After a nearly two-year hiatus, the Detroit Institute of Arts is bringing back its popular FREE family art making programs beginning January 14th.

Rich in history and culture and FREE to tri-county residents – the Detroit Institute of Arts is the perfect place to spend time with kids. Explore the galleries, find inspiration AND create your own art. Drawing in the Galleries and Drop-In Workshops will be offered two weekend a month with rotating themes and all materials supplied. 

Drawing in the Galleries returns to Friday nights from 6pm to 8:30pm in various locations throughout the museum. During this program, artists and instructors from the DIA’s Studio Department will be on hand to help visitors create unique pencil drawings to take home while taking a closer look at the collection. No experience is necessary, and all materials are provided.

  • January 14 @ Rivera Court
  • January 21 @ Great Hall
  • February 11 @ *Con|temporary
  • February 18 @ African American Galleries

Drop-in Workshops will be held on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm in the art-making studio. These fun and accessible art-making experiences are for all ages. Art projects rotate throughout the year, focusing on current exhibitions, creative work from different cultures, various techniques, and concepts of identity—all designed to be completed within 15–45 minutes.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is open Tuesday-Sunday and reservations are required. Admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For other visitors, tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 17. 

Parking is available on the museum’s secured surface lot on John R. for $7 or download the Park Detroit app and park on the street (try Farnsworth or Kirby) for $1 an hour – street parking is FREE on Sundays.

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