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.

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.

 In June, D.R.A.W.  asked the community to participate by cleaning, saving and giving us their plastics. 

We used those contributions!

Campers collaged, painted, printed, assembled and constructed individual elements to be contributed to the final pop-up installation  currently displayed in the formerly known as “Crafts Room” hall.

Stop by to experience the Plastic Ocean at the YMCA, education wing through August 30th.

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Stephen Lewis: Paintings and Prints

Opening reception: July 6, 5-7pm

Kingston Artists Collective, 63 Broadway

The show runs through July 31.

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Pop Up Books: July 8-11  Animation Story Telling: July 15-18  Stories through Objects: July 22-25  Dive deep into the arts in these workshops taught by local artists. The work will be show at the M.A.D. Celebration of the Arts, August 3, 2019  To register call the Kingston Library, 331-0507   more info here

Pop Up Books: July 8-11

Animation Story Telling: July 15-18

Stories through Objects: July 22-25

Dive deep into the arts in these workshops taught by local artists. The work will be show at the M.A.D. Celebration of the Arts, August 3, 2019

To register call the Kingston Library, 331-0507

more info here


DRAWING: With Stephen Lewis

Explore the physical act of ‘drawing”, from its most basic, as a form of mark making, to a more complete language of space and volume. The class will primarily be working from “life”.

July 12 - Aug 16, 6-8pm

More information and registration


Costumed Drawing Sessions will be extended for 4 more weeks!

Tuesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16
Life drawing with a twist--our models are in costume. Located in the D.R.A.W. studio on the campus of the YMCA, Kingston. all of the materials are provided, and all ages and skill levels are welcome!
$10 for non members, $8 for members

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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Current Schedule of Classes: All classes taught at the D.R.A.W./Y.M.C.A.


Youth Art Studio: Thursday’s, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Next session begins May 2 and runs through June 6th.

Learn more and Register here


Drawing with Stephen Lewis: Friday evenings, 6pm-8pm, Next session begins May 17 and runs through June 21

Register here


“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.thedrawkingston.org  

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