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Art History & Appreciation

Course Details

Sundays, Oct 29 - Nov 19 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PHO-1606
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

Providence is a city rich in diverse architectural styles, from colorful and elegant residences to timeworn mills and merchant buildings. Appropriately, it is a miles-wide classroom for the investigation of photographic techniques, from the technical rudiments of exposure, focus and metering to the aesthetic decisions that inform compositional choices. The course begins with a historical presentation, accompanied by classroom discussion leading to assignments (in class and as homework), where students learn best practices that lead to better pictures of the urban landscape photograph, suitable for public display or personal documentation.

Applies to: ID-E, PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 14 - Oct 19 | 6:30-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1728
6 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

The 21st Century is witness to new forms of experimentation at the crossroads of art and politics in the form of events, actions, happenings, campaigns, interventions and movements. This is usually considered Activist Art: activist in that it produces, defines and critiques notions of community, and creatively intervenes in public spheres. In this course, we'll study the ways in which art and activism interplay. A combination of practical experimentation, case study analyses and theoretically grounded reflection characterizes the framework of this course. We consider new media (digital), old media (silkscreen, stencil, knitting), performance and collaborative processes in relation to individual practice as applied to activist activity. Note: This is not a studio course.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dorothee King (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 29 - Dec 10 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1730
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

From Medieval manuscripts to Matisse and Magritte, this course offers a stimulating introduction to the history of Western art over the last millennium. With an emphasis on the practice and purpose of art through this era, the course provides a context for contemporary art making, as well as a general appreciation for art. Through slide lectures and other audio-visual material, readings, in-class discussions and weekly visits to the RISD Museum, the dialogue focuses on changes in artistic practices, shifts in the function of art and the impact of patronage on art and architecture. We also discuss the development of museums, collecting and display across this period. Students leave the course with a greater awareness of the heritage of Western art and, most importantly, a rediscovered pleasure found through looking closely at objects in new ways.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzanne Scanlan (Bio)
Course Details

Thursday, Nov 16 | 12-4pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-0410
1 session | 4 contact hours | tuition $95


Description

Auctions aren't just about the buying and selling of multimillion-dollar Van Goghs. They can, in fact, be sources of affordable art for both fledgling and experienced collectors. The fast-paced, high-energy -- and often intimidating -- environment of an auction requires that you be prepared, set your budget and know your limits. In this course, Robin Starr, vice president and director of American and European works of art at Skinner, Inc., provides a behind-the-scenes introduction to New England's premier auction house, including a tour of the facilities and a preview of an upcoming auction. The course is scheduled on the day of an actual auction, with a preliminary lecture and preview setting the stage. Students can then experience the live auction and intensity of the auction itself. Starr details the auction process, including consignments and buying, and discusses specific considerations, such as research, understanding the vocabulary including lots, reserve and estimates to fully maximize one's experience at an auction. Note: Class takes place at the Marlborough, MA location of Skinner, Inc. Directions are sent to registered students.


Instructor
  • Name: Robin Starr (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Oct 26 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEXT-1880
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

Examining the history of fashionable dress in the West from 1900 to the present, this course investigates fashion from a material cultural perspective -- analyzing it as a social, cultural and aesthetic phenomenon that has been significantly shaped by history. Assignments are object centered and students select a piece from the RISD Museum's collection that is representative of the time periods investigated. Utilizing the artifact as a starting point, students engage in a material culture analysis -- connecting the piece they choose to the context from which it came to fully understand the impact of time on fashion. Digital presentations, videos, books and texts augment the learning.


Instructor
  • Name: Max Kaplan (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 21 - 22 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PRINT-4152
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | 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

Saturday + Sunday, Sep 23 - 24 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-DWG-0523
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | 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

Sundays, Dec 3 - 10 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1731
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $130


Description

Silver has provided artisans with the perfect medium for creative expression through the ages. This course examines the masterworks of silversmiths, including tableware, tea and coffee services, light fixtures and other decorative objects. Beginning with the exuberant productions of 17th-century French and German Baroque silver and continuing to work of Paul Revere and the creations of the Art Nouveau, this course explores the style and function of this most remarkable precious metal. Lectures outlining the history of silver will be complemented by a visit to the RISD Museum.

Applies to: ID-E, JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Sep 17 - Oct 8 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1729
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

Humans have been creating fabrics since the dawn of civilization. In this course, we consider the role of textiles, from luxurious velvet brocades to cotton matelasses, to the history of interior design and the decorative arts. With an emphasis on the burgeoning luxury trades catering to the royal courts of Europe to the importation of Indian print cottons, which revolutionized design, students will take a journey from silk to linen while learning about the construction, style and the economy of textiles for use on furniture, as ornament and on windows and walls from the Renaissance to the present day.

Applies to: ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Sep 8 - Oct 6 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-INDES-1876
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

How have history, modernity, technology and global awareness shaped interior design? It is a rich story of revolutionary designers, radical inventors and social reformers. From the fantasy-based work of 18th-century decoration to the functional creations of the 20th-century Bauhaus, this course explores the gifted artists who shaped modern design. Students will learn how to analyze interiors, furniture and a wide array of decorative objects in diverse styles from the Rococo to the High Victorian, Arts and Crafts and Modernist eras.

Special Schedule: Fridays, Sept. 8 - Oct. 6, 6:30-9:30pm PLUS walking tour on Saturday, Oct. 7, 10am-1pm.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)