Parents of 2016/2017 grade 12’s

45% of ESA’s grade 12 students have signed up to participate in Portfolio Day 7 on October 28.

We can not afford to run PD7 with a 35% increase in participants over 2015 and meet our financial responsibilities. The Visual Art Department has paid for 100% of costs incurred in PD1-PD6. We have created a crowd funding campaign so that you are able to easily contribute to this event. If every participating student has $210 donated on their behalf we will be full steam ahead.

If we do not raise the required amount the event will be reconsidered. The Visual Art/Photography Department has grown significantly in the past three years which has increased our total expenditures. As well as more students to support, costs of supplies have jumped due to the dollar dropping and a natural inflation of prices – a triple hit to our budget.

If this does not happen the structure breaks and opportunities for non Visual Art students decrease – which we do not want.

Fundraising information is found here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/esa-portfolio-day-2016#/

Only 6 days remain! Thank you!

Matthew Varey

Prom 2016

This year’s prom will be held at Palais Royale on June 27th from 6:30 pm to midnight. Grade 12s are reminded that prom tickets will be on sale in the front foyer every lunch hour starting Monday, May 30. Tickets are $90 per person and will only be on sale until Friday, June 10.

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
Insta: esa_visual_art

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Max Perone in the news!

Max Perone in the news!

Good luck tonight Max & family!

click here to read the article

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/6371455-esa-student-max-perone-s-named-finalist-for-prestigious-saatchi-art-prize/#.VtfhPCmg-ts.facebook

and click here to see the TDSB coverage

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PD7 meeting reminder

Anyone participating (parents and students) in PD7 this November 2016 are invited to a meeting Wednesday January 20th at 7pm in room 200.

Thank you!

G Novak and M Varey

PORTFOLIO DAY 2015

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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Look for us on Akimbo

https://www.facebook.com/events/1496502883996694/

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

Visual Art Update

A fast paced beginning to what is sure to be our most exciting school year yet!

Y Magazine out of New York just published an article featuring photographs by grade 12 Celeste Cares and grade 11 Lily Watson:

http://y-magazine.com/magazine/2015/09/18/teen-art-salon-a-place-to-go-and-make-art/

Celeste Cares and Calla McInnes were both in the first ever Teen Art Salon opening in the Lower East Side of New York City this weekend which saw a huge turnout of people and sales opportunities for both of Celeste’s very large paintings! Attached is a photo from the show.

I would like to ask that everyone join and share the public invitation to our Portfolio Day 6 Celebration at ESA – we hope you will join us at 7pm on Friday November 6th! Parents are invited to arrive at 6.30 to meet with representatives from many of the participating schools.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1496502883996694/

We also have several students with photographs in this month’s issue of PhotoEd Magazine!

http://www.photoed.ca/#!current-issue/cee5

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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!

Visual Art

Welcome esava supporters to our new year! It is going to be busy.

At this point we have 19 exhibitions lined up already and the list for PD6 is growing – and includes some exciting new schools! Don’t forget – everyone is invited to visit us on Portfolio Day after 6.30pm! Last year was one of the best shows I have ever seen, anywhere – don’t miss it!

Some current highlights:

Calla McInnes and Celeste Cares will be participating in an exhibition in the Lower East Side of NYC this September – info to come.

grade 12 student Adam Gowan has been featured in Vogue Italia TWICE this summer! Here is a link to the most recent image:
Vogue Italia

esava grade 11 student Grier Drummond will be exhibiting in the upcoming Surface Alternative Art Fair:
Surface

2014-2015 grad Pia Graham was the Flag Barer at the World Youth Climbing Championships in Arco, Italy! As of writing, Pia has qualified among the top 25 in the world to move on to the semi-finals. Go Pia!

Here is a list of shows as of September 1. Expect a lot more to be added throughout the year!

1. Magenta Flash Forward Incubator Exhibition Twist Gallery Summer 2015
2. Vogue Italia Summer 2015- twice!
3. Teen Art Salon Exhibition – NYC – Sept 2015
4. Surface Alternative Art Fair – Toronto – September 2015
5. Photographs Published in Y-Magazine – Fall 2015
6. Photographs Published in Photo Ed Magazine – Fall 2015
7. Portfolio Day 6 & Grade 12 Exhibition at ESA – November 6 2015
8. Samuel J Zacks Gallery Exhibition at York University – November 2015
9. Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Incubator Exhibition – 2016
10. Art.Write.Now. Exhibition – Morean Art Center – St. Petersburg, FL; September 16 – October 25, 2015
11. Art.Write.Now. Exhibition – Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University – Indianapolis, IN, November 4 – December 7, 2015
12. Art.Write.Now. Exhibition – University of South Dakota, John A. Day Gallery – Vermillion, SD; March 2 – April 1, 2016
13. Art.Write.Now. Exhibition – Springs Preserve, Las Vegas – NV; April 14 – May 23, 2016
14. Contact Photography Exhibition at Artscape Youngspace May 2016
15. Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Exhibition, Parsons NYC – June 2016
16. QueenSpecific Gallery Exhibition – May 2016
17. End of Year Sale and Exhibition at ESA – May 26 2016
18. QueenSpecific Gallery Exhibition – June 2016
19. Ryerson Artspace Gallery Exhibition – July 2016

Schools booked so far for PD6 – November 6 2015
1. Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA
2. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
3. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, CAN
4. San Francisco Art Institute, California, USA
5. Yukon School of Visual Art, Dawson City, YT, CAN
6. Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, CAN
7. Art Centre College of Design, Pasadena, California, USA
8. Parsons Paris, FRA
9. Parsons New York, USA
10. Waterloo University, CAN
11. College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI, USA
12. Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, CAN
13. Mount Allison University, Sackville, MB, CAN
14. Laguna College of Art and Design, California, USA
15. Max the Mutt Animation School, Toronto, CAN
16. Sheridan College of Art, Toronto, CAN
17. Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, USA
18. Pratt MWP College of Art and Design, Utica, NY, USA
19. Ryerson University, Toronto, CAN
20. PRATT Institute, NY, USA
21. Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA, USA
22. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, USA
23. Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
24. California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA
25. OCADU, Toronto, CAN
26. York University, Toronto, CAN

We hope to see you all out at these exciting events. Stay tuned for dates for Art Talk 5!

Matthew Varey

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

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