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 each portrait belonged to. The scholars slowly started breaking out of their shells as the game got under way and the game turned competitive. In the end, everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves and team 2 was declared the winner. Welcome to the Sophomore class of 2014. We’re excited to have you all on board!

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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.

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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 gaining more experience in jobs related with art and community helping.A-List is an organization that provides SAT/ACT courses and training to schools or any educational institutions. They have come to us to offer classes to our scholars so they can be more prepared for their SAT exams

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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.

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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 be ahead of the game come senior year. Check out our recent World Scramble Champs!

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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 points and tips of National Portfolio Day. The Junior Scholars were informed on how their portfolios should be put together, how it should be organized, and more importantly how to get information and constructive feedback from the schools’ representatives.

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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!

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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.

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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 to get some positive feedback on their work as well as advice and tips to strengthen their portfolios so that the next time around, their portfolios will be stronger then ever.

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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

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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 were split into 3 groups and given some masks, props, make-up, and a camera. Each of them were sent off to utilize the school as their domain for their film. The scholars went around the school and only had 20 – 30 minutes to create their plot, storyboard, and film. After the scholars were done with their small project they ventured off into the computer labs to edit their films […]

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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 of important topics for college.

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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 lot about how to ask the right questions when considering schools. Some of the scholars even went around to some schools a second time to get more information. Good job, guys! The college fair was very busy and people from all over the city were in attendance. Overall, I could tell that the scholars learned a lot about some of the colleges that they were interested in. It was an […]

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Saturday October 15th

Scholars researching Colleges Mentors helping Scholars find information about Colleges. On Saturday the 15th of October, the Scholars continued their research of finding out College and University Facts on CollegeBoard and websites like it. They researched school stats about Eugene Lang College, Parsons and a University or College of their choice. After finding this information, the scholars all participated in Pictionary Game about the College Application Process. After this game, the scholars were introduced to a project they would be working on throughout their Semester, a social media project that they would develop to inform their peers on information about the College process, the ideas that they brainstormed were great. I hope to learn more information soon, see you all […]

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Portfolio Redefined

Saturday was a very educational day for high school students from all over the city. They had the chance to learn about Parsons Admission, the Parsons Challenge and how to organized their portfolio for college. Students were able to brainstorm ideas for their Parsons Challenge and to get feedback on them. They had the opportunity to speak to experts about any concern they had and also were able to socialize with other students with the same interests as their own.What a productive day!!!! Great Work!!!

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It all begins now!

Its the second week here at Parsons. The Juniors are learning and preparing for College with the help of crossword puzzles and a presentation by Nadia Williams. The Juniors were introduced to their new best friend, College Board. They were able to start their first search based on their general interests. Exploring the world of College Board through given assignments by their Coordinators Shola and Yashua. Have fun with your research guys!

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Saturdays!!!

Our scholars are back! Getting together again for their classes on Saturday and working hard as always, but enjoying it as well. Besides enjoying their classes the students met once again at 2W 13th Street’s 4th floor (Common Room) and gobbled their traditional Saturday pizza. Gobbling and catching up with one another the scholars enjoyed their lunch and were introduced to their mentors. Eventually the scholars broke off into their different groups and both went to different workshops. Stacy’s group went to a College Admissions Workshop with Morgan – who spoke about different aspects of applying to Parsons. He also provided them with insight on how to tackle the Parsons Challenge. Whereas Yashua and Shola’s scholars went to see a […]

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Summer Jam!

Had a great time with the now Junior Scholars today. A photographer came out and took head shots for these amazing artists and gave them pointers on how to improve the look of their pieces for their portfolios. What a great day! We ate a little, we danced a little, and we were merry! Check out the pics below. And special thanks to Kia Chenelle for the pictures, workshops, and time. Check her out on twitter @MsChenelle.  Yashua checking out the portfolios.  Shola going over how the Scholars can use Carbonmade to make on-line portfolios.  Group picture!  Scholars’ work.  Yashua putting up work to be photographed. Making art.  Scholars’ work. Kia our awesome photographer.

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2011 Parsons Scholars Graduation

2011 Parsons Scholars Graduation Congratulations to all the scholars for 2011. Y’all did great and it was a great night to see everybody gathered up together and commemorate all your wonderful achievements. From the wonderful talk from guest speaker Jeff Ng of Staple Design, to the speeches from the great coordinators; Nadia & Ananda, to the wonderful recollection of memories of the scholars, a wonderful evening. Thanks again to Anne Gaines and the rest of the faculty who helped put such a wonderful ceremony together. Wishing all the Scholars a good first year in their respective colleges.

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Storm King field trip!

At the end of the Spring semester, the entire Parsons Scholars program took a day trip upstate to the breathtaking Storm King Art Center. Although the May sky threatened us with a Spring shower, it held out for a great day of exploring this impressive collection of large-scale sculptures in an inspiring setting. A day to remember!

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Parsons Scholars in Paris!

This just in: a recent snapshot of the lovely group of Parsons Scholars & Alumni who received a full scholarship to attend the Parsons Summer Intensive program in Paris. From left to right: Thi Wan (college junior), Elizabeth Peralta (h.s. senior), Sasha Smith (college freshman), JinMei Liu (college graduate, class of 2011) , Genesis Peña (college sophomore) and Nelson DeJesus (college freshman). Keep making us proud, and continue your educational adventures both inside and out of the classroom!

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Parsons Festival this Saturday: Join Us!!!

Please join us for the opening of the first annual exhibition that displays the growth, achievements and bright futures of all of our scholars. We are proud to include the work of each student in the Parsons festival, which is a new annual series of art and design events which provide opportunities for the entire campus community and the general public to experience the high quality and diversity of work created at Parsons and to preview the next generation of leaders across a broad range of disciplines. The Scholars Exhibit will be: May 7th and May 8th Opening reception: Saturday May 7th, 20115:30-7:30pm2 West 13th Street,11th floor Also:Presentation of the Senior Project (Our seniors will be presenting their design proposals […]

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“The Kitchen”

April 16th, 2011 At “The Kitchen” in Chelsea scholars met the artist, Kenya (Robinson), featured in the gallery. She spoke of her featured work, Kenya Eats A Cracker. On this rainy day, the scholars walked from The New School to the gallery. Robinson’s work raised many questions for the scholars about race and how it relates to her work. Kenya talks about her process in installing her performance piece. Performance Installation piece: Kenya Eats a Cracker by Kenya Robinson

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Richard Pean: Talenthouse movie poster winner!

Our very own Richard Pean (Undergrad Mentor and Scholar alum) recently won a Movie Poster Design Competition on Talenthouse, which is a platform that provides opportunities for creatives to “participate in unique projects with artists and brands, collaborate, gain recognition and compensation.” For his winning poster design, Richard will attend the film premiere in London or LA (travel and accommodation provided!) and work closely with the production team to create the official film poster. Big congrats to Richard!!! *Scholars, Mentors & Alumni, keep the great news coming! We’re happy to share everyone’s success..

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Chris Soria Visits Scholars!

On Saturday April 16, artist Chris Soria met with Senior Scholars to share his work and to discuss his process with students. Students were impressed at the wide range of work Chris does: including collaborative large-scale murals, illustration,photo collage, pumpkin carving and more! It was great to meet an example of someone who finds a way to divide his time between a wide range of interests– all while making a living doing (many) things he loves.Above, Chris motivates Brihanna and Grace to do a physical brainstorm.The Scholars enjoyed learning new brainstorming and mind mapping strategies while learning about his work.

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Preparing for the Parsons Festival

We’ve been working hard at preparing the upcoming program-wide exhibition in the new annual Parsons Festival which will highlight the progress and achievements of participants in the Parsons Scholars program. Join us on May 7th at 5:30 for our opening in 2 West 13th st. More info soon.. Below, a sneak peek at preparations with coordinator Ananda Cavalli and scholars Kumlyun (Katie) Son and Nelson De Jesus. Looks promising! For a full list of Parsons-wide events, see the Festival calendar.

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Visit to Stony Brook University

On Tuesday April 26th, Mei Yue Luo and her coordinator Nadia enjoyed the last day of Spring Break by taking a tour of SUNY Stony Brook University (where Mei has been accepted!) in Long Island. It was a beautiful day, and Mei received a lot of information to help her make an informed decision of where she’ll be attending next year. Since most colleges require students to respond to their letters of acceptance with a reply by May 1, this is a week full of balancing options, comparing financial aid packages and evaluating program quality– one last time. Good luck to all of our seniors with their (well-informed) decisions!

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Artist: Tanya Linn Albrigtsen-Frable (Mensen)

Mensen joined Scholars April 2nd to present her work and create a comic with the us. It was an awesome experience and we all learned a lot – from Feminism to using art to make political statements. Mensen also gave the Scholars the task of creating a comic – together! Each Scholar drew a panel and then passed it around and the process continued. It was great to complete these comics and decipher what each Scholar was trying to express in their panel. After the presentation the students ended their day with the Union Sq pillow fight. It was a perfect ending to a great day!

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Braiding Workshop!!!

It’s an understatement to say that our seniors have been working hard all year– balancing college applications, maintaining good grades in school, and attending our Saturday program and monthly meetings, among other extra-curricular activities.But, believe it or not, we’ve managed to have fun along theway.. We just haven’t had time to post the pics! Here are a few photos from one afternoon in November when our girls spontaneously created a braiding “workshop”, which turned out to be a great (much-needed) stress reliever! Looking good, ladies!

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