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 week’s assignment: Teams of 2 students had 2 hours to design & produce a 3-dimensional object, to be presented with a design statement. Each team was given 15 pieces of 6×10″ card stock and a penalty was issued for for not using all 15 pieces. Above, Christina and Grace demonstrate the rewarding outcome of teamwork. Here, Teaching Assistant and Undergrad Mentor Angela talks scholars Rosalina and Deana through their design […]

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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.

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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 educational services. A-List works closely with local community organizations and nationally recognized nonprofit organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Graham-Windham, the Harlem Children’s Zone and Year Up. They have also worked with students from all over the North Eastern United States and also from as far afield as London, Paris, and Hong Kong. We look forward to an exciting and productive semester with great results!

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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 several majors other than Fashion Design 2. It offers direct-entry programs, demanding students to choose areas of interest before applying. The students proved their dedication to their college research by waking up early during their chilly Winter Break to attend this Info Session!

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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.

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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 and parents took the opportunity to ask the invited expert their questions, and experienced parents and Undergraduate Mentors shared their insight with the group. With a great parent turn-out, the workshop was a success, signalling a strong start to the juniors’ college application process. Big thank you to Allison for getting this ball rolling!

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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!

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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 scholars remember what they learned!

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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 art that Burton was making in high school but they also got to see his black light art, clay sculptures, videos, props from his movies, hundreds of drawings and much much more!

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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 their families. Under the guidance of faculty and experienced mural artist Jaime Arredondo, senior scholars will work to create a series of collaborative pieces for the young patients at Brookdale. More info will follow at Senior Pizza Night, this Wednesday, 2.4 at 5pm in Room 600 of 66 5th Ave. Until then, here are some images to preview the site:

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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 an internationally recognized museum on campus (The Neuberger), and a large collection of student work installed at the school. Fun fact: There is an historic graveyard in the middle of campus!

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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 everyone for the support! I will be flying on December 31st! I will love to share my experience with everyone when I get back! Dhanyavaad!!! (Thank You), Nick. For more info on Nick’s quest to go to India with his program at Cornell, see our previous post here.

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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 are seniors.Above, Scholars discuss the many elements they think make-up the application process while TA’s Yelaine Rodriguez and Luis Baez try to keep-up with their many ideas. After the group brainstorm, Scholars worked in small groups to place these steps in order to the best of their knowledge. Above, group #1 thinks they have it down… Once finished, each group’s order was reviewed by all, clarifying confusing elements of the […]

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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 as well as private studio and exhibition space. Above, Stacy explains her meticulous work process from her personal content research to her tedious techniques. Students were given the chance to ask the artist about technique specifics and her source of inspiration. The scholars all know Stacy as an Academy instructor and Scholars Coordinator, so this was a great opportunity to learn more about her work as an artist. Everyone was […]

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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 and its history: Here, Ru explains her work process with the company she co-founded, Tiny Inventions. Ru shared some of the characters and objects she crafts by hand, and showed us how she and her partner Max (shown below) bring these objects to life through Animation. And finally, Nina walked students through an introductory exercise on Adobe Flash, giving them a chance to apply a what they learned today!The scholars […]

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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!

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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.

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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. Representatives from each school are available to review students’ artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art. Students gain invaluable input from college reps regarding the portfolio portion of their college applications. Senior scholars in attendance will build on feedback from their particular schools of interest before officially submitting their portfolios, while junior scholars are given the opportunity to have their work reviewed a year in […]

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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 now has the opportunity to travel to India over Winter break, which will be an invaluable addition to his college experience. If you know of anyone interested in supporting Nick and his classmates with a contribution, see below for more info on Nick’s fundraising efforts through his school’s organization for students of color. .. and spread the word! In Nick’s words: “”This Winter, I will be traveling with MOAPP, the […]

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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!

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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!

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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 studio space reserved for “exceptional” students.In the end, it was a great and informative day at SVA!

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Supplies for Classes for Jes’ and Ananda’s Groups

So, a few things. 1. For each Portfolio Prep class, you will need to fix your work with spray fixative. So everyone doesn’t have to lug a can around, there are two Scholars in each class who will hold onto the can and make it available for you to use. Before you leave school everyday, you should find one of these folks and spray down your work so it doesn’t get all smudged! For Charlotte’s Class: Bijay and RebeccaFor Dean’s Class: Nicole and DytiqueFor Ken’s Class: Earlene and 2. Some classes will be using black and white acrylic and gesso. In the office, in the room Tanya’s usually in, there will be a box with black and white acrylic and […]

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