically anything, you will be forced to get blending. Plus, it’s much, much easier to make than you would imagine. Continue reading

Dylan’s Dance Floor: Inspiration and a Crash Course, Ballet-Style

kathrynmorgandanceIf you are in any size shape or form involved in ballet, I most highly recommend that you chasé right on over to Kathryn Morgan’s YouTube channel ( Morgan followed the path of a prodigy during her youth. She moved to New York when she was 15 to train at the School of American Ballet, and joined New York City Ballet just two years later at the age of 17. After being cast in several leading roles to critical acclaim, she was promoted to soloist, again just two short years after she joined the company. But this prodigious path diverged when she was diagnosed with a very complex and devastating thyroid condition. This forced her to leave New York City Ballet.

However, this diagnosis does not make her a pitiful character. In fact, it is what makes her so inspiring. After she received the right medication for her condition, she started intensive training to get back on the stage, even though many told her that that would never happen. It is when she talks about how she threw caution to the wind and did whatever it took to get back dancing that I am inspired. You can hear the resilience in her voice, and you just know that she will be back very soon. Continue reading

Fall Bucket List!


North Cascades in Autumn…Mt. Baker!

Leaf art:  Check out this book from the library for fun ideas.

Go hiking before it gets cold: Some ideas from Washington Trails Association.

Visit the Arboretum.

Host a pumpkin carving party.

corn maze

Star Wars Corn Maze!

Go to a corn maze.

Listen to some ghost stories.

Have a picnic at a park.

Halloween at the Woodland Park Zoo.

Bonfire with marshmallows.

Chocolate Festival

Go to a school sporting event.

Zombie Run

Drink or make apple cider.

Volunteer/donate to a food bank.autumn

Rollerblade around Greenlake.

Take a picture of a colorful tree & send it to a friend.

Decorate your locker for fall.

Bake something yummy.

Send something to a sibling or friend at college.

Run the Green Lake Gobble.

For a comprehensive list of events, festivals, etc. check out:

–RuthMabel, Greenwood, Teen Blogger