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Wednesdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-DFOU-2533 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Unleashing the power of bitmap editing involves working with non-linear and non-destructive methods as much as possible. This course presents that workflow using Adobe Photoshop. Lesson topics include layer masks and effects, smart objects, adjustment layers, clipping masks and reverse editing methods to create the most subtle and professional edits to files -- a necessity in the fields of photography, graphic design, illustration and web design. Complete color modification, damage repair, digital make-up techniques, and complex graphic compositing are among the exercises that come together in a final project that demonstrates competency with Adobe Photoshop.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-E, NS-R, PG-R, PM-E, PS-R

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Ryan (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Nov 3 - Dec 8 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CHILD-2047
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Like cake and ice cream, sound and picture just go together. When the sound is a musical track, there is no better choice for the picture than animation. Building a video frame by frame is similar to building a song note by note, so it is no wonder that the most memorable music videos are made by animators. In this course, students advance in their understanding of moviemaking by reinterpreting a favorite music video and then creating an original music video project. New concepts and techniques are introduced throughout, including cycles, compositing and audio editing workflow. Young animators exit with music videos that are bound to attract attention as fledgling YouTube stars.


Instructor
  • Name: Nick Marcoux (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Nov 12 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CAMP-0845 ( Class is almost Full )
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

This fast-moving animation course is an ideal jumpstart for a child's first experience with frame-by-frame moviemaking. The art form is presented with accessible language and recognizable examples designed to engage even novice young artists. The exercises not only introduce the digital tools that are a "must" for learning animation, but also include handmade elements that connect students to the earliest animation traditions. Working in small teams that mimic a studio experience, students become more confident with technology, storytelling and cooperative learning.


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 28 - Nov 18 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-PHO-1606
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Providence is a city rich in diverse architectural styles, from colorful and elegant residences to timeworn mills and merchant buildings. Appropriately, it is a miles-wide classroom for the investigation of photographic techniques, from the technical rudiments of exposure, focus and metering to the aesthetic decisions that inform compositional choices. The course begins with a historical presentation, accompanied by classroom discussion leading to assignments (in class and as homework), where students learn best practices that lead to better pictures of the urban landscape photograph, suitable for public display or personal documentation.

Applies to: ID-E, PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Nov 3 - Dec 8 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CHILD-2268
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

If kids could design their very own playhouses or forts, what would they look like? Would they perch in a tree or stand on the ground? And what kind of games could kids play both in and around such a structure? In this class, students develop ideas, plans, drawings and models of their fantasy buildings with the city of Providence itself providing inspiration through its varied historical and contemporary examples of architecture and landscape. And while they're laying the foundations, they simultaneously learn how to manipulate space, materials and style through exercises that focus on drawing and thinking, and through demonstrations of the properties of assorted materials. To top it off, students finish up by constructing models of their very own dream structures.


Instructor
  • Name: Cheryl Johnson (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 28 - Dec 9 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-ARTA-0852
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Artists, through their works, can influence our thoughts and actions. This course explores the concept of agency -- the ability to act, intervene, and make decisions -- and the many ways it applies to the visual arts. People can have agency, but so can objects. Curators choose what we see and how it is presented. But the art itself can also 'act' on us: It can reveal and conceal information, make us worship it, or drive us to obsession. Using works of art from the RISD Museum and the writings of both art historians and anthropologists, we examine the relationship between art and agency. Who holds the power when we view a work of art? What does art do to us when it’s hidden or forbidden? And, finally, what do pictures want? Activities include exploration of Coptic and Catholic icons; discussion about the relationship between politics and art; a visit to the RISD Museum exhibition The Phantom of Liberty; and the writing of a review for a local exhibition.


Instructor
  • Name: Jennifer Thum (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Nov 3 - Dec 8 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CHILD-2088
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Round and round your child goes, full of energy to devote to mischief (or to creative expression). This course provides that second choice, as they're introduced to foundation art forms like drawing, painting and sculpture in projects inspired by a familiar theme: the carousel. Young artists imagine the merry-go-round and the fantastic menagerie that make up the carnival attraction as they interpret those animals as characters in pencil, paint and clay. The final project is a showcase for all of their new skills as they create a vibrant sculptural animal in polymer clay and bring it home to share with family.


Instructor
  • Name: Sean Garrett (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Nov 3 - Dec 8 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CHILD-0546
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Dinosaurs: gone but not forgotten, particularly in the imagination of young artists who often focus on these extinct creatures as their first creative obsession. This course will give students the opportunity to expand upon their existing knowledge of the T. rex, pterodactyls, marine reptiles and ceratopsians. Scientific facts and educated guesses provide the inspiration for projects in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture as students build and craft art objects that are all definitely "dinosaurish."


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 6 - 13 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CAMP-0841
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $10


Description

Success in art depends on a willingness to draw; proper preparation for art school includes a drawing portfolio. This course provides an opportunity to develop a drawing portfolio with guidance from instructors who have successfully navigated the art school admissions process. Class exercises focus on observational drawing: The figure study considers gesture, anatomy and likeness and the interior study acknowledges scale, perspective and composition. Figure and ground are combined in a final exercise that is evidence of a confident draftsman. The fast-paced class reviews drawing fundamentals, and then moves on to consider advanced techniques and the requirements of the admissions portfolio.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 20 - 27 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-TEEN-1982
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $10


Description

If you're an aspiring art school student, you'll need to represent your paintings, drawings and sculptures in a portfolio. In this hands-on course, you'll discover essential techniques for photographing your artwork, including lighting, composition and post-processing. You'll also get an introduction to digital photography equipment and the rules of exposure, focus and framing as they apply to stationary subjects. You'll leave with a practical and effective way to capture and present your artwork, and gain confidence in your ability to navigate the college admissions process.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Cheryl Johnson (Bio)