Drawing for Adults: Flowers and Leaves in Graphite

Sunday August 20, 2017: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 9 through adult

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills. In this session you'll draw flowers and leaves using drawing pencils.

Every other week we’ll cover a different topic. You’ll learn different techniques to tackle texture, chiaroscuro, and perspective, plus improve your sense of composition, lighting, and form. You'll get the chance to try out different mediums like pencil, charcoal, and pastel. All skill levels are welcome to participate.

Preschool ArtStart

Monday August 21, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab and Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 2–5, siblings welcome

Preschoolers can make art, too!

Join us for fun crafts for children age 2 to 5 years, accompanied by an adult.

Coloring: Not Just for Little Kids!

Thursday August 24, 2017: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 4 - 12

Come to the library to use cool markers, pens, colored pencils, crayons, and gel pens to color awesome artwork.

Coloring isn't just for little kids, it's for everyone!

Letterpress Open House

Saturday August 26, 2017: 3:45 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Stop by the Secret Lab to learn about all things letterpress! See how a letterpress works and learn more about the process of printing with moveable type. We'll have AADL's vintage Kelsey letterpresses set up so you'll get the chance to print something neat to take home with you.

This event will follow the Pressing On film screening.

AADL in the Field: Come to Your Senses: Experience African Art at UMMA

Sunday August 27, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- UMMA, 525 S. State Street

The University of Michigan Museum of Art has a collection of more than 1,000 works of African art representing many of the diverse peoples and regions of the continent. UMMA’s holdings are particularly rich in the works created in Central Africa by a variety of peoples, states and historical kingdoms based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The collection includes metalwork (brass weights as well as articles of personal adornment), sculptures and masks, architectural elements, textiles, and ceramics.

Join Laura De Becker, UMMA’s Helmut and Candis Stern Associate Curator of African Art, for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes exploration of this fabulous collection. Focusing on the sensory aspects of these works of art, De Becker will invite participants to experience the gallery in a new and exciting way. Participants will also have a chance to get up-close and personal with selected works that will be brought out from collections storage especially for this program in UMMA’s Object Study Room.

Space is limited and registration is required by emailing fieldtrip@aadl.org. Directions will be provided upon registration.

Letterpress Lab

Wednesday August 30, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Learn the basics of letterpress printing using handset lead type!

Workshop participants will learn how to compose, lock-up, and print a small project on AADL’s vintage Kelsey letterpresses. Letterpress Labs are lead by library staff and guest instructors from U-M's Wolverine Press. Follow along with our scheduled activity or plan your own project—you’re the designer!

This program involves direct handling of lead-based type and is therefore not suitable for small children.

Drawing for Kids

Sunday September 10, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 1–5

Join us for a directed drawing activity for youth with artists from the Ann Arbor Art Center!

Be sure to check aadl.org for themes and projects.

Drawing for Adults

Sunday September 10, 2017: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills. In this session you'll explore patterns using Micron pens and drawing pencils.

Every week we’ll cover a different topic. You’ll learn different techniques to tackle texture, chiaroscuro, and perspective, plus improve your sense of composition, lighting, and form. You'll get the chance to try out different mediums like pencil, charcoal, and pastel. All skill levels are welcome to participate.

Letterpress Lab

Wednesday September 13, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Learn the basics of letterpress printing using handset lead type!

Workshop participants will learn how to compose, lock-up, and print a small project on AADL’s vintage Kelsey letterpresses. Letterpress Labs are lead by library staff and guest instructors from U-M's Wolverine Press. Follow along with our scheduled activity or plan your own project—you’re the designer!

This program involves direct handling of lead-based type and is therefore not suitable for small children.

Family Art Design Challenge at UMMA Nights

Saturday September 16, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- University of Michigan Museum of Art

This event is intended for all ages

Join AADL and the University of Michigan Museum of Art for an exciting exploration of sustainable design during UMMA Nights at the Museum! From 7 to 8:00 pm, AADL will host a collaborative design challenge outside of UMMA's Frankel Family Wing.

Families or groups of friends will be provided with a brown bag that contains art materials from the Ann Arbor Scrap Box. Together you’ll be prompted to explore five principles of design by constructing art from reclaimed objects. You don’t have to manufacture something to design something!

This is a free drop-in art-making event and all are welcome.

Stick around for the family-friendly movie night showing of WALL-E at 8:00 pm. The film will be projected on UMMA's State Street-side facade, on the west side of the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing.

This event is a partnership between AADL and the University of Michigan Museum of Art.