Parsons Scholars Blog

NYCore Workshops: We Are the Experts of our Lives Creative Youth Activism

This past Saturday, the senior scholars as well as the advocates and one other mentor and I had the opportunity to participate in a series of workshops headed by NYCore (Collective of Radical Educators). The seniors chose the workshop that peeked their interests. I, along with many of our female…

Careers in the Arts Fair with the Joan Mitchell Foundation

  This past weekend, the Parsons Scholars Program, combined with the Joan Mitchell Foundation as The New School hosted the Careers in the Arts Fair. There were about 200 students in attendance visiting work-shops held by a variety of artists ranging from architects to apparel designers to aerosol artists. The event kicked off…

Sable Smith’s Digital Photography Class

My name is Alex Fields and I am a mentor for the Parsons Pre-College Program. As part of my job with the program, I am also a Teacher’s Assistant. I am currently an assistant for the photography class which is taught by professor and our program Youth Advocate, Sable Elyse…

Teach-In 2

This past Saturday, the scholars, along with our new sophomores took part in a series of workshops as part of our Teach-In. The Teach-In workshops included: Sex-E Collective Presents: Consent + Risk, a workshop that teaches youth safe sex and sexual consent, pregnancy and STD prevention. I’m Right Here, Tho! which is…

Senior capstone progress!

On the second class of our Seniors’ capstone project, the instructor Ben Rojas introduced the social justice subject the scholars will be tackling. The scholars were presented with images addressing  the Trayvon Martin case of 2012, and were asked to analyze them and come up with their own ideas. Paired…

Sophomores’ first day!

The first week back in the spring semester as a mentor I was assigned to work with the sophomores, who are new to the Parsons Scholars Program. I was excited to work with fresh faces since my face was fresh to them as well. At this rate,  everybody can feel…

College Workshop with the Juniors

On November 9th, Nadia led the junior scholars in a college research work-shop to start prepping them early on the college research process. The scholars were asked about how much they knew already about the different college-related terminology.  We had them place orange stickers next to different terms on a…

Info Session added!

Due to great student interest, we’ve added one last info session. Please attend to learn more about this opportunity for 10th graders! Friday, November 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m. 2 West 13th Street, between 5th/6th aves. Orientation Room– ground floor  

NOW RECRUITING 10th GRADERS!

Calling all 10th graders who are interested in exploring art & design as college and career options! APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1-SGnzLpevfmY6LavnIywy2CzvXHxyYTDO6x-D51sEmc/viewform   More info on eligibility and the application process can be found here: http://www.newschool.edu/parsons/design-scholarship/   We highly recommend that all applicants attend one info session. Application support will provided…

Parsons Scholars at Festival!

Join us Saturday, May 18th from 4pm-7pm for a stunning exhibition of art and design projects by the Parsons Scholars! The afternoon will begin with our  seniors presenting their learning portfolios, in which they’ll reflect on their lessons learned throughout the past 3 years.  Presentations will be followed by a…

Social Justice Expo!

For the 2nd year, the Parsons Scholars were represented by the seniors at the annual Social Justice Expo held at NYU, which is an exhibition social action projects created by NYC youth. Alan Xicohtencatl, Roxana Santana, Monica Cardona, Raquel Castillo and Mariah Watson did an excellent job explaining their collaboration…

Open Studio and Parsons Paris Scholarship Recipients

On April 27th, the scholars had their annual Open Studio event where they showcase their work from the semester for their family, friends and other scholars. The scholars and their guests were able to enjoy works from various classes such as 3D, Architecture, Digital Photography, Fashion, Painting and more ….

The Sophomore Scholars Visit The New Museum

On April 20th, our sophomore scholars visited the New Museum to see their latest exhibit, “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.” The exhibit showcases references to culturally significant events and aspects of the 1993. The space is comprised of installations that range from a myriad of issues…

New Sophomore Orientation and Sheila Johnson Gallery Visit

On February 16th, we welcomed our new sophomores into the Parsons Scholars Program by giving them the run-down of the program through the Pre-College orientation. After class, we took the scholars on the first of many gallery visits to the Sheila Johnson Gallery in Chelsea, which always showcases a wide…

The Scholars Visit Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder’s “Camera Obscura Installation”

On February 20th, the scholars went to Madison Square Park to visit artists Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder’s “Camera Obscura” Installation. The installation is large white cylindrical structure that sits inside of the park. The inside is dark and hollow and there is a small hole on the outside that…

Senior Scholars Go to Staten Island!

This Saturday, the Seniors, mentors Joelle and Richard, faculty Rachel, and MFA DT student volunteer Bridget traveled to Staten Island to conduct interviews for Sandy Storyline. We traveled around one area of Staten Island, near the beach where residents were hit quite hard by the storm. We visited various hubs…

Senior Project with Sandy Storyline

Each spring, the Parsons Scholars seniors participate in a collaborative semester-long course in which they gain hands-on art and design skills while applying their lessons to meaningful projects that create a positive community impact.  This year, they’re collaborating with Sandy Storyline, which is a participatory documentary about Hurricane Sandy and efforts to recover and…

Welcome New Scholars and Happy First Day!

At the orientation for the new scholars, we welcomed them into the program with introductions of ourselves and the program and with a series of really fun icebreakers facilitated by our new Advocate, Peta. We got to know the new scholars through these icebreakers. We, the mentors, then broke into…

Joelle Riffle, Program Administrator

  Joelle Riffle is a communication designer from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in communication design in 2013. Joelle has a range of professional and creative experiences, from her time as a graphic designer at the small branding and web studio to her current role…

Yelaine Rodriguez, Youth Advocate

Yelaine has just finished her final semester in the BFA Fashion Design program. She enjoys being around other art students, and believes “we can all get positive energy from each other”. She has studied abroad at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, and spent a…

Meet Yelaine

Yelaine completed her BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons in Fall 2012. As a Parsons Scholar, she was passionate about pursuing a future in fine art, and she explored this interest through courses in drawing, painting, and animation, among others. However, after she was exposed to fashion-related projects as a…

Juniors on National Portfolio Day

On NPD I showed my portfolio to several art and design colleges and got much feedback. My portfolio consisted of several illustrated pieces and much more mixed media art work like print-making and charcoal self portraits. The first school I went to was Pratt. They told me I should work…

Senior Portfolio Workshop

On Saturday the Seniors had a portfolio workshop and set up the lights and cameras to photograph their great work. The Scholars published their photos on an online portfolio, so watch out for their work!      

Go Pro Day

November 11, 2012 In preparation for National Portfolio Day, the Scholars brought in their portfolios full of amazing work done in the program, in school and on their own.  We critiqued everyone’s work, and talked about how to prepare for Portfolio reviews when applying to college. Go-Pro day was a…

College Vocabulary Workshop

On October 6th, 2012, Parsons Scholars’ students went to a college vocab workshop. In the beginning of the workshop, we made a list on our needs and wants for colleges/ universities. Many of us, did not now some of the college words/ terms such as the SEEK program, HEOP, EOP,…

Now recruiting 10th graders!

Parsons the New School for Design is pleased to invite 10th graders who are interested in art and design to apply for an extraordinary pre-college scholarship opportunity in the Parsons Scholars Program. All 10th graders from NYC public schools who demonstrate financial need and who have expressed an interest in art or…

INFO SESSIONS— update!

The Parsons Scholars Program application deadline has been updated to: Sunday, November 25th (end of the day) For all 10th graders interested in applying to the Parsons Scholars Program, join us for an upcoming Info Session.   For eligibility and application requirements, see our previous post below.  PARSONS SCHOLARS PROGRAM…

Photography Panel with Devon Morgan, Chris Miller and Lucia Rojas and collaborative photoshoot

October 27, 2012 Photographers Devon Morgan, Chris Miller and Lucia Rojas joined us to share their work and their experiences as freelance photographers and videographers in the worlds of fashion, documentary and skateboarding.  Then, the Scholars paired off with the photographers and mentors to do a workshop based on photography…

Diller, Scofidio and Renfro

We went to the incredible architecture firm, Diller, Scofidio and Renfro where Junior Architect Kumar Atre showed us the legacy of the firm’s work, and discussed what it’s like to work for a company like this.  Then, Jac Mautner gave us a tour of the model shop, and a tour of one of the…

Juniors’ Parent Mixer and Inheritance Process drawing exercise

We started this afternoon by inviting parents and families to join us for lunch and an informal mixer.  Together, we worked on a symbolic self-portrait project and shared it with the group.