Nelissa R.
Untitled,  2013
Acrylic on paper, 17 x 14 inches

Michelle S.
Express,  2013
Gouache on paper, 9 x 12 inches

Hikma B.
Self Portrait,  2013
Oil pastel on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Devonte H.
Untitled,  2013
Charcoal on paper, 19 x 18 inches

Aisha R.
Vanished,  2012
Digital C-Print

The Day at the Beach,  2012
Digital C-Print

Nelissa R.
The Outer Face, 2012
Digital C-Print

Crystal C.
Freedom, 2012
Digital C-Print

Crystal C., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Cherish Atlas, 2013.
Gouache on paper, 9 x 12 inches

Aisha R., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Untitled, 2013.
Marker and watercolor on paper, 14 x 17 inches

Hikma B., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Untitled, 2013.
Charcoal on paper, 19 x 18 inches

Sharon H., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Shaded Times, 2013.
Digital C-Print

Michelle S., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Photography Trap, 2013.
Digital C-Print

Tracy B., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Untitled, 2013.
Graphite and watercolor on paper, 14 x 17 inches

Nelissa R., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Still Life, 2013.
Oil pastel on paper, 19.5 x 12.75 inches

Gabriela M., PS 140 Nathan Straus
A Time to Say Goodbye, 2011
Digital C-Print

Alexis R., PS 140 Nathan Straus
Untitled, 2011.
Pastel on paper

Expanded Art Ideas, Artists Space's arts education program, has the mission of encouraging both mainstream and special education students in New York City’s public schools to develop a personal artistic voice and to utilize their individual creative capacities by providing them with the skills to communicate, document, and publicly exhibit their innovations and talents. The program’s courses augment sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classroom curricula not just in the visual arts, but in language arts as well. Since its inception, the program has closely adhered to New York State standards for teaching visual arts and most recently with New York City’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts: Visual Arts Benchmarks.

Expanded Art Ideas is supported by
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; The Bay and Paul Foundations; Con Edison; Dedalus Foundation, Inc.; Gesso Foundation; The Keith Haring Foundation; NYU Community Fund; Puffin Foundation Ltd.; Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation; The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; The New York City Department of Education; The New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency; and the Friends of Artists Space.

The PS 140 Portfolio Development class provides instruction for students who wish to create a portfolio for application to specialized arts high schools, and is offered to a select group of 7th grade students during their spring semester, continuing on through the fall of their 8th grade year.

The program aims to help students develop representational drawing and painting skills through technical and compositional exercises that lead to the creation of project-based work. Students learn to use a wide range of media including graphite, charcoal, oil pastel, acrylic, water color, and collage.

– Susan Hamburger, Teaching Artist

Started in 2005, the Photo Class at PS 140 Nathan Straus instructs seventh and eighth grade students to photograph with a 35mm film camera. Students learn the mechanics of the camera, how to use the light meter, load film and look through the camera’s lens to frame the image they want.

Through group critiques and discussions students learn to understand and look at each others’ work, which impacts the photograph each student chooses to include in the Open Day Exhibition at the end of the school year. Learning to photograph with a 35mm film camera helps to enhance the student’s ability to concentrate and focus on the detail of the world around them in order to capture their individual vision.

– Joy Episalla, Teaching Artist

Taught at MS 324 in Washington Heights, this program focuses on making individual art projects that examine identity and history pertinent to a primarily Dominican immigrant community in the school’s surrounding neighborhood.

Classes take place in English and Spanish with the goal of complementing students’ public school education, and guiding students to gain knowledge while making art in creative ways that otherwise would not happen in a regular school setting.

– Nancy Friedemann, Teaching Artist

The poetry program at P.S. 140 Nathan Straus introduces 8th grade students to reading and writing poetry in a variety of forms, based in subjects that grow out of the students' concerns and experiments with language. Beginning with the medium of the poet's notebook, students record and reflect on the world around them, and harvest from those observations to draft and revise their writing into poems. The program culminates in a celebratory reading and the publication of a chapbook of poems.

– Sara Jane Stoner, Teaching Artist

Emily G., PS140 Nathan Straus
Princess Swan, 2012
Acrylic and watercolor on paper

Rolandy C., PS 140 Nathan Straus
The Dark Hall, 2012
Digital C-print

The It

The it claims
his self as
a mister steal
your girl.
Me and him
was in a
but he ch-
eated. It w-
ants to
get back to-
gether but it
ain't gonna h-

Tamika S.


I live for gym, I breath for gym, I watch the clock
and race to gym. I'm free in gym to run and play,
to try new games and shout Hooray! It's in the gym
I feel so good, I'd live there if I only could.

Anthony C.


Dreams are like
real life.
I'm scared
and sometimes
I laugh,
in the end
it's all fake.

Anthony S.


The rain drops off my window cell

A BIG sound of thunder then

Scary movie with

Melanie C.

Bolts of light

My eyes...




They open big with enjoyment

My night.

You Say

Why do you say you love the rain when
you hide under your big umbrella

You say you love the wind when
you close the window

Sofia N.

When you say you love the sun
but you go under a big tree for

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Food As A Source of Memory, 2013
Collaborative Mural project for MS324 School Dining Room

Food As A Source of Memory, 2013
Collaborative Mural project for MS324 School Dining Room

Keegan S.
Self Portrait, 2012
Pastel on paper

Emily G.
Belieb, 2013
Gouache on paper

A New Beautiful Thing
Poems & Artworks by 8th Grade Students
PS 140 Nathan Straus