Uganda Leadership Program 2017

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Oogie Art took another trip to Uganda this summer to help build solar panels for the Kasangula Talent School located in the Mityana district. Students taught a total of 8 art classes, engaging in creativity and leadership roles with the local students. Oogie Art also donated many books to help build the library which would be a great resource for students. The visit is yet another step in helping to upgrade the school and improve upon education of children. 

Date & Time

August 15, 2017 ~ August 24, 2017

Student Spotlight: Joanna Yoon

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Joanna Yoon is a passionate Visual Designer with a demonstrated history of working in the cosmetics and media industry. Joanna graduated from SVA as a graphic design major, and currently works for NBC Universal as a graphic designer. She has held internships at companies like Fresh cosmetics and Digital Media Rights

Student Spotlight: Steve Seong

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Steve Seong graduated with a double major in radio/tv/film and psychology with a minor in the business institutions program at Northwestern University. Previously he was the International Programming & Acquisitions Intern at Nickelodeon. He is currently a Marketing Coordinator in Digital Products and Platforms at Discovery Communications. 

Exhibition at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C.

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Fourteen students from Oogie Art that have received national recognition in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and five were honored to have their artwork exhibited at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. This exhibition showcases the strongest artwork from talented teens all over the country, ranging from traditional media like painting and drawing to mixed media highlighting contemporary issues. Over the past year, our Oogie students have worked very hard towards entering their pieces in the competition, and we couldn’t be more proud of them for sharing their creative ideas. Congratulations Katherine Pan, Ava Xu, Maya Dixon, Joseph Li, and Jane Demarest!!

Ribbon–cutting Ceremony Date & Time

Sept. 16, 2016

Show Date & Time

September 5 – October 31, 2016

Exhibition Location

The U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C.

Fundraising Event for Myanmar Orphans

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A few students from Oogie Art held a fundraising event in Busan, Korea to raise money towards the Mya Theingyi Orphanage in Myanmar. Students had the chance to speak directly with the locals and raise awareness on the orphanage and their plans to help the community. Oogie Art emphasizes that students become leaders and take on projects like this on their own. It gave students an opportunity to raise funds, simultaneously increasing leadership skills.

Date: 

August 20, 2016 

Location:

Haeundae Beach, Busan, Korea

Myanmar Leadership Program

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Students from Oogie Art visited the Mya Theingyi Orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar to spend time with the children and create a diverse range of artwork. Children were very responsive towards creating something meaningful to express their emotional state and experiment with different supplies provided.  It was a great experience to go abroad and bring fun and positivity to connect with the students and become leaders in the classroom.

Dates:

August 14 ~ 19, 2016

Art College Admissions II based on 40 colleges interviews with Admission Officers and Chair or Director of art department & 20 Mentors

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Director Wook Choi published her second book titled Art College Admissions IIStemming from 35+ years of experience as an artist, art educator and art dealer, Wook delivers tips and guidance on creating the best portfolio, including examples of student work, and provides insight from interviews with industry professionals in all creative fields including fine art, design, & architecture. Over 40 colleges and universities were interviewed to highlight their best programs and developments in their schools. This is the best updated resource for anyone looking to enter a college or university to further their art education. 

Date & Time

July 2016

 

Oogie Art Press in New York, NY

Author: Wook Choi, Founder of Oogie Art

Scholastic Art National Award Ceremony 2016

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12 Scholastic Art National Awards were given to students at the national level this year.

Some schools such as Pratt Institute honor scholarships for students that have gained recognition at the national level. For example: 

  • Portfolio Gold Award Recipients in General Art or Photography: $1500/year for four years
  • Portfolio Silver Award Recipients in General Art or Photography: $1000 a year for four years
  • Gold Award Recipients Individual works: $500 a year for four years

Congratulations to the following students: Katherine Pan, Ava Xu, Maya Dixon, Joseph Li, and Jane Demarest

Scholastic Art Award Ceremony 2016

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The 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony was held at Parsons School of Design. Once again, Oogie Art beat their record with a total of 188 Key Awards! The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is a renown competition, recognized by virtually every art education institution in the world. This is the best opportunity for students to become engaged with other artists and share their creative voices in a diverse setting. It’s also a crucial component to highlight their achievements during their college admissions.   

Young Arts Finalist: Aaron Smithson + Merit Winners: Mary Safy & Eungyoung Lee

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Three students from Oogie Art were recognized for their artwork in the National Young Arts competition.

Aaron Smithson was chosen as a finalist as one of 12 out of 12,000 students in the USA and invited for a workshop and exhibition at the museum in Miami. He was also awarded a $10,000 Presidential Scholarship. His architectural portfolio displayed organic pieces inspired by the sea and incorporated a wide use of mixed media. Aaron's portfolio is also featured on YoungArts.

The Young Arts competition is highly competitive, and we feel honored to have our students recognized for their artistic achievements. Congratulations Aaron Smithson (Trinity School, Oogie Art), Mary Safy (Stuyvesant Highschool, Oogie Art) & Eunyoung Lee (Lexington Highschool, Oogie Art)!!

Charity Fundraising Show

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Oogie Art Gallery hosted a Charity Fundraising Show for the Scholarship at the Talent School in Uganda. Featuring Mark Chearavanont’s black and white photography, many pieces were sold and the funds will go towards raising money for the Kasangula Talent School in Uganda. Mark is an Oogie alumni, and he was accepted from Harvard University. 

Dates:

September 6 ~ 19, 2015

Admissions Visit: Central Saint Martins

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Admissions officers from Central Saint Martins located in London, England visited Oogie students for a presentation on the admissions process and the various programs being updated at their school. Each year, several Oogie students apply to Central Saint Martins (part of the University to the Arts London) for their renown fashion major. Amongst their alumni includes Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney, and each year a few Oogie students are admitted despite the heavy competition.

Date: 

August 1, 2015

Designer Talk Event: Titmouse Studio

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Titmouse Studio is a full-service animation studio. Christy Karacas is Supervising Director and visited Oogie Art to give students a once in a lifetime presentation of his experience in the industry. Students then had the opportunity to visit the studio and experience firsthand the inner workings of a real animation studio. Titmouse creates content for TV shows, films, commercials and branded and digital content, including well known TV shows like SuperJail and Rick & Morty. Christy will be one of the featured professionals in Wook’s upcoming book titled Art College Admissions II.

The Well Project for Kasangula School, Uganda

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Students from Oogie Art visited the Kasangula Talent School and Mityana Village in Uganda as part of the Uganda Leadership Program. Students conducted art classes and installed a well for clean water in the community. The project is the first step in a series of changes that will take place in the community, including an installment of electricity at the school. It was a great opportunity for Oogie students to connect with the students, creating artwork together and bringing about positive change. 

Designer Talk Event: Caryl Glaab - Director at Blue Man Group

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Caryl Glaab is the creative director of the Blue Man Group, a trio of bald blue men that perform absurd theatrical acts like banging on PVC pipes all choreographed to drumming beats and no dialogue. Glaab talked about the importance of being present during the design process and gave Oogie students an extensive presentation on creating the look and feel of Blue Man Group. Designer talks like these help students gain advice and insight into the design industries from professionals.  

Date: 

July 11, 2015   1 PM

Washington D.C. Art Leadership Program

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For a few days, Oogie students traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in our Art Leadership Program, which is part of the International Child Art Foundation, an enrichment program that provides workshops and art lessons for students all over the world. Oogie students met with several mentors and connected with local students to bring about different art programs. Director Choi emphasizes the importance of being a leader and not a follower, and this was a rare and uplifting opportunity for students to share their knowledge and creativity with their peers and children.   

Dates: 

June 10, 2015 ~ July 3, 2015

Smart Sketchbook Series

Director Wook Choi self-published a series of nine books called “Smart Sketchbook Series” which include fast guidelines on different art techniques for drawing and painting. Each book provides a sample drawing or painting and includes a blank page for students to directly practice onto. Some techniques include drawing a still life of different objects, how to draw the human figure, self-portraits, etc. using mediums like charcoal, pastel or acrylic. You can buy your copy directly from Oogie Art, or purchase them online at Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com