In The Halls: Caroline

Student: Caroline (15) Rockville Centre, NY
Program: Saturday Live
Precollege Course: HJD 19: Jewelry Design Studio I & HIL 12: Drawing for Illustration

Describe your personal style?
Very colorful and artsy. I love headscarfs, colorful jewelry, and leather shoes.

Where do you go on your breaks from class?
Walk around to get fresh air.

What is your favorite thing about FIT?
Being in NYC, developing new styles of fashion and art, feedback from my college professors, and the environment.

Who or what inspires you?
New York City in general! Also, the teachers and students at FIT.

What do you want to do after you graduate from college?
Become some sort of artist.



FIT’s Impact On Me and My Art Abilities

Since taking courses in FIT’s Precollege Programs, so many things have improved in my art skills! How you may ask? Well, before the program, I couldn’t grasp drawing things from life. It was always pretty difficult for me. I would usually  create cartoons or semi-realistic drawings. But now, since taking this course, I developed an eye for detail. – for shadowing, shapes, texture, and so much more! Also, I have learned to use different techniques to create my drawings. I’ve learned to be more comfortable with drawing things from life and I believe it will only get better!

This is our model, Cat! This was a very quick drawing using pen and ink.

Although I have developed a lot from the program, I still believe I have a lot to work on, which is good. I hope to improve myself more so that I can be ready for anything FIT has to throw at me! My goals for the rest of the semester are to continue to learn and to take in as much knowledge as I possibly can so I can put my new skills it into action in the near future.


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

Were you accepted to FIT this fall too? We’d love to feature you on the blog as well!
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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.