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Spring High School Workshops

FIT's Precollege Workshops are fun, short programs designed to introduce you to some of the unusual and creative topics FIT specializes in. Spend four days on our New York City campus learning a specific skill or technique, or delve into one of the many career opportunities FIT prepares students for. Perfect for the student who wants the FIT experience but is limited on time, you'll be both challenged and inspired by how much you'll learn in just four days!


ELIGIBLE GRADES: Students in grades 9 thru 12 as of Spring 2018 are eligible for Spring HS Workshops.
REGISTRATION: December 6, 2017- April 13, 2018 
PRICE (HS Workshop):  $242*     More about prices, refund policy etc.
 Each class meets on Saturdays, 
April  28, May 5, 12 and 19, 2018; from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (lunch: 12:30-1:30). 
Courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment. Students will be notified by email if cancellations occur.
Instructor Contact List  *Please note: instructor assignments are subject to change


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HSX 021: Observational Drawing for Portfolios    
Observational drawing is the most important skill any artist can have. The ability to see three-dimensional objects and translate them into two-dimensional drawings takes practice, patience and good technique. Learn how to look at objects in a new way to create pencil sketches, contour drawings and simple perspective renderings for your art and design portfolio requirements. You'll work from still life and custom arrangements to satisfy your individual portfolio needs. (Perfect for students applying to Accessories Design, Communication Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, and Textile/Surface Design).   HSX 021 Course Gallery
Section 55A    9:30AM 4:30PM       TBA / Room: D-505 (Pomerantz)     Supply Lists

HSX 022: Portraits for Portfolios
Throughout history, the portrait has been a main focus of many great artists. The portrait provides emotion and insight about a person, not just what the subject looks like. Learn how to create an expressive self-portrait using traditional and experimental drawing materials in just four sessions.    HSX 022 Course Gallery
Section 55A     9:30AM 4:30PM      Seth Hiler / Room: TBA      Supply Lists

HSX 027: Wearable Sculpture
High fashion. High art. High drama. Perfect for the avant-guardist. Embrace your inner Gaga, McQueen, or Nick Cave, by adding wearable sculptural elements to your fashion collection, costume creation or studio practice. Students will create works on life-size armatures using found objects, fabrics, sustainable materials, or traditional artist materials. Document your final creation in an avant-garde photo shoot and final critique!
  Examples of wearable sculpture
Section 55A     9:30AM 4:30PM      Sue Willis / Room: D-602 (Pomerantz)    Supply Lists

HSX 035: Model Building Workshop
Learn how to build a basic architectural model, either as a hobby or to satisfy the 3-D model building component required for many admissions portfolios. You'll explore classic model making techniques including skillful cardboard knife use, informed material choice, accurate measuring, scaling, gluing, and sculpting. Students can choose the subject of their final project as they create a simple 1:25 scale model.
HSX 035 Course Gallery

Section 55A     9:30AM 4:30PM     Boris Minkovskij / Room: D-530 (Pomerantz)       Supply Lists

HSX 055: Exploring Interior Design
Delve into the world of interior design, where function meets fabulous! Learn how to use creative and technical solutions to design engaging spaces for home and commercial environments. Learn how color schemes, textures, materials, spatial planning, and lighting shape your vision while you develop floor plans, utilize color harmonies, source fabrics and furniture, and assemble sample client boards. Trips to showrooms and retail spaces will immerse you into the world of the interior designer.
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM      Maureen Crilly / Room: D-447 (Pomerantz)      Supply Lists

HSX 060: Mannequin Madness
Spend four days learning lots of "tricks-of-the-trade" and discovering behind-the-scenes fun in the visual merchandising industry. You'll create fun and fantastic displays using mannequins, props and backdrops. You'll also learn how to apply these techniques to retail situations and learn the merchandising tricks used in many of your favorite stores. HSX 060 Course Gallery
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM     Joseph DeBello / Room: D-424 (Pomerantz)        Supply Lists

HSX 067: Fashionable Affairs: Events Made Easy
Do you love parties? Do you love design? Whether you're a socialite or a budding event planner, this course will teach you everything you need to know about the basics of planning and designing a memorable party. Fun, collaborative, and interactive you'll design tabletops, centerpieces, mood boards, and more. Make your next event unique, stylish and unforgettable using china, glassware, linens, and decor in creative ways. . Learn the ins and outs of event design from an industry pro. HSX 067 Course Gallery
Section 55A       9:30AM 4:30PM    Joshua Tierney / Room: D-403 (Pomerantz)          Supply Lists

HSX 084: Designing a Fashion Mini-Collection
You'll learn how to develop your own concept and intended audience for a fashion mini-collection, which you will then illustrate on a sample croquis. A great introductory class for students who are required to develop a fashion line for portfolio submissions, you'll learn how to mix-and-match garments, fabrics, and colors to provide a variety of outfits using a limited number of pieces. Once you've developed and edited your final line, students are encouraged to further develop their own croquis and final renderings for portfolio submissions.
Section 55A       9:30AM 4:30PM        Susanna Moyer / Room: C-711 (Feldman)            Supply Lists
HSX 090: Fashion Design Using Global Inspiration
In just four sessions you will create a group of fashion designs that reflect your or another ethnic cultural detail. Learn how to develop a design idea and create a small coordinate group using your original inspiration. Design a group of garments on female fashion figures that you would wear everyday, to a special event or to a club. Learn the techniques of drawing a female fashion figure, work with markers, and color your designs to matching fabric swatches.HSX 090 Gallery           See more about global inspirations...
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM    Su Ku / Room: C-502 (Feldman)       Supply Lists

HSX 095: Costume and Couture Rendering
How do you draw sequins that sparkle or fur that "fluffs"? Explore rendering techniques that include sequins, feathers, fur, velvet, plaid, taffeta, the list goes on...Learn how to design and render challenging fabrics and understand how fabrication on design comes to life. You'll also learn the techniques of applying shadows and shadings to add depth and dimension to your work. Look to Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood as some of your inspirations in this over-the-top class!HSX 095 Course Gallery
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM    Mary Capozzi / Room: C-503 (Feldman)      Supply Lists

HSX 106: Canvas Footwear: Custom Painting Techniques
Take your favorite footwear to the next level! Today's hot custom-painted footwear trends include psychedelic patterns, graphic images, character themes, and college colors. Learn how to design, transfer and paint your own unique ideas on any style of canvas shoe, including sneakers, skater shoes, and slip-ons to name a few. Using graphic design and layout skills, you'll learn to create images that fit and flow on these three-dimensional surfaces. Work with fabric paints using a variety of techniques to create backgrounds, render, and outline designs. Each student will walk out of this workshop with one pair of custom painted shoes and the skills to create many more on their own. HSX 106 Gallery

Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM       Jared Long / Room: TBA                        Supply Lists

HSX 110: Photography Portrait Workshop

Develop the technical skills and the photographic strategy needed to create dynamic portraits. You will use a variety of lighting equipment, including tungsten [hot lights], on-camera electronic flash and strobe lights in a studio environment and will create portrait images in an outdoor location. The use and control of lighting techniques, white balance and color mixing to enhance a portrait will help you understand how to see and utilize the natural shape of facial features and character of models. Students may bring their own a digital SLR camera or borrow one from the school.   HSX 110 Course Gallery
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM     Curtis Willocks / Room: D-422 (Pomerantz)      Supply Lists
HSX 112: Documentary Photography
Learn the techniques used by professional photographers to develop a personal vision while telling a story. Explore ways to capture moments as they naturally occur and how to identify the visual details that make a story come to life. You will learn how to enhance a visual narrative, focusing on lighting, composition and subject matter. Students are recommended to bring their own a digital SLR camera to learn on. A limited number of cameras are available to borrow on-campus if you don't have one.
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM      Stacey Mehrfar / Room: D-211 (Pomerantz)    Supply Lists

HSX 120: Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting
What will consumers be wearing next year? What will be the hot new fashion styles and next season's "must haves"? Welcome to the exciting and ever-changing role of Fashion Forecasting! Learn the importance of fashion forecasting as research in designing and developing products from textiles, ready-to-wear, to accessories. You'll develop creative fashion forecasting presentations: seasonal color cards, silhouette/fabric trend boards, and multi-media presentations. You will also focus on the diversified career opportunities of fashion forecasting within the fashion industry.
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM     TBA / Room: Room: C-410 (Feldman)      Supply Lists
HSX 121: Passion for Fashion Styling
Do you wonder what it takes to be a successful Fashion Stylist? Is it like what you see on TV? You're in luck! The answers to those questions and many more will be explored in this workshop. Working stylists will discuss the different areas of styling from fashion shoots to home fashion shoots. You will discover the various educational paths that can be taken to achieve your dream job. Learn fashion trends, resources and savvy business skills needed to be at the top of your game. Students will create individual and group projects during this workshop.   See more about fashion styling here...
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM    Sadia Seymour/ Nancy Alusick / Room: D-446 (Pomerantz)      Supply Lists

HSX 123: A Week in the Life of a Merchant
Spend a week learning who merchandisers are and what they do. You will work together in teams to understand the most important concepts of this industry. You will "shop the stores, visit fashion companies and museums, and see who is wearing what on the streets. Class projects and field trips will help you develop and idea of a merchandiser's role in today's global fashion world.
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM      Elida Behar / Room B-306 (Business...)     Supply Lists

HSX 131: Public Relations: Fashion Industry in Action!
Learn about the roles & responsibilities the fashion, beauty or luxury goods PR professional must assume during their career. Learn industry best practices, the essence of press release writing and compelling pitch letter construction through case studies and projects. Also learn about major media outlets, how to pitch products, personalities, services, and events, and develop an authentic PR campaign with measurable results. Whether you're considering a full-fledged career in public relations, or just want to gain an understanding of how to market yourself, this workshop is not to be missed. *Details about specific visits, guest speakers and showrooms will be provided on the first day of class and are subject to change each semester based on availability.
Section 55A         9:30AM 4:30PM      Stacey Karesh / Room: A-321B (Dubinsky)    Supply Lists

HSX 133: Fashion Journalism
As we become a more content-driven society, there is greater demand for well-developed editorial on both print and digital platforms. You'll discover the many facets of journalism in fashion and related fields, and the extensive career opportunities affiliated with it. Through a variety of projects you'll develop an understanding of editorial and written content as you conduct interviews, gather news, and develop content concepts. Hone your journalism skills by writing and editing fashion news and feature stories. Basic knowledge of copy editing, headline-writing, captions and journalism etiquette will also be covered, and you will meet industry professionals from various media outlets.
Section 55A      9:30AM 4:30PM    Elizabeth Hunter / Room: B-506 (Business...)      Supply Lists

HSX 135: Film Criticism Workshop
Film criticism is a tool to unlock the enigmas and hidden meanings found in your favorite movies. Perfect for movie buffs, aspiring filmmakers, and budding writers, this class will cover the basics of film language, explore critical thinking of cinema, and uncover insider details on the workings of the expansive world of entertainment journalism. You'll be encouraged to channel your opinions on modern cinema into compelling writing. After four sessions, watching a movie will go from a passive past time to an always engaging and active experience!
Section 55A        9:30AM 4:30PM    Kristy Puchko / Room: B-508 (Business...)    Supply Lists

HSX 137: Digital Publication Design 
Learn how to set up a magazine on an online platform while also exploring other areas of the publishing industry including print, online, events and social media. You'll create your own unique publication based on your interests. Students will be encouraged to share their thoughts on how they consume and engage with the media and develop insight into how to use publishing platforms to promote and brand. We'll take you through the steps needed to create your own digital magazine in this hands-on experience.
Section 55A        9:30AM 4:30PM      Heather Falconer / Room: TBA (Business...)      Supply Lists