Photo Set

DNAW students are working on a number of projects. The theme this year is “reimagining drawing and painting.”

Students are weaving two identical images together. Each image was
rendered in a different material, cut into a warp and a weft, and then
woven together.

Another project is the transparency paintings where students
deconstruct an image into layers. Students work from a photo and use
different materials to transfer parts of the image onto a layer of
acetate. Once the contours, highlights, and shadows are rendered , the
acetate is assembled to create the final image.

Students are also working on creating scratch board drawings. The
cover a paper with a heavy layer of crayon in a bright design. Once
this is complete , a coating of tempera paint and dish soap is painted
on top. Because of the wax and the dish soap in the paint, the paint
doesn’t hind with the paper, but rather sits in top of the crayon.
When dry, students scratch the image into the surface of the paint to
reveal the crayon underneath.

After these projects are completed, students will devise a plan for a
self directed project. They will create a sketch, meet with
instructors, and choose materials.


Join us Thursday, July 18th from 2:30-4pm in celebration of what our students in the Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshop Summer Art Intensive program accomplished!


Join us this Thursday, June 20th from 4-6pm for our final major youth art exhibition of the season.


June 24-28th at the Arab American National Museum - SURA photography camp


Spaces fill up QUICKLY - make sure you send your registration to the Arab American National Museum ASAP.


July 8-18th at the Redford Branch Detroit Public Library - Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshops


No pre-registration required, just plan extra time to stop in and fill out registration paperwork on the first day & bring 2-3 examples of the student’s best work for the teachers to review.

Photo Set

This summer Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshops (DNAW) students had art and design classes held at the Redford Library. Here is a class session where students engage in creating exaggerated portraits.

Photo Set

Calling all young artists! Registration is open! The art and design classes for Detroit Neighborhood Arts Corps (DNAC), Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshops (DNAW), and the Brightmoor Community Center will begin in a few weeks. There is no cost to participate.

  • DNAC (high school program) at the College for Creative Studies Taubman Center: 460 West Baltimore. July 9-26, M-Th, 10am-4pm
  • DNAW (middle school program) at the Redford Branch, Detroit Public Library: McNichols & Grand River. July 9-19, M-Th, 10am-4pm
  • Brightmoor Community Center (elementary and middle school program). July 9-August 16, M-Th, 1pm-3pm

For more information or to register: Call Larry Lunsford at (313) 664-1550.

Photo Set

DNAW West students working on a group project where they are designing, building and animating the opening title sequence for the “Animation Tree house” video. This will be part of the opening credits. Great teamwork!


Redford Branch Mural by DNAC

The image in the article includes the mural high school students apart of our Detroit Neighborhood Arts Corps (DNAC) program created last year at the Redford Branch Library. Students worked with local Detroit artists to create a whimsical and literacy inspired mural.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

"McDonald’s has come up with a new “happy meal.” It’s helping children fill up on reading.

McDonald’s Books & Backpacks program offers local grade school children incentives for checking out books and runs through the end of 2012.  It is designed to encourage reading and build on the reading skills children acquire in school.  McDonald’s extended the program to eight libraries in five additional communities throughout metro Detroit.

The new participating libraries include the City of Eastpointe Memorial Library, Harper Woods Public Library, Oak Park Public Library, Pontiac Public Library, the four Ypsilanti District Library branches and its bookmobile. The McDonald’s Books & Backpacks program was first introduced in June 2010 in partnership with Detroit Public Library and all of its branches.”


Just a reminder to everyone that spaces are available in the Detroit Neighborhood Arts Corps (High school), Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshops (Middle school) and Brightmoor Community Center classes.

Walk-ins are welcomed!!

Spread the word to youth who you know have an interest and who wants to further their skills in art.