Drawing in the Library

Drawing classes for children in Ann Arbor

The Ann Arbor Art Center in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library is excited to offer these free youth drawing sessions open to those ages 5-12 looking to learn more about the basics of drawing. Each session will have it’s own unique theme and will explore a variety of mediums and subject matter. No two sessions will be the same! These classes are free and require no pre-registration to participate. You will find a full schedule below.

All drawing sessions will take place at the Downtown library branch unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, April 28 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, April 28 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Westgate Branch: West Side Room -- Use symmetry and colorful patterns to design a unique and dynamic insect.

Sunday, May 5 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, May 5 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room -- Learn about the basic elements and principles of design by decorating fake cardboard cookies with collage and art materials.

Sunday, May 12 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, May 12 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room -- Use elaborate linework and pattern to create a stunning embossed drawing.

Sunday, May 26 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, May 26 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Traverwood Branch: Program Room -- Find inspiration in the artwork of pop artist Keith Haring as we make our own wildly colorful dancing figures. Learn to express energy and movement through the poses of your figures.

Sunday, June 2 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, June 2 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room -- Learn how to draw basic forms. Practice shading using techniques such as hatching, cross-hatching, stippling, and blending.

Sunday, June 9 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, June 9 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room -- Learn how to transform basic forms into captivating 3-dimensional characters and creatures.

Sunday, June 23 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, June 23 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room -- Discover how to combine basic forms to create 3-dimensional architectural images.

Sunday, July 14 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, July 14 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room -- Make the candy in your gumball machine drawings extra real and tasty-looking by practicing shading spheres.

Sunday, July 21 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, July 21 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Mallets Creek Branch: Program Room -- Learn to work with watercolor and illustrate an elaborate underwater scene filled with different types of coral and marine life.

Sunday, August 11 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, August 11 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room -- Learn how color can be used to create strong, balanced compositions, using color choice and gentle gradients to guide the viewer's eye through the picture plane

Sunday, August 18 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Sunday, August 18 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room -- Have a blast as we design futuristic space shuttles and depict them traveling through the universe.

In partnership with AADL