Click HERE to see images from the workshop!


Our Internship Program Featured in Midtown East Community News

INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN by Ben Gerson

The High School of Art & Design, on East 56th Street near Second Avenue, is renowned for graduates such as Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs... but how did they start?

Many students were introduced to the business world through the school’s internship program. According to Ira Merritt, the school’s “Work-Based Learning Coordinator,” both students and businesses have been discovering the benefits of working together. 
 
During the past year, forty-six students from the High School of Art & Design were enrolled in internships throughout the City in a variety of businesses, from Met Life to AT&T. According to Mr. Merrit, 95% of the participating businesses were pleased with the students' performance. And exposure to the practical world of work has enabled many of the student-interns to decide on their career choice.

But, ironically, two years ago, no interns had been placed at the Decoration & Design (D&D) Building, even though the High School of Art & Design is just right around the corner.
 
Fortunately, Tina Li Sheff, a design educator and member of the neighborhood volunteer group called Friends of Art & Design (FAD), was familiar with many showrooms in the D&D Building. She introduced some of them to the possibility of using the high school’s talented students as interns. The first showroom-manager to respond was Paula Fleming of  Fabricut, who was formerly Director of the Interior Design Department at Bloomingdale's. Paula took on four or five interns at a time.  With her enthusiastic support and help, these high-school interns enjoyed and appreciated a challenging working and learning experience at Fabricut.  At the same time, Paula found the students most gratifying to work with.

Another  firm that has stepped forward is Patterson Flynn Martin (PFM), a “bespoke” carpeting and rug company located in the D&D Building. PFM creates its own designs in a variety of materials, including wool, silk, metal, and synthetics. According to PFM design director Deborah Hernandez, it also  executes customers’ own visions. 
 
Christian Yturralde, a junior at the High School of Art and Design, has been interning at PFM four afternoons a week, after his school day ends.  Ms. Hernandez has him organizing by color and texture the hundreds of yarn samples in the firm’s inventory, and placing them into groups to facilitate client selection. The task, according to Christian, requires “organizational skills, patience, and a sharp eye. I was interested in color before going to PFM,” he says, "and hoped one day to work at a fashion magazine."  But now as the result of his internship Christian is thinking of entering the custom carpet and rug industry.   
 
According to Christian, “Interning with this company has really changed my perspective!” 

Interns from this high school may be right for your business too.  To learn more about the opportunities - both for you and for the students - call Ira Merritt at 646-220-3735 or email imerrit@schools.nyc.gov.

A link to the full publication can be found HERE


Congratulations to Illustration sophomore Felicity Park for winning $100 in the ArtsConnection Competition, her work will be on display at the Kylin Management Company for one year!


Congratulations to Chevez Sanchez for winning Popular Vote for this year's NYC High School Directory Cover Contest!

Chevez Sanchez, Sydney Gros, Ethan Seemungal, Ms Heckel, Mr Lassen and Mr Lee attend the Awards Ceremony at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum


Art & Design was the only high school to attend the MoCCa fest! "Student work is comparable to some of the artists that attended"


Congratulations to Tiffany Vargas, who won the 2nd place prize of $1000 for her piece "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" in the National Arts Club, Will Barnet Annual Student Show! Zienna Brissett, A&D 2015 graduate, won 3rd place of $500


Congratulations to Kimberly Mendez for becoming a finalist in the 9th Annual Create-a-Greeting Card Scholarship Contest


Congratulations to our three sophomore Art & Design finalists in the NYC High School Directory Cover Contest!

Sydney Gros

Sydney Gros

Chevez Sanchez

Chevez Sanchez

Ethan Seemungal

Ethan Seemungal


Congratulations to our students who got accepted into the Manhattan Borough Arts Festival!

Anton (Chang Ting) Tse, 10th grade, Self Portrait.  Michelle Schubert, 10th grade, Self Portrait.  Sarah Cuevas Akito, 11th grade, Sculpture.  Kelsey Bitong, 12th grade, Space Gals Comic.  Kimberly Mendez, 12th grade, Still Life.  Celine Adorno, 11th grade, Comic.  Robert Gomez, 12th grade, Painting.  Nichelle Cuevas, 12th grade, Painting.  Carolina Ortiz, 10th grade, Self Portrait.  Kelly Yeung, 10th grade, Self Portrait.  Tianna Herrschaft, 10th grade, Self Portrait.  Chiara Farah, 10th grade, Self Portrait.


Congratulations to our National Scholastic Awards Winners!

Gold Medals: KC Amable for Vulnerability, Carena Carrington for Subway   Silver Medal: Karina Rios for Fortunate Son


Congratulations to Ms. Edelman for being honored as the CTE Teacher of the Year from the High School of Art & Design by the United Federation of Teachers. Ms. Edelman heads the Computer Art Technology program for the Sophomores.


Congratulations to the Following 86 Art & Design Students for Winning 145 Scholastic Art Awards for 2016! 

Celine Adorno, Manar Balh, Adrianna Brown, Carena Carrington, Shelley Chen, Tiffany Claborn, Noel Dumaguing, Cliffannie Forrester, Annarose Kelly, Cynthia Ovando, Carry Pak, Patrickson St Elien, Joshua Swaby, Xiara Torres, Tiffany Vargas, Sarah Velandria, Kalila Abdur-Razzaq, Kevin Allison, Kaitlyn Amable, Jacob Assel, Melanie Audain, Alshante Baker, Brenda Barrera, Kayla Beltran, David Bermdez, Kelsey Bitong, Henry Bohan, Niki Brisnvali-Grillakis, Jahoney Borrowes, Coya Campbell, Shannon Cardona, Diannelle Chaparro, Evelyn Chavez, Fatima Coulibaly, Nichelle Cuevas, Mannone Delgado-Lovissi, Marc Fersko, Ashley Figueroa, Miku Fukazawa, Justin Gold, Robert Gomez, Maria Gonzalez, Carter Gunthrie, Betzaleell Hernandez, Quinn Hoerner, Sharai Hornedo, Priscilla Houston, Alfredo Ibarra, Latisha Jackson, Elena Johnson, Halima Konteh, Dominik Kopiczko, Andreana Kraft, Jean Lopez, Katherine Lopez, M'Niyah Lynn, Stephannie Marcelino, Kimberly Mendez, Jean Michel, Shania Molina, Dayna Moore, Glen Mosher, Mohamed Mousa, Natalie Ordonez, Felicity Park, Fancisco Penacastro, Arlene Pernett, Jordan Revanales, Karina Rios, Maria Rios, Jailline Rodriguez, Marilyn Ruiz, Janelly Santos, Sarah Siegel, Ashley Spurrell, Omar Stefansson, Anjanisari Sudiman, Kaitlyn Torres, Julian Turovsky, Giselle Urbano, Franny Vasquez, Nina Vazquez, Alisa Velez, Amberrose Venus-Gordon, Ashley Vidal, Tobu Widjaja


Draw-A-Thon Featured in Our Town, click HERE to read the article


The senior graphic design students lead by Mr. Bencsko and Mr. Spaterella, competed in a logo design competition for the Sutton Place Park Conservancy. The students met with members from the organization and were challenged with creating a new identity for the company. The SPPC's mission is to restore, beautify and enhance the Sutton area parks. Their vision is to provide an ongoing legacy for the Parks and future generations of Park users. The winning logo design will be used for all future signage. Congrats to all of the students for their excellent work. 

Winner: Eleni Mentis, Senior Graphic Design, Bencsko

Runner Up: Tatiana Mora, Senior Graphic Design, Spaterella


The Apollo Theater did an in house workshop with sophomore, junior and senior Art and Design film students involving special effects make up, camera ready broadcasting and pitching techniques.


Art & Design Student Tiffany Vargas Awarded Grand Prize for Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Teen Portrait Competition, Out of 449 Total Entries

Click HERE to read the full article


Art & Design student Chandler Zausner is the youngest presenter on Cosplay at AAA Conference in Denver, Colorado

https://twitter.com/AmericanAnthro/status/668203642843848704


The fashion design students at The High School of Art & Design partnered with Pratt Center for Community Development , Made in NYC & Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator to produce a legendary fashion show in 2015.


Art & Design student Nicole Lee's Featured Graduation Speech
Read the article online HERE


Gregory Navarro wins $8,000 for his short film from ABC/Disney's Get Reel With Your Dreams


Congratulations to the Art & Design Class of 2015!


Thank you to our sponsors for helping make our 2015 Spring Arts Festival a success!

Sponsors & Advertisement Sponsors: Friends of Art & Design, Art & Design Alumni Association, Art & Design Parent Teacher Association, East Midtown Partnership, Grand Wine & Liquor, Pride Tech, Sutton Area Community, AM/PM Design & Consulting P.C., Bergin Interiors, Inc., BLICK art materials, Phillip Colleck, LTD., Friedman, P.E., Nicola's Specialty Foods, Topos Design, Inc.

Donations In-Kind Sponsors: Alex Teih, American Museum of Natural History, Barnes & Noble, Bose, Brooklyn Museum, Casmere New York, Complete Body & Spa, Citibank, Duane Reade/Walgreens, 3rd & 56th, Extraordinary, Gimme Coffee!, Harry’s Shoes, Hourglass Press, Johnny Rockets, Judith Adler, Kramer Portraits, Le Perigord, Men’s Warehouse, 50th Street, New York Jets, Oliver & Adelaide, Stamp it Up!, Sutton Place Frame Shop Inc., Tesla Motors, The Cliffs at Long Island City, Westchester Hills Golf Club, Vartali Hair Salon

Click HERE to see the artwork for auction at the Spring Arts Festival


A&D Student Artworks were selected for Viewpoints, Stories and Connections including Asia II theme, at ArtsConnection's Student Art Program exhibitions at Kekst & Company and Kylin Management LLC

Marisol Lugo and Lillian Tirado are two of only 12 artists in the Kekst & Company exhibition that were selected from over 150 submissions. Celine Adorno, Sumin Kim, Jasmine Qu and Cindy Rodriguez are four of 18 artists that were selected from 150 submissions for the Kylin Management LLC exhibition. Each student that is selected gets $100 gift card from either Blick or B&H including their teacher. Congratulations ladies and Ms. Jimenez!


3 of the 12 films featured in the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival's Our City My Story, showcasing the best short films by NYC filmmakers under the age of 21, were from the High School of Art and Design!

• Absar Mohammed won “Best Narrative” award, for The Proposal, created with Sanam Sheth, Kaitlyn Chavez, Kevin Gonzalez, and Idalis Price

• Josef Rodriguez, was finalist in the “Documentary” category for A Crash Course in Talking, created with Danylo Korotin and Akeem Louigarde,

• Kaitlyn Chavez was a finalist in the “Documentary” category for The Belly of the Beast.


Congratulations Aaliyah Rodriguez for winning the Public Vote for the Directory of NYC Public High Schools Cover Contest!

6 out of the 15 finalists this year were Art & Design students.  Congratulations to Eleni Mentis, Aaliyah Rodriguez, Eric Reyes, Dirmawan Luawo, Oheine Porter, & Milan Chambard and their teachers Ms. Heckel, Ms. Edelman-Lee, Mr. Bencsko, & Mr. Spaterella!


Art & Design's Third Draw-A-Thon is a Success!

Sophomore Ariella Patchen shares her article:
The Draw-A-Thon:
            The room was quiet and not a sound was heard besides that of pencils and paintbrushes flying against paper and canvas. Artists lined the room and concentrated on only the models in front of them. On Saturday, March 15th the annual Draw-A-Thon was held in the High School of Art and Design cafeteria and gym. The purpose of this event? To unite the artistic community of New York. This event was open to not only the students, but whoever had a passion to paint and had a free moment to spare. Fortunately for me, I was able to catch a few words with some of the crowd. The people I interviewed differed from the models to the alumni of 1982 to future students.
The Atmosphere:
            I could not have been the only one who noticed it,the unmentioned levels of concentration in the air. I was not the only one who felt this way. Jeff, a 10th grade cartooning major stated that the ambience was filled “with concentration and determination.” A group of incoming freshman mentioned to me that the environment was “friendly, welcoming and fantasy like.” These soon to be freshmen felt like they were learning at the center of the Art World”, here in Midtown Manhattan. I also talked with Leenah, a 10th grade Animation major here at Art and Design. Leenah mentioned that despite it not being a regular school day there still was that “welcoming” feeling. Leenah also mentioned that “if you want to do art, this is the school to go to; here you are free.” Lastly Regina, a mother of an upcoming freshman described the atmosphere to be diverse. Not only with the population around us, but with the career options. Here you do not have to be just a fine artist, there are so many different majors to choose from.”
The Experience:
            Why draw from life? What makes this process so much more gratifying then from imagination? Why would one haul themselves out of bed on a Saturday morning for a Draw- A-Thon?
            The answer is simple. The experience. Unlike drawing from your computer or from your imagination, observational sketches are more beneficial. Not only are you able to experience the true three dimensional figure of the model, but you are motivated by the people around you. Raven, a 2014 graduate of Art and Design relays that “this experience inspires you to work harder. Drawing from life is very liberating. What I learnt at Art and Design carries through to events like this.” Paul David Elsen, also a graduate of this school(1982) feels that “drawing from real life is the most important thing for an artist interested in fine arts can do in order to train.” Paul also advises that “draw and paint as much as you can, listen to the teachers here, and most of all, stay dedicated.”
            I am most certainly sure that I along with all other attenders look forward to the next Draw-A-Thon event.

Sophomore Ita Flores shares her article:

The third annual Art and Design Draw-A-Thon, was held on Saturday, March 14, 2015. The Draw-A-Thon had several models ranging from cosplayers and gesture models to models who posed for nine hours. The event drew attention from artists of all ages and even some non-artists as well. Several incoming students expressed their excitement at the event, saying “I really like it here. I really like that there’s a lot of different options for drawing, there’s nude models and clothed models too, you can do long poses or short poses.” “We feel very, very, very, very, very excited. We came here last year. It helped a lot with [bodily] proportions”  said a group of enthusiastic eighth graders. Our future Art and Design alumni also said, “It’s a very professional and inspirational environment.” One of the parents and art enthusiasts at the event enjoyed seeing the progression of “artists drawing the models; it’s so interesting the detail and the time and the concentration that artists are spending to make a masterpiece [...] it’s exciting to watch the progression from a blank sheet of paper into this beautiful piece of art.” Some of the models were also excited about the Draw-A-Thon: “I think it’s really cool, I was actually an art student myself, [...] it’s neat to be able to support something like this.” Experienced artists were enthusiastic about seeing younger artists being so passionate about art, “It’s an effective experience for younger artists, especially if they learn from the older ones who know what they’re doing. Draw from life every chance you get.” The Art and Design Draw-A-Thon is a great experience all!. Students, professionals, parents and teachers are encouraged to come and create some art. Food and refreshments were sold and a raffle was held later on in Draw-A-Thon. A great time was had by all!


Our internship program is making amazing connections! 
Art & Design 11th grade Fashion major Anna Osei Owusu interns at Building Beats, features artist Aaron Iazansky's artwork on an all over print, and assists with runway show 

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Congratulations to Art & Design student Daniel Blanc!  He is currently a semi-finalist in The New York Times College Scholarship Porgram 2015



Congratulations to our students who are having their work published in the Celebrating Art Contest!

Students: Christine Abraham (12th grade), Lillian Tirado (12th grade), Kathy Flores (12th grade), Brenda Barrera (10th grade), Ruth Flores (12th grade), Marques Oden (12th grade), Diana Herreros (12th grade), Armando Fuentes (12th grade). For more information: http://www.celebratingart.com


Art & Design's Second Annual Draw-a-Thon Is A Success!


Senior Graphic Design Students Celebrate Mad Men Era Artist Mac Conner's 101st Birthday at the Museum of the City of New York

Click HERE to watch the video and read the article on ABC7 online


Art & Design Fashion Majors meet Michele Obama at the White House

The following description is excerpted from the Spotlight Career & Technical Education Newsletter, "CTE High Schools in the News":

"High school and university students from across the country were provided an opportunity to network with prominent figures of the Fashion Industry to strengthen their skill sets, open their minds to new concepts and understandings, show young artisans interested in fashion what it takes to succeed in the industry, and the importance of remaining committed to their education. 'Students at the workshop learned about everything from construction of a garment and fashion journalism to wearable technology'."  


Art & Design Students Attend New York Comic Con!


Our students shine at Exploring the Arts gala for the stars on September 29, 2014

The students who represented Art & Design at the event were Victor Bustamante, Jose Soto, Trisha Khanum and Emely Yauri.

Art & Design Alumni Tony Bennett Draws with Students at Our Annual Spring Arts Festival


Art & Design Wins Blue Ribbon Editor's Choice Award at The Maker Faire
in Flushing Meadow Park, September 20-21, 2014

Ahsan Fakhrul - Technology Coordinator, Michael Klein - 3D Animation Teacher, Janice Edelman-Lee - Illustration & Technology Teacher, Helen Vachicouras - Architecture Teacher

On the site of the 1964 NY World's Fair, Art & Design students demonstrated their love of art and technology with their exhibit "The Science of Art / The Art of Science". The booth paid homage to the original 50-year old exhibit of the Sinclair Dinosaur, the Sinclair Oil mascot for the promotion of fossil fuel. With original memorabilia, such as brochures, tickets, and the first actual 3D printed dinosaurs, A&D students  expanded on the concept with a multidisciplinary approach to the art of the 3D dinosaur. Utilizing our own 3D printer, A&D blew the crowds away with realtime new dinosaur prints inhabiting their own model architectural habitat and inspired digital illustrations.

Special thanks to Shajib Ahsan of Stuyvesant HS, Fahim Mahmud of Bronx Science, Patrick St. Elien, Justin Ting, Elizabeth Rosario, Mirka Arevalo, Lallbachan (Rishi) Simbudyal, Nikola Susic, Katherinne Escandon, Julia Cervasio and Nimer Mercado.