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Essential Fundamentals

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Online, Jun 22 - Jul 17 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-APHSS-0080-00 ( Class not open for registration )
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $2400


These courses are part of Session I (Essential Fundamentals) of RISD Advanced Program for High School Students.

In this first four-week, online session students will register for one class that consists of three, distinct areas of study: "Experiential Drawing," "Exploration in Design," and "Art in Crisis: Contemporary Issues," each taught by a separate instructor.

Experiential Drawing
In this class, principles and elements essential to drawing are explored through a variety of media and methods. Students will use materials such as graphite, markers, collage and acrylic paint—as well as found materials and invented tools—in order to explore different processes in drawing. Students learn about a range of compositional strategies. Tonal studies, volume, weight and contour, line and form are pursued through observation and interpretation. Students will draw from observation, research, memory and imagination. We will be expanding the idea of what drawing is and why it is important: a thinking process, a way to explore, a way to solve visual problems, a way to broaden creative passages. Emphasis is placed on developing an active sketchbook practice that serves as an impetus for larger projects and allows others to understand your process.

Exploration in Design
Effective visual communication in all art forms begins with the fundamentals of good design that defines space, unifies the whole and ignites emotional response. In this class, students explore materials to strengthen idea building through investigations in line, shape, color, value, pattern, texture, space and form. These elements will serve as the foundation through which students express personal, as well as global, ideas and concepts. Experimentation with hierarchical scaling, transparency, transition and a variety of approaches allows students to create a personalized collection of studies and completed works. This class will require thumbnail sketches and reworking projects through multiple iterations before arriving at final work. Students employ a range of (wet and dry) media and techniques in exercises and assignments that focus on developing key design sensitivities and student interpretations. From initial sketches to final projects, students develop a core practice to help in the success of current and future work.

Art During Crisis: Contemporary Issues
In this class students address where we are today, in the middle of a pandemic, and how artists and designers have used their expressive capacity to reflect on and respond to crisis. Through virtual museum, gallery and artist studio tours we will examine what artists and designers are doing and saying about current conditions and the role their work plays in society—from critical commentary to innovative design solutions. Film viewing assignments on the lives and works of key artists and designers throughout time broaden understanding of how creativity and invention always flourish during times of uncertainty. Readings and formal writing assignments on the analysis of works of art and design provide opportunities for in-depth study. Students create a final project through a self-expressive curatorial project, bringing together works of art and design that inspire them in their personal creative work. Emphasis in this class is on understanding visual language, and developing the ability to speak, write and present in clear, well-reasoned ways.

- This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
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