Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing - Cartooning

Sunday February 21, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grades 1–5

Oh no….we are being invaded! This time we get to create our own alien from somewhere way out there in outer space….or your imagination! With some wild use of bright and contrasting colors, we will draw a crazy, creative, cartoon creature….with giggles included.

“The Power of Drawing!” classes return to the library this winter, grounded once again in using problem solving and technical drawing skills, our new lessons are built around 3 different basic drawing foundations: design, cartooning, and fine art. We will study design as a form of visual problem solving as we learn how a concept or message can be communicated through color and the relationship of forms. How can we create a graphic composition that helps find a visual solution? How do we create signs and symbols as forms of design that represent thoughts or objects? How do we use animation and cartooning as forms of visual storytelling, sequencing, and the expression of figurative and facial emotion? How does exaggeration help us to "draw feelings"? How do we learn how to create a sense of movement and action that makes us laugh as well? And finally, we learn how fine art is a way to personally express the vital and foundational skills of visual expression as it relates to our personal style. How do we use color, technique, and form to create a world of color, line, texture as only we see it? How do we learn to use the technical skills of drawing to create a piece of art that we can call our own?

Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing - Fine Art & Design

Sunday February 14, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grades 1–5

A traditional Japanese garment, the kimono, was worn on special occasions with identifying colors and patterns. After we learn about the history of the different designs of this Japanese ceremonial attire, we will create our own kimono with its unique, individual pattern. This will be a creative study of symmetry, color combinations, and decorative motif.

“The Power of Drawing!” classes return to the library this winter, grounded once again in using problem solving and technical drawing skills, our new lessons are built around 3 different basic drawing foundations: design, cartooning, and fine art. We will study design as a form of visual problem solving as we learn how a concept or message can be communicated through color and the relationship of forms. How can we create a graphic composition that helps find a visual solution? How do we create signs and symbols as forms of design that represent thoughts or objects? How do we use animation and cartooning as forms of visual storytelling, sequencing, and the expression of figurative and facial emotion? How does exaggeration help us to "draw feelings"? How do we learn how to create a sense of movement and action that makes us laugh as well? And finally, we learn how fine art is a way to personally express the vital and foundational skills of visual expression as it relates to our personal style. How do we use color, technique, and form to create a world of color, line, texture as only we see it? How do we learn to use the technical skills of drawing to create a piece of art that we can call our own?

Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing - Graphic Design

Sunday February 7, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grades 1–5

What kind of iconic designs are created by the natives of the Northwestern Coastal United States? We explore the graphic ocean creatures that represent this culture and the symbolic artwork of their family clans. We will learn to draw a distinctive animal symbol that is one of the traditional icons of their colorful and and unique style of art.

“The Power of Drawing!” classes return to the library this winter, grounded once again in using problem solving and technical drawing skills, our new lessons are built around 3 different basic drawing foundations: design, cartooning, and fine art. We will study design as a form of visual problem solving as we learn how a concept or message can be communicated through color and the relationship of forms. How can we create a graphic composition that helps find a visual solution? How do we create signs and symbols as forms of design that represent thoughts or objects? How do we use animation and cartooning as forms of visual storytelling, sequencing, and the expression of figurative and facial emotion? How does exaggeration help us to "draw feelings"? How do we learn how to create a sense of movement and action that makes us laugh as well? And finally, we learn how fine art is a way to personally express the vital and foundational skills of visual expression as it relates to our personal style. How do we use color, technique, and form to create a world of color, line, texture as only we see it? How do we learn to use the technical skills of drawing to create a piece of art that we can call our own?

Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing - Fine Art: Dinosaurs

Sunday January 24, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grades 1–5

Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? How do you draw a stegosaurus? We will master the art of recreating a prehistoric creature as they once looked, long ago. As we study proportion, scale and three dimensional modeling, we will learn how to make our creature look as huge as he actually once was, in the context of a background landscape where this stegosaurus once lived.

“The Power of Drawing!” classes return to the library this winter, grounded once again in using problem solving and technical drawing skills, our new lessons are built around 3 different basic drawing foundations: design, cartooning, and fine art. We will study design as a form of visual problem solving as we learn how a concept or message can be communicated through color and the relationship of forms. How can we create a graphic composition that helps find a visual solution? How do we create signs and symbols as forms of design that represent thoughts or objects? How do we use animation and cartooning as forms of visual storytelling, sequencing, and the expression of figurative and facial emotion? How does exaggeration help us to "draw feelings"? How do we learn how to create a sense of movement and action that makes us laugh as well? And finally, we learn how fine art is a way to personally express the vital and foundational skills of visual expression as it relates to our personal style. How do we use color, technique, and form to create a world of color, line, texture as only we see it? How do we learn to use the technical skills of drawing to create a piece of art that we can call our own?

Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing - Design

Sunday January 31, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grades 1–5

What is design? What makes it different from fine art? Using a peacock as our subject, we will explore pattern, texture, and the use of a border, and learn how color and shapes can be used to emphasize an idea, a place for your eye to focus, or create a mood. Stylized art as a concept will be discussed, as we design our own personal world of visual fun, learning about the relationship of form and line as elements of graphic design.

“The Power of Drawing!” classes return to the library this winter, grounded once again in using problem solving and technical drawing skills, our new lessons are built around 3 different basic drawing foundations: design, cartooning, and fine art. We will study design as a form of visual problem solving as we learn how a concept or message can be communicated through color and the relationship of forms. How can we create a graphic composition that helps find a visual solution? How do we create signs and symbols as forms of design that represent thoughts or objects? How do we use animation and cartooning as forms of visual storytelling, sequencing, and the expression of figurative and facial emotion? How does exaggeration help us to "draw feelings"? How do we learn how to create a sense of movement and action that makes us laugh as well? And finally, we learn how fine art is a way to personally express the vital and foundational skills of visual expression as it relates to our personal style. How do we use color, technique, and form to create a world of color, line, texture as only we see it? How do we learn to use the technical skills of drawing to create a piece of art that we can call our own?

Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing - Cartooning

Sunday January 17, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grades 1–5

Back again…. our superhero drawing class! With a female and male superhero waiting for you to create them. Lots of fun as we explore how animation and cartooning use simplified forms and shapes to capture expression, movement,and exaggeration. We will also learn how to make a character come alive with the basic dynamics of cartooning skills including the use of color and the “live eye” technique.

“The Power of Drawing!” classes return to the library this winter, grounded once again in using problem solving and technical drawing skills, our new lessons are built around 3 different basic drawing foundations: design, cartooning, and fine art. We will study design as a form of visual problem solving as we learn how a concept or message can be communicated through color and the relationship of forms. How can we create a graphic composition that helps find a visual solution? How do we create signs and symbols as forms of design that represent thoughts or objects? How do we use animation and cartooning as forms of visual storytelling, sequencing, and the expression of figurative and facial emotion? How does exaggeration help us to "draw feelings"? How do we learn how to create a sense of movement and action that makes us laugh as well? And finally, we learn how fine art is a way to personally express the vital and foundational skills of visual expression as it relates to our personal style. How do we use color, technique, and form to create a world of color, line, texture as only we see it? How do we learn to use the technical skills of drawing to create a piece of art that we can call our own?

Young Rembrandts: Power of Drawing - Fine Art: Portraiture

Sunday January 10, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grades 1–5

Gaining the basic skills in portraiture, we will draw a famous female, African American artist’s portrait. (You will find out who it is on Sunday) Why did her work become famous and what kind of artwork did she create? We will explore composition, symmetry and the modeling of color as it relates to skin color - all important foundational skills in understanding how to visualize a face.

“The Power of Drawing!” classes return to the library this winter, grounded once again in using problem solving and technical drawing skills, our new lessons are built around 3 different basic drawing foundations: design, cartooning, and fine art. We will study design as a form of visual problem solving as we learn how a concept or message can be communicated through color and the relationship of forms. How can we create a graphic composition that helps find a visual solution? How do we create signs and symbols as forms of design that represent thoughts or objects? How do we use animation and cartooning as forms of visual storytelling, sequencing, and the expression of figurative and facial emotion? How does exaggeration help us to "draw feelings"? How do we learn how to create a sense of movement and action that makes us laugh as well? And finally, we learn how fine art is a way to personally express the vital and foundational skills of visual expression as it relates to our personal style. How do we use color, technique, and form to create a world of color, line, texture as only we see it? How do we learn to use the technical skills of drawing to create a piece of art that we can call our own?

New by the author of The Art Forger: The Muralist

The Muralist is a brand-new book by Barbara Shapiro, author of the bestselling The Art Forger. As in her previous novel, in The Muralist, Shapiro’s interest in and deep understanding of art is again used to create the background for the compelling story. The book features two main characters, living in different time periods. Alizee Benoit is a talented abstract painter who works for the Works Progress Administration in late 1930s New York City. Her great-niece, Dani Abrams, is a present-day employee at an auction house who receives in the mail one day several squares of an abstract painting. Believing that these squares may have something to do with her great-aunt’s never-explained disappearance in 1940, Dani dives into researching where the squares of painting came from, against her boss's wishes. The Muralist is combination historical fiction and mystery, and “is sure to be a crowning touch in an already celebrated career” (BookPage).

Fans of The Goldfinch in particular should make sure to check The Muralist out.

Ann Arbor Women Artists Fall 2015 Juried Exhibit

Now through November 29, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Each calendar year the AAWA holds two or three juried shows. A juror is invited to select from a large group of submissions a final show that is a reflection of the highest quality art and diversity of art media produced by the membership.

Ann Arbor Women Artists is a non-profit organization of approximately 330+ women and men from the Ann Arbor area, ranging from beginning to professional artists. The purpose of the AAWA is to stimulate creative expression and sharing among its members in order to continually raise the quality of the art produced.

This year's Exhibition is a celebration of more than 50 years of AAWA juried art shows at the Ann Arbor Library. A special, commemorative, collaborative painting of the Ann Arbor Library will be displayed.

Re-Entry Creative Arts Workshop

The University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts presents the Re-Entry Creative Arts Workshop on Fridays, 9-10:30 am from October 2 to December 11, 2015 at Catholic Social Services. Volunteers from the Prison Creative Arts Project will lead a weekly workshop with formerly incarcerated men and women and any other participants who feel that crime or incarceration have had an impact on their lives. This workshop will encourage participants to explore their creativity in a supportive community. Different means of creative expression will be explored, including writing and theater. No experience necessary! For more information, contact Marissa or Rita of Washtenaw Prisoner Reentry at 734-327-9717.

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