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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 2018 are eligible for Spring MS Workshops. 
December 6, 2017- April 13, 2018

PRICE (MS Workshop):
One course (4 sessions) $136*    Two courses (4 sessions) $257*      More about prices, refund policy etc.
DATES and TIMES: Classes meet on Saturdays: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 2018.  
"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       Abby Verbosky / Room: TBA (Pomerantz)           Supply Lists coming soon!

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      9:30-12:30pm       Nicky Parisse / Room: D-509 (Pomerantz)     Supply Lists coming soon!       

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          Nicky Parisse / Room: D-509 (Pomerantz)     Supply Lists coming soon!

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         1:30-4:30pm      Abby Verbosky / Room: TBA (Pomerantz)                Supply Lists coming soon!
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        Janice Giardina / Room: D-506 (Pomerantz)      Supply Lists coming soon!

JSX 012: Fashion Art: Rendering Fabrics
How do you draw wool so it looks like wool? What womenswear 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      1:30-4:30pm          Janice Giardina / Room: D-506 (Pomerantz)     Supply Lists coming soon!

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      9:30-12:30pm          TBA / Room: D-503 (Pomerantz)   Supply Lists coming soon!          

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         1:30-4:30pm           Doreen Rivieccio / Room: D-709 (Feldman)     Supply Lists coming soon!

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      9:30-12:30pm          Donna Berger / Room: D-504 (Feldman)      Supply Lists coming soon!
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            James Webb / Room: D-503 (Pomerantz)      Supply Lists coming soon!

JSX 027: Technical Drawing for Beginners -Level 1 
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       1:30-4:30pm            Aurelie Desmas / Room: TBA (Pomerantz)                      Supply Lists coming soon!
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           Britta Siddell / Room: D-625 (Pomerantz)      Supply Lists coming soon!

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        Maria Luisa Tamara DeSantis / Room: D-517 (Pomerantz)        Supply Lists coming soon! 
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. JSX 036 Course Gallery
Section 55A     1:30-4:30pm          Oasa DuVerney / Room: D-630 (Pomerantz)    Supply Lists coming soon!

JSX 037 Middle School Sculpture
This course introduces you to figurative and abstract sculpture focusing on proportion and composition. You'll be introduced to a variety of tools and techniques as you work with both clay and found objects.
Section 55A       9:30-12:30pm      Cristina Razzano / Room: D-633 (Pomerantz)       Supply Lists coming soon!

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.
Section 55A     1:30-4:30pm            Maria Luisa Tamara DeSantis / Room: TBA (Pomerantz)          Supply Lists coming soon!

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 womenswear 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      9:30-12:30pm         Trina Morris / Room: B-734 (Business)    Supply Lists coming soon!                 

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           Darryl Glover / Room: D-514 (Pomerantz)     Supply Lists coming soon!

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      9:30-12:30pm          Steven Cutting / Room: D-510 (Pomerantz)      Supply Lists coming soon!

JSX 060: Red Carpet Fashion
Who doesn’t love to watch Red Carpet events? Fashions, Celebrities, Artists, and Designers all in one night! In this workshop, you’re the Red Carpet designer for your favorite celebrity. Research fashion trends and the hottest runway designers as you create your “client’s” mood board of original ideas. Then the real fun begins. You’ll learn how to sketch fashion croquis along with fabric rendering techniques to illustrate your unique ideas and really WOW fashion critics. Make your celebrity top of the Red Carpet Best-dressed list! JSX 060 Course Gallery
Section 55B      1:30-4:30pm            Donna Berger / Room: D-517 (Pomerantz)    Supply Lists coming soon!

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           Isolina Perez / Room: TBA      Supply Lists coming soon!

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 072 Course Gallery
Section 55A     1:30-4:30pm            Isolina Perez / Room: TBA       Supply Lists coming soon!

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. A tote bag “blank” will be provided by the instructor for students to create their custom designs, in addition to their own accessories. JSX 080 Course Gallery
Section 55A      9:30-12:30pm           Angela Finochio / Room: A-485 (Dubinsky)            Supply Lists coming soon!
Section 55B      1:30-4:30pm             Angela Finochio / Room: A-485 (Dubinsky)            Supply Lists coming soon!