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Art History & Appreciation

Course Details

Sundays, May 3 - 17 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ARC-4051
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

This series of walking tours with an architectural and urban historian explores the historical evolution of Providence from its colonial streets and landmark buildings to Victorian industrial sites and the changing face of Providence today. For those who took the "Exploring Providence" course in the fall, this walking tour series delves even further into the sunny spaces and dark corners of the city's urban plan.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 25 - May 16 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-TEXT-4049
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $5


Description

Join the RISD Museum's textile conservators for an immersive look at the basics of caring for historic garments and textiles. Through discussion, hands-on projects and behind-the-scenes visits to the museum, you will explore how to identify, store, display and prolong the lifespan of these important pieces of our material history. To preserve your own vintage garments and fabrics, you'll learn many effective, free and inexpensive methods and materials to use, including which pieces to hang versus box horizontally, and which home locations have the best environmental conditions for storage. You will also find out which damage-causing materials to avoid (plastic garment bags/wrapping, acidic tissue paper, etc.). You will have the opportunity to work with your own objects or samples supplied for the class. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary; this course is open to anyone with an interest in textiles.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: * Jessica Urick, Anna Rose Keefe (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Apr 18 - 19 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-DWG-0523
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

You don't need to know how to draw or be an artist to take this course -- in fact, the less you know, the better! A common misconception, that you need to have experience in art to take RISD CE courses, was the impetus for this course. It starts with the simplest of tasks and tools, and slowly illuminates the mystery of materials and the triumph of the well-chosen tool in creating work. Students' eyes are trained to look, to observe and to record. Work is done in drawing, color studies and collage through a series of exercises that encourage students to open up and experiment. Work is done in a variety of mediums -- with less focus on subject, and more on interpreting and abstracting to fully comprehend basic shapes and structures. We do all of this in a supportive environment, with an open mind being the only prerequisite. Students are free to fail, but are required to at least try. The hardest part is just starting!


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jan 18 - 19 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-DWG-0523 ( Class is almost Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

You don't need to know how to draw or be an artist to take this course -- in fact, the less you know, the better! A common misconception, that you need to have experience in art to take RISD CE courses, was the impetus for this course. It starts with the simplest of tasks and tools, and slowly illuminates the mystery of materials and the triumph of the well-chosen tool in creating work. Students' eyes are trained to look, to observe and to record. Work is done in drawing, color studies and collage through a series of exercises that encourage students to open up and experiment. Work is done in a variety of mediums -- with less focus on subject, and more on interpreting and abstracting to fully comprehend basic shapes and structures. We do all of this in a supportive environment, with an open mind being the only prerequisite. Students are free to fail, but are required to at least try. The hardest part is just starting!


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Apr 20 - May 11 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ARC-3250
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

A city devoted to beauty in all its forms, Florence has been home to some of the greatest artists and patrons in European history. From its origins as a Roman encampment and Medieval banking powerhouse to its zenith as the cradle of the Renaissance, the streets, squares and buildings of Florence are time capsules of human achievement. This course will explore the colorful personalities who shaped the city, the artists and artisans who brought it renown through their work, and the extraordinary legacy of sublimely beautiful architecture, paintings, sculpture and gardens.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Mar 2 - 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ARC-3251
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Join globe-trekking architectural historian John Tschirch in a visual feast as he lectures on a selection of 17th- and 18th-century European palaces where images of power played supporting roles to pleasure. Among the palaces included are Drottningholm, the summer palace of Swedish Queens; Schonbrunn, the "Austrian Versailles" for the imperial family near Vienna; the villas of Prussian princes and princesses in the verdant countryside of Potsdam; and Tsars-koe-Selo, the luxurious retreat of Russian Emperors and Empresses. These architectural and landscape creations allowed for a full reign of fantasy on the part of their patrons and designers, resulting in some of the most innovative and finely crafted works of art in Western culture. Each palace in this lecture series has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encapsulating the history and culture of its age, and practicing sustainable land management and collections conservation.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Mar 1 - 22 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ARC-3252
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

The houses and gardens of "olde England" are celebrated in poetry, painting and prose. They are considered among the nation’s greatest contributions to the world's cultural heritage. This course explores the creation and restoration of landmark gardens from the Middle Ages to the early 18th century, when England developed its own distinct horticultural and design traditions. The Medieval castle, the Elizabethan country house with its "garden of riddles and secrets," the Baroque splendors of Castle Howard and the Neoclassical elegance of Castle Culzean are among the remarkable heritage sites to be discussed in illustrated lectures.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Mar 14 | 9am-3pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PDM-3253
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $145


Description

Discover the rare art of Taiwanese pith flower-making, using paper veneer made from the Tetrapanax papyrifer plant. This thin, bone-white paper retains great strength and flexibility when damp, can be folded into virtually any shape, and absorbs watercolors that result in textural depth. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make realistic, colorful morning glories. You’ll start by studying the anatomy of the flower, and then go through the process of dyeing, cutting and manipulating pith paper veneer into a beautiful morning glory. Once the flower’s construction is mastered, the focus will shift to study the composition, hierarchy and color balance in individual arrangements. The importance of Tetrapanax papyrifer and its contribution to Taiwanese history will be discussed throughout the session. Note: Bring a vessel of choice for your flower arrangement.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Irene Wei (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 28 - 29 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PRINT-4152
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

You don't need to be a designer to take this workshop -- in fact, the less you know, the better! A common misconception, that you need to have experience in art and design to take RISD CE courses, was the impetus for this workshop. So come join us for a dynamic inquiry-based intensive that illuminates the process of design. Through a variety of visual exercises, you'll learn methods in critical thinking and making, which are the parallel competencies of thoughtful design practice. You will work independently and collaboratively while being asked to seek and solve design problems within our everyday environment through observation, documentation and implementation. All this is done in a fun and supportive environment, with an open mind being the only prerequisite!


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 27 - Apr 2 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ARTA-3256
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

In this course, we examine art in Rome from the end of the 16th Century to the middle of the 18th Century, a dynamic period that shaped much of the fabric of the city as we know it today. While analyzing urbanism, architecture, sculpture and painting by many of the well-known artists of the period (Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Artemisia, Pietro da Cortona), we also discuss commemoration of the ritual and ceremonial life of the city portrayed in engravings, drawings, printed books and the decorative arts. We round out our critical exploration of Baroque Rome with contemporary views by modern artists, and a look at the city as portrayed on film today.


Instructor
  • Name: Suzanne Scanlan (Bio)