Our Programs


Each year we select a compelling broad-based theme to drive deep and eclectic learning. This is our Year of Reflection.


Classes feature age-appropriate learning and experiences:

  • Content-based learning with attention to cultural, historical, and philosophical inquiry

  • Skill-based art lessons with attention to materials, methods, and process

  • Critiques to encourage students to increase vocabulary, develop a personal voice, and hone communication skills

  • Field trips to galleries, artists’ studios, and cultural events


ART YARD School Partnerships provide long-term visual art residencies in partner public schools. Weekly sessions throughout the academic year integrate hands-on thematic art-making projects, and a classroom critique process. The program includes exhibitions in on-site art galleries at the partner school, where the students act as curators, publicists, installers, and exhibition docents giving tours to fellow students, teachers, families, public officials, and invited guests.


ART YARD Advanced Studio participating artists (teens – young adults) work with Director Meridith McNeal and Teaching Artists/College Professors Claudia Alvarez, Rachael Wren and Ed Rath to create artwork in this college level studio art course.  


Students develop their own voice as artists along with skills in drawing and painting, with possible forays into other contemporary art practices.  Integral to classes is a critiquing process that is key to developing self-expression, confidence, and public speaking skills; participants actively engage in review, informed exchange, and thoughtful comments about the work of the day.


ART YARD Summer Session is an intensive three-week artmaking program for invited kids and teens. Students work individually and collaboratively in full-day sessions allowing for sequential learning, deep skill development, large-scale projects and field trips. 


Summer Session is based out of Kentler International Drawing Space on 353 Van Brunt Street in Red Hook Brooklyn.  Classes will focus on drawing techniques and methods, drawing from life in the gallery and at other locations in the neighborhood including the piers, shipping docks, historic architecture and parks.


ART YARD Teacher Training sessions include hands-on training in contemporary art, available for teachers from partnership schools and in the field. Multi-part series are available.


ART YARD Cultural Partnerships are collaborations and exchanges developed together with various national and international arts organizations, education programs, and colleges and universities. Such associations offer students and teachers greater exposure to diversified programming and build bridges of new opportunities and camaraderie among artists.



Kentler International Drawing Space

353 Van Brunt Street

Brooklyn, NY 11231