Three libraries, the Savona Free Library, the Dormann Library, and the Howard Public Library worked together on a project to get young people to explore digital art through the use of the popular game: Minecraft. The event was held on August 24, 2016 through August 26, 2016 at all three libraries. Each library had a two hour time slot each day of the program. Young people were able to sign up for the program and come for one day or all three days, to learn about art and creating art in the digital world.

Minecraft was picked as the platform to create the art in, because many young people are already familiar with this 3D virtual world. The lead artist, Wynn Yarrow,, had the students explore different artists and art work from books available in the Southern Tier Library System. All three libraries are part of the 48 libraries in the Southern Tier Library System. The students had hands on activities to make real world models of the art they would produce in the virtual 3D world.  Once the students agreed on a model to create, they worked together, in the Minecraft virtual world to create the final art work.

This project was made possible, in part with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered regionally by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.

A total of thirty five students, from all three libraries, participated during the three day workshop. Below are the results of the workshop at the Savona Free Library.




To see more pictures of the final project stop in at Savona Free Library, Dormann Library and Howard Public Library. Thank you for your support of your local libraries.

Exploring Digital Art Through Minecraft