Kids Draw Architecture

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Since 1990, the Kids Draw Architecture program has provided children in Santa Barbara with the opportunity to appreciate and sketch examples of prominent local architecture.

KDA Mt CarmelOutdoor sketch sessions are held each spring at different locations in Santa Barbara, usually historically significant buildings, to give children a hands-on learning experience in appreciating and drawing buildings and landscapes. Local architects, artists, designers, and other volunteers assist the children and demonstrate drawing techniques.

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Showcasing a representative cross-section of illustrations from all age groups and drawing abilities, a calendar is designed and sold every year to cover the costs of the event. Kids Draw Architecture offers children an opportunity to see architecture and landscapes in a new way, and celebrates the children’s creativity.

Kids Draw Architecture sketching events have been held at Lotusland, the Santa Barbara Mission, the Lobero Theatre, McKinley Elementary School, the Santa Barbara Courthouse, the Arlington Theatre, the Music Academy of the West, the University Art Museum at UCSB, and many others.

Kids of all ages may participate in Kids Draw Architecture. Parents are encouraged to draw with their children!

You can help by volunteering with Kids Draw Architecture. You can help by:

  1. Sponsor the KDA Calendar – here is the form
  2. Help at the Framing & Hanging “Party” on November 28 from 5-7pm
  3. Attend the Year End Reception Party Sunday, December 3 from 2-4pm at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara gallery at 229 East Victoria Street
  4. Help out at the Sketch Sessions by handing out materials in the KDA Booth or sketching and encouraging the children.
  5. For more information contact AFSB Office at 805 965 6307 or  or Cass Ensberg 805 898 8004 or