Apparel & Fashion Design
Saturdays, Jan 12 - 26 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-TEEN-0569
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $175 | lab fee $40
Apparel designers have always had to anticipate trends; this course goes a step further with an eye to the science fiction future seen only in film franchises like Star Trek and Firefly. Equal parts costume design and material science, the course teaches students how to use modern materials including leatherette, Lycra, thermal felt and plastic, plus the advanced fasteners and adhesives that keep them together. Design lessons make the course as much about principles and critique as about the physical making of garments and accessories.
Applies to: AT, Y3
- Name: Pat Ubaldi Nurnberger (Bio)
Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-TEEN-3725
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10 | model fee $5
All fashion designers start their planning on paper, well before they ever see their garments worn and walking the runway. Students in this course explore the fashion drawing techniques used in the industry, such as basic fashion figures (or 'croquis') and mood boards -- the process tools for translating a creative idea into a sophisticated design. Students also communicate the ideas, moods, motion and details of a garment by visually interpreting fashion apparel, including the body proportions used in basic fashion drawing. As students create various croquis bodies and draw from a model, they develop their personal style and drawing skills, as well as an appreciation for the role fashion illustration plays in the design business.
Applies to: AT, Y2
- Name: Everett Hoag (Bio)
Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-CHILD-3740
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20
Kids love fashion too! The world of apparel design is fascinating and fun, and may even lead to a career. This course introduces the vocabulary and craft of fashion design, from brainstorming original concepts to describing and visualizing clothing and costume creations. Lessons include illustrating a line, age-appropriate marketing concepts, a tutorial on fabric and cloth, and the basic sewing and patternmaking techniques that serve as a foundation for later exploration of garment construction.
- Name: Candace French (Bio)
Wednesdays, Jan 16 - 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-APP-0576
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $145 | lab fee $15
In this course you will learn how to make a simple tote bag while being introduced to sewing basics. During the first session you will plan the design of the bag and measure and cut the fabric; during the second session you will sew it together. Come to class with rough dimensions for your bag; you'll also have the option of bringing a favorite tote bag to measure against and compare how it's made. Note: Bring your own sewing machine to class, and expect to work on your project between sessions.
Prerequisite: General knowledge of how to operate your sewing machine.
- Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Mondays, Jan 7 - Feb 18 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 1/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-APP-3078
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $15
Have you recently bought a sewing machine, but don't know where to start? This course familiarizes you with your machine and teaches basic sewing skills. We learn about sewing kit equipment, how to use a sewing machine, stitching techniques, and how to avoid common problems like bunching and jamming. You'll create a sample sewing notebook (a professional must), learn basic seam construction, and add to it each week. You'll practice sewing procedures by creating simple items like pillows in the first two sessions, aprons in the next two, and tote bags in sessions five and six. At the end of the final session, we hold a group discussion and critique of our finished work. Note: Bring your own sewing machine to class; required sewing accessories/tools are indicated in the supply list. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.
- Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)