Photography Summer Pre-College Program in New York City

Hi everyone.

This is an exciting moment for us. School of Visual Art in Manhattan – – 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
[email protected]

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.
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December 17 at L’es Enfant Terribles
Join us for our first opening at our New Space
Information here:

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.

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

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





Parents of PD7 Participants

So excited for next Friday!

Just wanted to remind folks that some of the 62 schools and programs will be setting up at 6.30 in the library to speak with you, the parents, about their programs.

The public is invited to join us at 7pm. Invitation below:

Invite to PD7 to be shared

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:

Only 6 days remain! Thank you!

Matthew Varey

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!
Instagram: esa_visual_art + esa__photography




Please Support Next Year’s Grade 12’s – Crowd Funding for PD7

We are officially launching our first Crowd Funding Campaign to assist with the costs of preparing for and hosting PD7.

Our seventh international portfolio day takes place on October 28th 2016. In order to support the 100 ESA students from all 6 majors who will work incredibly hard to present their best selves to representatives from as many as 60 schools from three continents we need your help in raising the funds necessary to make this happen.

In the past three years the number of esa students participating in Portfolio Day has nearly doubled. The costs associated with the day have increased due to the ambition of the students and the complexity of what they are making, as well as the realities of the Canadian dollar.

Please visit our Indiegogo page and watch our video made by an esa film grad and share the link as much as you are able.
Thank you!

Also, don’t forget about our year end exhibition and sale taking place at ESA on Thursday May 26 from 3.30-8pm! Tax receipts for 50% of purchases over $50.



Contact Photography 2016 Exhibition Opening Thursday Night!

Please come out to Artscape Younglplace tomorrow night May 5 6-8pm to support 40 of our Grade 12’s and their fantastic show!

See the attached invite to see who is showing

Exhibition runs until May 15

180 Shaw St. (just north of Queen)


Glenn Novak

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Two Big Shows!

You are officially invited to our End of Year Sale at ESA May 28 at 3.30pm and our Grade 12 Contact Photography Exhibition May 5! Please come and support our program and our students!


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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Adam Gowan in Scholastic!

Huge Congratulations to Adam Gowan – he is being featured in the Scholastic Art and Writing Newsletter for winning a writing portfolio gold medal!

Kahlo, Picasso, LeWitt and Cares

Huge Congratulations to everyone showing at the Albright Knox Gallery – it was an amazing opening experience for all involved.

Celeste has made it to the big leagues in this newspaper article from The Buffalo News !!!

Visual Art mini-update

In the next couple of weeks we are looking forward to openings at the Albright Knox Gallery in Buffalo New York, at Saatchi Gallery in London UK as the Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools 2016 exhibition has reopened on the 2nd floor across 2 rooms alongside a new exhibition called JOURNEYS: Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art prize for Schools 2009-15 which celebrates previously shortlisted students, at the Gladstone Hotel and at a new gallery space in the east end tomorrow night with Flora Aldridge, in New York City with Teen Art Salon and at the New York launch of the new Noisy Kids Zine and in New York with the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in galleries at both Pratt and Parsons, at XSpace in Toronto, at Artscape Youngspace for TDSB Creates and our 2016 Contact Photography Exhibition and for a small group show, and at Clint Roenisch Gallery for our next Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Incubator show, here at esa for some grade 12 shows and the big grade 9 show and the end of the year show which takes place Thursday May 26th and is our only fundraiser of the year so please come and buy things!

Thanks every one!