In-Person Classes and Events in Ann Arbor, Michigan:

Doodles Academy offers in-person opportunities locally in Ann Arbor. We work with schools, organizations, and community centers to develop and hone our curriculum, which is then distributed virtually for a wider impact. If you are local to Ann Arbor, you can see what we are working on below, and sign up here to be notified of future projects.

You can also visit here to see what volunteer opportunities we have available, and here to donate to support our work.  

Doodles Academy + The Ann Arbor Public Schools

We’re working with AAPS Rec & Ed to bring the Doodles curriculum to after-school programs around the city. These classes are for students in elementary school. You can scroll down this page to find: 

  • A description for the upcoming term 
  • A form for AAPS parents to be notified when classes open 
  • A job description for Lead Teachers (to apply email your letter of intent and resume to


Discover Your Superhero Persona!

Self-Discovery Through Artmaking

The Doodles Academy team will work with your young artist to create their own superhero alter-ego! Your child’s journey will be artistically varied and blend many different mediums and techniques with a focus on painting, puppetry, and storytelling. Along the way, they’ll be motivated by other artists, inspired by history, and encouraged to relate their new discoveries to their own lives. They’ll also connect with their classmates and create a community that will extend beyond the artroom doors!

All supplies are included (including a sketchbook).

Stay in touch by signing up using the form below. At the beginning of each term, we’ll contact parents with the names of the schools we will be serving, and we will introduce the topic and project(s) that we’ll be exploring for the next eight weeks. Scholarships will be available through Rec & Ed. 

Would you like to help? 


Seeking teachers and/or teaching artists to act as lead teachers in a district-wide after-school art program. Applicants should either have experience teaching and working with kids, or be enrolled in a teaching program with strong references. Art specific teaching experience is not required. 

Applicants must be available to attend a majority self-paced training program (up to 4 hours) and teach 3-5 afternoons per week (3:30-5:30) for 8 weeks starting in January. Preference is given to applicants with more availability.

Teachers would be responsible for teaching 6-16 students with a supplied curriculum, working with and providing updates to the manager (including visual media and student testimonials).


All adults would need to have a background check run with the AAPS, and have their fingerprints on file. They are hired by Doodles Academy as a contract employee.

Pay depends on how many classes you teach. We pay $50-65 per hour. Classes run from 3:45-5:30pm. You may take up to five classes in a week (M-F), so the full stipend ranges from $100-750 per week. Training is also paid at $50 per hour.

If interested, please email a letter of interest and your resume to

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Our second annual Give With HeART Student Art Contest will close on midnight Eastern on Sunday, 12/04! 

There are a couple ways that you can participate: 

  • Submit artworks by students using Doodles Lessons (aged 5-11) that you have made with your class (link here​) 
  • Encourage students to attend a live art-making event with their caregivers (registration here​) 

Either way, if they win YOU win! Amongst their prizes, they'll receive a $150 gift card to Blick – for their class.