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Tuesday, Jul 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-ARTA-2850
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

How do you use objects to express yourself and your history, both personal and cultural? How do your possessions communicate your personality, style and socioeconomic status? In this lecture, we consider these questions in the context of material culture studies, a method to investigate physical objects in search of an understanding of culture and social relations. Human beings have been making things long before they were speaking or writing about things, and the objects around us can tell intricate and complex stories about our cultural selves. Investigating objects also reveals information about manufacturing processes and work routines; popular culture trends and advertising are reflected in the consumption of goods like baseball cards, Tupperware and high tech gadgets; and religious, cultural and economic identity is so often expressed through purchased and inherited objects, jewelry and clothing. We look at material culture history, as well as popular culture and mass production, in an attempt to reveal the ways in which objects can serve as a tangible, physical expression of the people and societies that produce them.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jul 9 - 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-COM-2798
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215 | lab fee $15


Description

Designers can start drawing, designing and rendering their ideas with this free downloadable 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to jewelry to game design to 3D printing. This course teaches students about the use of SketchUp as a design and rendering tool. The instructor presents the fundamentals of the interface, and how to model original spaces and objects from scratch or import prebuilt objects from the Google warehouse. The accelerated format allows for faster learning as students quickly move on to advanced topics like texturing objects and simple animation creation. This course is recommended for novice designers or design students interested in learning how to incorporate 3D into their work.

Applies to: GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jul 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-DWG-0527 ( Class is Full )
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Gain the skills you can use to draw any flower, any time. This workshop introduces clear, simple strategies to approach drawing flowers -- strategies that can be used for many other organic forms, including the human body. Drawing a flower begins with noticing how it grows: It originates from the stem and its central axis, and then radiates outward from that center. Drawing begins with establishing this central axis and then building a schematic line structure to develop the form. We cover basic flower anatomy and consider several different flower types.


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

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 20 - 21 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-ILUS-2849 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $30


Description

The world of plants is as beautiful as it is diverse. Students in this workshop spend a weekend taking a closer look at botanical specimens than they may ever have before. Whether working from cut flowers, dried leaves, or a spotted and bumpy gourd, they create a botanical illustration of their chosen subject that captures its color, anatomy, composition and personality. Basics of plant anatomy and composition are discussed, as well as methods of adding perspective and drama to a painting. After creating and transferring a detailed pencil drawing of their specimens, students learn to apply watercolor with control and precision through layered applications. Colors and detail, applied with colored pencils, further enhance and clarify, and ultimately augment the work for added richness. 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: Alison Schroeer (Bio)
Course Details

Thursday, Jun 27 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PHO-1662
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Do you have a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera but feel unsure about how to use it effectively? This workshop is for you if you have little or no experience using a DSLR and want to gain a basic understanding of how to use it to maximum advantage. We cover everything from initial setup and deciphering the camera's menus and settings, to making accurate exposures and dealing with focusing and white balance issues. We also explore the different options available for controlling lighting in various situations. You'll leave with a newfound confidence in handling the DSLR and producing consistently pleasing images. Note: Please bring your camera, its instruction manual and a willingness to learn to this fast-paced introductory workshop.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 13 - 14 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-0346
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


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: Cheryl Kirk Noll (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jun 29 - 30 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-1500 ( Class is almost Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $25


Description

Acrylic paint dries very quickly, requiring a "medium" to keep it consistently fluid and workable. The acrylic paint section of any art store can be overwhelming, however, with virtually hundreds of mediums too expensive to experiment with and too time consuming to fully explore. This weekend intensive workshop breaks down the "goo" by introducing techniques and approaches for enhancing and expanding the acrylic painting experience. Students are introduced to glazing and glazes, building texture and surfaces, extending color, and creating opaque and transparent effects. Students also learn to use tools such as brushes, scrapers and mat knives in different ways. Experimentation and risk-taking are encouraged, enabling students to create a finished panel or canvas piece while gaining the confidence to choose mediums for individual projects. 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: Mara Metcalf (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jul 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-2846
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Watercolor is the perfect medium to capture the spontaneous beauty and fleeting nature of the sky, a contributing factor in the success of any landscape or seascape painting -- and it's often the most-fun part to paint. Using a wet-on-wet painting technique, students achieve immediate results and quickly learn how to utilize watercolor in a bold and expressive way to create atmospheric depth and mood in their painting. Through experimentation with different pigment combinations, brushes and composition choices, students achieve an array of convincing and expressive skies in watercolor in just one evening.


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 13 - 14 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-4229
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Color studies (small, quick color notations) are one of the most effective ways to begin to understand what role color plays in a painting. In this simple, straightforward approach, students ask the major questions about color relationships -- including saturation, temperature and harmony -- using a process that encourages exploration. The first day is spent at the RISD Museum, where students examine masterwork paintings to see how different artists mapped out color, take notes and make color studies in their sketchbooks. On day two, students work on their own color studies based on individual subject matter, as they explore alternative palettes and how changing these ultimately affects the reading of a painting. Students come away with an invaluable and accessible skill that can be used to control color as they develop their own paintings.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Deborah Forman (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jun 24 - Jul 29 | ONLINE
ages 18+ | Online | 2019/SE-PRAC-2678 ( Class has Started )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425


Description

A digital portfolio is the ideal vehicle to claim your identity as an artist or designer, and is the easiest way to present a body of work to potential clients, employers, galleries or graduate schools. This course presents how "going digital" allows you to structure and deliver visual information in a concise and accessible manner for maximum impact. Using Photoshop, you learn to optimize images and to manipulate rich media (video, audio, animation) to build a portfolio that can be viewed in a web browser or on a portable device. Hand coding techniques (including XHTML, CSS and JavaScript) are introduced and practiced as a means to create an interactive showcase that has become the best way to present a professional identity.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, JM-E, NS-E, PG-E, PM-E, PS-E

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)