SU 'Talent Agency' Helps Students Prepare for College
Published on 10/18/16
District News Academics Corcoran High School
Close to 20 SCSD students head to the Nancy Cantor Warehouse three days a week to visit the Talent Agency studio. For students who are passionate about art, the Talent Agency program is invaluable – an experience to learn new techniques, develop a portfolio and work with college art students and professors.
On Tuesdays, students take part in mentoring sessions with college students and professors, where they gain assistance with their portfolios, college essays, artist statements and more. On Fridays, they focus on drawing skills, taught by graduate-level art students—complete with a pizza dinner break. On Saturdays, students dive into their concentration area, with time to focus on painting, photo, sculpture, fashion and digital illustration and design.
“I am most proud of the teens for their commitment and dedication to working for a bright future,” Talent Agency co-founder and Program Director Dorene Quinn said. “Talent Agency provides a structure, but it's the young artists that rise to very high levels of achievement. We think of the program as providing advantages where few might exist, but the youth have to rise to meet the challenge and they do!”
In addition to art basics, Talent Agency has also secured funding to bring students on field trips – such as to National Portfolio Day, where seniors have the ability to present their art portfolio to top art schools from across the country—as well as for passes to Light Works, a community dark room, and more.
“Art is all I’ve ever wanted to do,” Corcoran senior Kaleb Harris said. “I’d like to pursue animation in college. My friends recommended that I try the Talent Agency—I’m hoping to learn illustration better and gain more art knowledge in general.”
Classmate Tyron McIntyre attended the summer session and enjoyed it so much that he continued there this fall. With an interest in photography, Tyron said the program has helped him learn how to develop photos, use Photoshop, cultivate a portfolio and more.
“I’ve always thought art was a 6th sense,” he said. “But I’ve come to learn it’s more than just picking up a pen and pencil. There are so many concepts and techniques you need to learn to use!”
Thank you to Syracuse University and Talent Agency for providing a wonderful opportunity for our artistic students to blossom!