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Mondays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-BOOK-0620
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


Description

This hands-on papermaking course explores the ancient art of marbling paper, a method of suspending pigment/color in water, moving it around with a variety of techniques and tools, transferring it onto an absorbent surface and then drying. Students learn two methods: ink and water, and a more complex technique using a gel medium with pigment. They craft their own simple reusable tools such as combs, feathers and twigs that they drag through the water to create elaborate swirled patterns. They complete the process by experimenting with different types and weights of paper to test absorption, color saturation and durability. By the end of the course, students will have produced a collection of beautiful marbled paper that can be used for bookbinding, box making, wrapping and writing paper, cards and potentially wallpaper. Historical examples of marbling are shown and discussed for inspiration.

Schedule Update: The start and end dates for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet April 22-May 27.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 11 - May 23 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ILUS-0621
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

From the everyday sweetness and melancholy of Charles Schulz's Peanuts to the hyper-literate personal reflections of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, the comic book illustration medium has been especially suited to capturing the internal lives and unique voices of creators. Comics are narratives told in illustrated sequence, combining images and text, and are integrally connected to the communicative task of illustration, while having an intuitive language all their own. In this course, students learn how to construct this kind of language (both written and visual), starting with their own experience: They create narratives from simple autobiographical prompts, beginning with the basic design principles of a four-panel comic strip, then move on to a more long-form and complex final piece. Along the way, the fundamental building blocks of comics -- panel shape, page layout, dialogue and sound effects -- are explored in class exercises. Demonstrations of ink media techniques give students a primer on the classic tools of the cartoonist's trade, and examples of work by significant comics creators are shown.

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Roonan (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Apr 15 - 19 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | Tillinghast Place | 2019/CS-CAMP-0874
5 sessions | 35 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $15


Description

The natural world can be seen from every window at RISD's classrooms in Barrington, a view that inspires young artists to draw, paint and sculpt projects related to the growing world. Lessons begin with observational drawing and scientific illustration that become the pages of handmade journals and painted artwork for display. The shift from two-dimensional to three-dimensional happens the second day, as students build found-object sculptures and then clay representations of insects and miniature creatures. Flower mandalas, garden crowns and other cross media projects are included to connect a child’s creativity to the garden, meadow and woodland.


Instructor
  • Name: * Sean Garrett, Sarah Hess (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Apr 15 - 19 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CAMP-2129
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Build a foundation for digital two-dimensional 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: Zoe Mathewson (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Apr 15 - 19 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CAMP-3721 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 35 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $20


Description

Some of the greatest paintings ever created are images of people frozen in time. In Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, a counter-full of characters sit stuck in a moment. In Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party a cheerful group of chatting friends are all stopped in mid-sentence. And the subject of Edvard Munch's The Scream makes no sound at all. In Master Pieces, students work in small groups to bring the work of the great masters to life, in a theatrical way. They build and paint backdrops, design and make all the props and costumes -- and they even write a short script and act out the scene from their painting. Whether you like to draw, paint, design, sculpt, build, write or act, there's something for everyone. On the final day of camp, we showcase each scene in one big show for friends and family.


Instructor
  • Name: Cheryl Johnson (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Apr 15 - 19 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CAMP-2858 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 35 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $20


Description

Some of the greatest paintings ever created are images of people frozen in time. In Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, a counter-full of characters sit stuck in a moment. In Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party a cheerful group of chatting friends are all stopped in mid-sentence. And the subject of Edvard Munch's The Scream makes no sound at all. In Master Pieces, students work in small groups to bring the work of the great masters to life, in a theatrical way. They build and paint backdrops, design and make all the props and costumes -- and they even write a short script and act out the scene from their painting. Whether you like to draw, paint, design, sculpt, build, write or act, there's something for everyone. On the final day of camp, we showcase each scene in one big show for friends and family.


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 1-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-0546
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | 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 gives 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: Sean Garrett (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Apr 13 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-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

Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 1-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-1260
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $15


Description

Whether drawing with a needle and thread or coloring a picture using patterned fabric instead of crayons, students in this course explore many fundamental and traditional skills developed in the art studio through the tactile materials used in the fiber arts. Techniques such as embroidery, quilting and weaving allow students to explore both two- and three-dimensional artmaking, and to discover innovative ways to express themselves while making functional and nonfunctional textile art. Each session the class explores a different technique: weaving, felting, embroidery, funky quilts and fiber collage.


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 9am-12pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-1987
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $10


Description

Express yourself by creating your very own photo journal. On the first day, you'll learn a range of photo techniques, including essential skills like framing and composition, lighting, choosing subject matter and creating optical illusions using point of view and depth of field. On the second day, you'll check out different formats of photo journals and then construct a special handmade book to display your photos.


Instructor
  • Name: Cheryl Johnson (Bio)