Portfolio Day 8 (2017) Meeting

All parents of those preparing for PD8 in 2017 and all students who will be participating are asked to join us for a meeting on Wednesday December 14 at 7pm.

We will cover all aspects of preparing for a successful experience, and implications for post-secondary opportunities and scholarships. We will also discuss a fabulous new opportunity for ESA students we are developing in New York in July.

Parents and students who will be part of PD9 are certainly also encouraged to attend.

Questions? Contact me at [email protected]

Thank you!

New Science Lunchtime Tutorials!

ESA Science is pleased to announce and begin the new “Lunchtime Science Tutorials” for Grades 9 and 10. For each grade, the tutorials take place every other week, review the main ideas of recent lessons, have Q&A time, and are assisted by senior science students. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming.

This week, on Thursday, November 3, Mrs. Neag will review Grade 10 “Chemical Names and Reactions. Next week, on Thursday, November 10, Mr. Boody will review Grade 9 “Ecology Terms and Connections”.

 

PD7 on CTV

Hey everyone!

There was some great coverage of PD7 on CTV – click to watch

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this huge success. Thank you grade 12’s for your Herculean efforts, and to all the parents and friends and staff and caretakers who made this possible.

This is a beautiful place!

PD7 update

Thanks so much to everyone who has already signed up to help with the food and beverages for Portfolio Day on Friday.

There are just a few items we’re still missing – check out the sign up page

(http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090848a5ae23a5f49-portfolio) to see where you can help out. Thanks again – your support is very much appreciated!

Reminder of the schedule for parents – we would love your help setting up after school this week and taking down Friday night. Some schools will be set up in the library to speak with you beginning at 6.30.

Everyone else is invited to join us at 7pm to see the show

We have a record number of programs/schools attending – see list below:

1. Queens University, Kingston, ON, Canada
2. The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
3. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Atlanta, USA
4. Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong
5. Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Philadelphia, PA, USA
6. Fanshaw College, London, ON, Canada
7. Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
8. York University – School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
9. McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
10. NSCAD, Halifax, NB, Canada
11. Parsons the New School, New York, NY, USA
12. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada
13. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
14. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
15. Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
16. Rhode Island College of Art and Design, providence, RI, USA
17. OCADU, Toronto, ON, Canada
18. College of Makeup Art and Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
19. Animation Portfolio Workshop, Toronto, ON, Canada
20. Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Toronto, ON, Canada
21. Concordia University, Montreal, PQ, Canada
22. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, TN, USA
23. School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA
24. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, USA
25. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA
26. Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
27. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
28. Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
29. Toronto School of Art, Toronto, ON, Canada
30. Camberwell College of Art, London, UK
31. Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
32. Central Saint Martins, London, UK
33. London College of Communication, London, UK
34. London College of Fashion, London, UK
35. Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK
36. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO, USA
37. Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, USA
38. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, USA
39. Pratt MWP, Utica, NY, USA
40. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA
41. Yukon School of Visual Art, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
42. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, USA
43. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
44. University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, Canada
45. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
46. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA, USA
47. SAIC, Chicago, IL, USA
48. Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, Canada
49. Paris College of Art, Paris, France
50. University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC, Canada
51. Centennial College, Toronto, ON, Canada
52. University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON, Canada
53. Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
54. Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR, USA
55. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
56. George Brown College, Toronto, ON, Canada
57. Waterloo University Knowledge Integration, Waterloo, ON, Canada
58. Waterloo University Global Business and Digital Arts Program, Waterloo, ON, Canada
59. Waterloo University, Architecture, Waterloo, ON, Canada
60. Guelph University, Guelph, ON, Canada
61. School of Creative Arts University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada
62. Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada
63. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
64. Mount Alison University, Sackville, NB, Canada

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Parents of PD7 Participants

So excited for next Friday!

Just wanted to remind folks that some of the 62 schools and programs will be setting up at 6.30 in the library to speak with you, the parents, about their programs.

The public is invited to join us at 7pm. Invitation below:

Invite to PD7 to be shared

PD7 – Everyone Invited

You are invited to attend our 7th Annual International Portfolio Day.

Parents who wish to speak with representatives are invited at 6.30 to the library where some of the attending schools will have tables set up and will be happy to answer questions.

Everyone else is invited to join us at 7pm in the many rooms and halls to experience the work the grade 12’s have made.

Facebook Invite Here

All are welcome. Spread the word!

Matthew Varey

Schools and programs attending PD7:

1. Queens University, Kingston, ON, Canada
2. The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
3. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Atlanta, USA
4. Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong
5. Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Philadelphia, PA, USA
6. Fanshaw College, London, ON, Canada
7. Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
8. York University – School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
9. McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
10. NSCAD, Halifax, NB, Canada
11. Parsons the New School, New York, NY, USA
12. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada
13. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
14. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
15. Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
16. Rhode Island College of Art and Design, providence, RI, USA
17. OCADU, Toronto, ON, Canada
18. College of Makeup Art and Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
19. Animation Portfolio Workshop, Toronto, ON, Canada
20. Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Toronto, ON, Canada
21. Concordia University, Montreal, PQ, Canada
22. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, TN, USA
23. School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA
24. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, USA
25. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA
26. Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
27. University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON, Canada
28. Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
29. Toronto School of Art, Toronto, ON, Canada
30. Camberwell College of Art, London, UK
31. Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
32. Central Saint Martins, London, UK
33. London College of Communication, London, UK
34. London College of Fashion, London, UK
35. Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK
36. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO, USA
37. Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, USA
38. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, USA
39. Pratt MWP, Utica, NY, USA
40. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA
41. Yukon School of Visual Art, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
42. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, USA
43. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
44. University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, Canada
45. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
46. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA, USA
47. SAIC, Chicago, IL, USA
48. Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, Canada
49. Paris College of Art, Paris, France
50. University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC, Canada
51. Centennial College, Toronto, ON, Canada
52. University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON, Canada
53. Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
54. Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR, USA
55. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
56. George Brown College, Toronto, ON, Canada
57. Waterloo University Knowledge Integration, Waterloo, ON, Canada
58. Waterloo University Global Business and Digital Arts Program, Waterloo, ON, Canada
59. Guelph University, Guelph, ON, Canada
60. School of Creative Arts University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada
61. Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada
62. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Portfolio Day 7 Food Assist Sign Up

Hello to everyone with kids in PD7

One of our super amazing parents, Andrea McBride, has been looking after the organisation of food and drink for the previous few portfolio days and she has been expertly fine tuning the process.

This year she has created a hugely practical process for those who would be willing to help with food for the day. Andrea has created the sign up below which allows her to track what is arriving. Please CLICK http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090848a5ae23a5f49-portfolio to see what we are asking for on the day.

We are super lucky to have such amazing support from all of the 110 or so representatives that are coming in from around the world to speak to our kids that day, and want to make sure they have a fantastic time and are very well cared for here at ESA. Many schools are of course spending thousands of dollars to send their staff to our school (some schools send multiple representatives), and we want to make sure they realise how thankful we are.

We will begin installing today in places, and in more places throughout the week. Next week is when the bulk of the work will take place. If you missed our meeting a few weeks ago, it would be good to catch up as the type and amount of work required to be successful in the coming months is certainly outside of what most people anticipate. There is a specific process for scholarships and acceptances that begin with portfolio day, and skipping or missing steps will cost us in the end.

Please make sure to join us on Friday October 28 from 7-9.30pm for PD7 and stay to help us clean up after if you can. Everyone is welcome – please invite all those you think would like to come. FB invite: CLICK HERE

Also – Art Talk 8: CLICK HERE

Thank you!!!

Matthew Varey
[email protected]

The following programs have said they are attending PD7:

1. Queens University, Kingston, ON, Canada
2. The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
3. Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Atlanta, USA
4. Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong
5. Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Philadelphia, PA, USA
6. Fanshaw College, London, ON, Canada
7. Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
8. York University – School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (Cinema & Media Arts and Computational Arts), Toronto, ON, Canada
9. McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
10. NSCAD, Halifax, NB, Canada
11. Parsons the New School, New York, NY, USA
12. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, Canada
13. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
14. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
15. Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art and Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
16. Rhode Island College of Art and Design, providence, RI, USA
17. OCADU, Toronto, ON, Canada
18. College of Makeup Art and Design, Toronto, ON, Canada
19. Animation Portfolio Workshop, Toronto, ON, Canada
20. Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Toronto, ON, Canada
21. Concordia University, Montreal, PQ, Canada
22. Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, TN, USA
23. School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, USA
24. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, USA
25. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA
26. Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
27. University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON, Canada
28. Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
29. Toronto School of Art, Toronto, ON, Canada
30. Camberwell College of Art, London, UK
31. Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
32. Central Saint Martins, London, UK
33. London College of Communication, London, UK
34. London College of Fashion, London, UK
35. Wimbledon College of Arts, London, UK
36. Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO, USA
37. Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, USA
38. Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, USA
39. Pratt MWP, Utica, NY, USA
40. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, USA
41. Yukon School of Visual Art, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
42. Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA, USA
43. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
44. University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, Canada
45. Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
46. Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA, USA
47. SAIC, Chicago, IL, USA
48. Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, Canada
49. Paris College of Art, Paris, France
50. University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC, Canada
51. Centennial College, Toronto, ON, Canada
52. University of Guelph-Humber, Toronto, ON, Canada
53. Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
54. Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR, USA
55. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
56. George Brown College, Toronto, ON, Canada
57. Waterloo University Knowledge Integration, Waterloo, ON, Canada
58. Waterloo University Global Business and Digital Arts Program, Waterloo, ON, Canada
59. Guelph University, Guelph, ON, Canada
60. School of Creative Arts University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada
61. Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada
62. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Hello families of those participating in PD7!

I am writing to ask a favor of all parents of grade 12 parents of those in PD7 and invite you to a preliminary meeting Tuesday October 4 at 7pm in room 102.

We are about to engage in three very intense and important weeks and we need your help.

On October 28 we will be visited by 60+ post-secondary schools – the most ever! Programs from 6 countries and 3 continents are coming to see the work of 70 of our grade 12’s. Nothing like this happens anywhere else on the planet as far as we know. This is a truly memorable experience and perhaps the single most significant day of high school for participants.

The representatives from all of the attending schools use this opportunity to scout top picks for the 2016-2017 year. As far as we can figure, ESA students are offered more top scholarship offers than any other group of students on the planet – in large part because of Portfolio Day.

Many of the schools are spending thousands of dollars to fly representatives to Toronto just to meet your kids. The benefit on our end for those applying to these schools is significantly increased scholarship offers and a near perfect acceptance record – almost every one of our kids gets into every program they apply to.

It is vitally important that we make their time with us as enjoyable and rewarding as possible so that they support our kids during the application and scholarship process, and so that they want to come back to ESA next year. The personal relationships made during Portfolio Day are the foundation of vital support when it comes time to decide who gets what scholarship money.

We want to be prepared to prove that we are the top picks on the planet, and help the representatives have a really fantastic day. We can do a better job with your help.

I would like to ask you for three things.

– We are feeding and hydrating and caffeinating 110 representatives and 70 students for ten hours. Donations of special food and drink items would be enormously appreciated by all involved. Anyone who would like to contribute please feel free to drop off whatever you can the afternoon/evening of October 27 or the morning of October 28. We do have several folks with nut allergies so those should be avoided.

– We can really use your help setting up and taking down. This may be one of the largest art shows on the planet – something in the range of 3000 works – that is set up and seen and taken down in two days. We also need a builder at this point able to help us with several fixtures. Most of the install happens after school on October 26, and between noon and 10pm on Thursday October 27th. Take down begins at 9.30pm on Friday October28th and takes 1.5 hours. We endeavour to have every aspect of PD removed by the time we leave ready for the photographer to arrive Monday morning to document all the work.

– Advertising – one of the most exciting moments of Portfolio Day is at 7pm when the public is invited to join us for a look at what we have been up to. We have something in the neighbourhood of 1200 people attend that night. If you could please invite as many interested friends and family members as possible, it would greatly contribute to our experience. Anyone with press or media contacts is invited to make special invitations as we would appreciate the publicity. In the past we have had coverage by CBC news and the Toronto Star, etc. More of the same helps increase our reach for potential future applicants to the program.

Thank you all very much!
Matthew Varey

Grade 9 Parent’s Night: Presentations

Thank you to everyone who came out to Grade 9 Parent’s Night on Thursday evening.

In case you missed it, please find links to the various presentations posted here:

 

Grade 9: Movin’ On Up

What a day!  Welcome, again, to all of our incoming Grade 9 students and parents.

It was lovely to meet everyone today.  We’re looking forward to a great school year.

As promised – for your (later) reference – here are links to the presentations shared during each of the student and parent sessions.

  • Parents were provided with copies of both the TDSB Virtual Library Learnmark and the ESA Bookmark during their session.
  • If you didn’t get one, be sure to drop by the Library during Grade 9 Parent’s Night on Thursday September 15th.  Start time 6pm.

Do also be sure to…

Reminder also that the first – joint – SESAT and School Council meeting of the year will take place in the Library beginning promptly at 7pm on Tuesday September 13th.

Links to the Movin’ On Up presentation outlines:

(Use this link to access the ESA Virtual Library…  apologies, the link did not stay live with the changed in format to PDF!)

Parents of 2016/2017 grade 12’s

45% of ESA’s grade 12 students have signed up to participate in Portfolio Day 7 on October 28.

We can not afford to run PD7 with a 35% increase in participants over 2015 and meet our financial responsibilities. The Visual Art Department has paid for 100% of costs incurred in PD1-PD6. We have created a crowd funding campaign so that you are able to easily contribute to this event. If every participating student has $210 donated on their behalf we will be full steam ahead.

If we do not raise the required amount the event will be reconsidered. The Visual Art/Photography Department has grown significantly in the past three years which has increased our total expenditures. As well as more students to support, costs of supplies have jumped due to the dollar dropping and a natural inflation of prices – a triple hit to our budget.

If this does not happen the structure breaks and opportunities for non Visual Art students decrease – which we do not want.

Fundraising information is found here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/esa-portfolio-day-2016#/

Only 6 days remain! Thank you!

Matthew Varey

Art + Portfolio Day News for Everyone Hoping to Participate in PD7

End of Year Exhibition + Sale
Thursday May 26 3.30-8pm. Tax receipts issued for purchases over $50 for 50% of total. Sales split 50/50 with artists. This is our primary fundraiser of the year. There will be more than 1000 things to see and lots of fun and stunning work to enjoy from grades 9-12. Please come – all are welcome – invite your friends and family!
We will have work in the first floor hall ways, the cafeteria, the gym, and rooms 100, 102, 107, 109
https://www.facebook.com/events/1079183958814223/

Portfolio Day 7 – October 28 2016
Schools from three countries have already confirmed to participate in PD7 –the earliest this has ever happened. It appears that our event has found its place on the calendars of post-secondary programs world wide and has become a key point in their recruiting year.

We hare attempting to crowd fund PD7. Our growing and enormous success with Portfolio Day means that PD7 will include all six majors and 43% of all grade 12 ESA students. This is a whole school effort. Jumping from 55 to 71 to 95 participants in three years increases the complexity, cost, and potential of this event. Paying for materials to make work, for display and hanging equipment, for specialised builds to create specific environments, for food for reps and kids, for documenting the work and process, for advertising for the exhibition portion etc all add up. PD6 involved approximately 1400 people including those visiting the show, and PD7 will be much more massive.

The plea for funds is not to help us do better but to manage doing it at all. Portfolio Day is now a twelve month a year commitment in its organizing and managing and funding, and its growth will continue. If we spend the same amount per person as for PD5, we need almost twice our budget for PD7, and of course every year our students raise their own understanding of what is possible. Portfolio Day is not just a school event any longer – this is possibly an historic catalyst in redefining what is to be expected from students and from education.

We are open to any possible funding source. The crowd funding event took considerable time, energy and money to produce and I hope that you will all do everything you can to support our children. Please email the link to contacts, share the link on social media, and encourage people to donate.

We will very soon need to replace our cameras and lenses in photography and so actually hope to raise something closer to $35000 in order to make this happen. Portfolio Day is too large to handle on our budget. For parents of grade 11 students who will be participating in PD7 I am asking that you take this on now and run with it – if every family of a participating student donates or finds donations of $200-$300 we will be successful. Portfolio Days at esa have contributed to scholarship offers in excess of $17000000.00.

All are welcome to join us to see the work in PD7 and visit with representatives from schools from around the world from 6.30-9pm on Friday October 28 2016.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/esa-portfolio-day-2016#/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1013095322107601/

Grier Drummond Solo Exhibition
Thursday May 26 7-10pm. Please come and support Grier in her first solo exhibition at Hashtag Gallery – head down after the vis art show!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1003528579735589/

Art Camp 2016
There are two potential art camps this July staffed by grads and current students.

Week one July 4-8 is for people of any age who are coming to esava for the first time and anyone wondering about the sorts of things we get up to.

Week two July 11-15 is an oil painting specific camp run with some of our best painters – 30 hours of studio time with materials and assistance and the opportunity to attempt multiple paintings with different approaches.

There is still lots of space in both camps – to find our more contact [email protected]

Thank you every one!
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