Art Update

A little more than a year ago we began to shift our focus from continued growth, to reinforcing who we already were. The results have begun to stack up:

1 – ESA just won 155 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards – a global competition. Congratulations, especially those moving on to round two

2 – We will be exhibiting at the Albright Knox Gallery and in downtown Buffalo again this spring

3 – We will be participating in the annual Arts Etobicoke Edge Youth Art Exhibition at Artscape Youngspace which opens Wednesday February 28th, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

4 – One of Another curated by Spencer Julien opens at Les Enfants Terribles February 8 7-9pm: CLICK HERE FOR NFO

5 – Art Talk 8 will take place on Friday March 23 at OCADU from 7-9 pm with 12 of our students speaking about their research, passion and art work. CLICK HERE FOR INFO

6 – Art Talk 9 will take place on Friday April 6 at OCADU from 7-9 pm with 12 of our students speaking about their research, passion and art work.

7 – More than 90 of our grade 11 students will be exhibiting in Turning Point, curated by Ethan Wilder, at the Nelson Park Creative Centre – our opening in February 28 from 7-9 pm CLICK HERE FOR INFO

8 – Two grade 12 students have solo exhibitions in Contemporary Art Galleries this spring – this is groundbreaking and hugely exciting news – more information to come

9 – Our Contact Photography Festival exhibition will take over all three floors of Artscape Youngspace oepning May 3 6-8pm – stay tuned for details

10 – 20 of our grade 11 students will be exhibiting in the 2018 Flash Forward Incubator Photography Exhibition in Canada’s premier photography gallery – more info to come

11 – The gargantuan End of Year Art Sale takes place Thursday May 24th from 3.30 to 9pm with more than 1500 art works throughout the first floor of the school. Due to high demand we suggest arriving as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Our 2017 sale saw fights erupt about certain work!

12 – Last year saw Reed Hollett receive 1.2 million dollars in scholarship offers, the only person we know of who has managed this sum. The entire 2017 grade 12 post-secondary applicant total reached an amazing 4 million dollars. This year, and we are only ten weeks into the process, I have already written 185 letters of recommendation (more than doubling any previous year’s total), and one of our grade 12 students has received close to a million dollars in initial offers from only 12 schools – and they are still waiting for 20 more offers to arrive in the next few weeks. As you can imagine we are forecasting new records set in every possible way. Stay tuned for final figures in May.

13 – We will be releasing a documentary about PD8 this spring directed by Tessa Hill

14 – Portfolio Day 9 appears to be taking place here at ESA on Friday November 2 2018 – plans have already begun to make this another staggering success

15 – Our YouTube Channel has received almost 15000 views since it launched at the end of August 2017 and has been instrumental in our grade 12’s success with post-secondary schools this year – CLICK HERE

16 – Grade 12 student Shellicka Anglin will be featured in an upcoming podcast by Andrew Hunter – the former Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario and current Senior Curator at the Art Gallery of Guelph

17 – Grad Keiran Brennan-Hinton has his second New York solo exhibition up at 1969 Gallery until February 25th

18 – Audition Day – thank you to everyone who auditioned for us this year. This was the strongest group of applicants we have seen. Thank you to Lucy Carolan for her organisational brilliance and expertise that made this such a relaxed experience.

Enough for now! More to come! Book these dates into your calendars and I will see you all soon.

As always, we are happy to accept donations of art supplies, and monetary donations can be made by clicking here

Matthew Varey

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

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

Dance Department Newsletter June 2017

Come see what the Dance department has been up to via our June 2017 newsletter. Advised by Ms. Friedman, it features the voice of the dance students and has been edited by Annie Boss.

ESA Dance NEWSLETTER June 2017

Toronto Art Book Fair

We hope that you will join us at our table during the Second Annual Toronto Art Book Fair this Thursday to Sunday at Artscape Youngspace on Shaw Street just North of Queen.

We will be featuring pins, patches, shirts, prints, sculptures, jewelry, book bags, pencil cases, scarves and zines at this super exciting event. Last year saw thousands of visitors over four amazing days of inexpensive artwork.

Visit us on the first floor among the crowds!

For Information Click Here

Exhibition at the Gardiner Museum

We hope you will be able to join us this Thursday evening from 7-10 pm at the Gardiner Museum to view works by 13 ESA Contemporary Photography students in the 2017 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Incubator exhibition. A museum exhibition (or two!) is a fantastic way to end a truly epic and record setting year. Photographs will be up for auction and money will go to supporting the Contemporary Photography program. All are welcome to attend.

Click Here for Invite

Click Here for Information

Saatchi Gallery Exhibition

Congratulations to grade 11 student Rachel Burns who will be representing Canada in England this summer!

Rachel will be exhibiting a photograph at Saatchi Gallery in London, UK next month, which was chosen from more than 24000 entries from 66 countries.

Information from Saatchi Gallery below:

THE 2017 SAATCHI GALLERY ART PRIZE FOR SCHOOLS
SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

The Saatchi Galley is delighted to announce the shortlist for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools 2017. This year the Prize received over 24,000 entries from 66 different countries. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter, the standard was extremely high and everyone should feel proud of their artistic achievements.

The shortlist can be viewed here

The panel of judges this year included Alice Anderson, Artist; Alistair Hicks, Writer and Curator; Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery; Megan Piper, Gallerist and Founder of The Line; Dea Vanagan, Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset

An exhibition at the Gallery will showcase artwork by the 20 shortlisted students from July 4th-13th 2017. The winner will be announced at an awards evening on July 4th.

Art Show!

Please join us Thursday May 25 for our end of the year show and sale at ESA!
3.30-8.30pm
Cash and cheques – 50% of total sales over $40 eligible for a tax receipt

End of Year Art Show and Sale

The Contemporary Art Department invites you to our annual fundraising event and exhibition on Thursday May 25 from 3.30 to 8pm.

Hundreds of works from all four grades and the Contemporary Photography Program will be displayed throughout the first floor of the school.

Sales are split 50/50 with artist and department, and tax receipts can be given for 50% of purchases over $40. We will be accepting cash and cheques.

We look forward to another enjoyable and exciting evening with the ESA community.

Contact Photography Exhibition Opens Thursday!

Please join us for our grade 12 Contact Photography Exhibition 99′ from 7-9pm at Artscape Youngspace this Thursday April 20.

We have close to 50 grade 12’s showing work in the first, second, and third floor halls.

All welcome – free event!

We hope to see you there!

Art Camp – Summer 2017

I am very pleased to announce the return of Art Camp!

An excellent opportunity for those planning on joining us for grade 9 in September 2017 – get to know your classmates and begin the work that will ensure your success at PD11 in 2020!

Art Camp is also a great place for those thinking of auditioning for ESA Contemporary Art in January 2017, and for those interested in what we do every day in this amazing place.

For information click: SUMMER ART CAMP

Matthew Varey

ESA