Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Visit the AIANY exhibit New York Now to celebrate Veronica's project!

Veronica Acebedo's (Parsons Scholar '09) project is prominently displayed in the West 4th Street subway station for the month of October as part of AIA New York's New York Now exhibition.

For more information: New York Now

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Teen Design Fair w/ Keynote Speaker Tim Gunn

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!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Fabrica Social, Nadia's Lecture 10/10/09

On Saturday, October 10, the coordinator of the 2011 Scholars, Nadia Williams, gave a presentation to her group on the non-profit organization, Fabrica Social, which she co-found. The Mexican nonprofit organization aims to empower groups of indigenous female artisans and thus improve their quality of life by providing them with sustainable design skills that complement their traditional artisan techniques. The goal is to preserve the traditional techniques while creating new designs, allowing the artisans to create a living independently.

Nadia speaks to the group and Rosalina tries on a bracelet.

Deana checks out the pattern!

Aaminah (above) and Brihanna check out the great colors on the textiles.

Jessy-Jo and Mei check out the samples while undergraduate Mentor, Luis, takes a close up look (below)!

Thanks Nadia!

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 Rebecca
For Dean's Class: Nicole and Dytique
For 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 gesso as well as containers and palette knives. Go ahead and scoop out as much as you need; that way there's always paint here for you. If your teacher requires additional specific colors, please email Tanya at as soon as you know so she can have them ready for you!

Hope classes are going wonderfully!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Whole Crew!

This is a photomerge of all of the Parsons Scholars, Undergraduate Mentors and Coordinators for Fall 09!

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' while his peers ran around gathering grass and following the list. Sundiata won some organization tools and everyone had a good time, a great laugh and learned a lot. To close the event scholars organized their week(s) and month(s) at a glance on a calendar, and realized just how little free time they have and how valuable it is! This was a great first step towards college applications for our seniors!
Shanai and Cherry-Ann fill in their calendars.

Faculty and Scholar Coordinator, Stacy Seiler, introduces the first activity.

Aaminah and Brihanna organize their Skittles!
Sundiata wins by reading through his 'to do' list before getting started.

Paul and Nelson also made good choices. They didn't read through the entire list before starting but they stayed back and sought out other indoor tasks rather than racing outside and back in again.

Dytique gives faculty and scholar coordinator Jessica Cannon a portrait he did of her.

Faculty and Scholar Coordinator Nadia Williams looks on and laughs as the scholars race to pick up the task lists off of the table in the Student Design Center.
After the first activity, students settle in to get organized!

Alexa and Alex enjoy a slice of pizza. It was a great first day of fall Academy!