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Art + Social Justice

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Online, Jul 20 - Aug 14 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-APHSS-0086 ( Class not open for registration )
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $1600


This course is part of Session II (Featured Topics) of RISD Advanced Program for High School Students.

During times of economic, political, health or environmental crisis, racism and issues of particular inequities rise to the surface. In this course students engage with pivotal and complex social issues to investigate how during these tension points artists become powerful agents of change. Working within the framework of Emory Douglas' role of the artist to inform, enlighten and educate, students explore how, what and where to message their voice in ways that will have the most impact. Through lectures, assigned research, online discussions and 2D studio assignments, students focus on projects that will enhance their art and design skills and the ability to confidently communicate their concept. Students learn how to use type and image to convey powerful graphic messaging in consideration for use in print and on social media platforms. Historical and contemporary iconic imagery—such as Shepard Fairey’s ambiguous street culture of "Obey," Banksy's anonymous social commentary on inequity, and most recently Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom’s "I am not a virus" campaign addressing current xenophobic hostility—is covered to help inform students in the creation of their own series of work and a final video presentation.

- This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
- This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud, or some of its creative tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe.
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  • Name: Rene Payne (Bio)