culturally relevant transformative art design academy for youth from all backgrounds



Drop-in workshops at Herrick district library - Mondays 2-4 pm

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Cost: These workshops are free, thanks to our generous supporters and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

For all students entering grades 6-12. 

Come and create with us!  Join CultureWorks on Monday afternoons at Herrick Library (main branch) in the 2nd floor teen room.  These are drop-in classes, so they are free, but we ask that you register here, so we can better plan for the number of students.  You may register for one, several, or all of the weeks.  

June 18:  (with guest artist Bethany Zeeff) Monoprinting with acrylics on glass - Create your own patterns and prints of super detailed micro-dendritic landscapes.

June 25:  (with guest artist Bethany Zeeff) Book Binding -  Hand stitch your own books using basic bookbinding techniques.

July 2:  (Emily Christensen) Hand Lettering/Calligraphy - Use flat and pointed brushes, nibs, and pencils to create your own fonts and letterforms for posters, titles, memes and more.

July 9:  (Emily Christensen) Paper Marbling - Learn the Turkish art of paper marbling by floating acrylic paints on a liquid and patterning them into intricate designs.

July 16:  (TBA) fan art or Fan art?  You choose! - Work with a character from your favorite story and develop them in your own style or story, or work on your own original fantasy characters.


Watercolor on the waterfront - Wednesdays 2-4 pm

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Cost is $20 per week, or whatever you can afford.

For students entering grades 6-12 

We'll gather at a different park on the water each week and explore  watercolor techniques, using brushes, spray bottles, squirt bottles and resist to depict the wild waterfront.  All levels of experience are welcome - we will build on what you already know.  Find us by the picnic table with yellow balloons!

 Wednesday afternoons, 2-4 pm.  June 20, 27,  July 11, 18.  You may register for one, or multiple, or all of the weeks.  Also - come paint with us at Windmill Island on July 14 for the Macatawa Water Festival!

June 20: Tunnel Park

June 27: Howard B. Dunton Park

July 11: Kollen Park

July 14: Windmill Island, 9:00 am-1:00 pm - visit the Cultureworks tent at the Macatawa water festival for painting, printmaking, and more!

July 18: Kirk Park


Downtown Drawing - Tuesdays 2-4 pm

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Cost:  This is a free workshop, thanks to our supporters and the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs

For students entering grades 8-12

We'll be gathering at the corner of College and 8th (by Kilwins) on Tuesday afternoons 2-4 pm, and walking to different locations each week.  Bring your own sketchbook and pencils/pens, or borrow some from us.  This is a drop in style class and it is free, but registration is required, so I can plan for the number of students.  You can register for one, several, or all of the weeks.  

June 19, 26, July 3, 10, 17  

Locations (class will be held regardless of weather, but locations might change):

Window on the Waterfront, Centennial Park, 8th St., Hope College, Holland Museum

We'll practice drawing architectural forms, building strong compositions, sketching from nature and spending time sharing whatever you are currently obsessed with drawing.  Bring your own sketchbook and pencils/pens, or use one of ours.