In the Halls: Julia

Photography by Fanta N’Diasseny

Student: Julia from the Bronx

Program: Saturday Live – Fall 2017

Precollege Course: HIL 012 – Drawing for Illustration

Describe your personal style: I like pastel and bright colors so I wear those often. I also really like hats because it hides my really badly dyed hair.

Where do you go on your breaks from class? I get Reeses peanut butter cups.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? It has nice atmosphere.

Who or what inspires you? The movie Coraline.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? I would like to be an Animator.


Introducing Precollege Blogger: Andres

Greetings, my name is Andres Lucio, I personally prefer to be called, by my first name, although many people do refer to me by my last name. I’m 16 years old, I have a variety of interests, mainly art, I enjoy painting (just art in general), writing, debating, politics, reading, in that order. This semester I’m taking the course HGD 174 2-D Animation Using Photoshop. I am self-taught, most of my art progress was done single-handedly. I moved to the USA 2 years ago. My native language is spanish but I have been learning English since I was 5 years old and got to speak English more fluid in the last couple of years. I know basic sign, as in American sign language, and I enjoy learning new languages and cultures. I’m quite an introvert, while I enjoy the company of people, I don’t like going out a lot. My main place of comfort is my own house. One of the reasons why I think the program is going to be interesting is because it will allow me to go out more. I enjoy the city, it is in my top 10 favorite places in the world. I don’t think it will be as challenging to explore the city I love while being remaining an introvert during the Precollege Program. I’m am also pretty forgetful, which is one of my defective evolutionary traits aside from being kind of lazy, and a stubborn individual but when I work on something I am passionate about, my resolve increases a lot. I enjoy a lot of shows and media (current personal favorite being a webcomic called Homestuck).

My interest in art has always been prevalent in my life, even when I was a little kid as young as 5, I always enjoyed drawing my own artwork in the blank part of the page instead of coloring. I didn’t really see art as a career until later in life. My family pushed me towards something that was related to drawing like architecture but it just wasn’t the same. I discovered that I was enticed by animation, I enjoy writing and those two activities are fused into one in storyboarding which I hope to learn more about in this course. I’m slightly better at illustrating than writing. I found animation pretty mesmerizing, moving drawings were the coolest thing ever to me when I was a little kid. I found out about the Precollege course through my sister, who is a big inspiration to me. She applied for FIT once, which also attracted me to the college, she is also an artist, and I currently live with her, she is like a second mom. I want to learn how to animate and make stories because I want to inspire more kids with this medium the same way it inspired me to become an artist. Animation is the type of media that really allows for creative freedom because you can truly express yourself and your ideas, it’s just amazing.

-Andrés Lucio Aragundi

Final Week of the Business and Art of Cosmetics Course

We can find inspiration in just about anything.  A rose petal, inspired us to create a face tonic.  A braid inspired us to research the history of hair styles. Romantic dresses floating in the spring breeze inspired us as we analyzed perfumes. Being in the Art and Business of Cosmetics course for three weeks inspired and educated us to understand how it all begins and how it all ends in a final product ready for the consumer.

Breaking down a scent into the three levels of notes was fascinating.  I will never take a scent for granted again!  Can a scent be both freeing and mature, breezy and feminine? It certainly can.  My partner and I created an inspiration board for a perfume called Spring Breeze.

The highlight this week was our class field trip to Bluemercury. The owners graciously opened their store for us early so that we could get a sense of their marketing approach and the products that they sell.

Here are some of the products Bluemercury sells and that the owners so generously gave us as gifts.

I had to put the creative side of my brain on hold for a bit as I listened intently to their story of how Bluemercury started.  A tremendous amount of time and hard work is required to start a cosmetics business.  There is so much to learn.

My wonderful FIT experience has come to an end.  My days at FIT went by so quickly that I cannot believe it is almost August.  Every day was enlightening and educational.  The students in my class were delightful and I look forward to staying in touch with them.

– Sasha Worenklein

Summer Live 2017: Week 2

I used to think there was nothing as much fun as scoring a new makeup that just came out. How many of you agree with me about that sport?  Well, it’s even more fun if you understand the history of cosmetics and how it evolved. 

This week my partner and I researched the history of bronzers. They became very popular in the 1980’s when people finally began to understand the dangers of sun damage. People wanted that sun-kissed look without destroying their skin. In 1984 NARS cosmetics created their iconic bronzer which is still popular today. 

We moved on to the history of hair and had fun making a chart showing how hair styles evolved over time. 

We mixed, we touched, we analyzed, we discussed and we created shampoos, scents and tonics. 

Today we made bath salts. We tried the product and we were proud of our results. The bath salt felt incredibly smooth on our skin

A guest speaker who graduated from FIT, and who is a Professional Makeup Artist came to our class today.  She was very inspiring as she told us about her company and her travels around the world to lecture on the deeper meaning and culture of cosmetics. 

We have also been reviewing popular cosmetics that are on the market today. 

We become very critical when reviewing someone else’s product.  That is a good lesson to keep in mind when we each have our own cosmetic companies. Be critical! Quality control is very important.

-Sasha Worenklein

Summer Live 2017: Week 1

What a great start to my first day in class!  Our first assignment after we chose partners was to recreate a bath and body works body mist called “Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin”.

Each pair of partners had a tray of 4 different scented liquids to use in order to recreate the  scent.  My partner and I found it hard to keep it from smelling too floral. Then we made it smell too much like hand sanitizer and no one wants their perfume smelling like that.  We finally managed to get it to close to the scent. The fragrance smelled sweet, a little floral, and a touch of spice. Almost perfect.  The best part was we got to take the fragrance we made home!


Today we learned how to make rose water toner. We broke off each petal of the rose and put them in a “boat” which is a little bowl. We placed alcohol, acid, and aloe  in with the petals. Then we mixed the liquids with the petals until it was ready to be crushed into a funnel. When we crushed the rose petals with the liquids through the funnel into a beaker, we actually created a pretty rose water toner. I loved that we got to take the beautiful product home with us!

The three hours of class flew by.  My next assignment is to create a timeline of the bronzer. Doing the research was fascinating, and I look forward to sharing my findings with all of you next week.

– Sasha