Coloring is a fundamental part of childhood: Pretty much everyone remembers the smell of the crayons, the feeling as the colors spread across the page and the emotions of completing a drawing to share with your mom or someone you love.
That is why having coloring books is an essential thing for kids and kids at heart. Adult coloring books caught on for good reason – people needed the joy of creating as well as the simplicity of the rules, such as coloring in the lines, to help relieve stress.
To help us all with our collective stress that comes with a pandemic, many Detroit institutions are offering free coloring pages to use at home. You can print them out and color to your heart’s content, picking pages that highlight the Detroit riverfront, the Detroit Institute of Arts’ many favorite illustrators or some of the finest landmarks around the city.
Here are three coloring pages you can start doing and collect more as the institutions upload new ones. They are not only beautiful to look at, but they’ll add some color and calm to your days as we all stay at home and stay safe from coronavirus. And if you appreciate these efforts, perhaps drop a small donation on the people and projects that bought you these simple joys – they’ll love the help and you can feel good about the effort.
Preservation Detroit: Tough times need tough people, and that describes Detroit and its residents through and through. Preservation Detroit has created printable coloring pages of historic structures throughout the city of Detroit. To increase the fun, it are holding a giveaway and one lucky winner will win some Preservation Detroit swag. As you print and color the pages, just tag Preservation Detroit in your social media posts showing your masterpiece. Each tagged photo will be one entry. The randomly selected winner will be chosen on May 1.
Detroit Institute of Arts: Detroit has one of the greatest art museums in the world, so it makes sense that it would want to share its joyful collection and artists with everyone right now. Phillip Simpson, a local artist and DIA Community Partner with the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance mural project, created his Smile Coloring Book as a tribute to Detroit artists. The book includes 25 artists, some of whom were featured in the DIA’s recent Detroit Collects exhibition, and is available to download for free.
Detroit Parks: Detroit has some of the finest public parks in any major city, including a lovely island with lots to do on it. The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy believes parks are the places Detroiters come together to recognize life’s milestones, spend an afternoon in the sun, shoot some hoops, take a dip, and much more. Staying home doesn’t mean you have to be bored, so grab your crayons, markers, pastels, pens, or pencils to create a masterpiece with the new Detroit Parks Coloring Book. Through May 26, Conservancy officials will share two pages every Tuesday for you to download, print and color. Be sure to share your works of art by tagging them on social media and using #ColoringDetroitParks.