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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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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