There’s a first time for everything, right?

Hi all,
A few days ago, we lost one of the most incredible musicians ever alive (in my opinion). His name was Prince Rogers Nelson, and he was my idol in so many ways. I’d like to dedicate this blog post to him. Rest in peace “Prince of all music”- and may you be in heaven where the rain is purple.

Anyway, on a happier note, I recently had my first FIT class!!! My class is located in the Pomerantz building.

pomerantz

Here’s what was on the supply list to bring for my first day of the “Life Drawing for Middle School” class:

  • Newsprint or Sketching pad
  • Pencils (HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B)
  • Charcoal (vine or compressed)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Regular eraser (vinyl or pink)
  • Pencil Sharpener

jitters

So, there I was, outside of FIT and nervous as heck. My advice to new FIT Precollege students who are as anxious as I was is, DON’T BE!! My worried state soon started to dissolve as I met all of the compassionate people who were there to help me succeed. My instructor, Demetrio Belenky, was always making sure we were all okay, and soon I didn’t even understand why I was worried in the first place!

After I’d met my teacher, we all made our way to our room, where I was met with a very pleasant surprise. I’m telling you, that was probably the BEST art classroom I’ve ever been in. Paint was all over the place, I think I even saw some on the ceiling! I felt right at home there.

workspace

Demetrio made us sign a bunch of contracts – and here I was thinking that signing things was only for adults! Then class began and we had to draw picture after picture of a model; in total I drew 16 sketches in one day… We focused on 2-5 minute quick sketches of a model. Below are some pictures of my work:        sketches

Below is one that didn’t turn out so well. (The legs are too thick and aren’t shaped correctly.) I think it’s very important to learn from your mistakes, that’s why I’ve included it for you to see.         oops-legs

When I left for the day, I was so ecstatic that I was finally getting some great instruction. Stay tuned for more as I tackle my homework next…

-Miranda

Hangouts and Whereabouts

My Train to FIT

My Train to FIT

Saturday, what a great day, it just so happens to be my favorite day. My day to myself, and my day to do what I want, when I want; everything else can wait until Sunday.  On Saturday mornings I start my best day off right. There’s no waking up on the wrong side of the bed on Saturdays when my alarm clock goes off at 7:24! Getting up so early in order to arrive FIT in time and also have the time to grab a coffee with my friend that travels with me by 9:15 isn’t always easy, but so worth it. Coming from Queens, I get dropped off at a small train station by my house; sometimes this is where I grab my first cup of coffee. As an avid coffee drinker, there is no such thing as too much coffee.

As soon as my train pulls into Penn Station, I go into mad dash mode; got to get that coffee. The hustle down to my favorite spot around FIT is one of excitement.  If you’re looking for the best cup of coffee on all of 7th avenue, head to Gregory’s Coffee. Better than Starbucks (which is also en route to FIT), Gregory’s sells all different types of coffee, from Macchiato to café Americano.  My personal favorites from Gregory’s are the caramel macchiatos, and their to die for chocolate chip cookies.

Gregory's Caramel Macchiato

Gregory’s Caramel Macchiato

On my first day of class at FIT, having an art supply store (Barnes and Nobles) on campus came in handy. A great tip that may come in handy before your first class at FIT would be to check your student FIT account to make sure that any and all supplies required for the class are in your possession, beforehand. Something as simple as having all the supplies you need as soon as you need them is so rewarding and beneficial because you could focus on your artwork, without the hassle of have to pick up the supplies late. My Professor was very understanding and did not require me to visit Barnes and Nobles but, if you can while at FIT, make use of the on campus supplies.

Breaks at FIT are about 15 minutes long, just enough time to make it across 7th avenue to buy more coffee (usually  where I end up going), or to buy a snack. Usually during breaks, my friends Sofia and Rachel and I make our way down to Dunkin Donuts on the other side of the street.

A restaurant that is worth trying near FIT is called Brgr. A healthy alternative to junk food, with the same great taste; Brgr only serves grass-fed meat. Known for not just their grass-fed cow jokes hanging across the walls, Brgr serves the best shakes around FIT. If you are a student taking two classes at FIT and you are wondering where to try for a great lunch, visit Brgr.

These are my favorite chill out spots this spring at FIT. I hope these come in handy; whether you’re in the mood for a burger or just some early morning coffee.

Thank you for reading this week!

Yours Truly,

09Kathleen