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



Victoria Calabro

Victoria Calabro received a BFA degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, an MFA in Fine Art from New York University, and a MA in Art History from The City College of New York. She often works within the traditional sculpture medium while incorporating unconventional art materials into installations and drawings. The majority of her early life was spent living in the Middle East, where she became interested in ideas of home, separation, and memory. Most recently, she participated in a group show at the collaborative art space The Hive in Brooklyn and was a visiting artist in residence at Pasadena City College in California.

In 2007 Victoria began working as a teaching artist in New York City public schools. Here she teaches a wide range of media to children grades PK to 12. She has developed pre-college art programs for NYU, The Dumbo Arts Center, and The Kentler International Drawing Space to mentor and engage high school age students. In addition to teaching the KIDS Art Education Family Drawing Together Workshops, she also teaches the Kentler’s in school and partner residency with Extreme Kids & Crew, bringing art explorations to children with disabilities ages 6-15.

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.  She has been leading Drawing Together Workshops at Kentler since 2016.

Since 2008 she has worked as a teaching artist for STUDIO in a SCHOOL, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to foster the creative and intellectual development of New York City youth through quality visual arts programs in public schools. She has also provided through STUDIO arts services such as Community Art Fairs, Family Engagements and Professional Development art workshops for classroom teachers and administrators. Cavat has taught in over thirty different public schools, exclusively in the visual arts: drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and sculpture. Before joining STUDIO, Cavat worked with a number of other non-profit arts organizations such as ArtsgenesisMarquis StudiosBronx Arts Ensemble and Creative Classrooms. As one of the lead artists at Artsgenesis, she designed and facilitated site and student specific interdisciplinary Multiple Intelligences based programs for such organizations as Community Access UnlimitedArts Unbound, and as the teaching artist in residency at the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Fanwood, NJ, devised and executed several art programs ending in long-term displays of children’s works. In addition to her community work as teaching artist, Cavat has provided creative direction as the Visual Arts Professional Developer for the Archdiocese of NY through Creative Classrooms, and in her role served as art teacher, mentor, curator and docent in over 15 different catholic schools. She has worked exclusively in District 75 with Marquis Studios while serving over 200 students in specialized courses in three-dimensional design, assemblage and comic book design.

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 has exhibited her work on a national level.  She recently received in 2018 an Advanced Certificate in art education K-12 from Brooklyn College. Cavat maintains an art studio in Manhattan and is at present working on a series of paintings to be viewed in an exhibition at the Westbeth Gallery in New York City in 2022.

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!