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Studio in A School: Art & Healthy Living

On view at the Hunter College East Harlem Art Gallery
May 8 - May 24, 2013

The Hunter College East Harlem Art Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Studio In A School: Art & Healthy Living, organized in collaboration with Studio in A School (STUDIO). The exhibition features a selection of artworks created by students from New York City public schools participating in two special STUDIO programs: Art & Healthy Living and Art & Active Living, which combine visual arts with lessons from nutritionists and physical educators, to motivate children to eat fresh produce and make healthful eating choices and to encourage children to recognize the benefits of physical activity and movement through gesture drawing, painting, and collage.

This year, third-through fifth-grade students from all five boroughs learned about the importance of fruits, vegetables, and exercise. They tasted the produce the studied and observed fresh fruits and vegetables with artists' eyes. This exhibition demonstrates how close observation and imagination can inspire a new way of understanding healthy living choices.

This is only one of the many STUDIO programs that place professional artists into classrooms to introduce visual arts to young learners and nurture their talents as they grow. For 36 years, STUDIO has fostered the creative and intellectual development of more than 800,000 students from New York City Public Schools in high need communities. Studio's unique method trains professional artists to guide children to make observations, explore the creative process, and reflect on their works of art. The artist/instructors are brought into schools and community organizations to lead classes in drawing, printmaking, painting, and sculpting. For many of the students served, Studio's programs provide their first encounter with art making.

This exhibition is organized and sponsored by Studio in A School in collaboration with the Hunter College East Harlem Art Gallery and the Hunter College President's Office.

The Art & Healthy Living program is made possible by the New York City Council with major support from the 

Studio in A School thanks Speaker Christine C. Quinn and City Council Members Daniel Dromm, Robert Jackson, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., and Jimmy Van Bramer for their tremendous dedication to this initiative over the past three years. STUDIO also thanks the Center for Food & Environment at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Grow NYC for helping develop the nutrition curricula.

For more information about Studio in a School: CLICK HERE

MASTHEAD IMAGE: SADE FRANCIS. PS 45, Queens, Grade 6, Oil pastel on paper. STUDIO Artist/Instructor: Stephen Tunney