Sequential Art for Kids


Photograph by Raphaela Olive, who last spring was a 5th grade student at P.S. 20 in Franklin Furnace’s Sequential Art for Kids photography workshop taught by Doug Beube. The image above won first prize in the Elementary School category in a City-wide competition for student photographers sponsored by The New York City Department of Education.  On Friday, October 17th, 2008, Chancellor Joel Klein presented awards to 20 students in Elementary, Middle and High School whose work was selected from among 500 submissions.  An exhibition of the prizewinning works, “PS Architecture,” is currently on view at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place, 9AM-8PM Monday through Friday, and Saturday, 11AM-5PM; admission is free.  The Center for Architecture Foundation plans to publish a book which will use a composite photograph of the winning images on its cover.

Congratulations, Raphaela!   Thanks to teaching artist Doug Beube; her classroom teacher Ms. Dixon; and Principal Sean Keaton, who selected ten images for submission to the PS Architecture competition.

Franklin Furnace gratefully acknowledges with thanks the 2007-08 supporters of Sequential Art for Kids: New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Independence Community Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and The New York Times Company Foundation.

Launch the Sequential Art For Kids Spring 2008 Website.
Launch the Sequential Art For Kids Fall 2008 Website.

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Ms. McIntosh's 4th Grade Class from P.S.20, Spring 2009

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Ms. McIntosh's 4th Grade Class from P.S.20, Spring 2008


Ms. Haynes' 4th Grade Class from P.S.20, Spring 2007

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SEQuential ART for Kids (SEQ ART) was initiated in 1985 by one artist, Diane Postion, in one school, Chinatown's P.S. 130, nearby Franklin Furnace located at the time at 112 Franklin Street in TriBeCa. She is an artist whose work often takes the form of books. SEQ ART began as a literacy program utilizing time-based art forms to teach English to children from mainland China; SEQ ART has now for over 20 years provided comprehensive on-site art activities that integrate with existing school curricula. With a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, SEQ ART reached its largest audience in 1995 with nineteen artists who worked in book and papermaking, photography, performance art, videography, and film animation in nineteen schools in the five boroughs.

Franklin Furnace partnered with P.S. 52 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, for a decade, from 1997 to 2007. In the spring of 2006, Franklin Furnace mounted a partnership with P.S. 20, the Clinton Hill Elementary School, located on Adelphi Street near Franklin Furnace's new headquarters in 80 Arts - The James E. Davis Arts Building.