Monday, December 21, 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 everyone for the support! I will be flying on December 31st!
I will love to share my experience with everyone when I get back!

(Thank You),

For more info on Nick's quest to go to India with his program at Cornell, see our previous post here.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

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 process while discussing corrections.

Everyone had fun collaborating , and all were eager to learn more about this elaborate process. Congratulations to group #3 (Deana, Saradyn, Nelson and Mei) for creating the most effective application process!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

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 in awe of Stacy's persistence in creating such an impressive body of work!

We were also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak with Ian, who attended undergrad with Stacy at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Ian spoke about his experience as a Creative Director and showed us samples of the work he creates for clients, demonstrating to the Scholars yet another way in which they can build a career with their creative abilities.

Located in the historically industrial neighborhood along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, The Gowanus Studio Space aims to establish an arts resource for the surrounding community.

For more information on Stacy's work, visit her site at