Photography Summer Pre-College Program in New York City

Hi everyone.

This is an exciting moment for us. School of Visual Art in Manhattan – http://www.sva.edu/ – has built an ESA specific, photography-based, Pre-College Program for our students. This is a three week course focused on contemporary photography and artistic practice. Students will receive college credit, work with photo based artists and art gallery staff and the photography staff of SVA towards an exhibition in New York.

This is an incredible opportunity to experience an intensive post-secondary class, and to try living and being an artist in New York City. Our participating students will have opportunities to meet other high school students from around the world participating in other pre-college programs at SVA – info here.

The application is attached.

Residency Dates: July 10 – July 28, 2017

Course Number for Etobicoke: PHP-ESA

Tuition Fee: $2,600 USD

Housing Fee: $1575 USD (optional)

Meal Plan Fee: $525 USD (optional, includes Breakfast and Dinner only)

Please feel free to contact me or SVA with any questions.

Thank you!
Matthew Varey
[email protected]

Summer 2017 Pre-College Registration FormSD

Last chance for 60 Second Film Fest Tickets…

If you’ve been waiting to scoop up your 60 Second Film Fest tickets, a word to the wise would be to wait no longer.  The event is over 90% sold out.  Although there might be a few tickets available in the foyer at lunch tomorrow, your best bet is to get them here.

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PD8 + NY Summer Program meeting NEW DATE

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, implications for post-secondary opportunities, scholarships, and process to have a successful application season.

We will also be launching an brilliantly exciting new opportunity for ESA students we are developing in New York this July.

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

Questions? Contact me at [email protected]

Thank you!

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!

Choreographic Workshop Auditions

Choreographic Workshop auditions are right around the corner!

Auditions will take place on Tuesday November 8 at 3:30pm in Dance Studio 1.

Choreographic Workshop and Arts Showcase will be taking place on Wednesday November 23. Save the date!

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:

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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

Meeting for all Parents of those in PD7

Please come to a meeting on Tuesday October 4th at 7pm in room 102 to discuss Portfolio Day responsibilities, applications, portfolios, scholarships, strategies for scholarships, and academic programs. We need everyone to participate as it is a very big job.

Thank you.

Matthew Varey