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!

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