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.

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!

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!