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

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.

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!

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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Guest Speaker for Students Applying to American Universities

Planning on studying in the US?

Students are invited to attend a lunchtime presentation this Friday, April 29th in room 104 to hear a guest speaker from Education USA talk about understanding the application process to universities in the United States.

Portfolio Day 2016

PD7 will be held on Friday October 28 2016 – the earliest it has ever been.

PD7 will involve the largest number of participating students ever. At this point we have 94 students registered and this number will grow. This is up from 71 in 2015 and 55 in 2014. There will be more art work than ever before – something in the order of 3200 pieces. And, hopefully, we will have more representatives and more participating schools than ever before. In order to ensure we have enough representatives arrive to visit all our students – nearly double in the past two years and involving students from all six majors – I will begin soliciting commitments from schools earlier than ever before.

This will be epic.

In order to pay for this increasing large/increasingly very expensive event we will soon launch our crowd funding campaign. We are hoping to raise $20 000 to cover the costs associated with this industry leading and possibly largest on planet best in world event that has, once again in 2015/2016, led to more scholarships than ever before in esava history. Stay tuned for our fundraising launch and please help.

Thank you!

Matthew Varey
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Six years ago PD1 was very much about Portfolios. Now, as we reach towards PD6, it is also a cultural event, an exhibition, a celebration, a rethinking of the possibilities within art and education, an opportunity to practice speaking about the things we have thought about and made, an example of what is possible, and a meeting place of some incredible minds and potentials and future possibilities.

This year seventy 16 and 17 year old ESA students will present work to about a hundred and ten representatives from fifty-four post-secondary schools throughout the day. We welcome a visit by MOCCA Director David Liss as he curates our upcoming exhibition at York University. We will have visitors from the National Post and the CBC who will cover the event as it unfolds. We will welcome visits by high school and middle school teachers, curators, gallery owners, future students and their families, art consultants, art collectors, and professional artists.

WE INVITE everyone to join us from 7-9 pm to see the work and the show and certainly speak to the participants if you like. Portfolio Day is more about conversation than product, and we hope you get a chance to speak with us!

Parents of ESA students who have questions for the representatives are invited to join us at 6.30 in the library.

Parking will likely be an issue so arrive early to get a spot!

We will wait to sell work until Thursday May 26th at 3.30 pm but it is a good idea to document pieces you are interested in acquiring this year as the demand this year is already very high.

Stay tuned for dates for Art Talk 5 and Art Talk 6!

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Parent Meeting

For Parents/students in Vis Art/Photography/Film interested in hearing what we know about post-secondary applications/schools/scholarship opportunities

Given the success of the past five years esa students are in a unique position in the world when it comes to acceptances and possible scholarships to schools around the world. Glenn Novak and I will be happy to meet with anyone about to become involved in post-secondary applications in portfolio based programs.

Strategies for achieving increased scholarship offers require a great deal of effort from students and family members and we will discuss successful approaches from our recent experiences.

We are happy to share everything we know.

When: Tuesday October 6 at 7pm
Where: Room 102 at esa

M. Varey

Confirmed Schools for PD6:
1. Savannah College of Art and Design, GA, USA
2. Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong
3. Savannah College of Art and Design, Lacoste, FRA
4. Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA, USA
5. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
6. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, CAN
7. San Francisco Art Institute, CA, USA
8. Yukon School of Visual Art, Dawson City, CAN
9. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC, CAN
10. Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena, CA, USA
11. Parsons Paris, FRA
12. Parsons New York, NY, USA
13. Waterloo University, ON, CAN
14. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, USA
15. Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, AB, CAN
16. Mount Allison University, Sackville, MB, CAN
17. Laguna College of Art and Design, Laguna Beach, CA, USA
18. Max the Mutt Animation School, Toronto, ON, CAN
19. Sheridan College of Art, Toronto, ON, CAN
20. Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, USA
21. Pratt MWP College of Art and Design, Utica, NY, USA
22. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, CAN
23. PRATT Institute, Brooklyn, NY, USA
24. Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, USA
25. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA
26. Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
27. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA
28. Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK
29. Central Saint Martins, London, UK
30. Chelsea College of Arts, London, UK
31. London College of Communication, London, UK
32. London College of Fashion, London, UK
33. Wimbledon College of Arts. , London, UK
34. School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University, Toronto, CAN
35. Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
36. Concordia University, Montreal, CAN
37. Humber College, Toronto, CAN
38. School of Visual Art, Manhattan, USA
39. McMaster University, Hamilton, CAN
40. Art Academy of Cincinnati, OH, USA
41. OCADU, Toronto, ON, CAN
42. Durham College, Oshawa, ON, CAN
43. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA, USA
44. Waterloo University Interdisciplinary BA of Knowledge Integration, Waterloo, ON, CAN
45. Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
46. Toronto School of Art, ON, CAN

Gap Year Opportunities

Looking for a Gap Year experience?  Work, volunteer or study abroad…

Attend the Go Global Expo Sept 19-20. Visit the website for more information!

Two Openings This Week!!!

Please join us for two openings this Thursday!

Life Is Like An Art Gallery Because There’s Lots of Space to Put Stuff opens this Thursday afternoon at 3.30pm at ESA in room 100 !

Room 100

Agnes Wong opens our first ever exhibition with Queen Specific Gallery from 6-7pm at 787 Queen Street West – supported by Dufflet Pastries

Queen Specific

Hope to see everyone out this Thursday!

Also – our annual ART SALE takes place Thursday May 21 from 3.30 – 8pm!

Art Sale

How to Maximize Scholarships Meeting Wednesday

We have had success in the past four years maximizing US and Canadian scholarships. Anyone interested in talking through the process for attaining the largest possible scholarships is welcome to attend a meeting Wednesday at 6.15pm.

This is for grade 12 parents/students currently in process and any grade 11 parents/students interested. This is designed to help Parents become aware of the steps they will need to take in order to maximize the financial support coming from the schools, and what the process entails.

[email protected]

Concordia University Information Night in Toronto & Mississauga

A Concordia University information session for students and their families is available on two upcoming dates:

The Mississauga event will be held on February 18, 2015  at 6 p.m at the:

Hilton Garden Inn Mississauga, 100 Traders Boulevard, Mississauga L4Z 2H7

The Toronto event will be held on February 19th at 6 p.m. at the:

Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay Street, Toronto M5G 2L2 

A university representative will go through the application and admission process, and speak about Residences and Awards.

If interested, students can sign up for the event through the events page on Connect2Concordia.

New Website!

I invite everyone to visit and spend time with the new ESA Visual Art website at:

Here I will post upcoming events, images from all aspects of our various endeavors, links to the work of members of our increasingly large and global community, access to our Instagram and Twitter accounts, and a blog. This will be our community hub for the foreseeable future.

Remember to please join us for Art Talk 3 at OCADU – 7pm on Friday February 6th and Art Talk 4 on February 27th!

Matthew Varey

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – Deadline Dec 17!!

Join us in entering the largest international writing and art competition for high school students in the world.

Sign up at:

Winners in the National Round have their work shown/published in New York. This is an amazing opportunity!

Deadline is December 17!

M Varey

ART TALKs 2015!

Art Talk 3 will take place on Friday February 6 and Art Talk 4 will take place on Friday February 27, 2015 at 7pm in the OCADU Auditorium!

Thanks OCADU!

Spread the word!!!