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Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 16 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-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)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jan 19 - 20 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-ANIM-0560
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Cutout animation is a form of stop-motion animation using flat characters, props and backgrounds cut from paper, card, stiff fabric or even photographs. Animators divide characters into segments, piece together the individual cutout shapes and move them in small steps, taking a picture at each step -- with a film camera capable of taking single pictures -- to create the illusion of movement. This direct connection between brain and hand is central to cutout animation's spirit and allows the animator to rely on their intuition and experience to achieve the action. In this workshop you'll learn the fundamentals of frame-by-frame animation and the roots of two-dimensional field practice, explore direct under-the-camera techniques, develop the art of visual storytelling and ultimately produce your own short film.

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Zoe Mathewson (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-ILUS-2202 ( Class is almost Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

How did Snow White move from fairy tales to animated films and then on to be reinterpreted in video games and live-action television? Find out in this must-have course for creators of children's books, comics and cartoons, where you'll explore how to visualize a character from narrative prompt to illustrated reality. Beginning with an editorial description, you'll use historical, anatomic and cultural references to sketch and develop the look, feel and personality of archetypal characters. You'll also become acquainted with the strict legal guidelines that govern all "licensed characters" (think Spider-Man or the Grinch), as well as with professional ethics surrounding work for hire.

Applies to: AN-R, GR-E

Prerequisite: Drawing I


Instructor
  • Name: Jennifer Hrabota-Lesser (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-CHILD-3712
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Let's animate! The magic of frame-by-frame storytelling is the subject of this first experience with animation, in which young artists learn the techniques and technology of an art form that they've been familiar with from an early age but, instead of sitting in the audience, they do the making. And what they make is hands-on under the camera, but with an introduction to the computer-based technology that makes all animated art possible. Students learn to manage a project cooperatively in a digital technology classroom where artistic output can be shared on-screen.


Instructor
  • Name: Nick Marcoux (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-TEEN-2129 ( Class is Full )
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: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Feb 5 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-ILUS-0562
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Storyboarding takes a story concept and breaks it down into a series of visual panels representing the story over time. It is an effective way to graphically organize any narrative for an animation, video ideation, children's book pagination or the development of a graphic novel, and an invaluable skill to have in one's arsenal. Students in this class make small drawings or images in sequence and learn visual tricks and tools to develop frames that maintain consistent time sequencing, focus on composition and interpret writing/text for strong visual representation. Quick visual exercises help students hone the essentials of storyboarding.

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Rick Shiers (Bio)
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