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.

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!

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