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.


1) 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.

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) Drawing Together Family Programs: Offered every Saturday from 10 – 11:30 am, these collaborative workshops invite families with kids age 4+ to create fun, hands-on projects. Families discuss and respond to the artwork on view using unexpected materials and techniques. Each lesson is unique and families often go home with wearable, 3D, or large-scale drawings. Drawing Together is open to the public with a suggested donation of $10 – $15 per family.

4) Art Yard BKLYN  Kentler is pleased to be home base and fiscal sponsor for Art Yard BKLYN offering art education programs for children and young adults, while providing an under-served and diverse population direct access to contemporary visual art.  Classes foster a range of skills, from art technique to critical thinking, which helps scaffold student achievement of academic, social and personal goals.  Integral to classes is a critiquing process which is key to developing self-expression, confidence, and public speaking skills.  ART YARD BKLYN provides a sanctuary where everyone is treated with kindness and respect. They are a community of creative thinkers, expansive dreamers, and well-educated art makers.

5) 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


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!