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Fall Middle School Workshops

FIT's Precollege Workshops are fun, short programs that will introduce you to some of the unusual and creative topics that we specialize in at FIT. Now middle school students can participate in this exciting opportunity! Spend four days on our New York City campus learning a specific skill or technique, or explore the many different career opportunities our graduates have. You'll be both challenged and inspired by the new techniques you'll learn and insights you'll develop in just four days!


ELIGIBLE GRADES: Students in grades 7, 8 or 9 as of Fall 2018 are eligible for Fall MS Workshops.
REGISTRATION DATES: August 21 - November 2, 2018
PRICE (MS Workshop): 
One course (4 sessions) $150   Two courses (4 sessions) $285     More about prices, refund policy etc.
DATES and TIMES: Classes meet on Saturdays: November 10, 17, December 1, 8, 2018  AM classes meet 9:30 to 12:30     PM classes meet 1:30 to 4:30. 
Students may purchase one or two classes  (students attend the same class every Saturday)     
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Courses may be canceled due to low enrollment. You will be notified by email if cancellations occur.
Instructor Contact List *Please note: instructor assignments are subject to change

Registration Aug. 21- Nov. 2


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!
Section 55A   9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA 

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. JSX 006 Course Gallery
Section 55A   9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: D446 (Pomerantz)    

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.     
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: D446 (Pomerantz)    

JSX 008: Telling a Story Through Digital Photography 
Prerequisite: JSX 005, 006, or 007
Learn how professional photographers capture the images and moments that make a story come to life. You'll create a sequence of visual narratives to communicate a local or global current event or create a "slice of life" story about an individual. Learn how using composition, lighting, perspective, and selection of subject-matter can enhance your message and influence the viewer. 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  1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA    

JSX 011: Fashion Art: Silhouettes
Learn a wide variety of garment silhouettes (sleeves, skirts, necklines, pants, etc.) as you draw on fashion figures provided by the instructor. You'll then mix and match these women's wear silhouettes to create your own designs. Experienced students may also use their own fashion figures.  JSX 011 Course Gallery 
Section 55A   9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: D503 (Pomerantz)

JSX 012: Fashion Art: Rendering Fabrics 
How do you draw wool so it looks like wool? What women's wear 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 designs. JSX 012 Course Gallery
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: C713 (Feldman)

JSX 013: Fashion Art: Faces and Figures
Female 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 croquis wearing your original designs.  JSX 013 Course Gallery
Section 55A   9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: C705 (Feldman)

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 female junior market. Learn how to design for a current youth market and incorporate the latest trends.
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: C711 (Feldman)

JSX 019: Fashion History: Trends Through the Decades
Fashion is a reflection of trends in art, music, and technology, as well as a reflection of events in society. Trends in fashion are important because they repeat themselves and are often “reinvented” by current designers. In this workshop, you will learn about fashion from the 20th century to the present day and how events in history, music, politics, etc., influenced each fashion trend. You’ll also use FIT’s archives to see original Chanel garments as well as issues of Vogue from the 1900’s. Each student will research a time period that inspires them the most and create a final mood board collage to use as future fashion inspiration!
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: B304 (Business & Liberal Arts)

JSX 025- Let's 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 student's creative ambitions and the importance of reading as a stimulant in the creative process. JSX 025 Course Gallery
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: D514 (Pomerantz)

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.                  
Section 55A   9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA         

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.  
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA  

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.
Section 55A   9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA 

JSX 035: Color Theory and Application
Delve into the world of color as you explore color-wheel mixing, color temperature, color harmonies, and color painting. You'll create a number of compositions with a focus on color, working abstractly and using texture and collage to create final projects. JSX 035 Course Gallery
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: D506 (Pomerantz)
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, we'll teach you that too! Perfect class for beginning artists. JSX 036 Course Gallery
Section 55A   9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: D625 (Pomerantz)

JSX 037 Middle School Sculpture
Working primarily in clay, this course introduces you to figurative and abstract sculpture focusing on proportion and composition. You'll be introduced to the tools and techniques used sculpt and model in clay. JSX 037 Course Gallery
Section 55A  9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA

JSX 038 Multiple Media Workshop
Drawing with watercolor crayons, painting with acrylics, mask-making, and assemblage are all techniques explored in this class. Learn how to use a variety of media for experimentation and fun, or towards developing your unique artistic vision. JSX 038 Course Gallery
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA    

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 women's wear season and learn how this information helps develop private labels for future seasons. You 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! 
Section 55A  9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: B734 (Business & Liberal Arts)  

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.
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA    

JSX 050: The Fashion Cycle
This class will teach you the steps need to make your FASHION RUNWAY dreams a reality. Learn how your women's wear designs travel 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 line together and have a road map for your future. JSX 050 Course Gallery    
Section 55A  9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA    

JSX 060: Red Carpet Fashion
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 womenswear 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 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! JSX 060 Course Gallery
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA   

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.
Section 55A  9:30am - 12:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA   

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 071 Course Gallery
Section 55A   1:30pm - 4:30pm     Instructor: TBA / Room: TBA