Farewell FIT

No exaggeration, my heart hurts knowing that my summer classes at FIT are over. These were easily the most interesting and independent 3 weeks I’ve ever experienced. In class today, we finished up our magazines and presented our final work to each other. I’m so proud of my magazine, but so many of my classmates did an amazing job too! This class definitely opened my eyes to how unique everybody’s ideas are.

The cherry on top of this experience was getting picked to blog about my class. I love reading blogs, but I never thought I’d actually get to write one! I hope you guys enjoyed reading about my experiences as much as I loved talking about them! I truly encourage you to take a class (or two) at FIT; spending time in New York City will change your perspective for the better, and you’ll learn so much about what you’re capable of.

Enjoy your summer, and thanks for sharing these past 3 weeks with me!

Xo, Marisa

P.S.  I attached a bunch of pictures of my final magazine :)

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Week 2

I can’t BELIEVE how quickly time flies! I’m already halfway through my experience at FIT, and each day proves to be more exciting than the previous. As I mentioned in my last post, I take the Magazine Design class. Last week, we worked on perfecting our covers. When I say perfecting, I mean perfecting; I can’t count how many times my hand cramped from placing the text and images in the exact location I envisioned. The name of my magazine is STREET, and it is entirely fashion-focused. I’m including outfit ideas for every occasion, and I even incorporated a page dedicated to shoes (I’m a firm believer that they can make or break your outfit). I decided to name it STREET because that is where we express who we are. The street is essentially everybody’s runway, so it’s important that we look our best when we’re walking on it. In class this week, we are moving on to the inside of the magazine; designing the cover was easy compared to this! I have so much appreciation for what goes into creating a magazine now that I am in the process of making my own, but I definitely love the challenge.

– Marisa

Options for my magazine cover

Options for my magazine cover

Pages dedicated to shoes

Pages dedicated to shoes

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Marisa

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Hi guys! It’s crazy how one day I’m dedicating hours to Netflix (I’m sure most of you know the feeling) and the next I’m blogging for FIT! I’m really looking forward to sharing all the things I get to do in my Magazine Design course. Sure, waking up at 5:30 to catch a train from New Jersey to the city isn’t my cup of tea, but stepping onto the concrete in front of Penn Station is electric (although I still need to stop for coffee at Starbucks before class). My Magazine Design course is so unique. We all read magazines, but how often do we get to create our own, from the ground up? From choosing a model for the cover and coming up with a title to deciding which outfit should be on what page, this class has me hooked. Not to mention, the classroom setup encourages focus, while allowing me to gain suggestions from the twenty stylish girls I see four days a week. I love that we all get to work together and help each other create the best magazine possible; seeing other girls’ ideas is such a prominent part of the class. Living so close to New York has so many perks, I can almost say the city is my second home. Getting to be so independent is such a privilege, and I’m looking forward to spending the next two weeks at FIT. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on everything I get to experience each day, whether it’s inspiration from the streets of New York or some of my work from my class!

Until next time,

Marisa

Might Be The End, But Just The Beginning

During my classes I was able to create 6 pieces. In my sewing class, I completed a jean apron, shorts, and a peasant top. In my draping class, I was able to make a bodice, dirndl skirt, and a straight skirt. imageI am glad to be able to add these pieces to my portfolio.

My time spent at FIT I was able to accomplish more than I thought I would. My technique as a seamstress improved, as I now have more control over the machine and I am able to maneuver around curves. I am eager to create more items. I leave this semester with a new friend Anais, new skills that I can use on future projects, and more experience. So this is not goodbye, I will be back to FIT next semester. This is just the next step to the beginning of my Fashion Career.

~Tiara

Instructor Spotlight: Cristina Razzano

cristinarazzanoCristina Razzano is a 28 year old FIT Graduate, with her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She is a South Shore Long Island New York native, working in many mediums. Her recent work primarily focuses on using found objects with embroidery/crochet/stained glass and painting in 2D and 3D; pencil drawings and jewelry made from sea life.

www.cristina-razzano.com
Professor Razzano teaches Middle School Workshops:
JSX 037 Middle School Sculpture
JSX 038 Multiple Media Workshop

Teaching Philosophy:
My teaching philosophy is based strongly on my years as a student; taking my experience under different types of teachers and professors, and translating that into my own classroom.  As a teacher, I believe in providing students with a safe environment to explore their own methods of creating art and developing their own ideas, while connecting with fellow students. My goal is to provide an environment where they will learn relevant art history, different methods for making art, and to give them time and direction in order to focus on their personal artistic development.  I strongly believe that nourishing the creative mind is crucial at every age, and my students will be immersed into art via classroom time as well as a field trip on the third class session to the art galleries a few blocks away in Chelsea.  It’s very important to me that my students walk out of my classroom feeling confident, inspired and motivated.IMG_0545

On Precollege Programs:
The Precollege programs offered at FIT are a unique opportunity to experience college life and independence at a young age. As a graduate from FIT, as well as a former Precollege student from FIT, I can truly say that this program is an excellent step towards the future for these students.  With courses geared towards different programs at FIT, all available to experience before even entering high school, students can begin to develop and expand their creative minds; and in what better environment than New York City, under the direction of professional New York based artists and creative minds.

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Miniature Sculptor/Illustrator for Dwarven Forge; Art Instructor for SASF Jamaica NY, Art Instructor at Applied Arts, Amagansett NY

Recent exhibits include “Home” at Morris-Jumel Mansion and “A Show of Heads” Limner Gallery, Hudson NY

Past experience in Interior Design, Fashion Design, Accessories Design and Textile Design.

Artwork by Christina Razzano:

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