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Sundays, Dec 1 - 8 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-1731
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $145


Description

Silver has provided artisans with the perfect medium for creative expression through the ages. This course examines the masterworks of silversmiths, including tableware, tea and coffee services, light fixtures and other decorative objects. Beginning with the exuberant productions of 17th-century French and German Baroque silver and continuing to work of Paul Revere and the creations of the Art Nouveau, this course explores the style and function of this most remarkable precious metal. Lectures outlining the history of silver will be complemented by a visit to the RISD Museum.

Applies to: ID-E, JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 16 - 17 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-PNT-0342 ( Class has Started )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $15


Description

Experience with acrylic paint lays a foundation for learning to work with other paint, such as oil or gouache. Through acrylic paint, students in this workshop gain in-depth knowledge of color mixing, composition and paint application -- essential skills for any painter, illustrator or designer. The workshop is designed to help students quickly gain a command of color and an understanding of the process of painting. Students then use these fundamental skills to create dynamic compositions and to explore paint application. The first day, students practice simple painting methods through exercises, including how to mix colors, apply paint, create layers, control opacity and transparency, and create thick vs. thin paint. On day two, students prepare a background for painting, create a preliminary drawing, and learn how to transfer the drawing onto that background. Everyone works from a simple subject of their own choice. Clear, step-by-step instructions enable students to fully understand the process. This workshop is intended for absolute beginners, as well as for experienced artists who want to gain confidence and skill with the medium.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Bartlett Wright (Bio)
Course Details

Sunday, Dec 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-1768 ( Class is Full )
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10 | model fee $10


Description

Do you want to learn to accurately draw heads and faces? In this workshop, you'll study the anatomy of the face and practice capturing likeness and facial expression. Using a variety of materials, you'll complete exercises and studies that are specifically designed to strengthen observational and rendering skills. Whether your goal is to become a portrait or comic book artist or just improve your ability to draw faces, this course will provide valuable and applicable skills.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Dec 7 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-2096
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $20


Description

What makes a great photograph? Great photographers know how to capture a moment with a camera's best possible perspective, and how to place themselves and frame a shot for maximum effect. Students in this course learn how to make creative choices for capturing people, places and even optical illusions while making decisions about point of view, depth of field, cropping and other picture-taking essentials. They'll wrap things up by making a handmade album of their photo adventures. Note: Students must bring their own digital camera. A simple point-and-shoot model is appropriate.


Instructor
  • Name: Cheryl Johnson (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Dec 7 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-1279 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $10


Description

Drawing magical beasts -- dragons, werewolves and unicorns, that is -- is only the start, as you learn about their origins and abilities, and their friends and enemies. In this illustration course you'll learn the fundamentals of sketching and character design using animal specimens in RISD's Nature Lab to better understand fur and feathers, scales and teeth. Observing the natural features of different animals and then combining them on paper in new and unexpected ways is the key to better drawings. After an exciting start in the Nature Lab you'll move into a computer lab to learn how Photoshop can make your magical animal kingdom even more fantastic.


Instructor
  • Name: James Frio (Bio)
Course Details

Sunday, Dec 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-2779
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Curious George is (of course), but so are Sherlock Holmes, Sally Ride, Lara Croft and Pandora. Whether they are fact or fiction, detectives, explorers or mischief-making animals, curiosity motivates them all. This course examines that trait from the mundane (What is under the rock?) to the complex (Can we walk on the moon?). Young artists become familiar with stories of human inquiry that lead to their own interpretive artworks in the form of drawings, sculptures and stories, as well as original characters who ask questions and search for answers.


Instructor
  • Name: Alexandria McKay (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Dec 7 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-3740 ( Class is almost Full )
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $15


Description

Kids love fashion too! The world of apparel design is fascinating and fun, and may even lead to a career. This course introduces the vocabulary and craft of fashion design, from brainstorming original concepts to describing and visualizing clothing and costume creations. Lessons include illustrating a line, age-appropriate marketing concepts, a tutorial on fabric and cloth, and the basic sewing and patternmaking techniques that serve as a foundation for future exploration of garment construction.


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Sunday, Dec 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-2089
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Take the first step into computer-based design with the 3D modeling tool Sculptris. Activities will ignite your imagination and connect to your existing interests like video games and animation. Get excited to learn more about artistic creation, computer science and 3D visualization!


Instructor
  • Name: Kristen Shea (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Dec 7 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-4189
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $15


Description

The chair is the perfect form to consider for a young artist wishing to understand design fundamentals and how they apply to furniture design. Students begin by getting an overview of iconic chairs from Chippendale to Le Corbusier, and the manufacturing realities and aesthetic concerns that informed design decisions. Inspired by these examples, students practice a design workflow that takes them from ideation to sketches to a drawn plan. They finish with a scale model prototype constructed of accessible materials that reinforce the objectives of craftsmanship, form and fabrication.

Applies to: AT, Y2, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Rachel Duchesne (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jan 6 - Feb 17 | ONLINE
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CW-PDM-0192
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425


Description

This online course incorporates a variety of media, substrates and techniques, providing students with the confidence to render and draw effectively. As each rendering technique is introduced, students apply their newly acquired skills to class exercises, critiques and weekly assignments that advance in complexity. The work ranges from quick ideation sketches and rapid visualization to the creation of fully rendered images with markers, pencils and pastels, incorporating orthographic views, varied materials and surface textures, light sources, and dimensionality. The course provides a foundation for any designer who wishes to improve their projects by enhanced rendering and sketching and communicating better visually with clients, vendors and other designers. Note: This course satisfies the Drawing + Rendering for Product Development (course 0383) requirement for students enrolled in the Product Development + Manufacturing certificate program.

REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO THIS COURSE:

Design Skills:

  • Basic drawing competency, either manual or digital
  • Basic ability to render by hand

Technical requirements:

  • Access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection
  • Access to a scanner
  • Access to image editing software such as Pixlr, Sumo Paint, GIMP (free), Photoshop, Corel Paintshop, Affinity Photo, etc.
  • Access to a 3 megapixel or better digital camera (many smartphones now have at least a 5 megapixel camera)

Computer Skills:

  • How to scan using Photoshop
  • How to retouch images using Photoshop or other image editing software
  • How to tile work if it needs to be scanned in sections
  • How to photograph work with a digital camera
  • Students must scan their work before the class meets online, so that they can share their work with other students for critique. This requires access to a computer with Photoshop (or similar software) installed and a scanner, so students can digitize and then retouch their work.


Applies to: IT-E, PM-R

Prerequisites: Product Development + Manufacturing: Introduction or combination of basic skills (manual or digital), Photoshop, digital camera and hand rendering.


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)