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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)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-PNT-0235
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Both compelling and at times mystifying, the medium of watercolor is broken down in this step-by-step introductory course. Students learn that producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. Along with planning and learning how to control paint, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore value, composition and color theory as they learn the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered, as are washes, color lifting and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations and equip students with the skills and experience to use watercolor effectively to achieve lively results. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Christine Herron (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 8 - 9 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-PNT-0342
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.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


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

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 1 - 2 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-PNT-0344
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Without the right first steps, oil painting can be a challenging medium. This workshop aims to get students on the right track by emphasizing technique and strategy, while encouraging experimentation and individual development. Students are given an introduction to paint, brushes, medium and palette set-up. They then learn mixing, direct paint application, and consideration of value, color and composition, gaining knowledge and confidence in beginning and sustaining a painting. Learning to quickly establish design elements within a composition and assert a specific point of view, as well as understanding the importance of directional lighting, are crucial to critical first steps. A survey of the fundamentals of representational painting is presented. The class is structured around hands-on demonstrations and painting a variety of subjects so students gain familiarity with this exciting medium. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Marian Smith (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jan 11 - 12 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-PNT-0346
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Using a more controlled approach to painting with watercolors, students in this workshop gain confidence and skill through comprehensive demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Techniques include brush control, applying flat and gradated washes, masking and layering to create form. Students experiment with different papers and effects, including wet in wet, dry brush, lifting and texturing. The essential issues of color mixing, composition and value are addressed through quick studies, progressing toward larger color pieces. The instructor provides subject material, and students are encouraged to work from their own sources.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 7 - Feb 11 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-PDM-0381
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Product design shapes the world around us, and has the power to build meaningful user experiences. From your shoes to your phone, every aspect has been thoughtfully considered and created by a product designer. In this course you are introduced to the design process and skills used within the profession. Through a series of projects and demonstrations, you learn how to bring concepts to life through research, concept generation, refinement and prototyping. Hard skills such as drawing techniques and basic scale model making are also addressed, and you leave the course with the beginning of a product design portfolio.

Applies to: IT-E, PM-R


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 7 - Feb 11 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-JEWEL-0393
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $25


Description

Inspiration plays an essential role in the design and creation of jewelry -- so does research. In this design-focused course, students learn to research and extrapolate ideas from inspiration and to translate them into designs through sketches and paper models. The course begins with a variety of paper exercises that allow students to learn essential model making skills in paper as well as ways of cutting, manipulating, bending and folding that help them understand different materials' natural properties. To facilitate this process, students observe how nature and natural forms are ideal catalysts in the development of unique pieces of jewelry. Fundamental techniques for wire-wrapping and working with found objects are explored, and examples of contemporary jewelry design are shown through digital presentations. As the course takes place outside of the jewelry studio, all projects are created using readily available tools and materials such as paper, wire and everyday materials. Students of all levels are welcome. Note: This is not a jewelry bench studio course. In addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: JM-R


Instructor
  • Name: Tzu-Ju Chen (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 8 - 9 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-PNT-0508
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

From loose sketches to formal, rendered work, many exciting and expressive effects are possible with gouache. Its unique properties of opacity, matte finish and fast drying time make gouache a favorite medium of illustrators, art directors, surface and fashion designers, and fine artists alike. Easy to manipulate, gouache allows for rapid and fluid working styles, with the ability to achieve high levels of detail. These qualities make gouache a valuable addition to any artist's repertoire. In this workshop, students experience the spontaneity and immediacy of gouache firsthand, as they practice methods and techniques for gouache application based on instructor demonstrations and discussions of color mixing, wash techniques and brushwork. Composition, color theory and fundamental design principles are also discussed. Students work from direct observation and photo reference to create several small studies and paintings, gaining a solid understanding of the medium's broad applications.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Karen Triedman (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Feb 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-DWG-0524
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Want to dive into art making but don't know where to start? Starting a sketchbook is a perfect entry point. Quick and easy strategies are introduced as you begin generating work for your sketchbook, including line exercises and collage techniques. Emphasis is on discovery and working through processes in an intuitive and spontaneous way, enabling you to surmount any preconceived ideas and respond naturally to prompts and visual stimulus.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Feb 18 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-DWG-0526
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Hands are one of the most challenging things to master as an artist. Learn basic hand anatomy and some simple drawing tricks to help you quickly and accurately sketch the hand in many different positions. As you discover how to plot out this difficult subject step by step, you'll experiment with ways to simplify the process, how to establish key lines, and how to identify the essential shapes. Come experience how this single lesson can greatly improve your drawing skills.

Applies to: AN-E, NS-E, PM-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Holly Popielarz (Bio)