Parsons Scholars Blog

Global Kids Annual Youth Conference on Children’s Rights

On Friday, April 9, 2010 Parsons Scholar Jessy Jo Gomez (below, center) was one of three student leaders to emcee the Global Kids’ 21st Annual Youth Conference, entitled “Got To Have My Rights”. The youth-organized event brought together over 500 diverse youth from over 50 high schools across NYC to…

First work day at Brookdale hospital!

Jaime’s illustration class has been given the great opportunity to create several murals for the Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, NY.Our first steps took place in Parsons where the class created their sketches and later painted them. (Look for the images under the “Brookdale hospital mural project” link).After visiting the hospital…

Pulse Contemporary Art Fair

On Sunday, March 7th, Parsons Scholars enthusiastically joined artists, art dealers, and collectors from all over the world at the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair. After meeting at Parsons, the Scholars, Ananda, and Joelle ventured downtown to West Houston to spend a couple hours exploring a multitude of exhibitions at the…

Saturday Academy Classes

Each Saturday morning, Parsons Scholars join students from the greater NYC area for art and design classes in their areas of interest as students in the Pre-College Academy program. Here, students work on this week’s task in their Graphic Design class taught by graphic designer/artist/Parsons adjunct professor Steven Kennedy. This…

Mural(S) project at Brookdale Hospital!

The Sr. Illustration students in Jaime Arredondo’s class on their way to Brookdale Hospital. FYI: VERY long trip. Preparing for our tour of the hallways we’ll be working on. Measuring out one of the SEVERAL walls we’ll try to have done for the pediatric center at Brookdale Hospital.

Getting ready for SAT Prep

On Saturday Febrary 27, after their morning art/design class, Parsons Scholars Juniors prepared for their upcoming 8-week SAT prep course with a diagnostic test.The course will be given by A-List, which was founded in 2005 by Ivy League graduates who believe in establishing a unique brand of teaching through dynamic…

College Visit: Fashion Institute of Technology

On Wed. February 17, Ananda and Nadia took Junior Scholars on a college visit to F.I.T. in Manhattan. The day began with an information session, continued with a self-guided tour of on-campus resources, and concluded with a tour of on-campus housing. Two main observations made by students: 1. F.I.T. offers…

Fashion Workshops

With the help of Timo Rissanen of the Fashion faculty at Parsons, Parsons Pre-College scholars work together to re-design damaged children’s wear for the purpose of donating the clothing to the Family Justice Center in Brooklyn! For more info, take a look at the Fashion Department’s blog.

Financial aid workshop for scholars+parents

On Saturday February 20th, Alison Palmer of New Settlement conducted a Financial Aid workshop for Junior Scholars and their parents outlining the specifics of what they should understand and expect before and after filling out the FAFSA. Scholars, all the information is in the folder. Save the black folder! Students…

Trapped in an Elevator!

Ananda, Mentors Joelle and Max, financial aid workshop leader Alison, Sasha and her mom were stuck in an elevator at 6 E. 16th St. following Saturday’s workshop! They were finally rescued, safe and sound after 45 minutes by maintenance. Let’s just think of it as a bonding experience!

College Application Workshop

This Saturday, February 13th, Ananda and Nadia’s scholars met their new mentors and participated in a fun and informative college application workshop. We looked at many helpful resources for learning about and applying to college. We also played a great, noisy game matching college keywords and their definitions. Let’s hope…

The MOMA: Tim Burton

On January 3oth Nadia’s scholars along with some of Ananda’s new scholars, went to see the Tim Burton exhibition at the MOMA. It was packed but the students were able to see the life’s work of such a prolific and awesome artist. Not only did students get to see the…

Senior Project Preview!

This weekend Jaime Arredondo and Jessica Cannon met with Josh Fifer from Helping Is Easy at Brookdale Hospital’s Pediatric Unit. We had a great time touring the space and learning about the need for various art and design projects to transform hospital spaces that are used by young patients and…

Purchase Visit with Guillermo

On January 27th Guillermo Restrepo and Jessica Cannon took a field trip to tour the Fine Arts Department at Purchase College in White Plains, NY. Guillermo was really excited about Purchase from the fine arts facilities to the suburban campus a short train ride from the city. Purchase also has…

Scholars Reunion 2009!

Nick is going to INDIA!!!

Parsons Scholar Alum Nick Savvides is going to India with his Architecture program at Cornell! We are so proud of you, Nick! Note from Nick (Portfolio Prep Scholar, class of 2009) below: Namaste (hello) Everybody! We raised enough money to pay for our trip to India. I want to thank…

Fall 09 Open Studios! And Pizza Party!

Understanding the College Application process

On Saturday, December 12 the junior scholars had a workshop given by their coordinator, Nadia Williams, to begin to demystify the many elements of the college application process. Learning about this process a year in advance will give the Scholars the insight necessary to stay focused and organized when they…

Gowanus Studio Space Visit with Stacy Seiler

On Saturday, November 21st, artist Stacy Seiler shared her workspace at the Gowanus Studio Space with the junior Scholars. The Gowanus Studio offers space, equipment and much-needed support to emerging designers, artists and craftspeople with hopes of generating collaboration between these areas. The Studio houses a large industrial arts workshop…

Animation Workshop

On Saturday Dec.5th, Junior Scholars were treated to an Animation workshop with professional Animators Nina Frenkel and Ru Kuwahata. We were very lucky to have such talented artists explain this exciting field to us with an engaging and inspiring presentation/workshop! The workshop began with an overview of what Animation is…

Scholars Holiday Party!

Don’t miss joining us on Monday, December 21, for a reunion and party for all scholars, friends and family. Theresa Lang Student Center55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor6 – 8pmMonday, December 21, 2009 See you there!

2009 Teen Arts Program

Celebrating Youth Art in Brooklyn! This Saturday, December 512pm – 4pmClover Art Gallery & Cafe338 Atlantic AvenueBrooklyn, NY 11201 Scholar Sundiata Guerra’s work will be on display, so stop by if you are able.

National Portfolio Day

On Saturday, November 14th, Parsons Scholars attended National Portfolio Day– hosted by Pratt this year. This event is an opportunity for students interested in pursuing an education in the visual arts and design to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design….

Working Hard to Make it to India!

Nick Savvides, Parsons Scholar Alum (class of 2009 from Long Island City HS, Queens) is now studying Architecture as a freshman at Cornell. Nick has had a great experience so far, and can already see how his studies relate directly to making an impact on his community back in NYC.He…

Shooting Portfolios!

This Saturday, all the Senior scholars gathered to learn how to properly shoot digital photos of their work for their college application portfolios. Jes and Ananda walked through the process with each student. The work is looking really amazing!

Pratt College Tour!

On Election Day, our group of Parsons Scholars (and friends) made a trip to Pratt’s Brooklyn campus for a college tour. Waiting for the G train……. On our tour, in front of the Pratt Library In the historical Steam Engine room A beautiful group on a beautiful day in Brooklyn!

Visit the AIANY exhibit New York Now to celebrate Veronica’s project!

Veronica Acebedo’s (Parsons Scholar ’09) project is prominently displayed in the West 4th Street subway station for the month of October as part of AIA New York’s New York Now exhibition. For more information: New York Now

Teen Design Fair w/ Keynote Speaker Tim Gunn

School of Visual Arts Open House

On Saturday October 17, the Parsons Pre-College Scholars walked to SVA for an open house.Here we are waiting in the lobby… Our tour guide then led a group of us to the cartooning and illustration department a couple blocks away.Lots of great student work displayed in the hallway. Inside the…

SVA Open House

On Oct. 17, Pre-College Scholars visited School of Visual Arts for a tour of some of their departments and facilities.