One of the many luxuries of being a design student, especially at Parsons is the “extended classroom”. New York is our learning playground and at Parsons our instructors make sure that we make use of the endless design resources that New York City has to offer. So field trips are without a doubt a big part of the program.
Our first extended classroom experience was to the Jerard Studio in Brooklyn. Jerard Studio is an association of artists and craftspeople working together to create high quality props, puppets, costumes, sculptures, and custom furniture for interior design, theatrical, and film industry. Aaron Fry, our instructor, brought us to this particular studio to give us a sense of how to create a 3D object. We were greeted by John Jerard, the owner and art director of the studio who is also a professor at Parsons. After giving us a tour of his studio and showing us the previous projects he and his colleagues have done he went more in depth about the importance of the materials that we would be using for our music device. He gave me a broader understanding of “material science” and really made me realize the endless possibilities of materials there are to producing a 3D object. I thought this field trip to be very helpful and made realize that design is really about thinking outside the box!