Artshack Brooklyn is a registered 501 c(3) organization. We offer everything you can imagine relating to ceramics: hand-building, wheel throwing, glazing, plaster mold-making, and slipcasting.
We believe in strengthening kids' critical-thinking abilities. At Artshack, kids learn that the design process, just like many things in life, is rarely a smooth succession of steps. The steps often overlap and blur, and their order is sometimes reversed—it's a creative, fluid way of working that is adapted to each individual situation. Although our students create beautiful lasting pieces, our focus is on skills rather than finished products.
McKendree Key is a professional artist with over 15 years of teaching experience. She is a native New Yorker and taught art with Studio in a School for 7 years. She has taught workshops at Socrates Sculpture Park , P.S.1, and The Whitney Museum of American Art. She taught art education at Pratt Institute for 3 years. She has exhibited her work at P.S.1, The Sculpture Center, CUE Art Foundation, The Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Socrates Sculpture Park, and The Brooklyn Museum, among other venues.
In 2008 she founded The ArtShack, and began working with Dany in 2011.
Dany Rose, Maker of things. Originally from Germany, she studied Product Design at Art Center in Switzerland and Los Angeles and completed her MDes in Milan, Italy. She moved to Brooklyn in 1999 because she fell in love with her now husband and father of two daughters on the first day of her NYC trip. As product designer she has worked on high end home accessories and bathroom fixtures but her personal work stands very much in contrast to the machined and polished design world. It is experimental playful and conceptual. In 2009 she founded a design after school program (Kinder Design Factory) offering a space for kids to invent and make functional objects. In 2011 McKendree and Dany decided to join art and design forces as ArtshackBrooklyn.
The Artshack Crew