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Spring 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 Spring 2019 are eligible for Spring MS Workshops. 
December 13, 2018- April 13, 2019.

PRICE (Spring 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: April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 2019.  
"AM" classes meet 9:30 to 12:30.   "PM" classes meet 1:30 to 4:30.


Courses may be cancelled due to low enrollment. You will be notified by email if cancellations occur.
Instructor Contact List  *Please note: instructor assignments are subject to change

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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      9:30-12:30pm       Instructor: Erin Lefevre / Room: D403 (Pomerantz)          Supply Lists

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
Section 55A      9:30-12:30pm       Instructor: Nick Parisse / Room: D509 (Pomerantz)

JSX 007: Basic Digital Photography: Environmental and Street Photography
Learn the basic techniques for making good photographs with a focus on environments. You’ll take photos indoors and out using your surroundings as subject. 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      1:30-4:30pm         Instructor: Nick Parisse / Room: D509 (Pomerantz)    Supply Lists
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 womenswear silhouettes to create your own designs. Experienced students may also use their own fashion figures. JSX 011 Course Gallery
Section 55A      9:30-12:30pm        Instructor: Janice Giardina / Room: D506 (Pomerantz)     Supply Lists

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
Section 55A      9:30-12:30pm        Instructor: TBA / Room: D503 (Pomerantz)     Supply Lists

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.
Section 55A      1:30-4:30pm       Instructor: Janice Giardina Room: C709 (Feldman)

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.
Section 55A      9:30-12:30pm       Instructor: Nicole Truscinski /  Room: C504 (Feldman)

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      1:30-4:30pm       Instructor: Ramon Gil / Room: D503 (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: C501 (Feldman)     
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 031 Course Gallery
Section 55A      1:30-4:30pm       Instructor: Ebony Bolt / Room: D625 (Pomerantz)     

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 collaging to create final projects. JSX 035 Course Gallery
Section 55A      9:30-12:30am       Instructor: TBA / Room: D517 (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, well teach you that too! Perfect class for beginning artists. Gallery 
Section 55B      1:30-4:30pm       Instructor: Lindsay Francis / Room: D630 (Pomerantz) 

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.
Section 55A      9:30-12:30am       Instructor: Lindsay Francis / Room: C507 (Feldman)

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 55B      1:30-4:30pm       Instructor: Darryl Glover/ Room: D514 (Pomerantz)     

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
Section 55A      9:30-12:30pm       Instructor: Susan Baldwin / Room: D510 (Pomerantz)

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      9:30-12:30pm       Instructor: Isolina Perez/ Room: Room: A480 (Dubinksy)

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.
Section 55A      1:30-4:30pm       Instructor: Isolina Perez/ Room: Room: A480 (Dubinsky)

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