Instructor Spotlight: Demetrio Belenky

Demetrio Belenky is a figurative artist and teacher. He graduated from FIT and obtained his MFA from the New York Academy of Art, after which he pursued his calling in education. He has taught at FIT, SUNY New Paltz, and Berkeley College. He enjoys a studio practice in Brooklyn, where he lives, works and teaches privately.


Instructor Belenky Teaches:
JSX 031 Basic Drawing Skills
JSX 036 Life Drawing for Middle School

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe in the universality of art and I communicate to my students its power, global influence and multiculturalism. Art is the great unifier, the language of form and expression and I attempt to translate it into a fun yet educative environment. My goal is to ignite interest for drawing, a passion for painting, an understanding of form and how to visualize it aesthetically. The students learn that

through art, we become more engaged in our world, history and present, our worldview gains sophistication and we grow more attentive to the details and the big picture simultaneously.

Industry Experience:
Creative Director at NPO Open Way

Creative resources at David Yurman


Artwork by Demetrio Belenky:

Instructor Spotlight: Anais Garcia

Anais Garcia is a Technical Design Manager in the intimate’s field with a background in women’s and men’s apparel. Prof. Garcia has a great passion for sharing her expertise and fashion industry experience with others. A Fashion Institute of Technology graduate and a New Yorker, Prof. Garcia has taught Pre-college courses at FIT and will be teaching the HSA 002 Patternmaking and Sewing Tops.



Anais Garcia teaches:
HPM 070 Basic Patternmaking and Sewing I (Grades 11 & 12)
HSA 002 Patternmaking and Sewing Tops

Teaching Philosophy:
I’m always focused on developing the student skills by interacting with them individually and as a team. We are together on this learning journey. We must work as a team to overcome all the bumps on the way and learn from each other. I encourage them to explore different techniques and research the trends and industry to incorporate their findings in their future projects.

Industry Experience:
Earned a Patternmaking degree
Proficient in Technical Design
Travels overseas to train factories and vendors
Active in the fashion Industry for the past 15 years

Instructor Spotlight: Aurelie Desmas

Aurélie Desmas has come to interior design after over a decade in photography and the advertisement industry. Her diverse background and understanding of design, styling, theater, photography and art have provided her with a unique point of view for drawing and understanding 3D renderings on a 2D surface.  Aurelie has an MA in Fine Arts from Paris and refined her drawing skills at the School for Interior Design, FIT and Parsons.

Prof. Desmas teaches:
Teaching Philosophy:

I think Precollege is a great time to start exploring possibilities and getting your feet wet in any discipline you are considering for your future. Drawing is a fantastic means of expression and communication for people of any age. Being able to convey and execute your ideas on the 2D surface of a drawing is an exhilarating experience. I see teaching as a great opportunity to exchange knowledge, discuss ideas and have fun.

Industry Experience:
Interior Designer and Feng Shui specialist for Maison KoduZen, Brooklyn based interior design firm
E-Designer for Havenly

Set Designer for various productions for l’Atelier Theatre in New York

Artwork by Aurelie Desmas:

In the Halls: Tymeek

Photo credit: Oumou Diallo

Student: Tymeek from Brooklyn

Program: Saturday Live Fall 2017

Precollege Course: HIL 012 Drawing for Illustration

Describe your personal style?

I try to stand out with my art and my looks so that people can say “oh snap he’s cool, fly, and attractive.”

Where do you go on your breaks from class?

To the vending machines, I look at artwork around the campus and talk to other students either from my class or another class.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?

The designs, artwork, and showcases of creations that the college students have made.

Who or what inspires you?

My parents, sister and friends because they believe in me and push me to put all of my effort into everything that I do.

What do you want to do after you graduate from College?
Animation, Illustration, music development, music management, game concept art or create my own business in those fields.

Instructor Spotlight: Mary Capozzi

Mary Capozzi has been an instructor at FIT for over 8 years. During her 17 years of experience in the fashion industry, Prof. Capozzi designed children’s clothing, swimwear and denim. She also has a passion for art, particularly fashion illustration and digital illustration.

Prof. Capozzi teaches:
HSX 095 Costume & Couture Rendering

Teaching Philosophy:
My life philosophy, which extends to my teaching, is “seek knowledge from cradle to grave”. I love to learn and impart that knowledge to my students. I appreciate when students are challenged and when they challenge me to grow. Precollege students bring an energy and excitement to the learning environment. I am always completely blown away by the level of creativity and imagination they display in their presentations.

Recent Exhibitions/Work:
SUNY Empire State College Graduate Art Show