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Documenting Portfolio Work

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….

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…

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!

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…

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…

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.

Ananda’s Application Workshop

Anada’s group and mentors got the an awesome application workshop rolling with an exciting matching game. In the end, we all won! 🙂

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…

Save The Date!

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

Painting Process at the Hospital

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.

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…

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….

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…