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, November 8, 2018

Special Needs Residency: Fall 2018

We just wrapped up another season of our Special Needs Residency program at P.S. 15! This year we worked with two ACES classrooms serving K-5 students with a range of intellectual and physical disabilities. Our fall curriculum topics were human bodies (K-2) and architecture (3-5). Teaching Artist Ruth Wetzel led 6 workshops for each classroom.

The younger students participated in individual and group projects on the theme of "all about me." They used drawing, collage, rubbing, printing and storytelling to explore different parts of the human body. Anatomical topics included teeth, fingerprints, faces and skeletons.

The older students worked on larger group projects, such as a woven paper mural of the NYC skyline depicting different times of day. They used the cityscape subject to discuss foreground/background, the positions of the sun and moon, and building structure. They also designed and planted sod beds, and used slotted cardboard to build experimental constructions without a binder like glue or tape.

We're so proud of the ongoing success of this program and hope to keep it going in the spring of 2019! Special thanks to Ruth Wetzel, our PS15 classroom teachers, Vice Principal Julie Cavanagh, and interns Lindsay Casale and Rebecca Young for their amazing assistance!

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!