Letterpress Lab

Wednesday November 22, 2017: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

Learn the basics of letterpress printing using handset type!

Workshop participants will learn how to compose, lock-up, and print a small project on AADL’s historic Kelsey and Vandercook letterpresses. Library staff and guest instructors will lead these workshops. Follow along with our scheduled activity or plan your own project—you’re the designer!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS:

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

No Cake is Safe: a Cakeasaurus Tale, Woodblock Prints by Marian Short

December 1, 2017 through January 10, 2018 -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

This picture book exhibit follows the confectionary exploits of Cakeasaurus, one cake-deprived town, and a little boy about to turn five – all told through dramatic black and white woodblock prints.

"'No Cake is Safe' walks you through this picture book, as told by my woodblock prints, which I drew, carved, and printed over the course of several years. As with any long-term project, this story evolved as I made it. I couldn’t resist fiddling with word choice, tempo, and minor story shifts. Visually, page drawings that satisfied on my dining room wall were sometimes nixed before they touched a woodblock; or several pages needed revision due to a new idea about a character’s appearance. I love learning about artists’ process, so this exhibit includes print variations and behind-the-scenes peeks." -Marian Short

Marian Short is a Michigan-based artist and writer, whose work has appeared in local and national exhibitions. She lives in Ann Arbor with her partner Rick Sperling, and their rambunctious two-year-old daughter.

Climbing Out of The Abyss: Mono-prints & Mandalas by John Gutoskey

December 1, 2017 through January 10, 2018 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

How does one stay centered and present during a time in which so much of the news provokes personal stress and anxiety and a sense that the ideals of our democracy are under attack. How does one stay engaged in the world that seems to be falling apart and still have peace of mind? How does one keep a sense of faith in the goodwill of humanity when minorities, immigrants, women, and the poor are under constant attack by the government? How does one hold on to hope when our freedom and rights are threatened, and we are pitted against each other by politicians and the media?

The mixed media mono-prints in this exhibition are an attempt to address spirituality and mental well-being in a time of social, political, and international turmoil and upheaval.

The 3 mixed media mandalas are said to be mirrors of the inner or spiritual self. Mandalas–concentric diagrams–have spiritual and ritual significance. In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be employed for focusing attention, as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric
pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically.

The Nichols Arboretum in Black and White: Photography by Jeff Clevenger

December 1, 2017 through January 10, 2018 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Jeff Clevenger's evocative photographs are done in black and white digital, a medium he shows to be perfectly and enduringly suited to landscape and nature photography. Taken during the past two years these pictures explore the Nichols Arboretum, a landmark of the heart and mind for many who have come and walked through it, in its differing moods and seasons, conveying hints of its beauty, power, and grace, and tracing the inward connections its visitors often forge with this remarkable place.

Drawing for Kids: Winter Wonders

Sunday December 3, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side 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 winter wonders using oil 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: Portraits in Color

Sunday December 3, 2017: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side 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 portraits using soft pastels.

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.

3D Sculptures

Sunday December 3, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for preschool - grade 2

Use wire, foam, and your imagination to create your own 3D sculpture!

Letterpress Lab

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

Learn the basics of letterpress printing using handset type!

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS:

Letterpress labs begin promptly at 6pm with a safety and equipment orientation. Doors open 10 minutes early to give everyone time to find a seat and get settled. If you can’t make the start time we regret that our staff cannot repeat the orientation, but we will happily see you at the next scheduled session. Successful completion of the scheduled activity will require the full 2 1/2 hours.

This program involves direct handling of lead-based type and is therefore not suitable for small children. Participants should be comfortable with sitting patiently for several hours, and have full use of the fine motor skills in their hands and arms.

Tiny Expo: Indie Holiday Art & Craft Fair

Saturday December 9, 2017: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm -- Downtown: 1st Floor Lobby

Join us for Tiny Expo and shop 45 artists and crafters selling handmade wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and handmade! It's a great way to support your community and find unique gifts. We'll also have several make and takes happening in the Secret Lab!

See vendor list here!

Happening from 1pm-4pm during Tiny Expo:
* Screen Printing with Modati -- bring in something to print cool designs on!
* Hands-On Activities -- stop by the Secret Lab for some die-cutting, letter press printing, card making, and pom pom making!

We are a part of the 2nd annual Winter Art Tour. There are 10 art shows across 2 cities featuring over 300 artists during the weekend of Dec 8-10. Get your official passport stamped at 4 of the 9 locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti and get entered to win handcrafted prizes! Their website has all the details.

Drawing for Kids: Magnified Critters

Sunday December 10, 2017: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program 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 magnified critters using colored pencils.

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.