The painter Chuck Close is quoted as saying “Inspiration is for amateurs—the rest of us just show up and get to work.” To be a professional artist takes skill and studio discipline. Workshops and courses taught by artists will help you develop the studio practice you need to be a full-time artist.
11-session Precollege Courses
We recommend a high school Precollege Live Class:
Basic Life Drawing – learn how to draw the figure from a live model.
Design Composition and Color Theory – explore design principles and color mixing in a studio art environment.
Fine Arts Portfolio – get your portfolio ready with an assessment from a college professor and create any pieces missing for a dynamic application.
Fashion designers from all over the world get their start at FIT. Many come back to learn even more skills, to stay on the cutting edge of fashion design and development. FIT has concentrations in menswear or womenswear.
Whether you’ve been creating your own fashions since you were a tiny tot or just decided yesterday you were meant to be a designer, Precollege can get you set up with the skills you need to start or improve!
On Saturday, April 13th, spend the afternoon with fashion designer, Christopher Uvenio. Christopher will go over his journey from fashion school to working for design houses such as Todd Olham and Anna Sui.
Interior Design is one of the most popular majors at FIT. Interior designers create worlds inside walls with their creative layouts, material and lighting choices. But don’t confuse design with decorating. Interior Design is essentially interior architecture and is in the field of technical design.
Model Building- make a basic architectural model, either as a hobby or as the 3-D model building component required for many admissions portfolios.
Exploring Interior Design– delve into the interior design industry, learning how to create aesthetic environments. Develop client boards and take trips to showrooms to immerse yourself in the world of a New York interior designer. Summer SessionFall SessionSpring Session
On Saturday March 30th, spend the afternoon with interior designer Shannon Leddy. Shannon will explain her journey from interior design student to owner and principal of her own firm, Shannon M. Leddy Interior Design.
Stephen Savage is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose accolades include a New York Times Best Illustrated Book (Polar Bear Night), a Geisel Honor (Supertruck), and a Sendak Fellowship. His picture book Polar Bear Night was a New York Times bestseller. In addition to children’s books, he illustrates for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, and Entertainment Weekly. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Teaching Philosophy: I encourage my students to make art that COMMUNICATES by combining pictures and words. Some great examples of this type of art are children’s books, comics, graphic novels and advertisements. These art forms “speak” and dialog with the viewer. They’re like language! And your job as an artist is to learn how to send a clear, strong, simple message to your audience. Your tools are color, composition, texture, scale and DRAWING!
Numerous Best Book of the Year Awards from Kirkus, Hornbook, and PW.
Awards from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, AIGA, Communication Arts, The Society of Publication Designers