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Tuesdays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-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

Mondays, Sep 10 - Dec 3 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-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

Wednesdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-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: Michael Ryan (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-PNT-1599 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | model fee $30


Description

In this advanced painting course, concepts of style, technique, content, abstraction and working in series are investigated, along with more sophisticated ways to express both formal and abstract issues. Utilizing the figure, landscape, still-life and architecture as themes in their work, students continue to paint from life and observation as they slowly explore many ways of interpreting subject matter. Students begin to work in series and learn how to develop their ideas sequentially, moving on to experiment with the format and size of work and choice of surface to paint on, with the goal of realizing their own personal language and direction. Most importantly, this course sets the groundwork for the Final Projects studio in the Painting Studies certificate program. 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: PS-R

Prerequisite: Painting II: Context + Composition


Instructor
  • Name: Mara Metcalf (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 20 - 24 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-1997 ( Class is almost Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $5


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: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

3 Mondays + 1 Sunday, Sep 10 - 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-ARC-0847
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

America was viewed as a new Eden by early European settlers. Through the ages, the rich flora and variety of landscapes in the expanding nation posed new opportunities for inventive garden design. This course explores the history of approaches to the land from Colonial gardens, Victorian greenhouses and grand Gilded Age estates and parks to Modernist landscapes. Leading designers, such as Frederick Law Olmsted, Beatrix Farrand and Fletcher Steele, will be examined as well as the works of poets, painters and writers who captured the spirit of America in its gardens, forests and parks. Co-sponsored with The Newport Arboretum, the course will culminate with a breathtaking, on-site Newport landscape tour.

Special Schedule: Mondays, Sept. 10-24, 6:30-9:30pm PLUS tour on Sunday, Sept. 30, 1-4pm.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (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

Tuesdays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-ANIM-2832
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

Storytelling is at the heart of the animator's art form and the focus of this advanced studio course, which gives students an opportunity to build narrative, frame by frame. Lessons are given context by viewing clips that illustrate concepts like sound sync, cycling and gravity on the animated form. The instructor provides story and character prompts that students use to build storyboards, then animatics and, finally, a short sequence in the medium most appropriate for their tale. Drawing assignments and self-directed work continue the learning outside the classroom. Throughout the course, the emphasis is first and foremost on creating a compelling narrative that will shine in a show reel.

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

Prerequisite: Animation I: Ideas into Motion


Instructor
  • Name: Carissa Abitabilo (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Nov 12 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CAMP-0845
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, Sep 16 - Oct 21 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-ANIM-1721
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

An animator's challenge is to embody a static drawing with the illusion of life, making that doodle crawl, march, dance or soar. But where to begin if one's sole experience with animation is "Angry Birds"? This course is an introduction to the art form, using digital tools that make the learning accessible and immediately gratifying. The instructor reveals the workflow and explains the mechanics that allow separate and distinct drawings to be sequenced so that they flow together. In-class exercises and homework demonstrate core principles such as cycles, levels and squash and stretch. By the end of the course students will complete a short movie, built frame-by-frame, and gain artistic confidence.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Kosta Gregory (Bio)