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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!

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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.

Spring Dates

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.

Spring Dates

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.

No Spring Dates

JSX 009: New Photographic Techniques

Prerequisite: JSX 005, 006, 007 or 008
If you're comfortable using an SLR camera and are ready to explore some cool, interesting imagery and techniques, this course is for you! Using current artists' works you'll explore techniques and approaches currently used to create dynamic images, from 360-degree movies to moving "gifs" to enhanced projections. You'll also discuss some of the newest apps available to enhance your photos. Learn how to replicate what you see and feel more confident as you experiment with your own imagery.

No Spring Dates

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.

Spring Dates

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.

No Spring Dates

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.

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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.

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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.

No Spring Dates

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!

Spring Dates

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Spring Dates

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. 

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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.

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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. 

No Spring Dates

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! 

Spring Dates

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? 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. You will create individual and group projects throughout this workshop.

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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.

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JSX 060: Fashions on the Red Carpet

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!

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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.

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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.

No Spring Dates

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.

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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.

Spring Dates