Expanded Art Ideas is supported by
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; The Bay and Paul Foundations; Con Edison; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; The Keith Haring Foundation; NYU Community Fund; 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; Catherine Woodard; 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
The it claims
his self as
a mister steal
Me and him
was in a
but he ch-
eated. It w-
get back to-
gether but it
ain't gonna h-
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.
Dreams are like
in the end
it's all fake.
The rain drops off my window cell
Bolts of light strike
A BIG sound of thunder then BOOM!
They open big with enjoyment
Scary movie with popcorn
Why do you say you love the rain when
you hide under your big umbrella
When you say you love the sun
but you go under a big tree for
You say you love the wind when
you close the window
Washington Heights Library
Young Adult Section, Third Floor
1000 St. Nicholas Avenue
Open Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Reception Thursday, June 8, 4 - 6 p.m.
Expanded Art Ideas presents Alza Tu Voz, an exhibition of social justice posters produced by Grade 8 students at M.S. 324 Patria Mirabal in Washington Heights.
In June 2016, Teaching Artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez led a two-week intensive bilingual residency entitled Threads of History, collaborating with class teachers on themes of social justice and immigration. The class studied the artwork and activism of Emory Douglas, who was Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the 1980s, and used his works as inspiration to create individual and collaborative posters.
A full color booklet has been printed with reproductions of twenty-six posters produced by students. This is available for free at Washington Heights Library, as well as at Artists Space, 55 Walker Street.
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum
4881 Broadway (at 204th Street)
Expanded Art Ideas presents a one-day installation of Alza Tu Voz on the porch of Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, the oldest remaining farmhouse in Manhattan, on Saturday, June 17, from 1 - 6 p.m.
Open to the public free of admission charge, Alza Tu Voz at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is proudly part of the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance's Uptown Arts Stroll, a month-long celebration that offers a wide variety of arts and cultural events north of West 135th Street.
Dyckman Farmhouse Museum is owned by the New York Department of Parks & Recreation and is a member of the Historic House Trust of New York City.