Summer HS Workshops 2020 - Remote Course Descriptions

High school workshops are offered remotely through Google Classroom. Remote courses will require students to login in real-time for the lecture and classroom-style learning, and they will have access to additional resources (ie. tutorial videos, handouts etc.) when class time is over.

Students will be required to log on during specific class times 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).

  • Each workshop meets remotely June 29, 30, July 1, 2, 2020; from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (break: 12:30-1:30)

Please review the required supplies for each course, as some courses will need students to acquire software, equipment or tools for full participation.

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.


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. 


  • 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 gray charcoal paper
  • 2 sheets -  18”x 24”, colored paper of your choice
  • 2 sheets of watercolor paper (Blick 100280-1028, 15”x22” 
  • 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.(such as Staedtler, Mars Plastic)
  • 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 an s a pallet (paper or plastic plate etc.)
  • Sharpie permanent ink pen, fine point.
  • Small white glue ( such as SOBO Glue)
  • Scissors, or A-xacto knife (A-xacto knife #1 aprox.) 
  • Regular ink pad(for stamps), black or blue, 

If you plan to make a painting, you will need one of the three color options: (otherwise this is an option) ( Get small to medium tubes. Use your watercolor paper or get  something like, Canson Canvas Paper Pads, 16”x20”)

Option 1:

  • Burned Sienna
  • Ultramarine Blue (mix this two and you get black)
  • Titanium white

Option 2  

  • Cadmium Red Medium                                        
  • Permanent Green                                                 
  • Titanium White  

Option 3:

  • Manganese Violet or Dioxozine Violet
  • And Cadmium Yellow Medium
  • Titanium White

Optional Materials 

-Basic Pack of watercolors (Small set Crayola aprox. $4)

-Small box of Oil Pastels , Skin Color Set might be a good addition. ( Blick, Sargent, set of 12  $2.09)

- 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

- Markers

HSX 051: Exploring Graphic Design
Explore the world of a graphic designer either working for a marketing agency, as a freelancer, or in commercial fields. You will  create  fun graphics using key design principles and typography for print and web.


  • Metal Ruler at least 18”
  • Color Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Black sharpie marker
  • Fine point marker
  • 1-Sketchbook (Any of the following sizes 6in x 9in, 8in x 10in or 9in x 12in)
  • Conventional note-taking materials (pen and notebook)

HSX 056: Interior Design Studio
Learn about the interior design industry by working on a client-based project. You will design a floor plan, elevation, and rendering with surface and furniture samples for a specific customer. Through lectures you will explore resources available to the NYC interior designer and get a feel for the industry.


  • Sketchbook (can also be used for note taking) – unlined preferred, at least 5” x  8”
  • A regular notebook or pad is suffice
  • Black Felt-Tip Sketching Pen/Marker – Ex:  Flair or Pentel Sign Pen suggested
  • Lead Pencils with sharpener and white eraser (other erasers are acceptable)
  • Preferred is 2H, H, HB pencils
  • 12” long Architect’s Scale – with fractions
  • Be sure this is an Architect’s Scale and NOT an Engineer’s Scale
  • Inexpensive versions are fine
  •  The architect’s scale is preferred, but a 12” ruler will suffice
  • 12” 90 degree Triangle - any material is suffice (does not have to be expensive)
  • 6” or 8” is acceptable of you cannot get 12”
  • 45/45/90 or 30/60/90 
  • Roll of 12” long (yellow or white) or 11” x 17” Pad of Tracing Paper
  • Graph Paper – 4x4, aka 4 squares per inch – 8.5” x 11” sheets
  • Roll of drafting tape – masking tape or even painter’s tape works also!
  • Home and/or Fashion Magazines, Catalogs or color images to print from Google Images
  •  Magazines and catalogs need not be new or up-to-date
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick (preferred), or any glue or rubber cement
  • Double sided tape also acceptable
  • (3) White Illustration or Poster Boards (heavier/thicker) is best - 15 x 20 is preferred, 11 x17 is acceptable
  • Bristol will work (at least 11 x 17)  
  • OPTIONAL:  T-Square
  • OPTIONAL:  Colored pencils – at least a set of 12 but we will make what you have work
  • Prismacolor, or any soft core type preferred

HSX 075: Fast Fashion, on Trial
We love finding good deals at a low price. But convenience currently comes at a social and environmental cost to people and the planet. Understand ‘how it’s made’ by decoding clothing labels, enabling educated buying decisions. Instead of endlessly searching for what you want, upcycle, and renew your sustainable closet. You will learn to create and inhabit a new world of slow fashion, informed by science, guided by your values.


  • Journal/notebook. At least 8 ½ “ x 11 “, preferred 11” x 14”

  • 1-2 old, retired, light-colored garments (shirt, sock, etc). Cotton preferred

  • Black tea (3-4 tea bags, or 6 grams / 3 tbsp loose tea), tea strainer / fine mesh, milk (any of soy, almond, cow are ok), large pot or saucepan, stovetop

  • 2 large hair ties, or rubber bands

  • Paintbrush

  • #2 pencil, or mechanical pencil

  • Sharpener

  • Eraser

  • Colored writing instruments: colored pencils or markers

  • Scissors. Fabric scissors preferred

  • Phone/computer with internet browser access

  • Optional

  • An old, retired, denim garment (jeans, shorts, jacket, etc)

  • Fabric dye / tie-dye kit

  • Fabric paint, rubbing alcohol

  • Needle and thread

  • Steam iron and ironing surface

HSX 080: Character Creation
Have you ever wanted to create your own characters? Lectures, activities, and demonstrations will help you bring your characters to life! Character design, facial expressions, figure poses, turnaround drawings, and model sheets— these drawing and writing skills can be used in artistic fields such as animation, comic strips, comic books, game design, toy design, fashion art, etc. 


  • Drawing/sketch pad (8.5x 11 or 9x12)
  • Any kind of drawing pencil or pens. Can also be digital (laptop or tablet with any kind of drawing programs.).
  • Notebook (can also be digital)
  • Coloring media - crayons, markers or watercolor paints

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.


  • Current month issue of your favorite fashion magazine(s)
  • Tracing pad (11”x 14”), (recommended: Borden and Rily #37)
  • Marker pad (11”x 14”),

Assorted art supplies for rendering:

  • Markers (chatpak recommend, specific skin tone recommendations below)
  • Colored pencils (prisma color recommend)
  • Ink (optional)
  • Watercolor (optional)
  • Gouache (optional)
  • Fine-line black markers
  • Pens (Micron 05. & .08 recommended)
  • White pencil for rendering dark colors. (Will explain in class)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • C-thru plastic ruler 12”
  • Double stick tape/ glue-stick
  • Scan/photograph and bring any work you have done to review!

    Marker Recommendations (purchase 1 or 2 you would like to use):
  • Light skin tones=
    Chartpak brand, pale flesh P147
    Copic brand, color E00
  • Medium skin tones =
    Chartpak brand, buff color P-139
  • Medium - 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.   


A residential sewing machine:  (Can be any machine you already have at home. We also recommend this machine or similar:  https://www.singer. com/Heavy-Duty-4411-Sewing- Machine   ($150.00)

  • Dressmaker Scissors- 8-10” (Fiskers, Gingher, Wiss or Mundial are the best)

  • 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/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


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.


  • Sketch Art Book 14”  x 11” ( Recommended Canson Field Sketch Art Book )
  • Marker paper sketch pad 11” x 17” (Recommended Canson Art Series Pro Layout Marker) 
  • 1 pen, 1 pencil, 1 skin color marker for croquis sketches./ markers 6-10 colors if possible 
  • Scotch tape/ double-sided tape 
  • Camera (cell phone camera is great but students can use any camera they like to use to take inspiration pictures and print out for mood board if they want to use for their mood board,)
  • Favorite fashion magazines preferably three magazines.
  • HB pencils
  • Coloring pencils 6-10 colors. (Prisma color recommended) 
  • Markers (Prisma color recommended: Black, flesh tones as recommending below)
  • pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or  spray mount
  • White eraser
  • Black Technical Pen (Recommended Micron 03)

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. 


  • Pen and paper for note taking
  • Pen & pad or laptop for note taking. We will be creating mood boards for this class.

  • Please have a sketch pad (14” x 17” or 18” x 24”) and 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 and a glue stick.

    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 / collages.

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. 


  • Access to Google Suite

HSX 123: A Week in the Life of a Merchant
Spend a week learning who merchandisers are and what they do. You will work on projects that will help you understand the most important concepts of this industry. Through class lectures and presentations you will develop an idea of a merchandiser's role in today's global fashion world.


  • Access to Google Suite

HSX 131: Public Relations for Fashion: The Industry in Action
Learn about the roles & 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.


  • Personal grooming product of students’ choice

H SX 133: Fashion Journalism
As we become a more content-driven society, there is greater demand for a well-developed editorial on both print and digital platforms. You will discover the many facets of journalism in fashion and related fields, and the extensive career opportunities affiliated with it. Through a variety of projects, you will develop an understanding of editorial and written content as you conduct interviews, gather news, and develop content concepts. Hone your journalism skills by writing and editing fashion news and feature stories. Basic knowledge of copy editing, headline-writing, captions, and journalism etiquette will also be covered.


  • A couple of fashion magazines
  • Notebook/pen/pencil for taking notes