Jennifer James, the instructor, reminds me of the affable high school teacher that everyone loves. The teacher who is not a pushover, but knows how to impart information and have fun. The teacher who will probably have a movie made about her life. The students realize that they are being taught by one of the great ones. Ms. James is also like the favorite aunt you want to hang with, not only because she is cool, but because she has valuable life lessons to share.
I had the honor and privilege of observing one of her classes, “Fashion Make-Up for Runway & Print.” At the beginning of the class, she had the students explore their vision of beauty and storytelling in print work. The exercise allowed the students to focus on the finer details of photographic works.
The class included contouring, highlighting, lip application and brow boot camp. Each student brought in his/her own model. A couple of them are working print models. Ms. James was engaged with each student making sure that he or she was on the right track. Posing questions that challenged how the students view the application process as well as recommending tools and products to use.
I find that even the makeup artists who practice their skills everyday found the class to be challenging, yet fulfilling. I could definitely see several “A-ha” moments from each pupil and even the models took an interest in the application process. The students also shared their tricks of the trade with each other. One tip that I found very useful was, pressing down the tip of a lip pencil. The flattened tip allows for a more precise lip line.
Below is a slideshow from the class, including students’ work:
I, highly, suggest taking one of her classes, if she comes to your area. She also does Skype classes, so there will is no excuse not to take a class. 🙂 Ms. James has updated her class offerings, so please check them out and enroll today!