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 and youth representation. Three spectacular photographers and videographers, Devon Morgan, Lucia Rojas and Chris Miller presented their work.  Devon Morgan is a freelance photographer that focuses on urban photography such as modeling, fashion and catalog photography. Morgan showed us most of his photography work as well as the catalog shoots he’s done for very famous companies. He describes that the process was very hectic but it’s worth the price if […]

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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 firm’s flagship projects- the Highline! The Highline has been a spot of great historical importance and artistic inspiration for some of us Scholars. However to meet the architecture firm that designed and oversaw the construction of this marvelous landmark is priceless. Located in the melting pot of Chelsea, the firm’s offices were aligned desks with cluttered papers of plans and ideas.  Beautifully made models were scattered throughout the room. There we […]

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Teen Design Fair

We met at the Cooper Hewitt Teen Design Fair, where high-school students can meet professional designers and have intimate conversations with them about their careers and insights.  Scholars were particularly excited about meeting Tim Gunn, Miss Jay from America’s Next Top Model, and Christopher Bevans of Billionaire Boys Clubs.      

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Digital Literacy Workshop

October 13, 2012 This afternoon, we met as a group to discuss the importance of digital literacy.  We talked about how to select a professional email address, opened up Gmail accounts, and learned how to use Google Drive as a collaboration tool.  Then, we spent most of the session learning how to navigate College Board’s college search option.  By using the information Nadia shared with us the week before, we created a list of schools that met both our needs and wants, and began to explore college websites.  Now each of us has a starting list of schools we intend to apply to.

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College Preparedness

This past Saturday both the Senior and Junior scholars started preparing for the college application process. The Seniors were introduced to their college mentors, and also started the college research process. By navigating their way through the college websites of their choice, the scholars where able to find out the deadlines for admissions departments and also financial aid information. By starting now the Senior scholars will hit the ground running once they start filling out the applications for the schools of their choice. Good luck to all the scholars that took their SAT’s on Saturday. I hope you all did well! On Saturday the Juniors were introduced to the college jargon. Learning this will help the scholars understand the application process in their […]

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Gearing up for a new semester!

The Mentors are hard at work gearing up for a new exciting semester in the Parsons Scholars Program. We’re all excited to get started next Saturday (Sept. 29), and we have a great team of dedicated undergraduates to support the Scholars with their great ideas, visions and expertise. Thanks to all of the Mentors for your continued commitment!

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Pre-College Summer Academy

On Friday, August 10th, Parsons Scholars Program celebrated the accomplishments and lessons learned by the newest class of Scholars.  Before entering their junior year of high school, this dedicated group explored their areas of interest during all-day studio classes for two weeks in August in the Pre-College Summer Academy at Parsons in classes such as Digital Video & Photography, Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting & Drawing, Architecture, Accessory Design and Printmaking. In addition to making friends from across the country as well as across the globe, the Scholars explored the city during class field trips and were given a taste of a fast-paced college environment with time-consuming homework assignments.  The photos below are evidence of their growth and commitment.   […]

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Summer Academy Survey!

Juniors: Please take a moment to fill out this survey in order to reflect on your experience during the summer session. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDI0TlVVM1VkTEdUa3cwTWhXVGNiR0E6MA Congratulations on completing your first summer program in the Parsons Pre-College Academy!

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Scholars Class of 2012

Last night on August 2, 2012 we celebrated the graduation of 13 Scholars from our program. We had a great time celebrating their hard work, as well as that of Stacy, their devoted and tireless coordinator. They might be leaving the program and we won’t see them every Saturday morning anymore but, as we all know, once a Scholars, always a Scholar! The scholars line up for the paper airplane throw, a new tradition!     After the ceremony, the seniors make time to pose and get silly, as expected.     Our wonderful, down-to-earth, talented speaker, Jordan Isip       Stacy reminisces about her time with her Scholars.  

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Summer fun with the Parsons Scholars!

Summer has been a whirlwind of happenings at the Parsons Scholars Program this year. As recipients of the Anna Toonk Scholarship, Parsons Scholars Raquel Castillo, Roxana Santana and Andy Bell-Baltaci and Alumni Francisco Vivar, Richard Pean and Paul Gomez, traveled to Paris where they spent 4 weeks taking intensive art and design classes and exploring France.  Take a look at photos of a few of their adventures in previous posts. Back in NY, rising senior Scholars continued to prove their commitment to their goals through the rigorous coursework of the Summer Intensive Studies program.  During this college credit course, some students confirmed their future college majors, while others were relieved to have the opportunity to narrow down their options before entering […]

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SIS wrap-up!

Scholars! Please fill out this survey with your thoughtful reflections on your experiences lived throughout the Summer Intensive Studies program this month. As always, your honesty will help us better support you. https://docs.google.com/a/newschool.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGpfU2dnU01TSXR3enlwMkhmcVh1RlE6MA

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Paris 2012

Having fun in Paris, 2 first weeks visiting the city, learning some french and making new friends along the way.

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Rising Seniors Lunch

On Friday the 13th (Ooooh! Spooooky!) we took an hour or so to unwind! The coordinators, rising seniors, and a few mentors enjoyed a lunch together and chatted about the week, apricots, and hair.

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Emoti-Con! o.O

The Emoti-Con event was held at Parsons on June 2, where NYC youth showcased digital technology creations and engaged in conversations about the role of technology. Our senior scholars participated with the submission of their Beyond Bullets PSAs, the juniors presented their short horror flicks, and the sophomore scholars joined in the activities hosted by Emoti-Con to support the juniors and seniors, and to start generating ideas for next year. Guest speakers presented their work, spoke about their careers in relevant industries and shared their learning experiences as artists, designers and inventors. More info about the day can be found here.  Scholars enjoying their lunches, Emoti-Con t-shirts and gift bags! Lessons learned… Poster, logo, t-shirt designed by our own Parsons undergrad […]

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Parsons Scholars Festival Exhibition recap!

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, Parsons Scholars celebrated the opening of their Festival Exhibition! Many thanks to sophomore and junior scholars who volunteered (while seniors were in class) and faculty and staff who hung each piece in preparations for the show! Senior scholars first presented the PSA’s they created with faculty Shola Ajayi, which were films educating teenagers about gun violence, created in response to their Senior Capstone Project. The presentation was followed by a Q&A session from peers and guests. Family, friends and peers saw the selected works made by students, which were distributed throughout the 12th floor of the 6 East 16th street building, including a project submission dedicated to the Trayvon Martin case, seen below. Congratulations to the […]

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Beyond Bullets PSA’s

Finally… presenting the two public service announcements created by the class of 2012 in the Parsons Scholars Program! These short films were created after the seniors decided they wanted to do more to spread an anti-gun violence message to their peers during their graphic design collaboration with Beyond Bullets for this year’s senior capstone project .  Big thanks to Beyond Bullets for posting about the Scholars’ collaboration on their blog and to Shola Ajayi for her expertise and guidance throughout the filmmaking process.  Spread the message! REWIND   WHAT WOULD YOU DO? And last but not least, the outtakes to prove all of the hard work that went into creating these serious shots! For more of the behind-the-scenes, check out more of the […]

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Horror Flicks!

These three short horror films were made by Parsons Scholars juniors during a festive filmmaking workshop led by Shola Ajayi over the Halloween weekend last fall.  After the Scholars learned how to use HD video cameras, they worked in groups to create plots and storyboards and filmed around the Parsons campus in under 30 minutes. They then learned how to edit their films using iMovie and Adobe After Effects.   Watch if you dare! For more videos created by other Parsons Scholars, visit our Vimeo page at: www.vimeo.com/parsonsscholars

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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! Congrats to all on an incredible semester.   We’re proud of all of you!

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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!!! 

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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!

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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 from 4-5pm,  and stay for the celebration from 5-7pm.   We look forward to having everyone come together again  in our last program event of the semester.   Spread the word!

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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 forward to seeing you all and creating a collaborative piece of artwork based on our discussion! This Friday, 4/6 1:00-4:00pm 2 West 13th street (same building where you have Sat. classes) Room L1204

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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 the students wasted no time. They started brainstorming instantly. We discussed gun violence, gun access, poverty and peer pressure. They started thinking about how to reach their peers with a message of non-violence. They’ve been researching effective campaigns and studying the issue from every angle.” (via Beyond Bullets) Check it out here!

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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 Here in the Fountain Arts Fair, I seriously was about to scream like a little girl and run around in order to see everything. However, being the responsible teenager I am, I kept in my inner geek and calmly observed and talked to the artists. I was very impressed, for their chosen media seemed hard to control. Their work inspired me to become greater and better in mastering and understanding […]

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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 only one caught my attention. The animation that got my interest was the oscilloscope. It spun and spun and spun. It went from the liquid-like thing, came out from the drain, then turned into a blimp, then broke down through fingers, then though and envelope and finally the envelope folded and fell into the trash. At first I asked myself whether it was real or fake but it turns out […]

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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 media and marketing, the transition from print to internet based media, and raised moral and ethical questions for the Scholars to begin thinking about. Today’s trip to TIME magazine was incredible.  I always dreamed of something like that and it seemed so simple with Parsons to get there and to be welcomed.  The feeling I got there was just great.  I learned about different types of photography and how it […]

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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.

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