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.

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!

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