Artist: Hank Willis Thomas

Yashua and Shola’s Scholars welcomed Hank Willis Thomas to their Saturday Program March 5th. Laniqua Sprull said, “While viewing the artitst’s work many of us took on the analyzation that his work was based on racism. Listening to the feedback of the work made us finally understand the purpose of finally telling what the titles actually meant.” Leonard Cintron said, “Hank Willis Thomas let the viewers know that just about anything can be racist and most things in the present have something to do with the past.” Other Scholars commented on Hank Willis Thomas’ work. Roxana Sana said, “I liked the way the same person is looked upon differently depending on what they wore.” Raquel Castillo said, “The way you […]

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Forbes Galleries Visit!

Shola’s group of Scholars participated in a mini scavenger hunt during their visit to Forbes Galleries February 26th. They were broken up into groups and asked to work together. Not only did they learn about Forbes Galleries being a home to Forbes Magazine but they learned about the various exhibits and artists there. Juan Peña Parsons Scholars 2011 said “Forbes Galleries has great paintings, jewelry, and drawings. I had a good time with my classmates searching for stuff in the galleries.”

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Community Identity Presentations

On March 18th, after all the hard work produced by the Senior Scholars, teams visited the District Three schools they’re collaborating with to create a Brand Identity that suits their current needs. Scholars and Undergraduate Mentors presented our design proposals for logos to students, faculty, parents and administration and asked for feedback in order to continue the design process during the culminating senior project Community Identity class. Jessica and Christina visit the Bloomingdale School. Francisco,Devon, Paul, Cherry, and Jazmyn present at STEM. Mei, E-Vadnie, and Peter present to teachers and parents at the Museum Magnet School. Jeemin leads Sasha, Nohemi, and Brihanna in their presentation. Saradyn and Nelson spend some time with students during their visit. Joelle, Rosalina, and Deana […]

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Artist: Jeff Sims

Jeff Sims presented his work to the Parsons Scholars February 19th!     The scholars were engaged and asked plenty of questions that Jeff was more than happy to answer.   Jeff shared with us, how he got into art and what influences or inspires his work.  “Well after Jeff Sims’ presentation, I was more excited to be in a painting class. I feel that he is different from most artists/painters. I say this because he does a background check on his ideas; geographic subjects are researched then recreated.” Mary, Parsons Scholar Class 2013   Thanks Jeff!

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Whitney Museum

*This post was written by New Sophomore Scholar Amy G., Class of 2013* New Scholars Adventures On February 12th, Shola’s group of Scholars went on a trip to the Whitney Museum of American Art, located at 945 Madison Avenue. The Whitney is a museum consisting of American art of the early 1900s to the present. Unlike typical skyscrapers in Manhattan that get thinner towards the top, the building’s designer made the building so that it looks like it defies gravity. The top of the building seems much larger than the ground floor.  The building’s architecture is only a sneak peak of the other artwork inside. Most of the artwork inside is very abstract, having you stand directly in front of the […]

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Create Your Own: SHIRT

The Senior Scholars have felt the commitment of marriage – wedded to the Senior Project and bound to create within the limitations of the project. Their coordinators, Nadia and Ananda, created a workshop that allowed seniors to release their creativity outside of class, allowing their imagination to run wild by creating their own shirts. Either fighting to see who gets which colored shirt or struggling with themselves on what to create, the joyful moment was captured on camera.

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Senior Project

We’ve recently passed the third week into the Senior Project and for those of you not involved, here’s an update! On February 5th, the Seniors were introduced to a Collaboration Project with the Department of Education. The project entitles the seniors along with their instructor, Gigi Polo, to assist the Department of Education in creating a Brand Identity a few schools in for District Three. Our scholars will be supporting six schools through a transitional period in order to help them re-define their school identities through the creation of logos, mascots, and color schemes which will be designed into brochures, websites, etc. Their designs will help create a more inspiring atmosphere to match these schools’ exciting new changes. The Seniors […]

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Congrats Paris Winners!!

On Saturday of February 19th, the last of our Paris Winners were announced! The week before the nineteenth three Senior Scholars were chosen for the lucky opportunity to goto Parsons in Paris!

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New Scholar Awards!

Three of our wonderful senior scholars, Camille Labarre, Sasha Smith and Katie (Kumlyun) Son have been honored this week with some great awards! Camille had her portfolio featured as Shown’d Artist of the Week!Congrats, Camille!Check out her work here. Sasha is the recipient of a regional Gold Key Scholastic Art and Writing Award! Her photography was chosen by a panel of professional artists as some of the best in the city! Katie also received a regional Scholastic Gold Key in the category of painting! Wow! Congratulations, guys! Be sure to congratulate them, and all scholars, don’t forget to let us know when you do something cool!

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Super Sabado!

On Saturday February 19th, the senior Scholars braved the cold to join in the festivities uptown at El Museo del Barrio. Dedicated to Latino art, El Museo hosts a monthly event, Super Sabado, which celebrated the upcoming carnaval with concerts and workshops, free to the public. After contemplating the meaning behind the artwork of conceptual Uruguayan artist Luis Camnitzer, our scholars enjoyed musical performances that celebrated the African roots of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Haitian culture through dance and percussion. What a great day of group bonding and unwinding from senior stress!

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First Day Back

We kicked off the new semester of the Academy with so many exciting things! New sophomore Scholars, the last semester for senior Scholars, a new senior project, and the winners of the big trip to Paris! Looks like its going to be a great spring! Above, Associate Dean Anne Gaines (left) announces the recipients of the scholarship to attend a month-long intensive program in Paris this summer: junior Elizabeth Peralta (not shown) and seniors Sasha Smith (middle) and Nelson DeJesus (middle right). Welcome to our new sophomore scholars and new coordinators Yashua Klos and Shola (Olubusola) Ajayi! We’re happy to have a full house!

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National Portfolio Day

Scholars headed up to Lehman College in the Bronx for National Portfolio Day on Saturday November 20, spending the day visiting representatives from the colleges they’re interested in. The seniors received great feedback from Admissions reps, allowing them to improve their portfolios before submitting officially over the next few months. Luis and Yelaine freezing in the name of our scholars! Ymani and Jessy Jo posing at Lehman

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Gearing up for National Portfolio Day!

After Saturday morning’s class, Seniors in the Parsons Scholars program gathered all of their artwork to review in groups with their Coordinator, College Mentors and peers. Each student gained important feedback regarding what and how to present during a portfolio review at the upcoming National Portfolio Day. The verdict is in: our Scholars are ready!!! Good luck everyone!

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SVA Tour

On Election Day, Parsons Scholar Seniors toured the School of Visual Arts’ facilities. Students learned about SVA programs and application requirements and were able to speak to current undergrad students about their experiences. All very important information to bring the application process to life!

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Cooper Hewitt Teen Design Fair

On October 12th, the scholars attended the Cooper Hewitt Teen Design Fair, which gives high schools students the opportunity to meet and speak with professional artists and designers from around the world. This year was extra special… not only were there more artists than ever before but they catered the event and treated the students to every kind of yummy food you could imagine… oh ya and of course Tim Gunn was the key note speaker!

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College Essay Workshop 2

The Scholars continued with part 2 of the College Essay Workshop conducted by Jesse Day on Saturday October 23. The class critiqued sample essays to hone their constructive feedback skills. Scholars worked in groups sharing their individual personal statements led by mentors and coordinators. Students used constructive feedback to improve each others personal college essays utilizing their terms and techniques discussed during the workshop.

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College Application Organizer

Seniors worked in groups to research the application processes of given Universities and colleges. Seniors researched deadlines, supplemental requirements, essays topics and portfolio requirements from schools such as Parsons, Pratt, F.I.T., and so on before presenting to the entire group.

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College Essay Workshop 1

The first of a two week workshop for Seniors on effective college essay writing. Conducted by Jesse Day, a Parsons faculty for The Writing Center and Critical Reading & Writing class, the workshop focused on captivating the reader with interesting introduction sentences, HOOKs, and analyzing different strategies in writing personal college essays. Current Parsons Undergrads guide the Scholars as College Mentors in small discussion groups.

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Save The Date!

2010 Parsons Scholars Graduation Wednesday, 8.4.2010 Theresa Lang Student Center 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor See you there!

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Open studios

First thing visitors saw when they came into the room during open studio…The next room had the sketches done by the students and a wall with photos which documented each student’s progress.

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Back to Brookdale!

Returning to Brookdale hospital this past Saturday, the class sketched their new concepts onto their walls and some even began to paint them! More patients and parents stood in the hallway and watched as everyone worked on their walls. One particular parent stopped by each mural and said “You guys are gooood”.

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Brookdale changes

After reviewing the work/sketches done for the walls at Brookdale, some issues arose but the class was able to “go back to the drawing board” to create original and unique illustrations. We spent a day back at Parsons and turned out some new and even better resolutions for our concepts. Towards the end of class, we critiqued each others work.

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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 learn about and take action on children’s rights. The event included several exciting guest speakers including actress and activist Rosario Dawson and over 30 workshops developed and facilitated by participating students around topics such as Access to Education, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Labor, Child Soldiers, Human Trafficking, Impact of War on Children, Juvenile Justice, Sexual Exploitation of Children, Standard of Living, and more. At the event, participating youth also […]

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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 for the first time and returning this past weekend, we had a better sense of how much work was to be placed onto the murals. Most importantly, we realized how much this meant for the patients who watched the whole day as the students sketched their concepts onto the walls. The waiting room section of the project (below) Andrea working on the first wall families will see when they enter […]

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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 annual fair. The Scholars had a great opportunity to see not just new and fascinating art and artists and gain inspiration, but to observe firsthand the way the fine arts world works.

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