Classroom Close-Up: Anyah

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Student: Anyah from Bronx NY

Program: Saturday Live Spring 2018

Precollege Course: JSX 005 Intro to Photography

What are you currently working on?

In class we are learning the basics of photography, like bug’s eye view, aperture, ISO, shutter speed, etc.

What do you like best about your class?

Having fun, meeting new people, and taking photos all the time.

What is your favorite thing about Precollege?

Learn how to become adult, help others like inspiring them, and learning work related things.

Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?

All over. My classmates and teachers, the internet, my imagination.

Classroom Close-Up: Skylah

 

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Student: Skylah from Yonkers NY

Program: Saturday Live Spring 2018

Precollege Course: JSX 035 Color Theory

What are you currently working on?

I work on several things every day, but at the moment I am working on this huge collage that includes magazines and drawings.

What do you like best about your class?

That I get to learn how to work with things I am not used to.

What is your favorite thing about Precollege?

Getting to learn skills that I would’ve had to wait and learn in college.

Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?

Literally everything.

 

Clasroom Close-Up: Tabitha

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Student: Tabitha from Jersey 

Program: Saturday Live Spring 2018

Precollege Course: JSX 005 Intro to Photography

What are you currently working on?

In class, we are learning how to draw with light for a photo.

What do you like best about your class?

Trying new things and testing them out.

What is your favorite thing about Precollege?

The experience of what it’s like to be in college.

Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?

When I look for inspiration, I go outside and look for fun things/ideas in the streets.

Instructor Spotlight: Eileen Karp

Eileen Karp has a broad background in fashion. After earning her BS degree in Textiles and Clothing at North Dakota State University and an AAS degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, her fashion design career began as a creative designer of loungewear and sportswear. She founded a business designing an exclusive maternity line for an upper east side NYC boutique; the designs were also sold to Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her entrepreneurial background led her to a variety of freelance and consulting opportunities for a broad range of companies. She moved into various aspects of creative design and related positions primarily in the cut & sewn knitted and woven sportswear areas. Concurrently, she began teaching as adjunct at FIT–SUNY and became a full-time professor in the Fashion Design Department in 2007. In 2008, she completed a Master’s Degree in Education from California State University East Bay. She developed a new interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science program in Technical Design at FIT that has grown steadily. In January 2014, Eileen became the Chairperson of the Fashion Design Department in FIT’s School of Art and Design.

Prof. Karp teaches:
HAP 026 Sewing for Fashion Designers
HAP 017 Introduction to Draping for Fashion Design (Level 2)

Teaching Philosophy:
In my role as teacher, I am charged to inspire my students through example and guide them to embrace learning. Lifetime learning is critically important for professional and personal growth. The practice of fashion design constantly evolves and advances through exposure, exploration, and experimentation. Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” To prepare my students for success in this creative field and for life, it is incumbent upon me to develop in them a strong foundation that they know how to tap when, occasionally, the creative well runs dry. I have an obligation to weave into students the ability to be adaptable, flexible and open. As an educator, I commit to encourage their ability for conceptual development with the power to problem solve through the continuous asking of “Why?” “How?” and “What If?” as they seek and discover answers.

Industry Experience/Recent Exhibitions:
Over 30 years of experience in creative design, patternmaking, fashion business, technical design at all price points and types of industry experiences.
2016/2017, showed two original works in the annual “New Views” FIT Art & Design School Faculty Exhibit.

Classroom Close-Up: Elina

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Student: Elina from Brooklyn NY

Program: Saturday Live Spring 2018

Precollege Course: JSX 035 Color Theory

What are you currently working on?

I am personally working on character designs, comics, and animations.

What do you like best about your class?

Making a collage, because I never thought I would like the idea of it.

What is your favorite thing about Precollege?

Trying new things I would have never done, and being able to improve my artistic skills.

Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?

Cartoons, fiction, and the fun part of life.