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.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Special Needs Residency @ P.S. 15: Spring 2017

Welcome back to the K.I.D.S. Ed. Blog!

We just wrapped up a 6-session program with our friends in Ms. Cavanagh's (former!) classroom at P.S. 15., and as always we're blown away by the creativity and ingenuity of these talented students. This season, the kids studied weather elements in connection with different modern artists: a lesson on wind patterns was paired with Van Gogh paintings; the topic of light with Monet's waterlilies.

Teaching Artist Ruth Wetzel designed activities inspired by Van Gogh, Monet, O'Keeffe, and others, including the eight artists featured in Kentler's upcoming summer show, Patterning: Selections from the Kentler Flatfiles. We held five sessions in the classroom with one visit to the gallery.

Here are some shots from our Van Gogh workshop. Students used paint and a handmade comb to depict wind movement in their landscapes:

For Monet day, students talked about light and perspective. They created lilypads in various sizes using watercolor and oil pastel, then arranged them in size order to mimic Monet's use of perspective:

Finally, the students visited the gallery to get a sneak peek of our upcoming Flatfiles exhibition. They observed the artwork and found instances of perspective, symmetry, and color. Ruth then asked students to identify a piece that reminded them of a flower, and to imagine themselves as "pollinators," carrying pollen from a flower they create to the artwork of their choice. They created colorful pathways showing butterflies, fireflies and ladybugs transporting pollen:

We're so fortunate to have this ongoing partnership! Big thanks to our educators and aides at P.S. 15 and to star Teaching Artist Ruth Wetzel. Stay tuned for updates on our Summer Camp partnership with Extreme Kids & Crew, starting next month!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Drawing Together: Spring 2017

Welcome back to the K.I.D.S. Art Education blog! We've been hard at work this year and we're so happy to share some updates from our family "Drawing Together" programs:

In January - February, Kentler presented "Resistance Movement" -- a collaborative performance drawing exhibition by artists Kellie O'Dempsey and Jennifer Wroblewski. The installation was filled with large-scale, gestural drawings created in two performances. The improvisational show included works on paper as well as digital drawings, created in response to musical accompaniment. In conjunction, we presented a selection of Kentler Flatfiles artworks called "Focus on the Flatfiles: Movements in Black and White" in our front room.

Our Teaching Artists (Karina, Ruth and Victoria) designed workshops in keeping with the highly experimental nature of these shows and their mostly black-and-white palette. Families explored movement, texture, shape, pattern and scale using unexpected materials and techniques, such as hanging sculpture, printmaking with geometric blocks and found-object collage.

On March 4, we opened a new exhibition: "Cornucopia," by Nancy-Friedemann Sanchez, an artist originally from Bogota, Colombia. The show includes large-scale ink drawings on black Tyvek depicting elaborate floral arrangements, animals, and figures adorned with indigenous masks. In conjunction, we're showing botanical artworks in our front room show, "Focus on the Flatfiles: In Bloom." Drawing Together families got a sneak peek of these gorgeous spring exhibitions before they opened! Here are some of the inspired artworks they've created so far:

Keep following along for more updates on our Spring Drawing Together programs, as well as our ongoing After-School partnership with Extreme Kids & Crew! And don't miss Cornucopia, on view through April 9.

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!