Fall Remote High School Workshop Descriptions

High school workshops are offered remotely through Google Classroom. Remote courses  require students to log in in real-time for the lecture and classroom-style learning, with access to additional resources (ie. tutorial videos, handouts etc.) when class time is over.  Students will log in during specific class times (for the entire class duration) to participate in virtual discussions, read lectures, complete assignments, and interact with the instructor and other students (REMINDER: attendance, participation and project completion are part of the grading process). Read more about remote requirements HERE...

  • Each workshop meets remotely on Saturdays, October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 2020; from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (lunch: 12:30-1:30) EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) 

Descriptions and Required Materials

REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES:  The minimum requirement for all courses is a device with internet connectivity. We do not recommend using a phone as the primary device for your course as some features may not be optimized. Additional specific material or equipment requirements will be posted with your courses' description as we receive them. Additionally, please review the required supplies for each course, as some courses will need students to acquire software, equipment or tools for full participation.

HSX 026: Perfecting Your Art Portfolio

Work from observation and reference while  utilizing  traditional and experimental drawing materials to  create a variety of artworks, from still-lifes to portraits. Excellent  for students seeking to apply to Art and Design schools. 

Essential and Required Supplies

  • 18” x 24” all-purpose paper pad. (Strathmore/ Bristol) (white drawing or sketch paper, 70lbs and higher)
  • Ebony Pencil or Graphite Pencils (B2/ 4/ 6/)
  • 2 sheets - 18”x 24”, medium grey charcoal paper
  • 2 sheets -  18”x 24”, colored paper of your choice
  • 2 sheets of watercolor paper 
  • Charcoal Pencil (medium or soft) Black + White
  • Vine charcoal-small box(medium)
  • Compressed charcoal- 2 sticks (medium or soft)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Erasers: Any plastic eraser will do.
  • Small container of black ink (Higgins, India, Sumi or Chinese ink will do)
  • Small soft brush,( watercolor or ink brush will do, ½ or ¾ inch wide.)
  • Containers or cups for water
  • Something you can use as a pallet (paper or plastic plate etc.)
  • Sharpie permanent ink pen, fine point.
  • Small tube of white glue ( such as SOBO Glue)
  • Scissors, or A-xacto knife (A-xacto knife #1 or #2)
  • If you plan to make a painting (optional), you will need these acrylic paint colors. Get small to medium tubes. Use your watercolor paper or get something like Canson Canva Paper Pads.
    Paynes Gray (if you cannot find Payne’s Grey, you could substitute it with Ivory Black
    Yellow Ochre
    Cadmium Red light
    Titanium white

Suggested Materials - Extra, Not Required

  • Basic Pack of watercolors 
  • Small box of Oil Pastels, Skin Color Set might be a good addition. 
  • Conte crayons, red / sepia, black, white, soft-B
  • Fixative spray for charcoal drawings
  • Clipboard or foam board with clips: 18 x 24. (to be discussed)
  •  Set of Color Pencils
  • Regular Pastels
  • Marker
  • regular ink pad (for stamps), black or blue

HSX 084: Designing a Fashion Mini-Collection

You will 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 will 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.

Essential and Required Supplies

  • Current month issue of your favorite fashion magazine(s)
  • tracing pad (11”x 14”)
  • marker pad (11”x 14”) (preferably translucent; recommended brand: Borden & Riley #37 Boris Marker Layout)
  • assorted art supplies for rendering of your choice (markers, colored pencils)
  • fine-line black markers in different thicknesses
  • white pencil for rendering dark colors (will explain in class)
  • artists pencils (HB and 2B)
  • kneaded eraser
  • C-thru plastic ruler 12”
  • double stick tape/ glue-stick
  • skin tone markers (consider purchasing one or two different skin tones)
    Light Skin Tones
    - Chartpak brand, pale flesh P147
    - Copic brand, color E00
    Medium Skin Tones
    - Chartpak brand, buff color P-139
    Medium to Dark Skin Tones
    - Copic brand, E13 lt. suntan
    - Chartpak brand,  sand P-142, mocha P-70

HSX 088: Simply Sewing

With a simple but flexible pattern, you will learn how to sew and create a wearable garment with the most basic of skills. Learn to work on residential sewing machines that allow you to reproduce these easy-to-learn techniques at home. Projects include pants or a top (based on the instructor's discretion) using patterns that you can evolve into new silhouettes and styles. This course is a great introduction to sewing. No experience required.   

Essential and Required Supplies

  • A residential sewing machine; can be any machine you already have at home. We also recommend this machine or similar: Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine ($150.00) 
  • 8 to 10" Dressmaker Scissors (Fiskars, Gingher, Wiss, or Mundial are the best)
  • Pinking Shears (any of the above brand)
  • Thimble to fit middle finger
  • Dressmaker pins
  • Hand sewing needles (Sharp size 7-9 is best)
  • Sewing machine Needles (90/14 is used for cotton fabric)
  • Seam ripper
  • Pastel stone dressmaker chalk or fabric marking pencil or pen
  • Tape measure
  • Safety Pins
  • Clear Graph plastic ruler (Westcott size 1x12, 2x12, 1x18, or 2x18)
  • Thread (Gutterman works well for home sewing machine stitching on cotton fabric)
  • Notebook
  • Pencils

Additional Supplies for Samples

Seam sampler:
½ yard 45” wide woven cotton fabric - solid color
Thread in any contrast color 

Shorts or Pant pattern: McCall M8057
Please refer to pattern for fabric yardage info for size requested 45” or 60” wide (solid or print)
elastic 4-5 yds or 1 ½” yds of 1 ¼” wide elastic
Thread to match

Flared Skirt pattern: McCall M8061
Please refer to pattern for fabric yardage info for size requested,( 60” wide solid or print)
1 ½” yards of 1 ¼” wide elastic
Thread to match

Suitable fabrics are lightweight cotton or cotton poly blend or linen. Fabric should be woven, NOT knit, with little or no stretch.

Please do not substitute patterns. Instructor will be using the standard pattern; however, patterns are available for purchase in standard or digital form from McCall.com.

HSX 091: Building Your Fashion Brand

To be successful, independent designers need to develop a creative vision, identify the audience for their vision, and communicate to that audience through their unique fashion brand. This course will teach you how to use concept, tone, visual elements, market research, and media platforms to introduce your fashion line into the global fashion arena and to more directly connect with your ideal consumer. In addition to developing your own personal fashion brand, you will learn how some of the biggest global brands today became successful, the unusual paths that brought them there, and how they achieved iconic status. Students will create fashion sketches, develop concept boards, conceptualize brand logos, and create elevator pitches that speak to the unique fashion perspectives they will bring to the global market.

Essential and Required Supplies

Coming Soon!

HSX 096: A Week in the Life of a Fashion Designer 

Spend a week with a designer to experience how a fashion designer works, day to day, in New York City.  Learn about the resources designers use to create their collections. Students will create inspiration boards and fashion sketches inspired by the day's discoveries. Explore fabric and trim sources, through lectures, learn the inner workings of a sample room and factory, and learn how a collection is really produced. You will walk away with a journal of resources and a body of knowledge that you can use throughout your fashion career.

Essential and Required Supplies

  • 14” x 11” sketch book that can be used with markers (recommended: Canson Field Sketch Art Book)
  • soft Aquarelle pencils, one black and one white (recommended: Caran d'Ache Supracolor Soft Aquarelle Pencils)
  • white erasure
  • glue stick
  • Paper scissors
  • Hand sharpener
  • 1 HB pencil
  • 1 mechanical pencil
  • 1 pen for taking notes
  • Marker paper sketch pad 11” x 17” (recommended: Canson Art Series Pro Layout Marker)
  • double-ended art markers in the following colors (recommended: Prismacolor premier double ended  art markers)
    - black
    - choice of ONE preferred flesh tone marker
    - any other colors you like (optional)
    Note: If you do not have any markers then consider purchasing a basic starter set: Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Marker Set - Primary/Secondary Colors, Set of 12
  • colored pencils variety pack (recommended: Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils)
    Note: If you do not have any colored pencils then consider purchasing a basic set of 12.
  • Fine point black technical pen (recommended:Sakura Pigma Micron Pen 03 Black)

HSX 119: Perfecting Your On-Screen Image

We spend a lot of time in front of cameras: online classes, virtual meets, and even just selfies. You’ll explore the most effective personal aesthetic skills and tools including on-camera personal care brands, hair cuts, wardrobe choices, and overall color correction to create a strong on-screen image to define your personal presence. Discover your strongest attributes and how to feature those qualities while honing a sense of personal style and developing the skills to keep your image ever-current. This class is for any student who is building an online presence or who envisions a career in media.

Essential and Required Supplies

Coming Soon!

HSX 120: 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, accessories, retail. Projects will include producing creative fashion forecasting presentations: seasonal color cards, silhouette/fabric trend boards, and multi-media presentations. We will also focus on the diversified career opportunities of fashion forecasting within the fashion industry. 

Essential and Required Supplies

  • Pen & pad or laptop for note taking
  • sketch pad (14” x 17” or 18” x 24”)
  • A large assortment of drawing pencils, eraser, color pencils, and black ink and color markers
  • Approx. 4-5 fashion magazines (that you're willing to cut up)
  • scissors
  • glue sticks

For some of our projects, you’ll also have the option of designing digitally. Feel free to familiarize yourself in advance with any app or program that can create mood boards.

HSX 121: Exploring 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. 

Essential and Required Supplies

  • Access to Google Suite
  • PowerPoint or Google Slides

HSX 124: Personal Branding and Self-Promotion

Making a name for yourself in the fashion industry is practically impossible if you don't have the right skills and strategies. Learn how to use media, track current trends, and dress the part to get the attention of the right people. You will learn to discover what fashion careers are best suited for you as well as how to deliver your perfect elevator speech. But most importantly, true style comes from the inside, so we'll teach you how to define yourself, your personality, your skills, and how to create the brand called YOU!

HSX 131: Public Relations for Fashion: The Industry in Action

Learn about the roles and 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.

Essential and Required Supplies

  • personal grooming product of students’ choice