Parsons Scholars Blog

Last day of Spring Academy classes

On Saturday, April 21st, Parsons Scholars celebrated their accomplishments this semester in the program-wide Pre-College Academy Open Studio.    We were fortunate to have alumni visitors, who always warm our hearts and share insight with current Scholars. The cake– made by Youth Advocate Tanya– was much-appreciated after a long semester!…

Scholars’ artwork at the Brooklyn Artists Gym!

Big congrats to Junior Scholars Naiky Paradis and Andrew Rhee who were both selected to have artwork displayed in the Brooklyn Artists Gym’s “Past Present & Future” exhibition! Check out their work, which currently on display through May 14th.  More info on the flyer below. Keep up the great work, Scholars!!! 

Colleges!!! Yay!!!

The Juniors Visit Colleges! During Spring Break week the Juniors took time to visit SVA, Pratt, and FIT! Here are some of the pictures from their visit to Pratt!

Parsons Festival!

We warmly invite all past & present Parsons Scholars, friends, and family as well as the Parsons community to join us in the Opening Celebration of the Parsons Festival Exhibition on Saturday, May 12th. *poster design by Thi Wan Join us in supporting the Seniors as they present  their capstone project…

Justice for Trayvon Workshop

REMINDER: On Friday we’re hosting a workshop/discussion for all grades of Parsons Scholars on the murder of Trayvon Martin. **Please come with written paragraph of thoughts on what this case means to you and what kinds of discussions you’ve been having & hearing around it. **Wear a hoodie! We look…

Senior Scholars Featured on the Beyond Bullets Webpage

The Parsons Scholar Senior Beyond Bullets Design Team was featured on the Beyond Bullets homepage! We’re so happy to see their hard work is being recognized. Keep up the awesome work, scholars! “These young designers hit the ground running. Our initial meeting was meant to be a basic introduction, but…

Survey for Sophomores

Sophomore Scholars:Please take a minute to fill out this survey to help us keep track of your interests, goals and activities: Thanks!

Fountain Art Fair

On March 10, the sophomore scholars went on a fieldtrip to the Fountain Art Fair where they were able to see different kinds of art-making, which they were excited to learn about and looked forward to trying. Below are some of their experiences and reactions to this day. Abigail Carrillo…

The Museum of the Moving Image

On March 3rd, the Sophomore Scholars went on a trip to visit The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. They really enjoyed the museum, as noted in their reflections below. Stephanie Li:             The Museum of the Moving Image was amazing. I enjoyed most of their animation work but…

Scholars visit Time Magazine’s Photo Desk

On Friday afternoon, a group of both Sophomore and Junior Scholars visited the Photo Desk of Time Magazine with Pete Pin.  We discussed different kinds of photography, the role of photography in print media, as well as types of careers in photography and their conditions.  Pete introduced concepts around mainstream…

Chelsea Galleries

In Feb, 11, 2012 Parsons Scholar explore some of the best galleries in Chelsea. They were able to experience art in New York City with their amazing Youth Advocates Tanya, Nicole and Jules.

Scholar’s Responses to Chelsea Galleries Visit

The best part of the trip was when we went to Jonathan Levine Gallery to look at Natalia Fabias’ work, which was awesome.  I mean amazing.  Her works were very inspiring.  I wish to become a painter like her.  Her paintings are so good they look like they’re photographs.  The…

Parsons Scholars Senior Project

On February 4, Senior Scholars began their senior project with instructor Joe Rutt and TA’s Joelle and Richard. The Scholars are going to be working with an organization called Beyond Bullets, which uses documentary films to educate teenagers about gun violence. The Scholars will be working to develop materials for…

First day back!

On February 4th, 2012, the Parsons Scholars were reunited after a much-deserved winter break. This semester, the new group of Sophomores will be taking a Foundation Studio (Intro to Drawing & Design) course, while the Juniors continue to explore areas of their interest and Seniors work on their final capstone…

Parsons Scholars Reunion

On December 19th, 2011, the Scholars family gathered for our annual reunion. There was dancing, singing, healthy competition and fun had by all. Definitely our highlight of the year, we’re already looking forward to gathering current and past Scholars next year!

Senior Project Workshop with Shola!

On Saturday, February 11 Scholars met with Shola for the first time to start working on the PSA for the Beyond Bullets Campaign. They talked about what a PSA is and looked at some examples, discussing why some were successful and other unsuccessful. They also started generating some ideas for…

SAT Prep

On Saturday, January 28th, the Junior Scholars participated in their first SAT Prep course. It was a long day of testing but the scholars pushed through it excited about what the spring has in store for all of them. Lots of focus is needed this semester, the group will not…

Welcome, Sophomores!

On Saturday Januray 28th, our new class of Scholars joined us for the first time during a Parsons Scholars Program orientation. After receiving more information about the program, the Scholars all participated in a 60-second self-portrait drawing game where they split up into two teams and tried to identify who…

Parsons Scholars Dinner 2011

THE REMATCH!!! Photos by: Melissa Mendez, Parsons Scholar Alumna ‘06. Once again Scholars from different generations had the opportunity to get together and share with one another. This was a night where everybody had the chance to dance, play, meet other people and, of course, eat.

Free Arts NYC and A-List

Free Arts NYC is an organization that provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential. They visited us to offer volunteering places for our junior scholars to start…

iMovie and After Effects workshop

Junior Scholars were learning some iMovie and After Effects skills in order to edit their Halloween Horror Movies.  We hope these skills contribute to each scholar abilities and to future projects.

Word Scramble Champs!

One of our wonderful Mentors, Deja Holden, took the college process to the next level when she created a word scramble to test the Junior Scholars knowledge on topics covered these past few months. As Juniors the scholars are exposed to the college application process early – so that they’ll…

Information Session: National Portfolio Day!

On Saturday, November 5th the Junior Scholars had their eyes opened to a larger perspective of things – critics. To be more exact, National Portfolio Day. Scholars immediately compared this to the College Fair, but they were soon brought to light by Morgan Ersey (of Parsons Admissions) to the key…

Italian Vogue!

This month, Vogue Italia featured the glasses design of Parsons Scholar alum Thi Wan (and current Parsons junior). Keep up the good work, Thi– we’re proud of you! Scholars + Alumni, remember to keep us posted on your accomplishments!

Portfolio Day Prep

Parsons mentors and coordinators helped junior scholars to select their best art pieces, took pictures of them and advised the scholars about how important is to attend to the National Portfolio Day.

National Portfolio Day

On Sunday, November 13th, the scholars attended the annual National Portfolio Day. The top art and design schools were in attendance along with their prospective students. The art schools that the scholars really wanted to see included Pratt, SUNY Purchase, FIT, SVA, and of course, Parsons. The students were able…

Young Artist: Bryan Urea

Scholar Bryan Urea recently had an amazing experience. He opened Paper Magazine the other day and saw his work in the magazine! The young artist has an entire spread featuring himself and his work. Congratulations Bryan!! Please see his images below and in the magazine. From Parsons Scholars

Horror Films!

Halloween is finally here – a holiday of spooks and frights, however, this day came early for our junior scholars. On the twenty-ninth of October the scholars gathered ’round in room 201 for a small introduction on how to use their fancy HD Video Cameras. After the introduction the scholars…

Crossword Puzzle Madness.

The junior scholars gather in the morning to break bread with one another and also partake in Crossword Puzzle Madness!Photographed below are some of our winners! The juniors are taking their college knowledge to the next level by participating in these word games to up their college vocab and knowledge…

Big Apple College Fair

On Saturday October 22nd, the scholars attended the Big Apple College Fair. At the fair, the scholars were able to visit a variety of colleges and gain an idea of where they want to study. While following some of the scholars around, I could tell that they really learned a…