The North Country Library System offers a program entitled “ArtistWorks for Libraries” which provides St. Lawrence County library patrons with self-paced online video lessons from music and artistic professionals. Lessons are geared for novice to intermediate users, all at no charge with your library card.
Classes are suitable for youth and adults, with beginner to advanced lessons covering an array of instruments, music theory, scratching, and art. Classical music topics include piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, french horn, trumpet, and violin lessons. Bass lessons include electric bass, jazz bass, and bluegrass bass. Additional bluegrass classes include banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and bluegrass guitar. Other guitar lessons include rock, flatpick, dobro, fingerstyle, blues, and acoustic. Additional lessons are available for harmonica, percussion instruments, and piano. Singing and scratching classes are also available. Art classes include the basic fundamentals of drawing, building skills in drawing, advanced drawing and painting, portraits, and the business of art.
Accessing ArtistWorks is simple and requires a library card, internet access, and a computer or mobile device. For mobile devices, no app needs to be downloaded as ArtistWorks is only available through a browser such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer. If you don’t have a library card, just stop by your local library and fill out an application. While you’re there, be sure to check out the music and art books on the shelves, and any upcoming music or art programs on your library’s calendar of events.