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 Portfolio Development program serves students in Grades 6, 7 and 8. It helps to prepare students for art high school auditions, building a portfolio of artistic work while encouraging an expansive understanding of creative practice. Students work in a variety of materials such as pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, and collage, and explore aspects of figurative, non-representational and experimental modes of observation. They are exposed to the diversity of artists and modes of working and to the validity of contrasting visual ideas. Students learn how to organize and mount an exhibition and to speak about their work and articulate their intentions with confidence and clarity.
– Kate Temple and Stephanie Costello, Teaching Artists
Initiated in 2005, the Photo Club program at P.S. 140 Nathan Straus works with students in Grades 7 and 8 to introduce film photography using 35mm film cameras. Students learn the mechanics of the camera, including how to use the light meter, load film and how to use the camera’s lens as a framing tool. The course emphasizes process, and is focused on establishing dialogue between artists and students, and demystifying creative work. Students learn how to skillfully apply visual and cultural references in order to make clear statements about their lives. Their work is curated through discussions with Artists Space staff, and is featured on the Photo Wall during Young Artists Perform (YAP), a day of final presentations at the school year’s end.
– Claudia Sohrens, Teaching Artist
Threads of History is an intensive three-week residency at M.S. 324 in Washington Heights that aims to expand student’s knowledge of their individual histories and the composition of their communities, and to provide them with the skills to communicate, record, and publicly exhibit their new discoveries though the collaborative creation of a large project. The themes and media change each year, but the goal of the course has consistently been to build self-esteem skills for students by engaging them in projects that link their personal experiences to History and Social Studies curricula through art making. Many of the students are newly immigrated Spanish speakers, and Threads of History is taught in a combination of English and Spanish.
– Esperanza Cortes, Teaching Artist
The Arts and Literacy program works with Grade 8 English classes at P.S. 140 to introduce students to the art of poetry and helps to explore politics, identity and race within the class curriculum while developing poetic voice. Students study prosody, form, structure, lineation, syntax, the sonnet, poetry in translation, and performance. They experiment with a variety of poetic inspirational triggers including collage, parataxis, ekphrasis, overheard sound and conversation, observation on walks, photography, collaboration and shape poetry. Original work is performed at the annual Young Artists Perform (YAP) event, and published in a yearly anthology of poetry and artworks.
– Desireé Alvarez, Teaching Artist
I'm an artist
I believe in…
Colors, dreams, shade, solids, liquids
Unknown places, god, queens, kings, princesses
Princes, prince, squares, circles, triangles
ALL THE SHAPES
TV, music, people, life, animals, planes, cars
I believe in one big plan
I believe in compositions and creations
Objective and drawings, sketches, the undead
And the unknowing
I believe in the world and the beauty in every corner you turn
Only a lamp post
To shine your light
In this dark neighborhood
With nothing left to see
Except the dark night sky
That is always there
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.
Listening to the LES is a new media art project at P.S. 140 with special education students in Grades 5 and 6. It is lead by Robert Sember, member of sound art collective Ultra-Red. The project introduces students to inquiry-based art practices, and builds a shared historical awareness of the fabric of the city and the lives of those who live here. Students use oral history, site recording, and archival materials to explore their Lower East Side neighborhood. Students conduct interviews, make and edit audio recordings, and plan and facilitate listening sessions and contribute their compositions to the annual Young Artists Perform (YAP) presentation.
– Robert Sember, Teaching Artist