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Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 25 - 29 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-2087 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $10


Description

Cartoon critters as realistic as Bambi or as "cartoony" as Jake the Dog can become animated characters in the same way. The secret lies in creating carefully sequenced drawings that give the "critter" the illusion of movement. Students in this course learn this method from a teaching animator as they practice the process in a state-of-the-art digital media classroom. They'll photograph their drawn character to not only make them move, but also dance, jump and perhaps fly as they learn animation techniques and the vocabulary surrounding this unique and technologically rich art form.


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 23 - 27 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-0544 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270


Description

Character animation often depends on resolving a conflict between two characters. This course for experienced animation artists gives them the opportunity to advance their skills with drawn animation. Beginning with a quick refresher of movement-friendly character design, students quickly shift their pencil-drawn actor to a drafted stage. Lessons in cycles, simulated gravity and the figure-to-ground plane relationship are presented as students choose one of two scenarios: a fight (the conflict) or a dance (the resolution). Both are critical moments in the narrative arc, and essential learning for the animator seeking to impress their audience.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Carlos Cruz (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 9 - 13 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-2013 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270


Description

Grab the brass ring! With the carnival merry-go-round as a subject, this animation course introduces young artists to the frame-by-frame movie-making experience. Taught in a full-featured computer lab, this course begins with lessons in the use of Adobe Photoshop to create 2D digital images that have the illusion of movement. Students design an individual character (horse, dragon, lion, swan?) on paper, and then translate this drawing to a Photoshop variation. They set their character on the stage of the cartoon carousel as they become more nimble with the software tools, learning layers, cycles and editorial workflow. Individual projects are reviewed and combined with classmates' images to create a single expressive movie project. It is a simulation of an animation studio experience for young artists, and gives them a peek at the career behind their favorite cartoons.


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 25 - 29 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-3767 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $40


Description

Punch it, pull it, make it move! Clay has a lot of character -- wouldn't Gumby agree? Students in this course learn the secrets of frame-by-frame movie making, using clay as a medium to animate under the camera. Experimentation is the objective as students combine material and technique in a traditional and hands-on way, but with the state-of-the-art technology that has made all animation accessible. Once the basics are understood, they'll next develop a narrative idea, style the characters and put them through their paces, working cooperatively to set their Plasticine players into motion telling original claymation stories for family and friends to appreciate.


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 16 - 20 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-3767-02 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $40


Description

Punch it, pull it, make it move! Clay has a lot of character -- wouldn't Gumby agree? Students in this course learn the secrets of frame-by-frame movie making, using clay as a medium to animate under the camera. Experimentation is the objective as students combine material and technique in a traditional and hands-on way, but with the state-of-the-art technology that has made all animation accessible. Once the basics are understood, they'll next develop a narrative idea, style the characters and put them through their paces, working cooperatively to set their Plasticine players into motion telling original claymation stories for family and friends to appreciate.


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Thursday + Friday, Jul 5 - 6 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-1980
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

Colorful and easy to work with, polymer clay is the ideal material with which to sculpt figures and faces, and is the hands-on alternative to cold digital workflow. In this character design sculpting course students touch, pull and push the plastic material and cure it with low-temperature baking that allows for painting or more complicated assembly. Students in this character design studio course receive step-by-step sculpting instruction as they create three-dimensional cartoons and caricatures of celebrities or historical figures.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Liz Lomax (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 25 - 29 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-2442-02 ( Class is almost Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $25


Description

Think back to your childhood, when playing with miniature representations of our world kept you busy for hours. Dollhouses and model train sets are just some of the examples of our fascination with miniatures. Artists have been captivated by miniature sculpture as well, from Alexander Calder's circus to set designs for stop-motion animated films. In this course, you'll use a variety of materials such as foam, wire, papier mache, clay, wood, cardboard and other recycled materials to create your own 3D set design/small sculpture environment. You'll consider concepts of scale, depth of field, material choice and lighting for the purpose of evoking a sense of time and place. This is an excellent course for students interested in sculpture, architecture and stop-action animation.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 16 - 20 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-2923-02 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $10


Description

In many ways animation has not changed since Gertie the Dinosaur came to life under the expressive pen of Winsor McCay. It is still the art form that instills the illusion of life in fantastic characters. This is your chance to advance your knowledge of core cartooning skills learned in Start Cartooning, as you connect that experience to animation. The class looks at how leading artists in the field make their characters move by combining traditional hand-drawn techniques with digital capture and camera operations. Students will leave with animated character studies (called pencil tests) and a better understanding of animation in both a college setting and as a career option.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Nick Marcoux (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 25 - 29 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-2923
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $10


Description

In many ways animation has not changed since Gertie the Dinosaur came to life under the expressive pen of Winsor McCay. It is still the art form that instills the illusion of life in fantastic characters. This is your chance to advance your knowledge of core cartooning skills learned in Start Cartooning, as you connect that experience to animation. The class looks at how leading artists in the field make their characters move by combining traditional hand-drawn techniques with digital capture and camera operations. Students will leave with animated character studies (called pencil tests) and a better understanding of animation in both a college setting and as a career option.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Zoe Mathewson (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 23 - 27 | 1-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-2781 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270


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 with other children in a state-of-the-art digital technology classroom where artistic output can be shared on-screen.


Instructor
  • Name: Zoe Mathewson (Bio)