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 classes 
  • A form for AAPS parents to be notified when classes open 

All of the programming below is offered through Rec & Ed. You will be able to sign up through their website on the dates indicated.

Sign up for our email list at the bottom of the page to be notified when classes open for enrollment 

2023 Summer Camp Catalog

Get ready to ignite your child’s imagination this summer with our amazing summer camp series. With six weeks of fun-filled activities, your child will be able to unleash their creativity through engaging art projects that will last the whole week. But that’s not all – our Doodles team will also lead them through fun art games, crafts, and an array of exciting, value-packed activities

Whether your child is a budding artist or simply loves to explore their imagination, our summer camp series offers an exceptional opportunity to develop their creativity, enhance their social skills, and make lasting memories.

Sign up for one week or all six using the links below. Plus, keep scrolling to see detailed information about each focus project.

Don’t miss out on the chance to make this summer unforgettable for your child – we hope to see you soon!

List of Classes and Dates: 

June 19 – June 23

  • 9-12pm: Make Your Own Magical Creature

  • 1-4 pm: Invent a Rainforest Creature

June 26 – June 30

July 10 – July 14

  • 9-12pm: Create a Tiny Sculpture! Then Supersize it!
    • Use recycled materials to create a sculpture no larger than your hand, draw it from observation on HUGE paper, then paint it. 
  • 1-4pm: Create a Tiny Sculpture! Then Supersize it!

July 17- July 21

  • 9-12pm: Advantages in Disguise

    • Learn about several artists who turned what could have been disadvantages into advantages then follow a series of creative challenges to build a sculpture from recycled materials.

    • Ages 5-7

    • Ages 8-11

  • 1-4 pm: Build Your Own Fairytale World

July 24 – July 28

9-12pm: Build Your Own Fairytale World


July 31 – August 4

  • 9-12pm: Showcase Your Neighborhood

    • Learn about artist of the Harlem Renaissance, bind a book, create sketches of your own neighborhood, then choose your favorite to turn into a collage. 

    • Ages 5-7

    • Ages 8-11

  • 1-4 pm:

Detailed Description of Class Projects:

Make Your Own Magical Creature

Explore Color, Texture, and Mexican Folk Art

Alebrijes are brightly-colored sculptures of imaginary creatures from Mexican folk art. During this art camp you’ll learn about the history and creation of Alebrijes. Then, you’ll get to imagine and create your own fantastical creature! You’ll use collage to create composite creatures, draw your creature in a larger size, and add textures and colors using oil pastels and watercolor! You’ll also get to experiment with three different ways of using color in your artwork. Ready to bring your own magical creature to life? All supplies are included.

Will Your Creature Thrive in the Rainforest?

Invent an Animal With Defense Mechanisms

Could you invent a creature that would survive in the rainforest? At this fun art camp, the Doodles Academy team will show you many different ways animals protect themselves. Then, you’ll invent your own creature that would thrive in the rainforest using clever defense mechanisms. And finally, you’ll bring your rainforest creature to life by creating a marionette puppet using cardboard tubes and tissue paper! How will your creature protect itself? All materials are included.

Make a Tiny Sculpture (Then Supersize It!)

Learn Observation and Scale in Artmaking

This is your chance to learn how to work with scale in your artmaking! To start, the Doodles Academy team will help you use cupcakes to learn the importance of close observation when drawing. Then, you’ll build a tiny sculpture using recycled materials. Your sculpture will be no larger than your hand! Finally, you’ll use your observation skills to make a larger drawing of your sculpture on paper and finish it with paint. All materials are included.


Could Your Challenges Be Advantages in Disguise?

Practice Overcoming Challenges Through Artmaking

Sometimes challenges can become powerful advantages—in art and life! In this art camp, the Doodles Academy team will show you four amazing artists who faced mental or physical challenges and transformed them into advantages. As we get to know these four artists, you’ll be creating a sculpture using found or recycled materials, exploring color-mixing, and painting your sculpture. Along the way, we’ll create challenges for you so we can practice overcoming them together through perseverance and creative problem-solving. All materials are included.


Build Your Own Fairytale World

Learn How to Create Space in Artwork

If you were to design your own fairytale world, what would it look like? This is your chance to try it! First, the Doodles Academy team will help you brainstorm settings, characters, and magical elements that could come from a fairy tale. We’ll play a game to practice identifying these magical details. Then, you’ll learn how artists use backgrounds, middle-grounds, and foregrounds to create space in their artworks. And finally, you’ll design, paint, and cut out three layers to start building your own enchanted land! You’ll finish your collage by adding magical elements to bring your enchanted land to life. All materials are included.

What Makes Your Neighborhood One-of-a-Kind?

Showcase Your Neighborhood Using Collage

July 31st-August 4th
What’s your neighborhood like—and how would you showcase it as a collage? At this exciting art camp, the Doodles Academy team will start by helping you make your own sketchbook. Then, we’ll explore different ways to combine colors, including working with tones and shades. Next, you’ll choose your color scheme and make a collage featuring your own neighborhood! For inspiration, we’ll also learn about Jacob Lawrence and how he depicted African-Americans in Harlem using simple everyday scenes. All materials are included.



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. 

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