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Recent HFA: SCS Grad Talks About the Emotions Behind His Award-Winning Artwork in Michigan Nightlight Essay

posted by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated ]

Earlier this year, Habacuc Bessiake (HFA: SCS Class of 2017) won a Scholastic national gold medal in visual arts. As a part of an ongoing series that features youth voices, Michigan Nightlight has published an essay from Habacuc on the emotions behind his award-winning artwork.

Detroit Free Press Article on HFA: SCS Hoops Star Trevion Williams

posted by Lisa Kreinbring

"Williams began a gradual rise through the recruiting rankings, and most recruiting services now rank him among the state’s top-six Class of 2018 players and in the top 100 nationally. Williams was the fourth underclassman and ninth overall in the Free Press’ 2016-17 preseason ranking of the state’s top-100 players. After averaging 22 points and 25 rebounds a game last season, Williams received an offer from Purdue on May 2 and chose the Boilermakers over Xavier two months later." 

Read the article.

Night of the Arts - June 1 - Free and open to all!

posted May 18, 2017, 11:59 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated May 18, 2017, 12:30 PM ]


Don’t miss the largest annual K-12 visual art/design exhibition in Detroit! 


Open for one night only, with hundreds and hundreds of pieces of student work spanning four floors, NOTA showcases the thriving talent in K-12 district. This event is your opportunity to wrap yourself in the vibrancy of today’s youth! Free and open to all.

June 1 // 5-8pm
485 W. Milwaukee St // Detroit MI 48202 // Parking Available - Enter Surface Lot from W. Baltimore

Artwork Credit: Ronald Black // 8th grade

Open House - May 23

posted May 15, 2017, 7:58 AM by Lisa Kreinbring

Curious about Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit's premier art & design middle|high school? Join us on May 23rd from 5:00 to 6:30pm for an Open House. Meet our staff, see our learning environment, and understand how we prepare our students for college, careers, and innovative thinking. HFA: SCS is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year in grades 6-11. For more information, please contact Ms. Burris at 313-244-5861 or nburris@hfli.org.

HFA: SCS 11th Grader Sees His Winning Textile Design Come to Life Through Community-Supported Project

posted May 15, 2017, 7:56 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated May 15, 2017, 8:54 AM ]

Hagopian World of Rugs, the College for Creative Studies, Online Donors and Dedicated Teachers Team Up to Provide Unique Learning Opportunity

 

On May 12th, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies 11th grader Raymond Underwood and crowds at the College for Creative Studies’ annual Student Exhibition Opening got a first look at a rug based on Underwood’s winning textile design, “Fist Full of Power.” He took first place in a unique art project created by Manal Kadry, a visual arts teacher at the art & design middle/high school who was inspired by an annual project at the College for Creative Studies and students’ recent exploration of the eight stages of genocide in their social studies classes. The public can see the unity-themed rug and the top 12 hand-rendered designs as the Exhibition continues through May 26th.

The Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies project challenged 11th graders to expand their knowledge of textiles and interior design principles, articulate their concern about some form of discrimination, and apply their emerging art and design skills to create a rug design appropriate for residential placement. “Fist Full of Power” was selected by a panel of judges from Hagopian World of Rugs and the College for Creative Studies, based on Underwood’s ability to create a design that connects with users and aligns with the project’s design principles. Hagopian World of Rugs then fabricated his design into 100 percent wool rug, measuring five feet by seven feet.

“When I heard my name being called for first place for the rug project, it made me feel like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to,” said Underwood. “I liked exploring the topic of discrimination because it relates to my life. The opportunity to bring a design to life made it more meaningful for me.”

 

“For 28 years, Hagopian has fostered educational excellence in design. We are so impressed by these high school students. They picked a difficult theme and the stories they shared truly moved us. The work was of such high quality that it would have been a disservice not to open our recognition up to twelve students,” said Edmond Hagopian, president of Hagopian World of Rugs. “We asked that the designs be representative of the theme, rather than literal, to align with the products customers seek. Raymond Underwood’s winning design and artist statement were so powerful. One of the beautiful things about his rug is that it is so nuanced that many people don’t fully grasp the imagery until we point it out.”

“This deeper learning project helps teach students that with hard work, planning, knowledge and communication they can be proud of converting an idea to reality. It’s not easy but the journey can be as rewarding as the final result,” said Kadry, who developed and led the project and competition. “We are grateful to Hagopian World of Floors, the College for Creative Studies, and all of our generous online donors for making this learning experience possible for our students.

 

The art & design middle/high school was founded in 2009 by the College for Creative Studies and Henry Ford Learning Institute with the express dual purpose of providing students with an intense art and design focused experience and equipping them with the academic, social, and creative problem-solving foundation to thrive in post-secondary education and careers of their choice.

 The winning Hagopian-fabricated rug, the top 12 hand-rendered designs, and the best Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies student artwork from the 2016-17 school year will be on display throughout the annual College for Creative Studies’ Student Exhibition, which is free and open to the public May 13 – 26, 2017 at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. The exhibition is open Saturday - Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m, and Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

 

About the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District

The Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District is comprised of two art & design charter schools serving more than 1,200 students -- Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School (K-5, opened 2012) and Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies Middle/High School (6-12, opened 2009). Both are Thompson Educational Foundation 90/90 schools authorized by Grand Valley State University, governed by Public School Academies of Detroit, and managed by Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), a non-profit that exists to redesign how we learn. Learn more at www.hfaelementary.org and www.schoolforcreativestudies.org.




Media Contact:

Lisa Kreinbring
Henry Ford Learning Institute
lisa@hfli.org or 248-259-4066

HFA: SCS Senior Wins National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

posted Apr 12, 2017, 6:33 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 6:50 AM ]

Habacuc Bessiake, a senior at Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, has been awarded a National Gold Medal in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for his self-portrait drawing, "For the Greater Good…00:01." Bessiake is the first student from the tuition-free Detroit art & design middle/high school to receive a Scholastic National Gold Medal.

This year, more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted to the program. Less than 1% were recognized at the national level. Bessiake and other students from around the country who have won highest honors have been invited to attend a ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall on Thursday, June 8. Only one other student attending a school in the city of Detroit won a Scholastic National Gold Medal in visual arts this year.

At the regional level, Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies students won a total of 21 awards; Bessiake earned seven of those awards, including a Gold Key Portfolio. His Scholastic National Gold Medal piece is a part of that portfolio, in which he uses self-portraits to explore self-control and the dynamic between anger and calm. “Growing up in a large family with many aggravating younger and older siblings, I learned the importance of self-control pretty fast. Now, as I become closer to adulthood, I still find that the ability to manage and carry oneself is a characteristic of great value,” said Bessiake. “The portfolio series counts down from ‘00:08’ to represent the time bomb in the chest of anger, which causes the conflict of the story. My Scholastic National Gold Medal work is the last piece in the series, which is time-stamped ‘00:01’ and depicts self-restraint and calm.” 

“Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies is immensely proud of Habacuc Bessiake, his achievements in this year’s Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the dedicated teachers who have supported his growth. With looming cuts to the arts, he and his artwork serve as a compelling reminder of the importance of arts education. Art and design can change a child’s life,” said Curtis L. Lewis, Ph.D., principal of Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies. Bessiake chose the school for its art & design focus. He is currently vice president of the school’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society, and was recently awarded a scholarship to attend the world-class College for Creative Studies in the fall.

Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies was founded in 2009 by the College for Creative Studies and Henry Ford Learning Institute with the express dual purpose of providing students with an intense art and design focused experience and equipping them with the academic, social, and creative problem-solving foundation to thrive in post-secondary education and careers of their choice.

 

About the Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District

The Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies K-12 District is comprised of two art & design charter schools serving more than 1,200 students -- Henry Ford Academy: Elementary School (K-5, opened 2012) and Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies Middle/High School (6-12, opened 2009). Both are Thompson Educational Foundation 90/90 schools authorized by Grand Valley State University, governed by Public School Academies of Detroit, and managed by Henry Ford Learning Institute (HFLI), a non-profit that exists to redesign how we learn. Learn more at www.hfaelementary.org and www.schoolforcreativestudies.org.


MEDIA CONTACT:          

Lisa Kreinbring                                                            

Henry Ford Learning Institute

lisa@hfli.org or 248-259-4066

Open House for Interested Families - April 13

posted Apr 12, 2017, 6:28 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 6:30 AM ]

Curious about Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit's premier art & design middle|high school? Join us on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:00 to 6:30pm for an Open House. Meet our staff, see our learning environment, and understand how we prepare our students for college, careers, and innovative thinking. HFA: SCS is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year in grades 6-11. For more information, please contact Ms. Burris at 313-244-5861 or nburris@hfli.org.

Mustang News - March 20

posted Mar 21, 2017, 11:09 AM by Lisa Kreinbring   [ updated Mar 21, 2017, 11:12 AM ]

Packed with info and chock full of personality, the Mustang Morning News is our student-driven school news program, facilitated by our Math and ELA Instructional Coaches, Mr. Waston and Ms. McKenna. Students from both middle and high school write, report, interview, anchor, and video tape each episode. Please click, watch and enjoy!

Open House for Interested Families - March 21st

posted Mar 20, 2017, 11:11 AM by Lisa Kreinbring

Curious about Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies, Detroit's premier art & design middle|high school? Join us on Tuesday, March 21st from 5:00 to 6:30pm for an Open House. Meet our staff, see our learning environment, and understand how we prepare our students for college, careers, and innovative thinking. HFA: SCS is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year in grades 6-11. For more information, please contact Ms. Burris at 313-244-5861 or nburris@hfli.org.

Mustang News - Week of March 13

posted Mar 13, 2017, 10:55 AM by Lisa Kreinbring


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=215Au4Luh9A&feature=youtu.be

Packed with info and chock full of personality, the Mustang Morning News is our student-driven school news program, facilitated by our Math and ELA Instructional Coaches, Mr. Waston and Ms. McKenna. Students from both middle and high school write, report, interview, anchor, and video tape each episode. Please click the image to the left, watch and enjoy!

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