Getting crafty and creative doesn't always mean building something elaborate from scratch - it can be as simple as dusting off your crayons or colored pencils and coloring! Potential relaxation benefits aside, it's just fun (and fun for the whole family).
Over the past month we've seen artists and organizations from around the country release coloring sheets and those here in Rochester, NY are no exception.
Today we're excited to announce the launch of our very own coloring book, created by Lanni Maszerowski (teacher by day, maker by night + a member of our Rochester Brainery team).
Looking for more local, downloadable coloring books and sheets? Check out our ever-growing list below! If you know of a resource you think we should add, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bless The Messy
Not only is Jess (aka Bless The Messy) a talented artist, but we can't get enough of her messages of love and acceptance, all while keeping it real. Jess has made a number of coloring sheets available in addition to her sticker sheets (David Rose stickers, anyone?), mini prints, cards, and more.
The Colonial Belle has been offering Erie Canal tour boat cruises since 1989, familiarizing passengers with the history of the Erie Canal between Fairport and Pittsford. While they aren't able to offer tours at this time, they are hosting their own coloring contest! The entry deadline is April 15, 2020.
If you're like us, you're looking forward to the day you can stroll through the Eastman Mansion and gardens again. For now though, we'll rely on the incredible assortment of online activities, tours, and collections they've made available to online including coloring sheets (each with a fun fact... gotta love a fun fact).
Heather is an artist here in Rochester, NY focused on silkscreen and collage. About a month ago, Heather started adding downloadable coloring sheets to her website and new sheets are being added weekly. Bonus: Check out Brain Music Ep. 17, a playlist Heather curated for us back in 2018.
Kelly Place Illustration & Design
After spending quite a bit of time looking for educational worksheets for her kids, she decided to also create her own! Filled with fantastic quotes, these coloring sheets are inspirational for all ages. Quick plug: We teamed up with Kelly to offer invitations that looks like our Green Room.
Memorial Art Gallery
Our NOTA neighbor, Memorial Art Gallery, has always been a resource for unique educational experiences. From their Creative Workshop to resources for educators, school tours to DeTours℠, is it any wonder that they've developed a collection new online resources and coloring sheets so quickly during this time?
Nicole Guse Design
Nicole is a illustrator and designer, born and raised in Rochester, NY. In 2019, after her daughter was born, she launched Guse Creative LLC (let's hear it for starting your own small business 👏). From dinosaurs to mermaids and beyond, Nicole has released over 20 coloring pages to keep little ones busy, even for a little while.
Pamela Carol At Wild Isley Tattoo
When we asked on social media who we should include in this blog, multiple people told us about Pamela Carol, a tattoo artist in Dansville, NY. Check out her beautiful coloring sheets, available to download for free, with birds and flowers and everything we're looking for to help us think spring.
Colleges are in on it, too! RIT Libraries has put together some free coloring sheets that feature unique objects from their Distinctive Collections: the Cary Graphic Arts Collection and RIT Archive Collections. Use the hashtag #ColorRITCollections to share your creations on social media.
Rochester Red Wings
While their season may postponed, the Rochester Red Wings are still pumping out witty tweets and bringing joy to our community. Not only are they offering coloring sheets and puzzles, but they're also hosting a community game of catch, sharing recipe ideas, and publishing assignments with Professor Spikes.
The Salvatore's Pizzeria Family has started a number of new efforts in response to COVID-19 including their Feed Rochester campaign and Ding Dong Ditched campaign. A few days ago they also announced their coloring contest with printable coloring sheets as well as other activity pages available for download here.
Shawn's murals can be found all around Rochester, making it a more vibrant and creative place. If you've walked around downtown you've seen his work, even if you didn't know it! Bring Shawn's art into your home with his coloring sheets: Legion of Legends, Quarentines, and Thank You, From The Bottom Of My Art.
The Darling Revolution
Molly O'Riley is the artist behind The Darling Revolution. Did you know that Molly is currently going live on IG everyday at 11:35am for Doodling our Feelings? Don't forget to tag your doodles at #darlingdoodledestress! And for those of you who prefer to color in someone else's doodles? You can find her coloring sheets here.
The Landmark Society of Western New York
Choosing a favorite Rochester Brainery class is like picking a favorite child - we won't do it! But, we will say that we can't wait until we can walk out-around-and-about town again, learning from with Young Urban Preservationists. Check out their re-released free coloring book, perfect for the little preservationist.p.s. We're now offering online classes most days of the week! Check them out here.