High School of Art & Design's Pop Culture Art Festival

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PAINTING WAVES (WORKSHOP)

Meet Instagram artist influencer, @by_nick, who will be showing you his process in developing pop culture inspired paintings. Click here for a list of materials and the video will be released early on Thursday.  Friday you can follow along, ask questions, and show us what you've done so far!

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PERSISTENCE IS KEY

"In life, there is no such thing as impossible; it’s always possible."- Venus Williams. Sometimes life wants you to zig when you would rather zag. But success comes from adapting and pushing forward in our craft. Join actress Cecilia Arana and Anne Fizzard, a cartoonist/actress whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, who will be showing you the benefits of why Persistence is Key. Even 'Baby Legs' made a great detective.

Student Moderator:

Sarah Annor, a Sophomore majoring in Film

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THE RUNWAY SPLITS

Meet Lisa and Hisham as they examine the contrasts between independent and commercial fashion & how to find your way creatively. Is success only possible through the glittery prism of New York's famous fashion weeks? Tune in as we search for the answer!

Student Moderator:

Namiko Ketchie, a Junior majoring in Fashion

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BIOPICS & PANELS

Meet cartoonists Meg Adams and Lucy Knisley as they chat with our students about their autobiographical stories, how they tell their stories, and what drew them to these stories. heh heh heh. Get it?

Student Moderators:

Jo Lis, a Junior majoring in AP Illustration

Sofia Bahamon, a Senior majoring in Cartooning

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DRAW-A-THON

Draw FOUR different live cosplay models in inspiring poses! We encourage all artists, students, professionals, parents, and teachers to join us and create some art!  Grab your sketchbook, paints, brushes, pens; whatever your medium and join us from the comfort of your own home.

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A CAREER IN ANIMATION

The artist shares his perspective on his career in balancing work and doing what he loves in Illustration and Animation Design.

A BOOK IS BORN

Follow Gilbert Ford along in this short video as he takes you on his Illustration journey from Pratt graduate to published children’s book illustrator and author.

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DRAWING MOUNTAINS WORKSHOP

Join fine artist Victoria Febrer as she leads a virtual 'classroom' of our students through a landscape workshop. In this hands-on workshop, we will create our own model landscape at home using crushed paper, and then draw a fully rendered landscape in crayon and watercolor.

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A FASHION & ART CAREER EXPLORED

As artists we’re constantly searching for balance between our own creativity and marketability. Meet Deanna Kei, fashion designer and illustrator, as she explains her career path from FIT, Womenswear designer to Fashion Illustrator and live and virtual event artist. Join her as she shares tips on how to get your own work in front of the right people.

​​Student Moderators:

Namiko Ketchie, Junior majoring in Fashion and
Michaela Davis, Freshman interested in Fashion

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THE LENS AS A PEN

Please join photographers Jamel Shabazz and Michael Young as they discuss their careers in documenting the human condition. Don't miss this chance to hear the stories behind the pictures.

Student Moderator:

Giovanna Gordon, Junior majoring in Photography

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BUILDING YOUR AUDIENCE: REMEMBER THE THREE J'S

Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, TikTok - all these require the same skills - building an audience and developing your content. Learn from the masters as they show you how you can lure in an audience for your next project.

Student Moderators:

Debra Gonzalez, Junior majoring in Animation

Roselyn Tejada, Junior majoring in Animation

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PEN TO PUBLICATION

Relationships are important. Even between Editor and Creator. Meet Alison Wilgus and Whitney Leopard as they discuss what a healthy professional relationship entails.

Student Moderators:

Daniel Joseph, Junior majoring in Cartooning

Maude Lehmann, Junior majoring in Cartooning

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PITCH TO SCREEN - AND THE PROCESS IN BETWEEN

Love animation? Ever been interested how the industry works and how it has evolved? Meet our guests as they talk about the process of how animated features come to life! With special guest Dan Haskett of Disney and Warner Bros, fresh off Space Jam 2!

Student Moderators:

Danny Croland, Junior majoring in Animation

Ellie Hui, Junior majoring in Animation

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PARDON THE DISRUPTION:

BEING AN AAPI FEMALE IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY

It's Asian American and Pacific Islander Month! We've assembled a powerhouse roundtable of women in various creative industries to discuss how they have navigated challenges and overcome oppressive stereotypes in their own ways. The myth of the 'model minority' is just one facet that contributes to AAPI hate, so let's shine a light and do what we can to educate ourselves and be an ally. #stopaapihate

Student Moderators:

Chloe Yung, Senior majoring in Animation
Ellie Hui, Junior majoring in Animation
Reissy Catu, Junior majoring in Illustration

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SHOOTING BOARDS

"Shooting boards", a.k.a. storyboarding, is key to a successful Film and TV production, conveying emotion and positioning for the Director. Illustrator David Reuss walks us through the challenges and steps involved to a successful production!

INTRO TO CARICATURE

Get the inside scoop on the business of being a Caricaturist! Cathy Nolan covers everything from technique to pricing.

A CAREER IN PHOTOGRAPHY

Art and Design High School alum Flint Gennari presents a retrospective of growing up in the rough and tumble streets of NYC and building his successful photography business.

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IS ALL AROUND US

A walk through our neighborhoods reveals constructed natural beauty and the variety of cool & familiar places brought to you by landscape architecture. Join us as we discuss what landscape architecture is all about and how it crosses through various skill sets.

Student Moderators:

India Butler, Senior majoring in Architecture

Pablo Greene, Senior majoring in Architecture

Viviana Alatorre, Senior majoring in Architecture

STRATHMORE TO UNCOATED TO PIXEL: ILLUSTRATION IN THE COMMERCIAL ARTS

This panel brings together artists on different paths but with a common passion for illustration. See how they found the road that worked for them in the world of commercial art.

Student Moderators:

Reissy Catu, Junior majoring in Illustration

Jo Lis, Junior majoring in AP Illustration

THE CASE FOR MULTI-DISCIPLINISM IN GRAPHIC DESIGN

Graphic Design is all around you. And when done well you may not even realize it. See how curiosity and a broad array of interests can help push the opportunities in graphic design beyond your expectations.

Student Moderators:

Katherine Hill, Junior majoring in Graphic Design

Tahis Fonseca-Miranda, Freshman interested in graphic design

STAGE PRODUCTION: IT'S OVER 9000!

Join us in this rare event with members of the Saturday Night Live Film Unit, Art Department as they detail the breakneck weekly process of script to finished movie. They'll dissect the hilarious 2019 movie trailer spoof: The Grouch.

Student Moderators:

Sarah Annor, Sophomore majoring in Film

Brett Howard-Butler, Senior majoring in Film

SMALL PAGE VS THE BIG SCREEN

You can spend your initial career focused on the static page, and then years later wind up moving to animation, or even directing your first full-length animated movie! What are the challenges in such a move, and if you could do it over again, what would you look out for? Come chat with illustrator turned director Scott Christian Sava and veteran triple-threat illustrator/cartoonist/animator and SVA educator Ray Alma as they go over their artistic journey.

Student Moderators:

Daniel Joseph, Maude Lehmann, Junior majoring in Cartooning

Chloe Yung, Senior majoring in Animation

EVOLUTION FROM PAPER TO PIXEL

In comic books what are the pros and cons of ditching paper and moving to the digital environment? Comic artists Simon Fraser and Stéphane Roux will go over why they converted to the digital format and why you should too!

Moderator: Josh Adams

COSPLAY RULES!  FROM FANDOM TO COMMUNITY

In this panel, these diehard cosplayers will talk about what drew them to cosplay, getting into the cosplay community, connections and self-care.

Moderator: Tex Merquise

CREATING A DYNAMIC LAYOUT

Watch the pro's at the Kubert School take a concept from sketch to final page!

Moderator: Ramon Gil

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Players, who are encouraged to dress up, will be on live stream of this campaign, for all the public to see!