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Welcome back SAI Students!

posted by admin at 6:09 pm on September 24, 2012

Welcome back!

This week classes begin once again for SAI students, and we are so excited to embark on another  year of creativity and innovation! Yesterday the studio was already filled with mentorship students planning and beginning the process of fine-tuning portfolios. This year boasts the largest class of mentorship students so far, which means things are sure to get a little bit crazy around here come application time, but we are certain Dianne and the students can handle the pressure! Today Art Connections 2 begins with a great lesson on totems and found art, followed by Independent Studio and Fashion Design later in the week. Don’t forget, tuition is due on the first day of class.

See this and other work by Rachel Land this Friday

Also this week: Alum Rachel Land will be at the studio exhibiting her exquisite body of illustrative work including images from the new children’s book I Will Call Myself Future, a collaboration between Jamie Bagge and Rachel Land. Rachel’s work will be on showcase Friday, September 28th from 6:00-9:00 pm, and you won’t want to miss it!

So, what have we been up to this summer?

After a busy summer filled with putting the final touches on our annual partnership project with the Voices of September 11th forum, we were rewarded (as we are each year) by art’s ability to truly connect us with New York City and specifically the families and friends who lost the people they held near and dear. We are already accepting sign-ups for next year’s flag project, so be sure to visit the website ( to find out how to join us in remembering those who were lost. While you’re there, don’t miss “Tribute,” the short documentary that details our journey building bridges through art over the last eleven years.

Along side the flag project, there are a few other important reasons to highlight our time spent in NYC this summer. There are now many SAI alum living in the city either working or attending design school. Dianne visited some of the very first graduates of SAI’s Fashion Design program, who have both gone on to graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology, to hear about their lives now working in top design positions. Recent graduates and FIT freshman, Brianna, Cindy and Shirley are settling into their busy new routines, but luckily still had a little bit of time to enjoy some of New York’s infamous fashion week with Dianne.

We hope you all have a wonderful first week back, and stay tuned for more updates about SAI projects and events this year!


3 Comments Leave your own

  1. Brianna 4:58 pm on September 27, 2012

    An update from this SAI alumna now studying at FIT: I’m already a month into my schooling here at FIT, and each day I become more appreciative of the education I received at SAI. Dianne is truly an invaluable mentor! All the draping, sewing, and illustrating skills and techniques we covered at SAI prepared me for starting at FIT. (So much so my professors have commented on how advanced my foundation skills are!) Yet apart from the technical skills, one of the most valuable things I gained from SAI was the ability to understand concepts, think creativly, and cultivate design aesthetics.

    And to all the fashion design students: DIANNE ISN’T JOKING WHEN SHE SAYS IT’S A LOT OF HARD WORK! But I am loving every minute of it.

    Work hard, have fun, and enjoy the process!

  2. admin 1:20 pm on October 16, 2012

    Brianna, your comments are very much appreciated as the next group is in the full mode of preparing to apply to FIT. I try to equip all of you to the best degree possible as I know this will benefit you in so many ways. Going in with a strong foundation in skills and concepts allows for the freedom to expand your experience at FIT and receive the highest level of training.

    We at the School of Art and Innovation are all very proud of Brianna O’Brien, Cindy Wang, Shirley Lin, Anna Ohyama, Serena Gonzales, Tracy Ju and Doris Lu. All of these ladies are exceptional and some are already working in the New York Fashion Industry. Others are enjoying internships and some are planning great adventures for study abroad. For those who create and invent there are great opportunities, but education and training is necessary if you want to become a successful professional. These ladies are models of those who set goals and through hard work and dedication have accomplished much.

  3. Karina 2:32 am on October 16, 2012

    Thank you, Brianna; I’ll keep this in mind throughout college applications and portfolios!
    Miss you, Karina

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