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

Instructor Spotlight: Stacy Mehrfar

Born and raised in NY, Stacy lived in Sydney, Australia from 2008-2016.  During that time she taught photography at several Arts Universities where she lectured on Documentary Photography, taught workshops on on-location lighting, and assisted students in building portfolios and executing graduation exhibitions. Previous to her move to Sydney, Stacy taught Continuing Education classes at the Makor Steinhart Center, and was also an active teaching assistant at the International Center of Photography, in New York and southern France. Stacy has also given several lectures on her artwork at Universities and arts organizations in both the US and Australia.
Website: www.stacymehrfar.com

Stacy Mehrfar teaches:
HSX 112: Documentary Photography

Teaching Philosophy:
Photography is about discovery. We throw questions out into the world and take photographs to try to find answers. Students should have the freedom to discover through mistakes and experimentation. Most of all I want students to take pleasure in that process after all my own greatest discoveries have come from the unexpected.  Through class projects and group discussion, we learn to grow together as a community, pushing one another to greater heights.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Stacy exhibited her photographs and video installations in the United States, Australia, Poland, and Germany, at institutions including the International Center of Photography and ClampArt in New York, Edmund Pearce in Melbourne, the Australian Centre of Photography and the State Library of New South Wales in Sydney.

GRANTS:
Australian Post Graduate Award, Arts New South Wales Grant, the National Association for the Visual Arts Grant, the Camera Club of New York Darkroom Residency, the Makor Artist Residency at 92nd St Y, Moran Arts Foundation, Head On Portrait Prize, Photo District News, Photobook Melbourne, and Center for Photography at Woodstock.

AWARDS:
Moran Arts Foundation, Head On Portrait Prize, Photo District News, Photobook Melbourne, and Center for Photography at Woodstock.

Stacy’s first photobook, Tall Poppy Syndrome, was published by Decode Books, Seattle, 2012.

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:
ICP Museum Projection exhibition, 100 Days (2017)
“In Search of Lost Time,” exhibition at the ICP School (Oct 2017).

 

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

Frida Flower Afro - 8x8inches

 

 

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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Instructor Spotlight: Stephen Cucci


Stephen J. Cucci is an FIT alum and the CEO/Creative Director of STITCHbySJC Designs, a visual merchandising and design freelance company. STITCHbySJC works with specialty brands on revamping and revitalizing the creative direction for today’s changing marketplace, staging/production/styling for TV/film/editorial and leading international lectures and training workshops on related topics.

 

Stephen Cucci Teaches:
HSX 120: The Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting

Teaching Philosophy:
I believe that the fashion industry is constantly evolving as new opportunities present themselves as a result of emerging technologies. I teach my students to be open and flexible and not box themselves in, but to always leave one side open for growth.

Industry Experience:
SPORTSWEAR INTERNATIONAL
LIMITED BRAND
GIORGIO ARMANI (ARMANI EXCHANGE)
BCBG MAXAZRIA GROUP

Awards:
“Best at Show” for the design and Merchandising of trade booths at MAGIC in Las Vegas.

Styling Work for Inked Magazine: