Join us for a series of Free Third Thursday art-making activities on March 21st, April 18th and May 16th to warm up our art-making muscles as we spring out of winter and toward the warmer weather. Each event has a unique artmaking experience that will get you in the spirit of revival! As plants begin to grow again, new seedlings sprout from the ground, and hibernating animals awaken, awaken your creativity with sketching, painting, and printing all inspired by the arrival of spring! April artmaking will focus on different watercolor techniques and May will explore experimental monoprinting. Each event in this series will take inspiration from nature, from both supplies and subject matter! 

To kick off the series, on March 21 we’ll explore illustrating from still life with a variety of materials and techniques all materials will be provided. This drop-in activity will have several options, but may require waiting for workspace to open up to try them all.  

You can also head over to Cranbrook Institute of Science for free admission between 5pm and 8pm! In the March edition of Third Thursday, CIS will complement CAM’s look at botanical illustration with focus on scientific naturalist Maria Merian, and an investigation of evergreen trees.

Maria Sibylla Merian was a groundbreaking seventeenth-century German entomologist and scientific illustrator. Unlike her contemporaries that relied on dried specimens, Marian wanted to draw from life, greatly expanding scientific understanding of these creatures. CIS will show images of Merian’s work and will offer guests the chance to observe and sketch live insects from the Institute’s collection.

Younger visitors can dive into an exploration of evergreen trees, with hands-on activities relating to cones and needles.

Free Third Thursdays is a program sponsored by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. 


Online registration for this event has closed. Please call the Art Museum front desk at (248) 645-3323 for more information.