K.I.D.S. Art Education

Kentler International Drawing Space is a non profit arts organization located in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

The K.I.D.S. Art Education program brings innovative art-making experiences to students, teachers, and families in and around Red Hook. With our diverse community in mind, Kentler is committed to using contemporary art as a platform for inquiry, exploration, and empowerment. All programs are based on Kentler's exhibitions of drawings and works on paper.

Our programming includes School, After-School, Residency, and Drawing Together family weekend workshops.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Extreme Kids & Crew After-School: Fall 2016

This Fall, we are so excited to grow our partnership with Extreme Kids & Crew into a full-fledged After-School program, led by teaching artist Victoria Calabro. EK&C is a local nonprofit organization serving disabled children and their families through play-based programs, resources, social opportunities and support. After offering weekend workshops at their Red Hook space for several years, we finally established a weekly program, and it has been incredibly rewarding for all of us!

The nine kids in our After-School program have spent the last 8 weeks exploring materials in every way imaginable: constructing cardboard, dip-dying fabrics, splattering ink, and printing with foam sheets:

They've also touched on more traditional techniques and materials, including watercolor, observational drawing, and mural painting:

We're extremely proud of this collaboration and can't wait to continue working with Extreme Kids & Crew in 2017! Big thanks to Caitlin, Diana and Jolene from the EKC crew and to Victoria Calabro for leading this fantastic program. Stay tuned for future updates and new developments in the Spring!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fall 2016 School Programs: Gallery Visits

It's finally fall, and our K.I.D.S. School Programs are up and running!

This season, we're working from "Language Landscape," an inspiring exhibition of drawings, prints and sculptures by Iranian-American artist Golnar Adili. Golnar was raised in Iran and her father became a political refugee early in her life. He and his family kept in touch through letters. When he passed away in 2002, Golnar discovered he had reproduced, saved and archived every piece of correspondence he sent or received while in exile. This archive became a launching pad for her sensitive, beautiful multimedia exhibition. The work plays with text (Farsi) and repetition, and examines themes like distance, longing and loss.

In the back gallery space, Teaching Artist Ruth gave a tour of the installation, including a large center sculpture that depicts samples of the artist's father's handwriting. She showed students a sample of the Persian alphabet and asked them to compare the shapes of the letters with those of the Roman alphabet. Students then created their own unique writing styles based on the differences they observed -- they used loops, dips, and zigzags to write abstract messages on transparent tissue paper. The objective was to disguise their private messages through the isolation and abstraction of text, similar to Golnar's work.

In the front space, students observed silkscreen prints of repeated verbs taken from well-known Persian poetry. They then discussed the term, "landscape" and how it relates to the work on view. Each student received a small sketchbook of tracing paper, where they drew images on successive sheets to form layered landscapes of shapes, lines and text. Younger students made collages to recreate the layering technique and added 3D objects to mimic sculptural elements in the show.

One Monday, Ms. Helen's first grade class from BNS received a VERY special visitor -- Golnar dropped by to meet the young artists and talk more about her work! She described her father's escape on horseback, her connection to the letters, and read aloud some passages in Farsi.

HUGE thanks to Golnar for the visit, to our terrific teaching artists, and to all the teachers and students who have participated so far! We look forward to the Post Visits starting in just a few weeks -- stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Drawing Together: Spring & Summer 2016

Wow! It has been an amazing 4 months at Kentler International Drawing Space! Families participating in our Saturday morning Drawing Together programs have been so incredibly inspired by the 200+ artworks that were displayed on our walls between April and July. 

In April, families saw over 150 drawings and works on paper donated by artists in support of our 100 Works on Paper Benefit. Thanks to the rich diversity of artists and artworks who gave to our fundraiser this year, there was no shortage of themes, techniques and palettes to explore. From observational drawing, to imaginative collages, to 3D paper sculpture, families found endless ways to experiment with materials, expand the definition of drawing and create their own unique artworks.

In June, we opened Mapping Spaces: Carte Blanche, Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles, an exhibition of 25 works by 26 artists guest-curated by Dita Amory. This show focused on the subtle and conceptual aspects of "mapping" in mark-making, including the movement of line, the definition of space and volume, and the translation of 3D objects onto a 2D plane. In response to this work, families made prints, painted evocative watercolor landscapes and drew from natural elements observed in the artwork.

Take a look at some of the gorgeous results! 
Big thanks to all of the families who joined us for these workshops, and thanks to Teaching Artists Brana and Victoria for making the projects such a success! Join us in September for the next round of Drawing Together workshops, starting Sept. 10 with the opening of Language Landscape by artist Golnar Adili. And follow K.I.D.S. Art Education on Facebook to get the latest updates!