About K.I.D.S. Art Education

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K.I.D.S. Art Education is the educational branch of Kentler International Drawing Space. Serving over 1,000 Red Hook youth and families per year, K.I.D.S. 90-minute workshops offer hands-on exploration, critical dialogue, and empowerment through creative experiences. All programs are based on our exhibitions, bringing participants face-to-face with exciting and innovative artworks from around the world.
Special thanks for support to continue our virtual programming during the Covid19 pandemic: NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Mildred Miller Fort Foundation, the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, the Creative Motif Fund, The Bo Bartlett Center, and many individuals.


1) DRAWING TOGETHER Family Art Programs:  In-person programs resume on June 12 and will be held every other Saturday through July 25. Virtual DRAWING TOGETHER workshops are still released every other Saturday morning. Families with kids age 4+ to create fun, hands-on art projects at home.  All videos can be accessed on our website. Click Link.  Please enjoy!

2) Special Needs Residencies: Specialized in-school programs offered in partnership with Special Education teachers from local public schools. Our Teaching Artists work with classroom teachers to design activities that support and enhance curriculum topics. Each season includes six sessions, including off-site workshops in the gallery, and builds toward a collaborative and interactive final project.

3) After-School Programs: Offered to K-5 and middle school youth in partnership with local nonprofit organizations. After-School programs are 10-week immersive courses tailored to the skills, interests and abilities of student participants. Each course culminates in a final exhibition and presentation of student work. Current and recent partners include Extreme Kids & Crew, PAVE Academy and Red Hook Initiative.

4) Other Community Partnerships: In addition to our regular programming, K.I.D.S. Art Education regularly partners with community groups, nonprofits and independent educators to provide long and short-term programs in a range of areas. Often these collaborations take place during the summer and on weekends, serving camp groups, special needs populations, and attendees of community events.

Current and recent community partners include:

Extreme Kids & Crew 

The Creative Cookie 

Dance Theatre Etcetera’s Annual Red Hook Fest

Open House New York

 Art Yard BKLYN



Karina Cavat

Karina Cavat is a visual artist and a children’s art teacher. She has over twenty years teaching experience working in public and private schools, colleges, museums and community art centers.

Cavat received a B.F.A in painting from SUNY Purchase College and a M.F.A in painting from Parsons, School of Design. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in painting to Rome, Italy and exhibits her work on a national level.  In 2018 she received an Advanced Certificate in art education K-12 from Brooklyn College. She has been leading Drawing Together Workshops at Kentler since 2016.

Quentin Williamston

Brooklyn native Quentin Williamston earned his Masters Degree in Architecture from Hampton University in Virginia. He was a recipient of the Gordon Parks Centennial Scholarship which supported his college studies. Quentin enjoyed a longstanding relationship with Kentler international drawing space KIDS program beginning as a teaching artist at PS 15 with the Special Education program. He has made a commitment to bringing thought-provoking and inspiring art education to underserved youth. In the summer of 2018 Quentin traveled to In his own art practice Quentin enjoys working with watercolor, pen and ink. His artwork explores an intersection of abstraction and architectural wonder.

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For more information on K.I.D.S. programs and how to get involved as a parent, educator or supporter, contact Kentler Program Manager Sallie Mize at sallie@kentlergallery.org.

We can’t wait to work with you!