Remembering Summer: Oils & Watercolors by Marcelle Gray

Now through January 25, 2018 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

"In the midst of winter and the holiday season it is fun to remember summer days in the sun. Filled with light, these impressionistic paintings are meant, for a moment, to recall those days on the beach, by the lake, picnicking in a meadow and traveling in sunny locales." - Marcelle Gray

Drawing for Kids: Penguins

Sunday December 17, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for grade 1–5

Come draw with us! We'll provide everything you need to practice your drawing skills. This week we'll be drawing value penguins using soft pastels.

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: Drawing Birds

Sunday December 17, 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 we'll be drawing birds using Prismacolor colored 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 media like pencil, charcoal, and pastel. All skill levels are welcome to participate.

Preschool ArtStart

Monday December 18, 2017: 10:30 am to 11:00 am -- 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.

Letterpress Lab

Wednesday December 20, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This weekly lab will introduce you to the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a cylinder proof press and small platen press. Whether you're new to letterpress or know the lay of a type case like the back of your hand, you'll enjoy playing with AADL’s collection of wood and lead type.

AADL staff will be on hand to show you the basics and we'll explore more advanced printing techniques with special guests. No prior experience necessary. Supplies are provided. You're welcome to return every Wednesday evening to work on multi-week projects.

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

Letterpress Lab

Wednesday January 3, 2018: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This weekly lab will introduce you to the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a cylinder proof press and small platen press. Whether you're new to letterpress or know the lay of a type case like the back of your hand, you'll enjoy playing with AADL’s collection of wood and lead type.

AADL staff will be on hand to show you the basics and we'll explore more advanced printing techniques with special guests. No prior experience necessary. Supplies are provided. You're welcome to return every Wednesday evening to work on multi-week projects.

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

Galaxy Watercolor Painting

Saturday January 6, 2018: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

We'll walk you through making your own one-of-a-kind night sky painting.

Creative Break

Tuesday January 9, 2018: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Take a break from your workday with some creative thinking!

Drop in for a prompt or challenge that will get you thinking out of the box. Try different art tools and push yourself to experience something new!

Letterpress Lab

Wednesday January 10, 2018: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This weekly lab will introduce you to the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a cylinder proof press and small platen press. Whether you're new to letterpress or know the lay of a type case like the back of your hand, you'll enjoy playing with AADL’s collection of wood and lead type.

AADL staff will be on hand to show you the basics and we'll explore more advanced printing techniques with special guests. No prior experience necessary. Supplies are provided. You're welcome to return every Wednesday evening to work on multi-week projects.

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

Over/Come(ing): Paintings by Juliet Seignious

January 13, 2018 through February 26, 2018 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

"The images I bring to you were inspired by John Lewis’ graphic novel series “March”. This series of paintings was initially conceived in reflection about current marches and their connection to marches in the past – mostly the famous march, the march in 1965, the walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Within this work, I seek to explore the power/complexity/hopefulness of social movement (s), the most powerful of human creations, for improving the world, appropriately." -Juliet Seignious