Applying to Post-Secondary

Access a copy of the presentation to School Council made by Ms. Baldassi, ACL of Student Services.

In addition to reading the slides, you can listen in on the recording from the November 14th School Council meeting.

  • The Student Services presentation starts about 1:20 into the recording, give or take.

 

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

Have to start your holiday gift shopping? Here’s a tip

Finding that special something is made easy at this event with over 85 artisan vendors sharing their hand crafted works. a silent auction featuring 100 items including student art, jewellery, event tickets and beautiful baskets. You can even top off the day with lunch at our Polar Express Cafe featuring delicious homemade meals and take some scrumptious treats home from our Bake Sale too!

Attending the event is a win-win for you and ESA fundraising efforts so make it a day, bring your family, friends and neighbours.

Please help us promote the event by sharing.

Here is a link to the event for Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/1761511124151281/

Thanks everyone.

The SESAT fundraising team

 

 

 

 

 

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

Movin’ On Up: Student Services and Library Tech

Please find the materials – and homework! – from the Library workshop session here in a posting at the ESA Library Daily Blog.

Reminder that all students who request(ed) password resets are invited to drop into the Library at lunchtime on Tuesday September 5th to get yourself authenticated on the TDSB network.

 

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

Contemporary Art Updates!

1. OPENING:

Wednesday March 1 at Artscape Youngspace – 2nd floor – more than 100 students from 20 schools across the TDSB and TCDSB are exhibiting until March 7. We have 8 works in the show by students in grades 10-12

2. OPENING:

Friday March 3rd – Wear and Tear at Les Enfants Terribles – 7-9 pm – 130 Foxley Place just North of Argyle, West of Ossignton. Noah Baret, Ruby Evers, Owen Herlin and Maizy Shepherd exhibiting fashion related works. Click here for information

3. OPPORTUNITY:

We have a first time partnership with School of Visual Art in New York City for a three week pre-college program running this July 10-28. This residency offers college credits, opportunities to meet photo based contemporary artists, and an exhibition in NYC. Contact matthew.varey@tdsb.on.ca for more information.

4. Art Talk:

Please join us for Art Talk 7 on Friday March 31st from 7-9pm at OCADU. Click here for more information

5. OPENING:

Join us for our Contact 2017 exhibition at Artscape Youngspace on April 20th from 7-9pm. Our grade 12 Contemporary Photography students will be exhibiting stunning work. Click here for more information

6. OPENING:

Two grads are presenting a newly published book of poetry on Thursday March 9 from 7-11pm at Narwhal Art Projects. Click here for more information

7. PRESS:

Congratulations to Callen Schaub for his recent feature in the Globe and Mail. Click here to see the article

8. ART SALE:

We present our end of the year sale and exhibition on Thursday May 25th from 3.30 to 8pm. Hope to see you there! Click here for information

9. INTERVIEW:

Recent grad Agnes Wong was just interviewed for Parking Lot Magazine. Click here to read the interview

10. PRESS:

There are a few photographs from our grade 11 exhibition at the Neilson Park Creative Centre HERE

11. CONGRATULATIONS:

Congrats to grade 11 Rachel Burns for featuring on the cover of the most recent edition of the University of Toronto’s Trinity Review, and to Alessia Dowhaniuk for having poetry inside!

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
matthew.varey@tdsb.on.ca

Summer 2017 Pre-College Registration FormSD

Upcoming Events

The Etobicoke School of the Arts Contemporary Art Department Invites you to Many Events! All are free to attend:

December 14 – PD8 Meeting
Please join us at 7pm to learn about preparing for Portfolio Day 2017. Parents of students from any of our 6 majors who are considering participating in PD8 and even PD9 should attend. We will meet in room 102.

December 16 at OCADU – Art Talk 6
Please join us for the sixth installment of this internationally acclaimed speaking series featuring fifteen current ESA students from grades 10-12.
Art Talk 6 takes place at OCADU from 7-9pm on Friday December 16. We normally fill the auditorium – please try to be there by 6.50pm to ensure seats.
Invitation: https://www.facebook.com/events/126320841167525/
Location :
https://www.google.ca/maps/place/OCAD+University/@43.6543035,-79.390917,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xeb7301f5ea71968b!8m2!3d43.6543035!4d-79.390917

December 17 at L’es Enfant Terribles
Join us for our first opening at our New Space
Invitation:https://www.facebook.com/events/360840287613672/?notif_t=plan_user_associated&notif_id=1481592660753389
Information here:
https://www.facebook.com/Lesenfantterriblesossington/?fref=ts

January 12 at Neilson Park Creative Centre
Our grade 11 Contemporary Art and Photography students are exhibiting in a pre-PD8 exhibition at Neilson Park Creative Centre. All are welcome to attend our opening January 12, 7-9 pm.
Invitation:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1687781741247463/
Location:
https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Neilson+Park+Creative+Centre/@43.6295853,-79.567809,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x3b7dcead0c09646c!8m2!3d43.6295853!4d-79.567809

May 26 – at ESA
Art Sale
Our annual End of Year Art Show and Sale will take place Thursday, May 26, 2017. We open for business at 3.30pm and run until 9pm
Invitation:
https://www.facebook.com/events/685711188269291/

Donations
We are always thrilled accept donations of unwanted art supplies of any kind. We are especially keen on: Ink, Acrylic Paint, Oil Paint, Brushes, Drawing Materials, Pastels, Paper, Canvas Stretchers, Canvas, Tools, Camera Equipment, Wax, and Latex House Paint. All donations can be dropped off during the day in our school office at 675 Royal York Road in Etobicoke.
Financial donations of more than $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.

Thank you!
Matthew Varey

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Contemporary Art + Portfolio Day

Etobicoke School of the Arts Contemporary Art Program

Event: Join us Friday December 16th at 7pm at OCADU for Art Talk 6 – 15 of our students will be speaking about their research and process. Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/126320841167525/

Event: Meeting for those participating in PD8, PD9, and the summer program in NYC July 2017 – please join us at 7pm on December 14 in room 102. We will provide insight into Portfolio Day and the exciting summer program being developed with SVA in NYC

Donations: We are seeking donations on an ongoing basis of art supplies and materials for our students. Any donations of paper, ink, paint (oil + acrylic + latex house paint), stretchers, drawing materials, cameras and lenses, tools, plywood, Plexiglas, mat board, etc is greatly appreciated.

Donations can be dropped off between 8.30 and 4.30 Mon-Fri at ESA

I can be contacted at matthew.varey@tdsb.on.ca

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

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