Introducing New Precollege Blogger – Jharline

I’m a 15 year old freshman taking HIL 012: Drawing for Illustration at FIT, residing  in an Urban city in North Jersey, and let’s just say, I’m not the type to roam these streets. My interests include:

  • Urban street art
  • Japanese fashion
  • platform shoes
  • glitter
  • shopping
  • mystical creatures
  • sugar, spice, and everything nice!
  • I love creative writing and sketching till the papers full.

My hobbies include soccer, drawing, staring at the stars for hours, and going to Garden State Plaza to window shop. Most of my fashion is inspired by Anna Sui, Jeffrey Sebelia, and Alexander Wang. My dream one day is to possibly work as a video game illustrator in Japan.

It being my first year going to FITs Precollege Programs, I find this a great opportunity to roam the campus and experience being in the school I’ve only dreamed about.   I’m so extremely excited to be blogging for the Precollege Programs at FIT and show the experience in a unicorn’s point of view!


Instructor Spotlight: Sonja Lamut

Sonja Lamut is an Assistant Professor in the Illustration Department in the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Professor Lamut has taught at FIT  since 1988,  and is a painter, print maker and illustrator. She received her BFA from the University of Arts, Belgrade and her MA from Hunter College, CUNY.

Professor Lamut teaches  HIL 012 Drawing for Illustration for Precollege Programs at FIT.


Professor Lamut’s  Teaching Philosophy:

Art instruction demands individual attention to every student. I try to emphasize and nurture students’ strengths and create a base for further development and enrichment of their talents and self expression.

On Precollege Programs:

My course is a fun course. Students are learning by doing something they like to do. Besides introducing students to basics of drawing for illustration, I try to encourage every individuals’ search for personal expression through exciting projects. I like to teach young enthusiastic students with interest in art and illustration and see them happy when they produce results that are above their expectations.


“Grand Prix” in Mediterranean Art Biennale; Norwegian International Print Biennale; International Print Biennale in Finland; International Print Biennale in Ljubljana; Alternative Museum in New York; The Best Children’s Books of the Year; Parents’ Choice; AJL Sydney Taylor; AJL Notable Children’s Books; ANDY; Print, etc.

Industry Experience:

Clients include: National Geographic, HarperCollins, Penguin Putnam, Random House,IBM, Microsoft, American Express, Fidelity, Sony, Citibank, Pfizer, Bayer, GE, GM, Mercedes, Procter & Gamble, Travelers, Motorola, Museum of Natural History, American Educator.

Exhibitions: Eighteen one-person gallery shows in New York, Boston, Miami, Greenwich, Stockholm, Geneva, Ljubljana, and others; numerous national and international group shows.

Collections include: Brooklyn Museum, New York; Grafiska Sallskapet, Stockholm; Museum of Modern Art, Fredrikstad; Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana; College Board, New York; Utubo Gallery, Kyoto; Museum of Modern Art, Belgrade; National Museum, Krakow.

Children’s books include: Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks (NYTimes Children’s Books List Bestseller), Too Noisy!, Papa’s Pastries, Lemuel the Fool, How Many Candles?, Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, and many others.


"Quiet Scene"



"April's Fool"






"Dr. Dolittle"