On Saturday, May 11th a team of students from WHSAD took a trip to the town of Lake Como, New Jersey to present their proposed redesigns for Lake Como to the town's committee. According to Executive Director of the project, Heather Butts, “The project is a collaboration with Lake Como, NJ, Monmouth University, H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths and the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design. The title of the project is ‘Lake Front Fun and Wildlife Park’ and the collaboration was formed to achieve environmental, health, social and economic improvement in the town of Lake Como, NJ. The school has effectively ‘adopted’ Lake Como with an educational approach that will benefit both the students and the residents of the town.” Students … [Read more...]
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Parent Coordinator Lai Sin Chu helping students to make their flowers Saturday, May 11th, the day before Mother's Day, students from WHSAD's community service club, led by Ms. Spaziani, went down to the Jennings Hall Senior Citizen Housing to spend the evening with some of the residents. Additionally, the students presented flowers made from construction paper and recycled water bottles from the school. The excited women who received the flowers Parent Coordinator, Lai Sin Chu, approached the community service club and asked them if they wanted to learn how to make flowers with construction paper with recycled water bottles from the school. Because Mother's Day was only two weeks away, Ms. Spaziani, who directs the … [Read more...]
Students, staff, and community leaders enjoyed working together to help literacy grow throughout New York City. WHSAD students continue to work to enhance literacy throughout New York City. This time, our students, supported by Ms. Heather Butts of Health for Youths, and teachers Mr. Alain Codio and Ms. Sandra Spaziani, visited Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders in the Bronx. During this event, students and staff members from both schools collaborated to build more Little Free Libraries, read to one another, and enjoy seeing how libraries built in the past have flourished. A Sheridan Academy for Young Leaders safety agent supports students in building a new library. A total of seven libraries have been built between two events. … [Read more...]
WHSAD Junior Albert Rodriguez started off by familiarizing his team of students with each part of the process in constructing the Little Libraries. The Polish government and consul provided a grant to build Little Free Libraries to be housed in D14 schools and the Greenpoint community, with the goal of creating multilingual collections representative of the diversity of our students. Under the guidance of WHSAD students, teams will be formed between several high school, middle schools, and elementary schools. This will be a collaboration of the study of the diversity and culture within the district between Pilsudski Institute, District 14 Community Schools, and WHSAD. All participants will engage in programming around the building … [Read more...]
Thank you to Keldwin Portes (left) and Lisa Lewis (right) for providing support for students throughout their creative processes. Over the last few months, select students have been working on projects to pay homage to the storied history and current energy of New York City jazz. Partnering with the New York City Department of Buildings and Architecture Grille, students learned an array of technical skills and built their networks for the future. Dariel Paulino explains his thought process to Keldwin Portes, AutoCAD Drafter at Architecture Grille. WHSAD would like to thank all of those who worked with our students through the creative process. In particular, Keldwin Portes and Jason Allocco from Architecture Grille; Lisa … [Read more...]
Thank you to The Brant Foundation for hosting our students and providing them with insights regarding Jean-Michel Basquiat's life and work. Jean-Michel Basquiat was an extraordinary artist from New York City in the 1980s. Basquiat created very non-traditional pieces of art that pushed limits and boundaries, which can be seen through his vibrant use of color and intense brush strokes, as well as the unconventional objects he used as his canvas. His unique style gained him a large amount of prestige and fame in the white-European dominated art world, which I personally found amazing, considering he was a poverty stricken man of Puerto Rican and Haitian descent. Students received an introduction to the works and life of Basquiat. … [Read more...]
Ms. Newton's students enjoyed the experience of attending the Broadway production of King Lear at the Cort Theatre. “Who is it that can tell me who I am?” It is such sentiment that makes a work such as King Learn transcendental. Wondering about identity is something prevalent in each high school student’s experience, and an adolescent often looks to others to help define identity. Therefore, when students examine William Shakespeare’s work, it is in those students’ best interests to see the Bard’s words as relevant to a modern context. This year, Ms. Newton’s freshman English class has been studying Romeo and Juliet. Through this work, students have seen examples of relationship dynamics and impulsive nature commonly … [Read more...]
Participants in the Bushwick Generator project meet weekly to discuss different aspects of and ideas about the work. The Bushwick Generator is a redesign driven student project in collaboration with Toby Moskovits, Heritage Equity, and Kushner Architects. Students were tasked with redesigning a space for multipurpose use and thus, in the process, go through approvals for rezoning. During this portion of the process, students focused on rezoning and all the dimensions of such a complicated endeavor. Below, several parties involved with the project give their thoughts and insight on Bushwick Generator. Mr. Codio one of the supervisors on the Bushwick Generator project said: “This is the Bushwick Generator project with the developer … [Read more...]
WHSAD students along with the teachers and mentors who supported during the process From this past October to last week, students have been working with WHSAD teachers and community mentors in developing innovative products. Throughout the course of the Incubator project, students have learned how to plan, pitch, and execute on their ideas, and how to modify their work based on feedback from teachers and mentors. Due to the efforts of teachers Ms. Pia Moos and Mr. Ira Geringer, and mentors Sinclair Smith, Director of Groundfloor Incubator at School of Visual Arts; Noel Wiggins, co-founder of design and manufacturing company, Aeraware; and Bill Harvey, a sculptor and housewares designer, musician, supporter of WHSAD for many years; … [Read more...]
Spring is here, hibernation is done, get out of the house and have some fun. Here are some ideas for you: There is a free prom dress giveaway on Sun, April 28th from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the PINK PRINCESS PARTY BOUTIQUE 1470 WILLIAMSBRIDGE BRONX, NEW YORK. All items are free for teens who attend on a first come first serve basis. One parent may accompany you if they like. There is one ticket per family. ITEMS INCLUDE: dresses in all sizes (new or in great condition), shoes, ties, jewelry, handbags and accessories. Do you want to develop your sketching skills and discover new ways of seeing as you draw live models in poses inspired by images of dancers from ancient artifacts? If you do, illustrator and teaching … [Read more...]