Student Vote: Canada’s Federal Election

Once again, ESA is taking part in Student Vote, the 2015 edition.  Our in-school Election Day will be Wednesday October 14th.

Is the upcoming Federal Election of interest to you?  Would you like to learn a little bit about the behind the scenes reality of an Election Day?

We’re looking for student volunteers to act as Poll Clerks and Deputy Returning Officers for our in school Student Vote 2015.

If you are interested, please fill out this Google Form.  You will be contacted shortly.

If you would like additional information, please see Ms. Wray in the Library.

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!

30-Hour Famine

Registration is now open for this year’s 30-Hour Famine school team.

Our ESA Famine event takes place April 17th and 18th.  Our fundraising goal for this year is $2500.

Interested students need to bring their signed Famine Waiver Release to Ms. Wray in the Library.  If you are 18 or older, you still need to bring in the release, signed by yourself.  Waivers are available in the Library.

Students will receive the rest of the necessary information and additional organisational details upon delivery of their signed waiver.

Full details about the 30-Hour Famine may be found at the World Vision website:

Habitat for Humanity Build #2

Our second Habitat for Humanity Build Day is fast approaching on Saturday April 25th.

We are delighted to open this opportunity up to any other interested members of the ESA Community.

Participants must be 16 years of age by the build day.
Participants must contribute (fundraise) $100 per person (minimum).
Student participants will receive 8 Community Service hours for their participation.
Registration closes on Friday April 17th.  Space is limited, on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested in participating in this volunteer opportunity, please send an e-mail to [email protected]  Complete details, registration link, and TDSB Student Permission Forms will be forwarded to interested individuals.

Performance Opportunity for Students

Richview United Church Showcase of Stars 2015 is looking for talent.

This year’s Gala is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, April 25th.  Individual, group and ensemble acts are welcome.

ESA has a long standing relationship providing performers for this annual fundraising gala event.  Any interested students should contact Ms. Wray ([email protected]) for additional information.

Updated Scholastic National Award Winners!! (I missed 2 the first time…)

Huge congratulations to ALL 20 of our National Winners!

Gold medal winners will now be invited to exhibit in New York this spring. Some of those will be included in a two year touring exhibition across the USA!!

Bentley Jin Anneka 11 Canada Gold Medal Flash Fiction If I Were to Fall in Love
Bryant Alexx 11 Canada Silver Medal Film & Animation Dysmorphia
Glanfield Maria 11 Canada Silver Medal Painting Indonesia
Graham Pia 12 Canada Gold Medal Painting Untitled, Final Burning House
Graham Will 10 Canada Silver Medal Film & Animation Resilience
Halket Alexi Silver Medal Photography It’s The Same Thing Series – Dancers
Hosoya Toko 12 Canada Gold Medal Mixed Media Cordyceps
Hosoya Toko 12 Canada Silver Medal Art Portfolio Tales From Fogland
Hughes Claudia 12 Canada Gold Medal General S.O.S.
Moulson Kailey 9 Canada Gold Medal Sculpture The Bubble
Nedilska Varvara 12 Canada Silver Medal Art Portfolio Dream Thesis
Perry James 11 Canada Silver Medal Photography The Blue Room
Rivera Louis 12 Canada Silver Medal Digital Art Heart Strings
Rogers Shaun 11 Canada Silver Medal Sculpture The Piano
Salvador Alicia 10 Canada Silver Medal Photography Pucker Up!
Solway Aden 12 Canada Gold Medal Sculpture Etiquette (Men)
Stamler Lucy 11 Canada Gold Medal Photography Ouija
Trommer Zoe 12 Canada Silver Medal Painting Squish #3
Wong Agnes 12 Canada Silver Medal Art Portfolio 11 : 11
Wong Agnes 12 Canada Gold Medal Mixed Media Installation View

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Round Tickets Reminder

The National Awards will be announced at noon on Monday. ESA won 43% of all First Round International Awards!!!

Tickets for the formal award ceremony in New York at Carnegie Hall disappear almost instantly upon being released. There are far more award recipients (and family members) than tickets.

If you win a Scholastic Art and Writing National Medal BE SURE TO IMMEDIATELY REGISTER FOR YOUR TWO TICKETS

Every year we have parents and students miss out on this amazing opportunity because they waited a few hours to log in for their tickets. If possible, have someone at a computer at noon on Monday to make sure you secure your seats. Even if you are not planning on attending, acquiring seats for other ESA members is a big help.

Thank you!

Buffalo NY Exhibitions

Congratulations to Agnes Wong, Alie Rutty, Anneka Jin, Antoni James, Celeste Cares, Jessye Coleman-Shapiro, Malachi Wilson, Maria Glanfield, Nisha Raghukumar, Pia Graham, Sarah Pereux, Toko Hosoya, Tristan McGrath-Waugh, Varvara Nedilska, Alexandra Mihaila, and Brazil Gaffney-Knox on being accepted in the Albright Knox Future Curators 2015 Exhibition which opens Thursday, April 16, 5 – 8 pm at the Albright Knox Museum, and at the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology opening Thursday, April 23, 5 – 6:30 pm.

Whoo hoo!

Exciting Times

For each of the past four years we have reported phenomenal results regarding scholarships and offers to our students. We may have received the highest number of “top” scholarships and the highest number of scholarship dollars per student of any art program in the world.

Post-secondary schools have a very small number of their “most prestigious” scholarships on offer annually. For one of our students to receive one of these scholarships is an honor and true success. We are only half way into receiving offers but I wanted to share some news.

At time of writing, ESA Visual Art and Photography students have received 20 offers of a top or most-prestigious scholarship from four of the most significant schools in the world. Twenty of our kids have been chosen as the most desirable artists on the planet.

This number may double by May 1st. We were told by several school representatives on Portfolio Day that there is nothing like ESA on the planet, or that we are amongst the company of one or two other programs in the world. These numbers provide proof that this may be true.

This success comes with responsibility and we have great ambitions. I would like us to participate in Art Toronto this year. We would love our own exhibition space in the west end of the city. We want to help Toronto become the second most desirable place in the world for art education.

Thank you for coming to Art Talk 4 – we had 300+ people in attendance and ended with an emotional standing ovation. Videos will be posted on Art Talk 5 needs a home and we will likely provide details soon.

We look forward to upcoming shows in the Contact Photography Festival opening 6-8pm May 22nd at Artscape Youngspace on Shaw St. This spring we will be exhibiting in New York and at the Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo. Grade 12 student Pia Graham will be exhibiting at the Saatchi Gallery in London, UK in April. The grade 12’s are hoping to exhibit one last time together so watch for an announcement. Our end of year show and sale is Thursday May 21st at 3.30pm.

Thank you for the continued support in helping us build esava! These are exciting times!

Matthew Varey
Instagram: esa_visual_art


Art Talk 4

Hello everyone!

I wanted to write to invite you all to a really special event.

Art Talk 4 takes place at 7pm in the OCADU Auditorium on Friday February 27th.

17 ESA Visual Art Students in grades 9-12 will speak about their connection to art and creativity and provide insight into their research and passions. It is open to everyone and it is a free event!

We would love to have you attend. We ran Art Talk 3 two weeks ago with an audience of about 300 people and the evening was a huge success!

Thank you!

Matthew Varey

Invitation to Art Talk 4 !!!

Please join us this Friday February 27th at 7pm in the OCADU auditorium for the mega-Art Talk 4!!!

15 students from esava will speak about their work and their connections to creativity. All are welcome.

This is a FREE event!


Congratulations to Meghan Farbridge for being named one of the top 5 artists to participate in the Artist Project this weekend by BlogTO !

Meghan’s drawing, A Dream of Tongues, was listed as one of the highlights of the entire fair!

Congratulations on all the sales and for taking such a huge risk! We are so proud of you!!