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About us

Doodles Academy is a national arts non-profit dedicated to ensuring all kids, regardless of their background, have access to high-quality arts curricula. We work to close the opportunity gap by providing a powerful art curriculum, either at low cost or for free, to schools and communities that may otherwise not be able to afford it.

We believe in using curriculum to create change, and thus we offer exceptional visual art curricula that provides outlets for young learners to develop and express their individuality while expanding their knowledge of the world and the diverse group of people they share it with. Within our projects we offer resources to connect literacy and social studies content, often offer video tutorials, and connect to contemporary as well as classic artworks. This increases the perceived value of art education and encourages use by schools that might not value art for art's sake.

We design our impactful lessons for educators of all backgrounds, even those who are not formally trained art teachers, to ensure that this art program is accessible even to schools without an established art program or teacher.

Our 'home-base' is in Ann Arbor, where we develop and test curricula in workshops and classes.


We are seeking 10 volunteers to assist our lead teachers in a district-wide art program. We seek volunteers for at the following schools:

Bach, Dicken, A2Steam, Logan, Allen, Lawton, Bryant, Angell, Abbot, Wines

Volunteers will be matched with a lead teacher in one of our schools and support for 5 sequential weeks of after-school programming (aprox. 3:30-5:30), once per week. Most schools start the week of April 10th, although exact start dates vary depending on the school.

Volunteers assist the lead teacher with between 13-20 students. All teachers work with a supplied curriculum and work with and provide updates to the manager (including visual media and student testimonials). Volunteers support with supplies and support according to the needs of the lead teacher. They will work directly with students, and work with them to realize their unique creative vision.

Spring After School Curriculum:

Making a "Who I Am" Picture: Creating a Symbolic Self-Portrait

Imagine creating a picture of yourself that shows the world who you are-inside and out! In this special class, the Doodles Academy team will teach you about proportion and help you find objects that describe your thoughts, feelings, and interests. You’ll also explore many different artists who also described themselves using objects, like Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who made portraits entirely out of fruit! By the time we’re done, you’ll have a beautiful portrait that will reveal what you look like and what you ARE like. All supplies are included (including a sketchbook).

1st-5th grade

Requirements: All volunteers would need to have a background check run with the AAPS.

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Schools within the Ann Arbor School Distrcict. Reliably commute (Required)

Work Location: In person

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510 snyder ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is to expand children's access to high-quality arts education. Our vision is that every child receives an arts education that inspires and rewards creativity, growth and problem solving.


Doodles Academy provides an online curriculum that includes video examples, lesson plans, supply lists, and links to Common Core and Visual Art standards. We make it easy for educators of all types and experience levels to bring a comprehensive and open-ended curriculum to their students.

Our projects allow room for every child to tell her own story. We provide lessons that scaffold skills and ideas, challenging students to think complexly, but chunking it down so that they don't become overwhelmed. Discussion and exploration is built into each project, encouraging students to find their own creative solutions.


Arts & Culture
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy


Mon Apr 10, 2023 - Mon May 15, 2023
03:30 AM - 05:30 AM


Multiple locations Ann Arbor, MI 48103



  • General Education
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Visual Arts
  • Reading / Writing
  • STEM




  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per week for 5 weeks
  • Background Check

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