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"DNAW makes an effort to select instructors who will be a right fit for the kids. As a parent, I value the combination of great art instructors who understand the students from an artistic perspective, and the steady presence of a licensed social worker who understands the students from an emotional perspective."

Mrs. Linda Lewis, long time DNAW parent shared some wonderful words with us about the impact of the program on the lives of her sons. The eldest is now an undergraduate student at Bowling Green State University, the youngest is currently enrolled in DNAW.
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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.

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The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Congratulations to 2 of our DNAW East students!

Silver Key: Naomi Cook, 7th Grade “My Mind’s Kaleidoscope” color pencil and ink on paper
Honorable Mention: Matthew Lewis, 9th Grade “Inky” ink on paper

More information about the SE Michigan Region for Wayne & Oakland Counties:

The Southeastern Michigan Region of the Scholastic Art Awards is sponsored by the College forĀ  Creative Studies and supported by volunteer art teachers in Wayne and Oakland Counties. This region receives over 4,000 works of art and almost 300 portfolios from middle school and high school students, which are then adjudicated and selected for Honorable Mentions, Silver and Gold Key Awards, American Vision nominations, and Best of Show Portfolios. The art exhibit and opening ceremony are held annually at the College for Creative Studies. Approximately 1,000 works of art are displayed in this exhibit throughout all four levels of the Walter B. Ford II Building.


Exhibition Dates: 2/17/2013 - 3/8/2013
Sunday, February 17 through Friday, March 8, 2013

College for Creative Studies
Walter B Ford IIĀ Building, Ford Campus
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
12:00 - 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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We’re excited to announce the start date for DNAW (middle school) programs this Fall!

Begins Saturday, September 29th

Detroit Public Library, Redford Branch
21200 Grand River, Detroit

Begins Saturday, October 6th

Matrix Human Services
13560 McNichols East, Detroit

We hope to see YOU there!

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Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshops (DNAW) students preparing for their summer exhibition and photos from the exhibition at the Redford Branch Library.

This summer the students worked with awesome instructors Leigh Ann and Amanda. Students created works that ranged from exaggerated self portrait drawings to monochromatic 3D portraits and more!

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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.

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Take a look at the sculptures students in the Detroit Neighborhood Arts Workshops (DNAW) class have made so far this summer at the Matrix Center!

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The DNAW WEST group working with Mr. Joye & Mr. Jermaine on their animation projects last weekend.