Category Archives: Current Students

Healthy Materials Lab is Hiring!


Are you looking to join a team of passionate and creative people working to make the world a healthier place for all people? Healthy Materials Lab is looking for a Research Assistant with videography (both recording and video editing), graphic design, systems mapping, and/or data visualization skills to join our team.

This student will assist with recording and editing videos, including interviews and events; diagramming and mapping systems; visualizing complex information into accessible formats, and creating assets for events and general HML use.

Requirements: Undergraduate or Graduate student at The New School with strong representation abilities. Must be a team player, hard-working, and ready to dive into new material.

Apply Here to be considered for Spring Semester work!


BFA Illustration ’19 Students exhibit work @ SMUSH Gallery in Jersey City

See new work by Illustration Seniors at SMUSH Gallery in Jersey City on view November 30-January 27th! The artwork for the exhibition’s poster was created by Hailey Dugan.

 Illustration Seniors:

Sanika Phawde

Alicia Raines

Yogee Chandrasekaran

Hailey Dugan

“Oh The Places You’ll Go” – A Traveling Skate Deck Show

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 2.53.52 PMAmanda Chung with her skatedeck

In celebration of a new gallery showing in room 806 in 2 West 13th Street, the Illustration department’s peer mentors Kristin Gormley, Robin Yao, and Emily Borges put up a fabulous skate deck show. Select students were asked to revamp a blank skate deck in the correlation to the theme of the show:

“Students are asked to reflect on the notion of travel through poetry and typographic design. Each student was given a deck and asked to choose a poem to depict.”

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Ingrid Yiu

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 2.55.28 PMJordan Nevins

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 2.54.26 PMElijah Maura

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 2.54.50 PMAngela Chen

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 2.55.14 PMKristin Gormley

The goal for after the show is to pair up with DT students and have the decks sent out into the world to fully realize the idea of travel. Where the decks will be found by a passerby and be asked to use the deck in what ever manner as they take photos and hashtag “parsonseightrium”. In this way the students hope to track the decks with a GPS tracker as it goes around the world, following it’s journey.

Screen Shot 2015-12-10 at 2.54.10 PMSam Shumway with his skatedeck

Stop by during the week to see the show in all it’s glory and lets give a big shout out to the artists that participated in this exhibition:

Amanda Chung, Kristin Gormley, Ingrid Yiu, Angela Chen, Elena Lloyd, Elijah Maura, Sam Shumway, and Jordan Nevins.

Apply for the Jay Kennedy Scholarship!


If you are a current student who will be a Junior or Senior for the 2016-2017 academic year, this is for you! The Jay Kennedy Scholarship deadline is quickly approaching. If you haven’t already, please download the application form from here. For the complete guidelines and terms for entry, check out the details here. This is FREE money that you don’t wanna miss out on. Best of luck!

Meet “Student of the Month” and your new Jr Rep, Arta Ajeti!

Illustration by Ryan Florez
Illustration by Ryan Florez

Ryan: The big question everyone should have an answer to: Why are you an illustrator? What inspired you or made you decide that this was a lifestyle you’re most interested in?

Arta: Well I’ve always drawn from a young age. I think maybe it’s to do with my name because I have art in my name, haha. Yeah, from a young age I was always like I’m going to be an artist. Initially I was going to go into Fine Arts, but then realized it wasn’t really me.

Ryan: Who’s your favorite illustrator and why?

Arta: This is a tough one… I really like Moonassi. I got really into his work; his use of negative and positive space, and I think that sort of shows in my work actually. He’s my favorite at the moment, but I have quite a few random inspirations that I find. There’s one guy, Owen Gent, who paints really beautifully and I really want to paint like him, so I’m gonna try next semester to do more work kind of in his style.

Ryan: What do you always have with you (despite the essentials: phone, wallet, etc.) that you can’t leave home without?

Arta: I have a fish eye camera that I take. I don’t really take photos with it often, but when I really want to use it I do and I make a point of taking it with me. I’m getting back into photography, because I was really into it when I was sixteen, but it sort of fizzled out. I make a point of doing it now.

Ryan: Weirdest thing you’ve ever drawn or put into your sketchbook?

Arta: Haha, let me think about this… I use to have a scrapbook that I put random things in. I should do that again actually, because that was fun. I just have random nights out and stick things in there, like tickets and memorabilia.

Ryan: It’s 3am in the morning, you know you’re gonna have to pull an all-nighter to get your project done for critique that day and you just had your seventh cup of coffee; in your delirious state of exhaustion you hallucinate the ghosts of Illustration past, present, and future. Who would these ghosts be and what would they say to you?

Arta: Quentin Blake would take me back to when I was a kid reading Roald Dahl, and first realising I wanted to be an artist. He would remind me of a time where making art was a care-free experience. Our very own 3D teacher Glenn LaVertu would probably be the ghost of the present, because Glenn. He would say ‘why are you using the wrong glue?’. The ghost of illustration future would be the finished assignment, telling me I can complete it in time. At that point I would notice I was hallucinating and probably make a note to call a psychiatrist the next day.

Ryan: Which do you relate more to and why? Edvard Munch’s The Scream or Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory?

Arta: Oh definitely the latter, haha. I mean I love surrealism and Dalí is my man. I don’t know I’m less expressionistic; I like the surreal and weird. His (Dalí) mind is always fascinating to me.


Behind the Contest: #WanderingMind Notebook Event Weds. 9/30 7PM

Join us this Wednesday for a live event at the NYU Moleskine store to celebrate the Parsons-Moleskine Collaboration in an informal talk.

Hear from the participants about the process behind the creations for #WanderingMind.

The first 5 to come in with RSVP receive a free #WanderingMind Limited Edition Notebook by artist & Parsons alumni Noe Paparella.

All atendees will receive a 20% discount* during the event. RSVP here.

Moleskine Store – NYU New York
75 University Place
New York, NY 10003

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM 

Noe Paparella's winning designs

Noe Paparella’s winning designs


“The hardest decision to make when it comes to this kind of project is whether you should pursue your own style or if you should match the style of the brand,” said Noe Paparella, winner of the Parsons School of Design/Moleskine project, a competition that challenged 51 seniors from Parsons’ BFA in Illustration program to design a cover for a Moleskine cahier journal and bellyband using the prompt #WanderingMind. “In my case, it wasn’t so complicated because my aesthetic is aligned with Moleskine’s aesthetic.”

Paparella’s design has been produced and will start being sold Aug. 14 exclusively in Moleskine’s store at 75 University Place, just a few blocks from The New School’s University Center (New School students receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases at the store).

Students responded to the prompt #WanderingMind in myriad different ways, designing illustrations that range from the whimsical to the literal, the organic to the geometric, and the minimalistic to the ornate. However, there is a common thread running through each of the designs: a passion for exploration.


Steven Guarnica, Associate Professor of Illustration, said the project provides students with the opportunity to design a product for a company that is “intrinsic to their lives.”

“Besides being a cultural artifact with a high profile in the creative industry, the Moleskine notebook is something students actually use—something that they are deeply invested in,” he said. “Even though students fully embrace the digital age, the sketch book and the pen is still the starting point for everything that we do.”

Read the full story about the project here on The New School News, but come Wednesday to ask questions and get yourself a Moleskin!



Student of the Week: Fernando Sarmiento

Fernando Sarmiento, originally from Venezuela is a senior studying Illustration. He enjoys exploring fantasy and sci-fi through narrative, symbolism and character design, with an inclination for children’s illustration.His mediums of preference include but is not limited to: Graphite and color pencils, microns, oil and acrylic paints, polymer clays, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

You can find his work at and contact him at
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