Hello from South Carolina! : Guest Post by Faculty Aya Kakeda

Hello from South Carolina!
I was invited to an Artist Residency from  at
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville South Carolina.
Thank you to the Museum and also to the
National Endowment for the Arts Foundation for the grant.
The Children’s Museum is having an exhibition called Hello Japan, introducing children to the old traditional as well as new Japanese culture such as Karaoke,
Prikura, Harajyuku Fashion, Manga, Anime, etc.
I was invited to do four workshops and an artist talk during this residency.
My workshop was about a simple way to make characters. It was fantastic to work with kids (and adults) during the workshop.
They were amazing once they got the “how to” part down-
they really got into it and created many of their own characters.
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Here is a link to a TV show that museum president Nancy Halverson and I were invited to. You can see the exhibition here and very small part of what I did at the workshop.
You can see more of Aya’s work here.

As promised…

What a day we had this past Saturday! Our newly conferred MFA in Illustration students, grads now, delivered a workshop to junior year students from the High School of Art and Design in New York City, in partnership with the Society of Illustrators in NY. Professor Anelle Miller, who is also the Executive Director of the Society of Illustrators and Chair Melanie Reim, worked with the FIT students to develop the workshop.

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Our FIT grads were fantastic teachers, ushering over twenty students though an afternoon of visual storytelling and explorations of media that included clay to make 3D characters, printmaking, color paintings, experiments with black ink and collage. The high school students blew us away. They are super talented, imaginative, smart and were all a pleasure to work with. They created amazing stories and characters. We all had such a fun day!

This program is a complement to the Visual Thesis Exhibition in Gallery FIT at the Museum at FIT. The exhibit will be up through July 3- so do not miss it!

 

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Visual Thesis Exhibition Opens!

Final Postcard Exit Lines Front

Exit Lines, the MFA in Illustration Visual Thesis Exhibition, 2015, is open in Gallery FIT, the Museum at FIT. Nine illustrators have filled the gallery with works that move and emerge on the walls. Explore Times Square in 3D with Scott Fowler, visit the studios of artists vicariously through the work of Lynsey Hirth, travel on an animated journey through the Museum of Natural History with Han Yuan Yu, groove to rock classics and the interpretations with Jorge Saldana, just to name a few! Kudos to the class and to Professor Dennis Dittrich for leading another successful year towards the exhibition.

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ligangFor the first time this year, our students have developed arts programming in partnership with the Society of Illustrators and the High School of Art and Design, led by Professor Anelle Miller. We’ll be posting pics from that, too, so come back!