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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Photos from the Time Management Workshop

Saturday, October 3, was the first day of pre-college classes for fall and all scholars and mentors attended a time management and organization workshop lead by Parsons faculty Stacy Seiler. The first activity of the workshop was a race to finish a task list. The scholars were quite surprised at the end of the activity when they realized the last task on their ‘to do’ list was that they could pass over all of the previous 10 steps (getting a blade of grass, organizing skittles by color, drawing portraits of friends, etc.) and sit down and say finished. Senior Sundiata Guerra read through his entire task list, realized he didn’t need to do any of the activities and stated ‘finished’ […]

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Two Articles about the High Bridge Project!

A great article in Inhabitat about the High Bridge Project done by the Parsons Scholars in Spring 2009. This article has really impressive profiles of the students and their design solutions! The Bronx Times also did a nice writeup. In a continued effort to offer Parsons Scholars hands-on professional experience, the spring 2009 semester brought together the graduating Scholars to embark on their first internship involving an architecture design team effort that hoped would benefit the community and re-invigorate city parkland. With the guidance of faculty member Nick Brinen, the Scholars devoted their regular Saturday class time to visualizing the re-opening of the High Bridge, New York City’s oldest span of the Croton Aqueduct, that connects Manhattan and the Bronx […]

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Photos from Summer SIS

This July, 22 rising seniors in high school took Summer Intensive Studies for college credit. The program ran June 30 – July 24, and the students were in class from 9am to 4pm, Monday – Friday, for four weeks. Upon completion of this course, students had earned four college credits! This course exposes the students to actual college experiences and they all met friends from all of the world in their classes this summer. Yang and Nicole both took Painting and Drawing. Ligardy took an Illustration course. Sundiata at the open studios with his mom. Alexa enjoyed learning from faculty Leah Hayes in the Illustration course. Going to school in summer is fun at Parsons! Roza and her self-portrait! Stephanie […]

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A little bit about us…

Hi Everyone! I am excited to start this blog so that my group of Parsons Scholars can share with you their artistic endeavors. Everyone in my group was specially selected from all around NY to receive a scholarship to Parsons Pre- College Academy because of their excellent portfolios and determination in pursuing art and design. On the blog the scholars will share their art and their experiences at Parsons… Enjoy!

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Nadia Williams, Program Director

Nadia has worked in a wide range of NYC public schools as a teaching artist and holds a certificate in College Access and Success Counseling from the Options Institute. She coordinated 3 cohorts of Parsons Scholars through their high school graduation over a span of 5 years and feels fortunate to continue to work closely with students over a meaningful period of time as Program Director. Nadia is a graduate of the Parsons BFA Fashion Design department who began her career designing for Gap Kids, and freelancing for companies such as Old Navy and Banana Republic. While living in Mexico for 4 years, she developed an independent line of clothes and accessories, began collaborating in workshops which aim to empower […]

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Nicole Pimentel, Youth Advocate

Nicole is a New York City based artist. During her time as an undergraduate at Parsons the New School for Design, she was selected to participate in the BFA Thesis Show at Parsons as well as in the student scholarship competition at the Society of Illustrators. While at Parsons, Nicole worked in the Parsons Scholars Program and the Parsons Pre-College Academy as an Undergraduate Mentor and Teaching Assistant. Specifically, Nicole played a crucial role in the creation of murals for the Pediatric Center at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, NY as a TA in the Parsons Scholars senior capstone class led by artist Jaime Arredondo. After graduating from Parsons in 2010 with a BFA in Illustration, she entered the Art Education […]

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Elizabeth Peralta, Foundation

Elizabeth is a Parsons foundation student who plans on pursuing a degree at Parsons. She enjoys many different forms of art, but is most passionate about creating clothing and plans on becoming a fashion designer. Before starting at Parsons, she participated in Fashion with a Purpose, Harlem Children’s Zone, Photography Club and has taken a class in the History of Costume. Elizabeth has worked on the staff of the Summer Youth Employment Program, has interned for the brand Pantora by Andrea Pitter, and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Parsons Summer Intensive Program in Paris in her junior year due to her exceptional participation as a Scholar. In her words, “I have been exposed to a new group of […]

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Raquel Castillo, Fashion Design

  Raquel is planning to major in Fashion Design and minor in Fashion Communication. She was born in the Dominican Republic but has been living in Brooklyn for the last 11 years.  Raquel attended the Groundswell Portfolio Development courses during her junior year of high school. During her junior year she was able to study Drawing and Painting in the Parsons Paris Summer Intensive Program as a recipient of the Anna Toonk Scholarship. Aside from being a Parsons Scholar alumna, Raquel also works with a nonprofit group of young artists known as Cre8tive Youth*Ink who work together to create murals around NYC. A goal that Raquel has always had is to never compromise her art.  The main reason why Raquel […]

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Tatiana Glover, Foundation

  Tatiana Glover Communication Design, Parsons The New School for Design, Freshman. High School of Fashion Industries, Class of 2015. Tatiana is graduate from the High School of Fashion Industries, and is currently in her freshman year in the BFA program at Parsons The New School. Although she’s graduated high school with certification in Fashion Design, Tatiana’s intends to major in Communication Design during her time at Parsons. Before her arrival, Tatiana engaged in many extracurricular activities after school, being an ambassador for her school’s alumni association raising college scholarships for graduating seniors. As a Parsons Scholar, she engaged in college level classes learning the basics of painting and drawing to printmaking and film. Tatiana’s vivacious personality played a role […]

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