Portfolio Day 8 November 3

If you are thinking of applying to ESA this year, or are someone who would like to see what our grade 12’s have been up to, please join us between 7pm and 10 pm to view more than 2000 art works hung throughout the first floor of the building.

Parents – a reminder that some of the post-secondary representatives will be setting up tables in the library beginning at 6.30 Friday evening to speak with you about their programs. You are welcome to arrive this half hour before the general public to have any questions answered and meet the reps.

If you would like to help support this event and other fantastic work we do, you can make a tax deductible donation through our parent organisation by selecting Visual Arts here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/13311

See you all on Friday!

2017 Choreographic Workshop

Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Choreographic Workshop. It is a wonderful evening of talent that is happening on November 8th, 2017 at the Nancy Main Theatre at ESA. For ticket information, please visit, esainfo.ca or you are welcome to purchase tickets at the door at 6:00pm

Please Join us for Portfolio Day 8

We are looking forward to seeing you at Portfolio Day 8 on November 3 2017.

Parents of participating students are welcome to join us at 6.30 in the library to speak with representatives from some of the 70 participating schools and programs.

The public is invited to see the exhibition from 7-10pm.

If you know someone thinking of applying to ESA in the future – this is the ideal opportunity to see what we are capable of!

We have broken records this year with more students and schools participating than ever before. Please join us!

Matthew Varey


PD8 Volunteering

Hello!

Many of you expressed interest in helping on Portfolio Day with food and drink.

Andrea McBride has been doing an amazing job of organising this for years, and has once again produced a sign up sheet:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090848a5ae23a5f49-portfolio1

Information can be found there as to what we need.

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

Lessons in Love and Colour

After a summer residency at Roncesvalles United Church, Grade 12 Contemporary Art student Noah Brown delivered a lecture on the Black experience to the congregation on Sunday, August 27, 2017. After his lecture, Noah was joined by special guest Soul singer, Carolyn T. and a Q&A with the congregation.

If you would like to hear the lecture, please click here

Please join us on Friday November 3rd from 7-10pm to see what Noah and 85 other grade 12 ESA students have prepared for Portfolio Day 8.

PD8 Fundraising Campaign

Hello!

We would love your assistance to pay for Portfolio Day 8 on November 3 2017. 85 grade 12 students from 5 of our arts majors will speak to representatives from 70 schools and programs from around the world, including Harvard, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Paris College of Art.

We need to raise $300 per student for materials required to create 2500+ artworks, all of our hanging materials, and food for the day. Remember that the public is welcome to join us at 7pm to see the exhibition so bring your friends and family.

Please click through to our Crowdfunding Campaign to watch our video made by grad James Perry – now at School of Visual Art in New York, and please share the link with as many people as possible. We need to hit our target to make PD8 a reality.

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

PD8 Meeting Reminder

On Tuesday September 19 we invite all parents and students participating in Portfolio Day 8 and those looking ahead to PD9 + PD10 to join us in the library at 7pm.

During the meeting we will discuss the grade 12 year, Portfolio Day 8 schedule and responsibilities for parents and students, applying to post-secondary programs, scholarship strategies, and launch our fundraiser.

All are welcome to attend. For Contemporary Art and Photography parents + students in grades 9-11 this is an opportunity to begin planning ahead and volunteer your time.

See you then!

Matthew Varey

Portfolio Day + Scholarship Meeting for All

I invite you to join us for a meeting about Portfolio Day and Scholarships on Tuesday September 19th at 7pm. This meeting is for anyone with a child in PD8, PD9, or PD10, especially those in Photography, Film and Art, and as well as those in other majors interested in how we achieve such remarkable results, or in applying to a portfolio based post-secondary program.

For those connected to PD8, we will also be discussing parental volunteer options and other responsibilities.

This meeting is for parents and students. If you are a parent of someone in grade 9-12 Contemporary Art, I encourage you to join us.

See you then!

Matthew Varey

SAT Registration Dates

Grade 11 and 12 students considering applying to schools in the US that require the SAT should be aware that the next application deadline is fast approaching.

To write the SAT’s on October 7th registration must occur by September 8th.

For specifics click here

Matthew Varey

Art and Portfolio Day Updates

We are very excited to usher in the beginning of what is sure to be our busiest and most successful year to date.

We have tracked more than eighty exhibitions within our community in the past twelve months, so were involved in an exhibition every 4.5 days for the entire year! Stay tuned for many more to come, including those at our exhibition space Les Enfants Terribles at Ossington and Argyle.

2017 2018 Grade 12 student Noah Brown is speaking this Sunday at 10.30 am at the Roncesvalles United Church about his work for Portfolio Day 8. Noah has been using the church as a studio this summer and will address the congregation, revealing the issues within his ongoing series of large-scale felted images. All are welcome to attend and we are hoping to film the talk so share with you all. See the attached poster for more information.

We have launched our own YouTube channel and hope that you will all subscribe – it can be found by clicking HERE

We participated in the Second Annual Toronto Art Book Fair June 15-18 2017 and there is a lovely letter written to our students in the recent publication about the fair titled PINK & GREEN. Here is the letter by Emily Pleasance:
“Dear Students. Where was this when I was in my teens? The t-shirts and tote bags, the pins and patches, the pencil cases covered in pencil drawings and the kiss-cheek key-chains? They were everywhere, actually. But not like this. You hijacked the bits and bobs that were given to you. You stole them, re-purposed them, injected them with the youth experience, and gave them right back. It was a DIY of life itself.

One can’t help but notice the colour, exploration, sexuality, laughter, confusion, and self-discovery found in all of your art. There is mindful execution that makes this work very strong. The illustrations in the zine Fat Aphrodite are unassuming and whimsical. My drawings at that age were boring and looked as if I had tried too hard. (I was trying too hard.) The writing in A Childhood in its Last Twelve Hours is both raw and developed. It’s opening, “The Life and Love of Eve Rivers” made me choke up and cry. I cried because its honesty hit a little too close to home. I also cried because this eloquent piece of writing now exists in the world and will hopefully find its way into the hands of someone in dire need of empathetic connection.

Your show-and-tell-like table was so thoroughly laid out. Your work is fruitful and incredibly honest. The artifacts you created have no remorse for the customary and no respect for the conventional. Thank god.

What I saw at your table was an experience I wished I had lived, art I wish I had created, and an honesty I wish I had been surrounded by. It was a rejection of all rites-de-passage. It was a marking of territory and a proof of existence. It was a claim to the Arts not as a privilege but as a right. Do not stop your unbridled expression! Do not give into the do’s and don’ts! Most importantly, do not listen to me (or anyone), for you know better.

We need our youth to discipline the Disciplines.

Sincerely, Emily Pleasance, an envious admirer.”

We thank you so very much Emily for writing about us!

ESA Contemporary Art Graduate Callen Schaub has been receiving a lot of attention recently, including several million views of videos of him painting on BuzzFeed and other platforms, including this video by the CBC – click here to watch Callen’s next solo exhibition takes place at Project Gallery with an opening reception and live performance on Thursday Sept 28th 6-10pm.

Portfolio Day 8 will be a turning point in our history. Stay tuned for time and date of our parent/participant meeting mid-September. We will review the process that helped one of our 2016 2017 grade 12 students receive more than a million dollars in scholarship offers, provide information on assisting with the event, and speak about the application and scholarship process. PD8 happens Friday November 3rd, and everyone is invited to join us to see the 80+ exhibitions by our grade 12 students from 7pm to 10pm. Click here for our invitation We will be launching our PD8 fundraising campaign in the next two weeks, and hope everyone will assist in getting the word out to support grade 12 students from all six majors in this remarkable international event and life time opportunity.

Thank you ahead of time for your participation and assistance this year! This is an exciting place to be and I am honored to work with you all.

As always, please follow us on Instagram at esa_contemporary_art and esa_contemporary_photography

Matthew Varey

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

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!

ESA