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Middle School Precollege Workshop Course Descriptions

JSX 005: Introduction to Digital Photography 
Learn how to use your digital camera like a professional! You'll learn how to work with: F/stops, shutter speeds, lighting accommodations, depth of field, white balance, and exposure settings. Perfect for students who are new to using digital cameras. This class will move you beyond simple "point-and-shoot" photography!

JSX 006: Basic Digital Photography: Portraits
Learn the basic techniques for making good photographs with a focus on portraits.  You will learn camera use, composition, exposure, basic lighting, camera care, and editing of digital files. Gallery

JSX 007: Basic Digital Photography: Environments
Learn the basic techniques for making good photographs with a focus on environments.  You will learn camera use and care, composition, exposure, types of lighting (natural vs. artificial), and basic lighting, camera care, and editing of digital files

JSX 011: Fashion Art: Silhouettes
Learn a wide variety of garment women's wear silhouettes (sleeves, skirts, necklines, pants, etc.) as you draw on fashion figures provided by the instructor. You'll then mix and match these silhouettes to create your own designs. Experienced students may also use their own fashion figures.

JSX 012: Fashion Art: Rendering Fabrics
How do you draw wool so it looks like wool? What techniques are used to make a fabric look like taffeta, silk, lace, or whatever? In this course  you'll focus on illustrating the perfect fabrics for your women's wear designs.

JSX 013: Fashion Art: Faces and Figures
Fashion figures (called croquis) are unique to each designer. In this class you'll learn how to develop your very own fashion figures, complete with facial details to convey the right attitude for your designs. You will finally design a line of women's wear croquis wearing your original designs. Gallery

JSX 014: Fashion Art: Junior Fashion Trends
What is the difference between women's and junior's fashions? LOTS! Fit, fabric, shape and attitude all come into play when designing for the junior women's wear market. Learn how to design for a current youth market and incorporate the latest trends.

JSX 015: Fashion Art: Finding Inspiration
Where do designers come up with their next great idea? Museums, galleries, stores, architecture, food, songs, history, the list is endless! You'll learn how to translate just about anything you like into women's wear fashion inspiration.

JSX 019: Fashion History: Trends Through the Decades
Students are introduced to Western fashion from the 20th century to the present day. This workshop discusses the relationship of events, key fashion designers, and movements that affect fashion. As you will learn, fashion tends to repeat itself. Fashion also seems to reflect what's going on in society at that particular time. Learn how fashion is a reflection of trends in art, music, and technology  and compare the silhouettes and distinctive qualities of fashion periods throughout history. You will get to research and create a mood board representing the historical time period that inspires you. You will learn about what people wore along with who or what influenced fashion and style during that time.

JSX 025 Lets Create Comix!
Focus on the basic building blocks of comic book storytelling: story, character design and page layout. Students will create written scenes, (or one will be provided for you) and go from thumbnails and character sketches to a penciled layout of a page, reviewing and critiquing the steps as they go along.  Students will explore the use of photo reference as a means of making fantasies look real. The class will discuss the students creative ambitions and the importance of reading as a stimulant in the creative process. Gallery

JSX 027: Technical Drawing for Beginners
If you're interested in architecture, construction, interior design or retail design, technical drawing is an important skill to have. You'll learn the basics of drafting (using a T-Square and other drafting tools), how to create an elevation and a floor plan, how to draw in scale, and an introduction to drawing a 3-D object. Projects will be customized to your interests.      

JSX 028 Rendering for Interior Design
How do you convince your clients that your design ideas are perfect for them? Interior designers know just how important rendered design drawings are! In this class, you'll learn how to communicate your ideas using perspective drawing along with rendering techniques that will give your drawings shape and form. You’ll also learn how to select a color palette and apply color to your drawings using the same tricks professionals use. Learn how to render fabrics, wood and other surfaces to make your designs pop! Class projects will be based on individual student interests.  

JSX 030: Composition and Space
This course will introduce general drawing principles and techniques. Subjects from observation include still life, self-portrait, cityscape and figure in a room with a focus on line, shading, composition and perspective. A variety of materials will be incorporated into projects.

JSX 031: Basic Drawing Skills
This course will introduce you to general drawing principles and techniques. Observational drawing is introduced with a focus on line, contour, shading, composition and perspective.

JSX 035: Color Theory and Application
This course focuses on color-wheel mixing, color temperature, use of warm and cool colors, complimentary colors, and color painting. Students then use this information to create a number of compositions. Emphasis is placed on working abstractly and use of texture and collaging to create final products. Gallery

JSX 036: Life Drawing for Middle School
If you're looking at art high schools, you know that many of them want to see a portfolio with samples of life drawings, observational drawings or a portrait. Well, we've got you covered! In this course you'll work from live, clothed models and learn how to draw what you see. Don't worry, we make the techniques easy and fun to learn. You'll focus on line, proportion, gesture and composition, and if you don't know what that means, well teach you that too! Perfect class for beginning artists. Gallery 

JSX 037: Middle School Sculpture
Working primarily in clay, this course introduces you to figurative/abstract sculpture and pottery focusing on proportion and composition. You'll be introduced to the tools and techniques used to sculpt and model in clay.

JSX 038: Multiple Media Workshop
Learn how to use a variety of media towards developing your own artistic vision. Drawing with watercolor crayons, painting with acrylics, collage, mask making, and assemblage are all methods explored in this class.

JSX 040: Fashion Merchandising Trend-Spotting
Did you ever wonder how certain items become key fashion trends? During this class you will learn how fashion experts forecast upcoming trends. Students will photograph store windows that represent the upcoming season and learn how this information helps develop private labels for future seasons. Students will also learn about major trend services which help forecast key colors, prints, fabrics, details, key items and accessories.  After these few weeks you'll be thinking about all the exciting career opportunities that are available in the fashion industry!

JSX 045: Careers in Fashion Styling
Fashion Styling is a hot career right now, but what exactly does a Stylist do and what are the career options for someone who is passionate about fashion? Students will learn about personal styling, celebrity styling, and commercial and editorial styling as well as the skills needed to succeed in each area. Learn how to shop and prep merchandise; style using color, shape and proportion; identify fashion trends and resources; and develop a personal aesthetic. Students will create individual and group projects throughout this workshop.

JSX 050: The Fashion Cycle
This class will teach you the steps need to make your FASHION RUNWAY dreams a reality.  Learn how your designs travels through the fashion design process; how to translate inspiration into sketches and mood/design boards; why one fabric is better than another; what happens in the pattern room; how the factory works; what it takes to produce a runway show; and finally, how your designs end up in a store! After this class you will know how a real designer puts a womenswear line together and have a road map for your future. Gallery

JSX 060: Fashions on the Red Carpet
Do you love to watch Red Carpet events?!? Hot new trends along with the most fashion forward celebrities are
bringing it to the red carpet with bold prints, stunning florals, and captivating patterns. In this workshop, you will
design a look for your favorite celebrity and totally re-work one of their red carpet looks. Working with pencil and
colored pencils, you will learn techniques to design womenswear patterns and create realistic prints to turn a solid gown into something that will wow the fashion critics and make your celebrity top on the best dressed list! Gallery 

JSX 070 Jewelry Design: Wire-Forming and Beaded Techniques
Learn the basic skills needed to create fascinating and beautiful jewelry using a variety of professional wire-forming and beading techniques. Each day students will make their own pieces to keep.

JSX 071 Jewelry Design: Metal Jewelry Techniques
Learn the basic techniques to stamp, form and patina metals to create unique wearable pieces such as pendants, cuffs, mini-journals, bracelets and rings. 

JSX 072 Jewelry Design: Clay, Resin and Polymer Techniques
Learn the basic skills needed to work with clay, resin and polymer to create unique finished jewelry pieces for your portfolio or to wear.

JSX 080: Accessorizing your Accessories: Creating Embellishments
Fashion is all about individuality and customized, unique accessories are a great way to express that personal style! Learn several techniques to create and apply one-of-a-kind embellishment details to your existing accessories using leather, fabrics, vinyl, hardware and other surface decorations. Plus, an introduction to natural dying will show you how to custom color cotton trims and fabric for decorative application. A tote bag “blank” will be provided by the instructor for students to embellish, in addition to their own accessories. Gallery          See more examples of embellished accessories...
JSX 081: Accessorizing your Accessories: Biker Style
Learn the basic skills needed to add tough, edgy embellishment details, such as molded black leather flower and petal forms, zipper roses, rivets, grommets, buckles, bands and belts, to existing accessories.  Students will attach their favorite handmade embellishment(s) to a leather handbag blank provided by the instructor.