Congratulations Daniella Magnani!

Congratulations to Daniella who was just accepted to FIT this Fall for Fine Arts!

Student: Daniella Magnani
Major: Fine Arts

Courses taken in Precollege Programs include:
HFA 100: Bridging Painting and Drawing

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Instructor Spotlight: John Allen

John Allen is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Fine Arts Department of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Mr. Allen, who has taught at FIT since 1997, has also taught at SUNY Purchase and Hunter College, CUNY.

Some of the courses taught through Precollege Programs at FIT include HFA 024: Basic Life Drawing, HFA 145: Design, Composition and Color Theory, and HFA 198: 3-D Design: Our of the Box!


John received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley and his MFA from Hunter College, CUNY.


Professor Allen’s  Teaching Philosophy:

My role is to give students the chance to show themselves what they are capable of, and to discover how they can create artwork on their own.

On Precollege Programs:

The Precollege students are very curious and ambitious.  Seeing them act on this and being surprised by the work they make is what makes teaching high school students very satisfying.

Most Recent  Exhibitions:

  • M55 Art, Long Island City, NY, 2009, One person exhibition: “Stereo Float Field Paintings (What’s Up with Red, Yellow, and Blue?)”
  • Kingston (NY) Sculpture Biennial, 2005


  • New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist Fellowship in Painting (2000, 1994)
  • Brandywine Print Workshop, Artist-in-Residence, Philadelphia, PA
  • Public Art Fund, Bryant Park Outdoor Sculpture Finalist\
  • Jerome Foundation Fellowship

Publications Include:

  • The New York Times
  • ARTS Magazine
  • The Boston Globe
  • Artforum


John Allen, Stereo Float Field Blue, acrylic on linen, 55 x 55 in.


John Allen, From the Bussoge Series: Shusui Sanshoku (You See What You See), acrylic on canvas, 78 x 78 in.


John Allen, Entrance, enamel on panel, steel, wood, 65 x 31 x19 in.


John Allen, Ode, wood, 96 x 111 x 96 in.



Instructor Spotlight: James Patrick Reid

James Reid has been teaching in the Fine Arts Department of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology as an Adjunct Professor since 1998. He has also taught at The Art Students League, the New York Academy of Art, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Union College and Indiana University.

Some of the courses James has taught through Precollege Programs include HFA 023: Basic Drawing, HFA 024: Basic Life Drawing, HFA 083: Portrait Painting for the Beginner, HFA 099: Experimental Media, HFA 100: Bridging Painting and Drawing, HFA 143: Architectural Rendering, and HFA 148: Fine Arts Portfolio.

James received his MFA in Painting from Indiana University.


Professor Reid’s Teaching Philosophy:

To be an artist, any kind of artist, calls for a certain wakefulness of the spirit, the intellect, the heart and the senses. In my teaching I try to cultivate this wakefulness.

On Precollege Programs:

What do I enjoy about teaching for Precollege Programs? The students! — their enthusiasm, creativity and eagerness to learn. I love to share my knowledge and experience with them.

Most Recent Exhibitions:

  • 2010  THERESE A. MALONEY ART GALLERY, College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey. Who We Are: Contemporary Portraits.
  • 2010  THERESE A. MALONEY ART GALLERY, College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, New Jersey. New Classicism.

Selected Publications:

  • James Reid, True to Nature: The Metaphysics of Representation in Art, in American Arts Quarterly, Winter, 1998.
  • James Reid, Vital Form and Radiant Light: A Painter Explores the Photographs of Christopher Burkett, in Intimations of Paradise: the Photography of Christopher Burkett, Westwind Arts, 1999.
  • James Reid, Modern Art and Iconography, in Prosopon, April 2000.
  • James Reid, Modern Mystics: Kandinsky and Matisse, in Seen, volume 1, 2000.


"Central Park Near Children's Gate, August" oil on canvas 30" x 40", 2009, James Reid

Les Miserables, James Reid

Gabrielle at Age Two with Teddy Bea

"Gabrielle at Age Two with Teddy Bear" oil on canvas 44" x 22", 1997, James Reid

The Judgment of Paris

The Judgment of Paris oil on canvas 36"x28" 2011, James Reid

An Update On My Fine Arts Portfolio Class

Hey Y’all!I hope all of your classes are going well and that you’re all having loads and loads of fun working on your semester projects and whatnot.

I mentioned in last week’s post that I am currently enrolled in HFA 148: Fine Arts Portfolio. I decided to take this course because I wanted to expand the body of work that I could potentially use for my portfolio. I want to incorporate a variety of pieces into my portfolio and I knew that taking an FIT course would allow me to do so. So far I have learned a lot about proportion and volumes in a drawing, as well as how to determine a light source and how to incorporate shadow into a piece. I have also learned to never ignore the background in a drawing; it’s imperative that the focal point of a piece not look like it’s floating around in space.

My professor is really insightful and provides us with a lot of advice on how to make our work look more realistic. He’s taught us to use really light strokes at the start of a new piece so that we have the opportunity to edit anything as we move along. As of now, the course has focused mainly on drawing the figure from observation. We do a lot of warm up gesture drawings (these are just really simple sketches of the body and we’re given about 1 minute to complete them) and then we progress into longer sketches that can range from 20 minutes to 1 hour. We also have the choice to move about the classroom so that we can see the model from a different perspective. In between our drawing periods, our professor talks a lot about the anatomy of the human body as well as the techniques of different master artists.

This course has been great so far and I’m super excited to see what else we’ll be working on!

nicol xx


Instructor Spotlight: Dik Liu

Dik Liu is an Adjunct Instructor in the Fine Arts Department of the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is a practicing artist and has taught at the college level for over 20 years.

Dik has taught HFA 023: Basic Drawing and HFA 148: Fine Arts Portfolio for Precollege Programs.

Dik received his MFA from Yale University.


Professor Liu’s Teaching Philosophy:

I prepare my students with the fundamental, technical skills they need to excel in their art education. Just as important, I enable them to be at their best and to attain whatever it is that is their artistic goal.

On Precollege Programs:

Precollege students are generally enthusiastic, serious, and intellectually curious.

Most Recent Exhibition:

  • Eden Rock Gallery, St Barthélemy


  • American Artist
  • Zing Magazine
  • 100 New York Painters

Dik Liu

32” x 30”, oil on canvas, Dik Liu


Dik Liu

18”X18”, oil on panel, Dik Liu


Dik Liu

30”X24” , oil on canvas, Dik Liu


Dik Liu

28”X36”, oil on canvas, Dik Liu


Dik Liu

24”X24”, oil on canvas, Dik Liu