This October, Level 3 Graphic Design and Film students ventured out to the Big Apple to learn more about their artistic disciplines and see what New York City has to offer in film and design. The film students attended the All American High School Film Festival, where senior Mikey Hardesty was nominated for the best experimental film, and three films were official selections, a prestigious honor! The design students visited the School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology, meeting Alumni Marshall Columbia (2014) and Pete Freeman (2014) along the way.
Design at ADIDAS, Fashion Institute of Technology
The Design group had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the top-secret ADIDAS Creative workspace in Brooklyn. (They had to sign non-disclosure agreements to gain access!) Adidas VP and Creative Marc Dolce met with them and imparted wisdom about pursuing a career in design, specifically apparel and sneakers. Famous DJ Clark Kent happened to be at Adidas that day and shared his insights on working hard, pursuing passions, and making awesome sneakers. Apart from sitting down with these people, the students saw how Adidas incorporates new technologies into apparel design, including 3D printers, vast weaving machines, and unique textiles. Visiting Adidas was the highlight of the trip for most of the students. “Mr. (James) Gonzales was so excited to see inside Adidas and meet all these people, so it helped us realize what a huge privilege this was!” explained Junior Victoria McBroom.
Design students also visited CENTER Design studio to learn about working in a design firm from alum Pete Freeman (2014), who graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2018. By subway and on foot, the students got around the city and filled their time with a variety of design adventures. They created hand-made books during a workshop, viewed a graffiti/street art tour, took part in a graffiti workshop, saw the city from a night boat tour, and ate their way through NYC! The week was insightful as Valor students experienced the diversity that design has to offer in both career and schooling.
Finally, design students toured the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and got to meet one of Valor’s own. Marshall Columbia (2014) talked with the students about his personal journey in design work – from the yearbook staff at Valor, to design classes at CSU and then on to FIT, where he will graduate this semester.
Marshall also works for a small design house in Brooklyn that specializes in costuming for clients in the entertainment industry. Last summer, he worked as a costumer on a pilot for a potential reality series on HBO. Last spring, Marshall was a guest artist at Valor via Skype, providing inspiration during Hayes Trotter’s Wearable Art unit. “It was fun to return to Valor via technology and see what cool things art students are doing in the classroom,” he said.
Film Students Shine at Festival
Six Valor film students attended the All American High School Film Festival at the AMC Times Square. The trip provided an extreme extension of the filmmaking classroom by engaging with other talented high school filmmakers and media arts enthusiasts from around the world. This was the first year attending the festival and supporting senior Michael Hardesty, who had three official selections this year including one finalist film! The group also visited New York University’s School of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts and took a tour of WarnerMedia and CNN studios. Enjoy this film summary of the week created by Mr. Josh Anamier, Valor film teacher and filmmaker.
VALOR FILM NYC TRIP FALL 2019 from Valor Arts on Vimeo.