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Wednesdays, Apr 10 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DVID-2878
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Adobe Animate (formerly Flash) injects excitement and dynamism into a website by moving beyond the ordinary. It incorporates vector-based animation for games, apps and the web with updated HTML5 and JavaScript functionality. Its animation capabilities, features for minimizing and monitoring file size, and use of streaming technology have revolutionized web design. Now Adobe has updated the software to make standard HTML5 Canvas output that is just as expansive as Flash ever was, but without the browser crashes. In this course, students learn to develop animated, interactive graphics with asset sculpting, mesh deformation, and virtual reality authoring and publishing with 360 degree walkthrough functionality.

Applies to: IT-E

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Adam Porter (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 9 - Apr 6 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-TEEN-3710
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

If you are a movie lover, you've seen Maya in action. This award-winning 3D animation software package has advanced features that allow an imaginative artist to create the impossible, or at least the never considered. Maya has been used to create eye-popping movie characters like the gods, monsters and mutant heroes in The Avengers, as well as their vehicles and weapons that are always at hand. This course introduces the basics of the Maya interface and the concepts of 3D modeling. During class, you complete a Maya model that, while only the first step to creating a whole new universe, highlights the possibilities of this unique tool. Given the career possibilities emanating from the study of 3D animation, why not start here?

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Kristen Shea (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Feb 25 - May 20 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PDM-2516
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

Rhino is the industry standard of 3D modeling applications, both affordable and easy to learn. Its files can be exported into any program that supports surfaces or solids, or into CAD/CAM and other prototyping applications used by product designers, as well as those used for architectural and jewelry design and rendering, computer animation, filmmaking and web design. Realistic renderings are generated by outputting to programs such as Maya, Flash, Photoshop and other popular software. Work begins with a sketch, drawing or physical model and Rhino provides the tools to construct realistic models. Learning the communication language unique to this 3D modeling application allows students to fully realize their designs, as they produce the illusion of three dimensions in digital form. Note: Prior 3D modeling experience is not required. This course is taught on a Windows platform.

Applies to: AN-E, IT-E, JM-R, PM-R

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Topher Gent (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 9 - 10 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PNT-0342 ( Class is almost Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Experience with acrylic paint lays a foundation for learning to work with other water-based paint and is invaluable in skill-building for any painter, illustrator or designer. This class introduces acrylic painting through examples of work done in this versatile medium, followed by a demonstration on mixing. The first day, students practice simple painting methods and do simple exercises, including how to apply paint, layers and controlling opacity and transparency, thick vs. thin, and creating texture. On day two, students first prepare a background wash, then a preliminary drawing, and learn how to transfer the drawing onto that background. Everyone works from the same 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 painters who want to gain confidence and skill with the medium.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


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

Tuesdays, Feb 26 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DVID-2503 ( Class is almost Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

Adobe After Effects is to video and film what Adobe Photoshop is to photography. Students in this course learn to master this powerful software tool used by professionals in the film and video industries for generating visual effects and motion graphics. In the process of creating video shorts, students are afforded the opportunity to composite multiple layers, animate an unlimited number of elements and apply visual effects to video. They can then apply these skills to both professional and personal projects.

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

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques


Instructor
  • Name: Carissa Abitabilo (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Feb 25 - May 20 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DFOU-2532
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

The most popular vector graphics editor, Adobe Illustrator is essential when creating unique images and graphics that require a high degree of precision and scalability -- allowing an artist control of images as small as a bottle cap or as large as a billboard. Since the workflow is vector based, curves do not pixelate as they do in other graphics applications. In this course, you'll create illustrations and freeform sketches as you explore how this program makes it possible to acquire, trace and alter scanned images. You'll "learn by making" with in-class exercises and projects completed as homework. We'll discuss saving and output options, connecting the learning to the larger world of illustration, print, product and interactive design.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Anne-Marie Byrd (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Mar 1 - Apr 5 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DFOU-2533
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: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Apr 12 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DFOU-2535
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Building on the Adobe Photoshop course, this course focuses on more advanced aspects of this industry-standard image editing software through projects that explore vector-based clipping masks for crisp edged transparency for print, gradient masks for smooth layer transitions utilized in all sophisticated editing techniques, and "Actions" for building automated processes. These multilayered subtractive processes serve to separate the Photoshop professionals from the hobbyists, and give the user pixel-perfect control of their image-editing environment.

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

Prerequisite: Adobe Photoshop


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-1997
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $10


Description

Artist Keith Haring once said, "Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic." Young artists discover the nature of that magic, as they take command of the marks they make, and are provided with a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of drawing and sketching. Assignments utilize a rich array of drawing materials, while expanding on traditional subject matter: still lifes, landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, as well as both observational and abstract applications of making marks. The course is ideal for students with little or no experience who want to explore the magic of drawing. Group discussion and one-on-one instruction are provided to meet the specific needs of each student.


Instructor
  • Name: Tiffany Mendez (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, May 4 - 5 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DWG-2230
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $25


Description

Throughout history, artists have studied the anatomy of the face to enhance the accuracy and volume of their drawings. This workshop is of interest to fine artists, illustrators and anyone interested in drawing the face. We focus on understanding facial and skull proportions, action and use of specific muscles, and how musculature lying close to the surface lends form and beauty to the face. Sensitivity to line quality and capturing expression are also emphasized. Students use calipers, pencil and paper to draw from skulls, flayed plaster models and a live model. Experimentation with Renaissance drawing techniques enhances students' ability to define three-dimensional space in portraiture. Note: Previous drawing experience is helpful but not required, as varying skill levels are accommodated.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)