Countdown to Portfolio Day

It’s almost here– that day when art is sprawled on the floors to be dissected by college representatives from all over the country. Here is a grade-by-grade breakdown of how to prepare and what to expect.

Freshmen. Right now, your job is to get the fundamentals down. By next year you will start developing concept, and you will start producing work in your design program class. During this year’s portfolio day, however, seize the opportunity to get a good look at other students’ work, see what inspires you, and use that drive to produce some great summer sketchbook work. You will thank yourself later when you have a fat sketchbook and a new set of skills you gained in the process.

Sophomores. This will be your first year attending National Portfolio Day. Yes, it’s on a Saturday, and yes, you will have to carry your work around, but this is an opportunity not to be missed. Many college reps will priase your work because you are so young and have had so many opportunities at DASH. Though nice to hear, what you’re really looking for are the people who give you substantial critiques. Be prepared to hear about the importance of 1) sketchbooks 2) work from observation 3) work that is not a classroom assignment. Don’t shy away from lesser known schools, especially if the lines are shorter. At this point in your high school career, you’re looking for the most and the best feedback, so don’t worry about college shopping quite yet.

Juniors. By now you have a solid amount of strand work to back up your fine arts portfolio. Different schools will want different types of that work out of you, which is why research is key. Some schools, like Art Center, are narrowly focused in the sense that if you want to apply for Illustration, you should show purely illustrative work. Also make sure not to come with your entire film portfolio to a school that doesn’t offer film. Juniors don’t get nearly as much time to talk to the reps, so make sure you have a game plan about what colleges will be relevant for you to meet.

Seniors. Think of yourself on portfolio day like a salesperson– your product is you. This is your opportunity to show yourself, your concepts and your process all in one package. Make business cards to hand out to the reps, and remember that presentation counts. That means reprint any display boards that got ruined since you made them, mount work that needs to be mounted, and present yourself in a professional way. Don’t get lazy when it comes to emailing the reps to thank them the next day– your scholarship may depend on it.


Weekend Events: 11/22-11/24

by Isadora Milanez

Miami Book Fair International

We know some of you haven’t been to the book fair since it was still exciting to get a free toothbrush from the health booth, but the Miami Book Fair has a lot more to offer. From antique book booths, to McSweeney’s, to collectors’ comics, there’s always something to do. In addition to this, many of the guest authors may seem familiar, such as Edwidge Danticat to anyone who read Brother, I’m Dying in Ms. Parris’ class, and Meg Cabot to those teen fiction aficionados.  No matter how you slice it, the Miami Book Fair has something for you.

Orchestra Brasil Design Fair and Silent Auction to benefit DASH PTSA

Brazil Auction

Orchestra Brasil and the DASH PTSA invite you to experience the best of Brazilian Contemporary Design at the new Brazil Art Fair. A Silent Auction will benefit DASH from Thursday, December 5 until Saturday December 7, 11 am to 7 pm.
Brazil Art Fair / 3101 NE 1st Avenue / Miami, FL  33137

DASH + SVA + NYC: A Student Exhibit

Join us this Thursday, November 21st at 5:00 PM in the New DASH Gallery on NE 39th Street and NE 2nd Avenue for the opening of DASH + SVA + NYC: A Student Exhibit.

This summer, 30 DASH students traveled to New York City to participate in a three week program sponsored by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz who partnered with The John S. and James L. Kinght Foundation. The students explored all aspects of cultural offerings in New York City and attended The Pre-College Program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) with scholarship from SVA.

The Key Biscayne Giving Circle generously donated an iPad Mini for each student to use during the trip. The participating students used the technology to document their experience. This exhibit highlights the presentations that each of the 30 students prepared.

At the end of the pre-college experience students received college credit, made valuable faculty connections, and added important material to their portfolios. Visits to worldclass museums, galleries, and other cultural opportunities available only in New York City combined with classroom studio instruction at nationally recognized arts and academic institutions produced learning experiences with exposure to unparalledled artistic excellence.

Many of the 30 students have cultural roots in Central or South America and the Caribbean. They live in Miami and were enabled to experience art and the cultural life outside their neighborhoods. The high school junior and senior students have gained new perspectives to bring back with them into the new school year.

The Braman Family Foundation, DACRA, Calvin Klein Inc., AccessCircles, and The Key Biscayne Giving Circle also provided support for this young designers’ experience.

Click here for more information about The Young Designers’ Consortium.

Events Coming Up Soon


FIU Theatre presents: Sleeping Beauty By Rufus Norris
This adaptation of the fairy tale favorite is sweetly rebellious, something to please children and adults alike. Meet the Princess who pricks her finger and sleeps for an eternity, the vicious ogre mother-in-law, the nasty queen, and the fairy whose conjures stinky gas. This is hardly Disney, but it’s not an opportunity to miss.
WHEN: November 8-10 & 13-17, 2013 | Wednesday-Saturday 8PM, Sunday 2PM
TICKETS: $10 Students, $12 Seniors, Faculty/Staff (with ID), $15 General

Miami Maker Faire invites all DASH students and alumni to attend for free!
Come experience this family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. As a special gift, MiaMade and The LAB wants to offer all DASH students, alumni and their families free tickets by visiting their ticketing website and entering the code “make dash”. This is especially pertinent for anyone interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the people at the forefront of the Maker Movement in our city and see some incredible projects. To learn more about the Maker Faire go to their official website here.

Symplectic Structures
This exhibition features the work of the New World School of the Arts junior, Rafael Domenech. It is his first solo show in Miami which exprores the process of deconstruction in order to understand the fundamental structure of objects. Admission is free, and his work will remain on view at NWSA@Artseen Gallery, 2215 NW 2nd Avenue, until November 17, 2013.

Sunday Sandblast was Monumental

1Student members of the DASH Architecture Club competed as the only high school team against their local college counterparts this past Sunday, November 11th, at Crandon Park’s north beach on Key Biscayne for Sandblast 2013. Sponsored by DDS CAD and hosted by AIA Miami (American Institute of Architects) with a theme of “Monuments of World Architecture,” this year’s Sandblast competition inspired pyramid designs and a Vitruvian Sponge Bob. The DASH team earned the runner-up award for their Maoi Easter Island head design with Big Ben and the Leaning Tower of Pisa for ears and a classic Roman temple for a forehead. But the real prize was spending a perfect, warm and breezy Miami beach day together with family and friends bringing great design to life.


Taste of Design: A Sold-Out Success!

2On Friday night, November 8th, DASH supporters turned out in droves all dressed up and sparkly for an unforgettable 6th edition of our annual Taste of Design benefit gala. The PTSA truly outdid themselves this year with an abudance of exquisite food, phenomenal silent auction items, and irresistible performing artist talent. Best of all, ticket sales filled the house at the beautifully decorated and brightly lit Moore Building. Thank you to all our donors who contributed their time, talent, financial support, and auction items. Thank you to the many magnificent local restaurants who made the night extra delicious. And hats off to the PTSA team for weeks of work putting together such a gorgeous affair!


More event info and guest photos available here.

Costume Contest Highlights

AnnaThis Halloween, Anna Wintour sat front row on the catwalk at the annual DASH costume contest. Gandalf the Great (a.k.a. Mr. Gilham) commanded a captivated undead audience, announcing entries as each contestant danced down the runway toward a ghastly panel of unrecognizable teacher judges. As always, the whole school got into the spirit of phantom fun. Congratulations to Madison Taylor and Ruben Zamora-Vargas, who won with a hilarious performance in the most frightening costumes of all (VMA Miley Cyrus & Robin Thicke).

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Hispanic Heritage Highlights

GilhamDSC_1222Activities Director Jim Gilham gets into the spirit of fiesta during our annual Hispanic Heritage Festival. This rich and spicy day came together last Thursday, October 24th with leadership from our Spanish teacher, Señora Lopez. Students, parents, and staff brought hundreds of delicious platos to share. The photoPTSA spent all day organizing and serving table after table of mouth-watering dishes. And many dressed colorfully and creatively to show their cultural pride.

While feasting, the school was serenaded by a Mariachi ensemble. To burn off extra bites of flan, staff and students joined together after lunch for dancing, drumming, volleyball in the courtyard, and a thrilling Zumba session in the cafeteria.

Thank you to everyone who made this beautiful celebration so special for DASH!