Instructor Spotlight: Renee Azoulay

Successful, multi-disciplined, marketing/communications Professional with 30 years of experience across industries. Renee is a talented, high energy professional that combines a sharp strategic focus with a passion for what she does.

In addition to teaching at FIT, she heads up a boutique marketing/training agency, Diamond Edge Network. Previously at leading marketing/promotion companies, she brought in, developed and managed promotional campaigns for companies including the NBA, The U.S. Postal Service, Spalding, Revlon and MTV Networks (Nickelodeon).

After earning her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, Renee spent ten years in consumer research at the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb s and the advertising agency BBDO.

Website: www.getthediamondedge.com

Prof. Azoulay teaches:
HAC 066 Digital and Interactive Marketing: Who’s Watching You?

Teaching Philosophy:

My teaching philosophy is a “hands-on” approach to learning. I believe in my students’ ability to learn, but also to suggest, comment, question and most importantly contribute their ideas. My goal is to empower students and have them “absorb” the information rather than memorize it. With that in mind, my focus in class is to guide thinking and learning while at the same time encouraging active participation. I tend to create a relaxed environment with laughing and jokes so that we have fun too!

On Precollege Programs:

What a brilliant idea to explore a future career or interest now. Why wait! I think taking a Precollege course can jump-start a lifelong journey of success. Since enthusiasm is the main driver of my teaching style, I am delighted to bring this passion to high school students and spark interest for their future.

Industry Experience:

  • Head of Diamond Edge Network
  • As a motivational speaker, Renee has presented for leading organizations that include The NY Emmys, American Women in Radio & Television, Columbia University, the Professional Insurance Marketing Association, The Brand Activation Association (BAA, formerly the PMA), the eMarketing Association, the NY Builders Show, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce.
  • Promotional campaigns for NBA, The U.S. Postal Service, Spalding, Revlon and MTV Networks (Nickelodeon)

Instructor Spotlight: Richard Elmer

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Richard Elmer began teaching at FIT in 2002. He teaches in both the lower and upper divisions and also serves as Admissions Chairperson for the Illustration Department. He studied illustration and graduated from School of Visual Arts in NYC where he has lived and worked as a professional illustrator for over 35 years. He spent his early years freelancing in publishing and marketing while honing his illustration skills. His strong conceptual style garnered work in major corporate, publishing and advertising markets.

Websites: richardelmerart.com; Folioplanet.com

Prof. Elmer teaches:
HIL 160 Illustration Rendering Techniques

Work by Prof. Elmer

Teaching Philosophy:
We build our skills one painting at a time, so every effort plays a role in improving the next work. We must respect our efforts even if the outcome is not what we intended. Creating art can be broken down into a process but it is not a science. Science follows formulas, which produce the same outcome every time. Artist, employ patience and persistence to develop skills to rely on. Refine your craft to bringing your vision to life.

On Precollege Programs:
As Chair of Admissions for the Illustration Department I have seen the benefits of the Precollage Programs first hand. I review a lot of work from all over NY State, neighboring states, even other countries. I can say without a doubt that these programs offer a significant leg-up on the standard portfolios I see. Artwork often conveys a broader sense of awareness and sensibility in subject matter, media, even the presentation of the work.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Robert Wood Johnson Annual Report Paintings, Strathmore Paper, Concept Artist, PSP Sports/Nike, Nestlee and Becks. Time Life / Books for Young Readers. Head Creative/VortechX Technologies. RX Illustration Award of Excellence.

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Instructor Spotlight: Den Ly

Den Ly was born in a refugee camp outside of Bangkok, Thailand during the time of Cambodian genocides. As a young child, his family moved to Florida to pursue the American dream. Den spent most of his teen years immersed in the underground indie scene participating in art, music, skating, surfing, competitive Jujutsu, and mix martial arts. After a career-ending knee injury, Den returned to Cambodia to teach and happened to meet an artist of bespoke shoemaking who influenced his footwear career today. He returned to the United States to study Accessories Design at FIT and currently designs hybrid dress shoes with a dash of performance and an emphasis on sustainability. His goal is to open an accessories think-tank based in NYC with factories in New York and Cambodia, promoting American-made products and international trade with a cause.

Instructor Den Ly teaches:
HLD 031 Sneaker and Performance Footwear Design 

Teaching philosophy:

Learning is the most crucial part of human interaction. Students should be able to learn in an environment that cultivates free thinking and respect for the design process. I like to show them that there are many avenues through which one can reach their goals. We are all different, and these differences truly make us special and contribute to making our art unique. It takes a lot of work, but finding a special connection witch each student enhances the ability to bring out their greatness.

On Precollege Programs:

Precollege Programs prepares you for what is expected at the next level of education and potentially, the work field; it’s a gateway to adulthood! I enjoy the idea of teaching good fundamentals needed to succeed in life and the design world. My goal is to help guide students to achieve the best result of one’s capability without the added pressure that most of them face in their academic environment. Emphasis on hard work and self-respect teaches students confidence much needed in the competitive college and industry environment!

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Instructor Spotlight: Abby Verbosky

Abby Verbosky’s roots are in social documentary and street photography. She has been a Teaching Artist since 2014 with International Center of Photography and Magic Box Productions with residencies in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Verbosky graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Photojournalism and Anthropology from Ohio University and enjoys storytelling through visuals.

Website: www.abbyverbosky.com

Abby Verbosky teaches:
JSX 006 Basic Digital Photography: Portraits 
JSX 007 Basic Digital Photography: Environments

Teaching Philosophy:
I have a passion for life and its moments—laughter, tears, intimacy, and despair, community and seclusion. I share this passion with my students through the power of photography.

On Precollege Programs:
I enjoy teaching driven students come into a college setting; it’s a new creative space to learn advanced skills and explore what their cameras can capture. With the tools they learn and their current environment, students will have an opportunity to go home with striking photographs. More importantly, teaching Precollege is a great pleasure as I get to help develop talent at a very early state. The skills my students learn will be helpful to them moving from middle school into high school and beyond.

 

Instructor Spotlight: Isolina Perez

finalsmallIsolina Perez is the Department/Industry Project Coordinator for the Jewelry Design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She also teaches part time through the school’s Center for Professional Studies and the Precollege Program. She is a frequent guest artist at the Guilded Lynx Studio in Connecticut and offers private workshops at Studio 134 in NYC.

Isolina is also a jewelry and mixed-media artist who likes to bend the rules and push the envelope when creating innovative pieces. Why not think outside the box and re-purpose a device that embosses paper or utilize ordinary items like paper clips to texture metal? She uses these techniques and a variety of others to create her concepts in resin, metal, paper, and enamel.

Classes Taught:
HSX 010: Beaded and Wire-wrapped Jewelry Design
JSX 070 Jewelry Design: Wire-Forming and Beaded Techniques
JSX 071 Jewelry Design: Metal Jewelry Techniques
JSX 072 Jewelry Design: Clay, Resin and Polymer Techniques

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On Precollege Programs:
The Precollege Program is a wonderful opportunity for middle school and high students to take a class they love in a college setting. It’s most rewarding when the students complete a piece above and beyond their expectations.

Teaching Philosophy:
Whether someone is a  novice or experienced jewelry designer, I remind them that making jewelry should be fun.  I encourage students to ask as many questions as possible, it doesn’t matter how many times I repeat myself as long as they get the concept.  I tell the students they are only limited by their imagination, and by the end of the class they will be walking out with as many pieces of jewelry as they have created.  That’s Priceless!

Industry Experience:
Isolina has been featured in several issues of Stampington Magazine, Just Steampunk Magazine and in the Lark book “Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry.”

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