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.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Drawing Together: Spring 2018

Last night we opened a new installation: Temple, by Jarrod Beck. The show consists of immersive "textile-drawings" created in India earlier this year. The works are based on drawings of a figure building and interacting with a temple, so aspects of landscape, architecture, and human interaction are present in the exhibition. It's very colorful and atmospheric -- the perfect setting for an exploratory art workshop!

At this morning's Drawing Together, families responded to Jarrod's pieces by creating textured assemblages. They also looked at images of western Indian clothing. Using cut paper, felt and appliqués, they designed patterns from shapes and colors inspired by the geometry of traditional Indian textiles. They made nature-inspired drawings, faces and figures, jewelry-like arrangements, and abstract compositions.

At the end of the program, children and their caregivers gathered around and presented their work to the group. They asked questions about one another's drawings and discussed other types of artwork they'd like to make using the same principals. We love to see how participants of all ages are inspired by the exhibitions on view here at Kentler, and how differently each person applies that inspiration! Next week, we'll be making stamps and printing onto felts and fabrics.

Thanks to all of the families who have joined us at Drawing Together this year, and to artist Jarrod Beck for providing such a rich environment for experimentation, wonder and creation!

Friday, November 17, 2017

In-School Special Needs Residency: Fall 2017

Teaching Artist Ruth Wetzel just finished her 4th residency program with the upper ACES classroom at P.S. 15. We're so fortunate to enjoy this long-running partnership and beyond proud of these amazing students for their hard work!

Each program we offer is related to the students' curriculum; this fall, the topic was "our friend, water." We talked about the types of water on Earth (salt/fresh), different bodies of water and the kinds of creatures who inhabit them, and states of water and how they materialize (i.e. liquid water in a pond, solid water in an iceberg and gaseous water in steam). This topic inspired lots of interesting projects, both representing scenes of water and created using water in all of its forms.

Students used marbled shaving cream to represent colorful waves and ocean depths.

They blew bubbles in ink and made prints to depict freshwater habitats for fish.

They dripped metallic paint from above to simulate the gravity of rainfall, and used soft instruments to make snowball prints.

On Wednesday, the students visited Kentler to view our new exhibition, "New Additions," and look specifically at the work of Takuji Hamanaka. They created grid structures and then used an unexpected material -- an ice cube on a stick! -- to "paint" with chalk. They talked about the different states of matter, and how the melting of the ice contributed to their paintings.

On the last day of our program, we created fence art for the school playground: an installation of food-dyed water bottles that spell the word "RAIN." It was a fun end to the 2-week program and a beautiful addition to the school grounds!

We can't wait to resume this partnership next Spring. Big thanks to Ruth, our talented students, Mr. Maraia and his awesome classroom team, and Vice Principal Julie Cavanagh for all of her support!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

School Field Trips, Fall 2017

Kentler's fall exhibition, Travelers and Strangers, tells the true-life stories of different people who travel for different reasons. The artist, Lucile Bertrand, juxtaposes fun and treacherous journeys taken by migrant workers, tourists, refugees and passers-by to show how circumstances of travel affect our experience of the landscape. 

This month, we invited four classrooms from BNS to visit our space and see the exhibition up close. We knew that students would enjoy learning about the travelers' stories and sharing their own experiences of visiting relatives, exploring new places, moving houses, or going on wayward vacations. They closely examined the narratives, asked questions, shared what they noticed, and participated in a drawing activity.

Students were asked to map out two trips of their own -- one easy and one hard -- that mirror Lucile's drawings. Stories ranged from the everyday (witnessing a crime while walking through Brooklyn, getting lost on a long car ride) to the fantastical (traveling up a mountain on the back of a unicorn, or vacationing on a hot-air balloon). Each drawing had a starting and ending point, a method of transportation, and captions explaining what and who the person saw along the way.

On October 12, Teaching Artist Ruth Wetzel led the class and devised a new activity: students created low-relief travel maps using aluminum foil inspired by Lucile's Travel Blanket pieces. We were so glad to have Ruth back in our midst and her unique take on the lesson was a treat for the students!

We're thrilled to continue serving our Brooklyn New School population and hope to offer more field trips in the Spring. Stay tuned for more updates as our fall season picks up speed!