Instructor Spotlight: Maria Luisa Tamara DeSantis

Maria Luisa Tamara DeSantis was born in Barranquilla-Colombia and moved to NY as a teenager. She graduated FIT with a BA in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. Art and education are Maria Luisa’s true passions as an artist. Diverse in her choice of mediums for her own work, she currently focuses on found objects and yarn, creating pieces full of color and life. No matter the medium, in her process she enjoys playing with layers, color, composition, and harmony and sees her pieces as paintings even when by definition they are not.
Website: www.marialuisatamara.com

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Maria Luisa Tamara teaches:

JSX 035: Color Theory and Application
JSX 037 Middle School Sculpture
JSX 038 Multiple Media Workshop

 

Teaching Philosophy:

I believe teaching is a two-way street, as well as a source of inspiration and fulfillment for me, and a way to provide the same to my students. By showing students work by artists they might have never heard of, places and concepts they have not been exposed to before, I want to spark enthusiasm for new techniques and unusual ways to mix mediums.  

Recent Exhibitions:
2015
YONKERS ART EXHIBITION, Yonkers, NY
GREENPOINT GALLERY, Brooklyn, NY
2014
INSIDE OUT – torche’ galerie, Belmar, NJ
2013
NICE TO MEET YOU, – Materilas for the Arts Gallery, LIC, Queens, NY
2013
KALEIDOSCOPE IN CONDITION, BFA Thesis Exhibition, New York, NY
2010
“40′ x 19′ x 11′” – At M55 GALLERY, LIC, Queens, NY
2009
JUNIOR ART SHOW – At FIT Great Hall   New York, NY
FINE ARTS VS ILLUSTRATION – At 2/20 GALLERY   New York, NY
FIFTY UNSPOKEN WORDS – At M55 GALLERY, LIC, Queens, NY
2008
ART IN THE CENTRAL MARKET, Florence, Italy
First and second place in the arts and design competition
THE ANNEX, CAE   New York, NY
2006
ARTS COLLECTIVE – At 2/20 GALLERY   New York, NY

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Introducing Precollege Blogger: Kayla

Hey, everyone! My name is Kayla Cariffe and I’m a 16-year-old book nerd, makeup addict, and theater aficionado. I’m currently going into my senior year (how did that happen? Honestly I’m still six years old) in high school. I love to participate in school activities like plays, chorus, mock trial (which is pretty cool because you get to act out a fake court case with a real judge and everything!), and speech and debate. On the off chance I’m not stuck at school until 10 o’clock (a rather common occurrence, shockingly), you can find me at home, curled up with a nice book, like Harry Potter for the millionth time, or bingeing on tv shows (my current show being How I Met Your Mother with my mom).

I am from Staten Island, New York and this tends to affect my personal view about a lot of things. For example, drivers on this island are the absolute worst but our pizza is the absolute best!

This summer, I am taking part in the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Precollege Class as well as the Short Film Basics Class. I am really excited to take part in these classes because of how interesting they sound. I am also quite interested to see how well I survive traveling into the city every day by myself (because as previously mentioned, I am more of a six-year-old than a sixteen-year-old).

I am also curious to experience a college campus in a way that makes me feel as if I were a college student and not just some high school student going to an open house. I am really excited to start blogging because I love to write, I love pretending I’m like famous bloggers, and interesting things always seem to happen to me so I’m excited to share my good/bad/plain weird experiences with all of you. I don’t really know where I want to go to college for sure, but I am strongly leaning towards FIT and in the future, I hope to be an honors student and to make it into the Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing Program.

That’s all I have for now. Stay tuned for more posts about my experiences at FIT, my progress in my classes, tips and tricks for current and future Precollege students, and much more!

Don’t Forget To Be Awesome!

-Kayla

Introducing Precollege Blogger: Sasha

I have always expressed myself through art as well as through writing. I am certain that being dyslexic allows me the opportunity to view the world from a unique perspective. Growing up in fast paced New York City has always been challenging as there have been times when the world simply whizzed by too fast. However, I embrace that challenge and have found many ways to slow the city down, to savor what it has to offer and to explore creative ways to express myself. I am on a dance team at my high school, I sing in an international high school choir and I enjoy photography and creating videos.

New York is the best city for walking and I capture images of the city and its people with my camera which forces the city to slow down and wait for me. My secret weapon it to watch a person’s face closely and listen intently to the sound of their voice to get the true meaning of what they are saying. There is so much more to a person’s story than the words.

My true passion is the art of makeup and that is my favorite form of communication. I discovered makeup at age 11 and I have spent the past six years trying to perfect that art form. I am inspired by the Disney characters, theater makeup and the interesting people on the street. Makeup is so important when creating a scene for a play, a movie or everyday life. I can tell a story with brushes, colors and a stroke of eyeliner or a swipe of lip gloss. When I apply makeup to others, I can help them tell their story as well.

My passion for makeup as an art form and future career led me to explore the classes offered at FIT. I was thrilled to discover that FIT offers a Precollege summer course in the Business and Art of Cosmetics and I am looking forward to my first day. There is so much to learn about the world of cosmetics from both the art and business perspective and I cannot wait to get started. I am hoping that this course will give me practical advice on how to approach the cosmetics industry while inspiring my creative side. With each face as a prospective canvas, my creative growth is delightfully endless. I am looking forward to blogging about my experience at FIT and to give my readers insight into what they could expect as a student in a Precollege course.

 

-Sasha

In the Halls: Graham

Student: Graham from Atlanta, Georgia

Program: Summer Workshops and Summer Live 2017

Precollege Course: HSX 084: Designing a Fashion Mini-Collection  

Describe your personal style: My personal style is very fun and slightly androgynous. I always love to mix in statement pieces with simple colors underneath. If I’m not wearing a statement piece, then I am wearing all black, because it makes me feel professional and powerful.  

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
On breaks I love to take in the Chelsea vibe, walking around or eating at the local restaurants. On days when I don’t have class, I can be seen shopping around the city.

What is your favorite thing about FIT? My favorite thing is the freedom of expression that FIT cultivates and encourages. This environment is extremely conducive to my creative self.

Who or what inspires you? My mom is my biggest inspiration. As a business woman, her attitude and powerful aura combine with her grace, stature, and humor to influence my personality and my desires.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college? After I graduate, I would love to pursue fashion design for older women in business.

Photo Credit: Marta Regulski

In the Halls: Brianna


Student:
 Brianna from Richmond, Virginia

Program: Summer Workshops and Summer Live 2017

Precollege Course: HSX 120: The Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting  

Describe your personal style: Street style with a mix of old school.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
I like to go outside and sit in the courtyard or walk around and explore the area around the campus.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
I like the creative atmosphere, inspiration, and the fashion!

Who or what inspires you?
Rihanna would have to be my #1 fashion inspiration. Everything she wears is unique and very creative.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
I would like to start on my fashion career and do a little modeling.

Photo Credit: Marta Regulski