Welcome to the D.R.A.W., the Art Education program of the Midtown Arts District


The Dept. of Regional Art Workers offers classes and workshops for all ages.

Get creative and exercise your imagination.


Curated Shorts is back with 8 workshops designed to inspire.

Explore new materials and techniques taught by local artists. Invigorate your practice or begin your journey.

Pop Up Books, Encaustic Collage, Cyanotype, Book Arts, the Color Red, and Monoprints,

Check out the line up here.


Announcing DRAW Fall Schedule

Starting Oct 1, find classes and work shops for all ages

The DRAW on the YMCA Campus, 507 Broadway.

Classes taught by local teaching artists.

Make Art . Share Art . Create Change



Drawing & Painting with Stephen Lewis

Fridays 6-8pm
October 4 thru November 22, 2019
At DRAW Studio @ YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston

As a class we will be working on basic observational skills translated to painting and drawing. Students will have the choice of either Drawing or Painting, using acrylic paint. This is a group class with the instructor providing hands on individualized instruction to each student. All levels of ability are welcome.

Register here


Tiny People’s Art Exploration

In our children’s art classes, we’ll explore the basics of art where everyone is an artist! Material-exploration with painting, drawing, beading and collaging. Sessions are multi-sensory experiences; as pre-schoolers explore age-appropriate, environmentally friendly, fun media. Available for children from 3 to 5 years old accompanied by a caregiver.  Bring your creativity and fully participate in the fun!

45 min. sessions Thursday’s 10a.m.-11a.m.

Oct 31, Nov 7, Nov 14, Nov 21

ages 3-5 accompanied by a caregiver.

Pilot: 4 sessions $60.non-members, $50. Members register here


Youth Art Studio: Ages 11 -14

Thursdays, Oct 3 thru Nov 21, 3:30 - 5:30

The D.R.A.W. Studio at the YMCA, 507 Broadway, Kingston, NY

Youth Art Studio is a weekly program designed to offer middle school students, grades 6-8, a safe, creative space to explore and express themselves through the arts. Students will build skills and explore a wide variety of materials and tools, while working with local teaching artists. Healthy snacks provided.

Register here


Getting Started: Jump Into Watercolor Basics, 

with David Budd

Very portable and accessible as a painting medium, watercolor can be a rewarding mode for creative expression.

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Drawing Lab

If you are a middle school aged student (5-8 th grade) who either loves to draw, are afraid to draw but secretly want to try, or are just interested in trying it out, Drawing Lab is for you! In this 8-week series students will experiment with new and unexpected ways to approach drawing that include both working from life and using your imagination. More info and registration

Summer 2019:

Starfish Camp takes on the Plastic Challenge

This summer the Department of Regional Art Workers, (D.R.A.W.)  took on the  “Plastic Challenge” by bringing greater awareness  to the YMCA’s Starfish campers through an art based environmental stewardship project .

Starfish Campers ages 5-11   learned about the impact of plastics on the oceans ecosystem while making art and, through creating  a collaborative public installation. 

With a primary focus on transforming waste material, the goal was to create works of art with 95% recyclable and otherwise discarded plastics. Read More

P.U.G.G. Presents: “Glass Jaws”, new work by Wayne Montecalvo.

Opening reception, June 1, 5-7pm, at the Kingston Artist Collective, 63 Broadway, Kingston, NY. The show runs through June 29th.

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“The Exaggerated and the Unreal” Paintings by Maxim von Eikh

Opening Reception April 6, 5pm - 7pm

Kingston Artist Collective

63 Broadway, Kingston, NY

--- With intensity and visceral quality, von Eikh’s work comes to life through mark making inspired by the rough and ruined nature of urban decay, graffiti art, and… (more)

The Department of Regional Art Workers

ArtWalk 2018

ArtWalk 2018

is a growing community of artists, educators, entrepreneurs and students who believe in the ability of the arts to act as an agent of change. We believe a strong art education significantly enhances the character, quality of life, and economy of our neighborhoods. DRAW programming is built on a spiraling intergenerational framework where expertise, interaction and experience generate ongoing community learning.

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PUGG hosts “Picking Up the Pieces: Transformation of life after loss.”

Watercolor works by Amy Ackerman.  

Kingston Artist Collective, 63 Broadway Kingston, NY

Opening Reception:  March 2, 2019 5-7pm,

Show runs thru March 28, 2019

Amy Ackerman has lived her life surrounded by art. She has lived through and with her artwork, blending her paint and life together in her career. Amy’s paintings are a unique blend of emotion, passion, and mystery. There is magic in her paintings.

A natural painter, Amy understands the processes of paint. She lets the piece take her to wherever it goes, letting the piece decides its outcome. Ackerman looks to bring her talents to children’s book illustration to inspire imaginative growth. With her skill set, it’s more than possible.  The show will run through March 28, 2019.

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Celebrate 1st Saturday at City Hall! Join us at City Hall on January 5th, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, for the opening reception for The PUGG Alumni Exhibition. The PUGG Alumni Exhibition is the first show in the City Hall 2019 Exhibition Schedule, developed by the collaboration of the City of Kingston, Arts Mid-Hudson, and the Midtown Arts District. The PUGG Alumni Exhibition features a collection of  multi-disciplinary artwork from 8 professional artists who have worked with the Pop-Up Gallery Group, or PUGG. The PUGG program was developed to provide artistic resources to current students and alumni of Kingston High School. The exhibition will be on display until March 31st, 2019. For more information on PUGG, and to learn more about their events and workshops, please visit www.drawkingston.org  

To learn more about exhibitions at City Hall, please visit www.kingston-ny.gov/exhibitions