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Saturdays, Oct 28 - Dec 9 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEEN-2129-02 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320


Description

Build a foundation for digital 2D animation techniques and begin to develop your personal animation style. You'll discover the technology that makes it all possible, as you’re introduced to the concept of the frame (animation's atomic unit), how it turns into a cycle, then a sequence and finally, a story. As a class, we'll review group exercises and student projects to develop a common understanding of what "good" animation looks like and how to discuss this exciting art form.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 25 - Dec 6 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-DFOU-2533
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | 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 your 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

Sundays, Oct 29 - Dec 10 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-COM-3517
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

Great animated storytelling begins with a strong vocal performance that is paired with compelling character designs and credible lip sync. Expanding upon the rudiments learned in Animation: Introduction, students in this course initiate an original character design and enhance it with motion studies, expressions and lip sync practice. A lesson in audio recording technique provides the source monologue that students build upon as they give the talent a new visual identity that is designed, drawn and pencil tested using the Photoshop timeline. When to gesture, pause, rant or rave are all worthy of contemplation as students create the illusion that their original characters are speaking and behaving in a frame-by-frame world.

Applies to: AN-E, IT-E

Prerequisite: Animation: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: Carissa Abitabilo (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 25 - Dec 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-FOUND-1186 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $15


Description

Color is one of the most powerful -- and complex -- tools at the artist's disposal. Bridging the divide between color theory and color practice, this studio course distills the essentials of color mechanics into workable studies and projects. Students explore color through creative exercises using collage and paint to understand color and how to use it effectively. Explorations of the role of light, the psychological impact of color, and how such factors as hue, value and intensity affect design are integral to the learning. Slide-illustrated presentations address the historical background of the use of color. Through the process of experiencing the interface of color theory and color application, guidelines toward developing a personal palette are discussed. Mastery of color is essential in the work of artists, illustrators, craftspeople and designers, making this course an ideal starting point. 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: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 25 - Dec 6 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-FOUND-1186-02 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $15


Description

Color is one of the most powerful -- and complex -- tools at the artist's disposal. Bridging the divide between color theory and color practice, this studio course distills the essentials of color mechanics into workable studies and projects. Students explore color through creative exercises using collage and paint to understand color and how to use it effectively. Explorations of the role of light, the psychological impact of color, and how such factors as hue, value and intensity affect design are integral to the learning. Slide-illustrated presentations address the historical background of the use of color. Through the process of experiencing the interface of color theory and color application, guidelines toward developing a personal palette are discussed. Mastery of color is essential in the work of artists, illustrators, craftspeople and designers, making this course an ideal starting point. 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: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 29 - Nov 19 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PHO-1606 ( Class is Full )
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


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

Sundays, Oct 29 - Dec 10 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1730
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

From Medieval manuscripts to Matisse and Magritte, this course offers a stimulating introduction to the history of Western art over the last millennium. With an emphasis on the practice and purpose of art through this era, the course provides a context for contemporary art making, as well as a general appreciation for art. Through slide lectures and other audio-visual material, readings, in-class discussions and weekly visits to the RISD Museum, the dialogue focuses on changes in artistic practices, shifts in the function of art and the impact of patronage on art and architecture. We also discuss the development of museums, collecting and display across this period. Students leave the course with a greater awareness of the heritage of Western art and, most importantly, a rediscovered pleasure found through looking closely at objects in new ways.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzanne Scanlan (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 11 - 12 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-NATUR-2658
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $40


Description

Imagine the pleasure of drawing botanicals in brilliant color, with a technique that has the intuitive ease of drawing and the intensity of wet media (oils/acrylics), without all the mess and complexity. When color is applied on the fine-toothed, semi-translucent surface of drafting film, unparalleled precision and detail are possible. The transparency of the medium allows the artist to work directly from sketches or photos, without the time-consuming task of transferring images. And unlike most color techniques, it permits erasure of mistakes without damage to the drawing surface. Students learn to plan their drawings in stages, from the highlights and contours, to shadows and developing the form's volume. Ultimately, the high-detail illustrations that result seem to literally pop off the page.

Applies to: NS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Alison Schroeer (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 18 - 19 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ILUS-1201
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $10


Description

Observe, twist and distort: This is the process for caricature artists who create illustrations that are at times silly, outrageous or even disturbing, but always clever. Students in this workshop learn to identify the unique features of a subject's face, exaggerating them to create amusingly accurate caricatures. Working from sketch to finished drawing, students consider styles and portrait views while exploring working in pen and ink, pencil, marker and colored pencil. Lessons include demonstrations, viewing of references, critiques, and drawing from a live model to create cartoon work that is certainly fantastic, if not always flattering!

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Liz Lomax (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-BOOK-2463 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $40


Description

Collage is a tremendously versatile technique for both commercial illustration and fine art as it allows artists at all levels to express themselves, both seriously and fancifully, using found objects, recycled and everyday materials to create original works. We begin our exploration with a brief slide-illustrated survey of collage from its origins through the work of 20th-century masters like Picasso, Schwitters and Bearden, to contemporary photo-illustration. Through demonstration, exercises and assignments, we review such different techniques as mosaic, cut paper, textured surfaces and photomontage. Students expand their vocabulary of color, texture, shapes and marks as they explore the extraordinary expressive potential of collage.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)