D.R.A.W.(N) to Making Art?

We’ve got you covered!

MAD now provides educational programming through The Department of Regional Art Workers (D.R.A.W.), a community of artists, educators, entrepreneurs and students.

You can experience The D.R.A.W.’s popular “Curated Shorts” workshops a la carte. The ongoing Saturday programs run from noon to 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. and are designed for adults or “14 years young to never too old. You can learn new techniques, ask questions, add new tools to your toolbox, enjoy our sunny studio, and meet your making community,” says JoAnna Ruisi, Artistic Director for The D.R.A.W. “Explore something new, try new media and materials, and just have some fun!”

Local artists will be teaching the three- to four-hour introductory classes, which will give people an opportunity to explore a variety of artistic media. The format serves as an impetus to delve more deeply into the D.R.A.W.’s extensive workshop programming.

The D.R.A.W. “Curated Shorts” give people an opportunity to explore materials, techniques and processes—to either learn something new or reinvigorate an existing artistic practice.

In addition to the “Curated Shorts” on Saturdays, three new classes and two new workshops have been added to programming at The D.R.A.W.

New Classes

Stephen Lewis
Introduction to Drawing
Friday evenings, 6-8 p.m.

Dan Green
Monday evenings, 6-8 p.m.

JoAnna Ruisi & Guest Artists
Youth Art Studio Series (Ages 10-14)
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

The Youth Art Studio is a weekly program designed to offer middle school students a safe, creative space to create, explore and express themselves through the arts. Students will build skills and explore a wide variety of materials and tools, with local teaching artists. Registration is open now, and upcoming sessions begin February 28.

Upcoming Workshops

Chris Petrone
Intro to Book Binding: Continued
Saturdays, noon-3 or 4 p.m.

This workshop, which builds on Chris’ previously offered Book Binding workshop, will delve into a variety of more complex sewn book forms.

Wayne Montecalvo
Guerilla Style Silk Screen: Advanced
Saturdays, noon-3 or 4 p.m.

This workshop expands upon the basic mechanics of silkscreen printing that Wayne presented in his first series. It will explore different methods, materials and processes used for silkscreen printing, as well as basic screen exposure techniques, using photo emulsion and light to create an image.

All classes will be held at the Kingston YMCA. Prices for the “Curated Shorts” range from $45-60 per session. Materials are included and no previous experience is needed.

If you need more info or are ready to register for classes, please visit https://www.drawkingston.org. Bookmark their website—or sign up for their newsletters—as The D.R.A.W. will be scheduling more workshops in printmaking, mixed media, experimental drawing, painting, stitching and more!