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Art History & Appreciation

Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 26 - 27 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-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

Tuesdays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-0850
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course introduces students to significant developments in the history of design in Europe and America from 1900 to 2000. Along with an examination of a variety of object types, we will consider works within their social, cultural, political and economic contexts, taking into account materials, technology and theoretical debates. Major art and design movements considered include Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, the German Avant-Garde, American Streamlining, Post-War Machine Art and the International Style, Organic Design, Pop, and Postmodernism.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, JM-E, NS-E, PG-E, PM-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Sep 18 | 7-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0858
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

What name is more synonymous with what is now known as modern architecture than Le Corbusier? Few other 20th-century architects received as much praise -- or as much criticism. The Swiss-French architect was also a prolific painter, designer, and writer. Le Corbusier's ambition and philosophical dedication made him a pioneer of the architecture of the Modern Movement. His belief in the ability of architecture and design to create a sacred and spiritual environment pushed him to create work that would support better living conditions and revolutionize society through public housing projects, city planning, and public parks, in addition to private homes. His career was defined by self-study, travel, and meticulous preparation, and his work took him to Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America. This lecture will explore Le Corbusier's oeuvre, with special attention paid to his process and the development of his style over his five-decade-long career.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Oct 16 | 7-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0862
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

This lecture will begin to uncover the career and process of Mies van der Rohe, exploring his influence on the German avant-garde in the 1920s and 1930s and following him to Chicago at the outbreak of WWII. Van der Rohe was an innovative avant-garde architect and educator, as well as the last director of the Bauhaus, a seminal school in modern architecture. His work is characterized by clarity, simplicity, and free-flowing open space. His "skin and bones" architecture pioneered a transition away from the traditional neoclassical design of the early 20th century, abandoning all ornament and relying on modern materials like industrial steel and plate glass. He took interest in prefabricated steel structures and adaptable spaces, eventually transitioning to design a number of museums and private homes.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Nov 6 | 7-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0866
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

Finnish architect, artist and designer Alvar Aalto's career spanned six decades and various media, including sculpture, textiles, and furniture as well as building design. Though his early work drew heavily from Nordic Classicism, he quickly adopted a more functionalist aesthetic as he traveled throughout Europe and familiarized himself with International Style Modernism. However, Aalto quickly developed his own stylistic approach -- what is now considered Scandinavian Modern -- wherein he combined a concern for natural materials, simplification of style, and an interest in technical experimentation. He adopted a more daring approach to modernism, introducing organic shapes and movement to his work that was often lacking in the pure modernism of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Through this lecture, we will explore Aalto's career, focusing on his interest in the concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), wherein the architect would design not only a building, but also the interior surfaces, furniture and decor, making sure all coalesced into one unified design.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 13 - Nov 3 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PHO-1606
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


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 photographs of the urban landscape.

Applies to: ID-E, PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 12 - 20 | 9am-12pm/1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-1729
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


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, we 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.

Schedule Update: Class meeting times have changed since originally published. Class will meet on Saturdays, 10/12 and 10/19 from 9 am-12 noon and Sundays, 10/13 and 10/20 from 1-4 pm.

Applies to: ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Dec 1 - 8 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-1731
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $145


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

Saturday + Sunday, Sep 28 - 29 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-9014
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Within a fully supportive and constructive environment for the artist and non-artist alike, this workshop helps students tap into their creative energy, generate new ideas and develop new ways of working. Accessing individual creativity begins by diving right in, through a series of hands-on exercises designed to work with unconventional mark-making tools and prompts that focus on speed, attention and reaction. Students are challenged to let go of preconceptions and encouraged to experiment, play and make. Ways to trigger ideas and accelerate individual creative practice are emphasized. The class is ideal for students looking to invigorate their life and fuel their art practice.


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Friday, Oct 4 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2019/CF-FOUND-2875 ( Class is Full )
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Green Poison. Tyrian purple. Lapis Lazuli. Discover the secrets behind color in this class that begins at the Forbes Pigment Collection at the Strauss Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard University. You'll join an expert curator for an informative viewing and explanation of the collection's 2,500 rare extraordinary pigments/specimens. Former Fogg Museum Director Edward Forbes started the collection in the interest of replicating and preserving techniques and methods used by the masters. Considered a "laboratory for the fine arts," the collection heralded the emergence of art conservation in the US. You'll finish with a visit to the Art Study Center to explore with the instructor several works from the Museum collection.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Karen Triedman (Bio)
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