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Thursdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2019/CF-PNT-0235-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Both compelling and at times mystifying, the medium of watercolor is broken down in this step-by-step introductory course. Students learn that producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. Along with planning and learning how to control paint, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore value, composition and color theory as they learn the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered, as are washes, color lifting and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations and equip students with the skills and experience to use watercolor effectively to achieve lively results. 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 classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 26 - 27 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DWG-0523 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

You don't need to know how to draw or be an artist to take this course -- in fact, the less you know, the better! A common misconception, that you need to have experience in art to take RISD CE courses, was the impetus for this course. It starts with the simplest of tasks and tools, and slowly illuminates the mystery of materials and the triumph of the well-chosen tool in creating work. Students' eyes are trained to look, to observe and to record. Work is done in drawing, color studies and collage through a series of exercises that encourage students to open up and experiment. Work is done in a variety of mediums -- with less focus on subject, and more on interpreting and abstracting to fully comprehend basic shapes and structures. We do all of this in a supportive environment, with an open mind being the only prerequisite. Students are free to fail, but are required to at least try. The hardest part is just starting!


Instructor
  • Name: * Suzette Cozzens, Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Oct 21 - Dec 2 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-PRNT-0791-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

A graphic designer is a creative problem solver who conceptualizes, plans and executes a design that communicates a message. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of working in the field of graphic design by examining the meaning of graphic design, the design process and the role the graphic designer plays in society. Students respond to presentations and engage in hands-on assignments intended to provide a glimpse of the RISD CE Graphic Design certificate program and the broader field of the professional graphic designer.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-0850 ( Class is almost Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course introduces students to significant developments in the history of design in Europe and America from 1900 to 2000. Along with an examination of a variety of object types, we will consider works within their social, cultural, political and economic contexts, taking into account materials, technology and theoretical debates. Major art and design movements considered include Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, the German Avant-Garde, American Streamlining, Post-War Machine Art and the International Style, Organic Design, Pop, and Postmodernism.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEXT-0851 ( Class is almost Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Surface design is the illustration and design of shapes organized into patterns that can be applied to textiles and fabrics, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, tile, metal, fiberglass and resin. Inherent to this process are putting patterns into repeats and exploring the range of repeat options. Color development and finishing techniques are also crucial considerations. Students in this course start from their own digital art or original artwork created by hand and use digital tools to make the surface design process easier. These digital tools allow greater freedom to develop repeats, change colors, and add unique effects to an original design. Lessons focus on workflow methods between analog and digital design, as students create patterns, simulate textures and craft colorways. Visualizing these designs on any three-dimensional object, be it ceramics, furniture, apparel or an entire room interior, is the exciting final step. Students exhibit their digital presentation skills for a final critique, showing a finished product line in their area of interest, accented by unique textures and patterns. Please note: In addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Schedule Change: The dates for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet on Wednesdays, Oct 23-Dec 4.


Instructor
  • Name: Katy Dika (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DWG-0853
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $20


Description

This class covers advanced topics in drawing for students who are interested in challenging themselves and advancing their drawing to a professional level. The workshop consists of slide lectures analyzing historical and contemporary master drawings, a discussion of materials and techniques, demonstrations, in-class drawing, and critique. The first day is spent drawing from a still-life setup, and the second day working from a model in an extended pose. Topics include value structure, mark-making, expressive contour lines, pentimento, linear vs. shape-oriented thinking, and technical vs. conceptual narrative.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E

Prerequisite: Drawing I or drawing experience


Instructor
  • Name: Mara Metcalf (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Nov 6 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PDM-0865
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

What is design thinking and how can it be incorporated in our day-to-day situations? How can we expand our creativity by introducing different directions into our thought process? In this course, we visit brainstorming techniques through role-play exercises in a team environment and learn how to gather meaningful data through a variety of simulations and activities. We also increase our dexterity by navigating the two- and three-dimensional worlds, with the creation of a variety of scale and full-size prototypes and presentation boards. We explore how to sketch quickly and effectively by analyzing different techniques, and learn the value of working on a team project and working through feedback. The course culminates with a presentation of research techniques, thinking processes and final outcomes.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Nov 6 | 7-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0866
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

Finnish architect, artist and designer Alvar Aalto's career spanned six decades and various media, including sculpture, textiles, and furniture as well as building design. Though his early work drew heavily from Nordic Classicism, he quickly adopted a more functionalist aesthetic as he traveled throughout Europe and familiarized himself with International Style Modernism. However, Aalto quickly developed his own stylistic approach -- what is now considered Scandinavian Modern -- wherein he combined a concern for natural materials, simplification of style, and an interest in technical experimentation. He adopted a more daring approach to modernism, introducing organic shapes and movement to his work that was often lacking in the pure modernism of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Through this lecture, we will explore Aalto's career, focusing on his interest in the concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), wherein the architect would design not only a building, but also the interior surfaces, furniture and decor, making sure all coalesced into one unified design.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-FOUND-1186-02 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | 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

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 19 - 20 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PNT-1598 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Encaustic, an ancient technique used to create commemorative wax portraits in Roman and Egyptian art, is once again a popular medium for artists. Also called hot wax painting, encaustic is the process of creating an image from molten beeswax colored with pigments and then applied to a surface -- either wood, masonite or canvas. The wax cools in minutes, enabling the application of many successive coats. Smoothing and scraping the wax, painting between each layer, and using heat to bind the layers creates a finish with a lustrous enamel-like appearance. By working from both invented imagery and direct observation, students of all skill levels are encouraged to experiment and allow their paintings to evolve as they reheat and rework surfaces until the desired effect is achieved. 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: Taleen Batalian (Bio)