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Art History & Appreciation

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Tuesday, Jul 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-ARTA-2850
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

How do you use objects to express yourself and your history, both personal and cultural? How do your possessions communicate your personality, style and socioeconomic status? In this lecture, we consider these questions in the context of material culture studies, a method to investigate physical objects in search of an understanding of culture and social relations. Human beings have been making things long before they were speaking or writing about things, and the objects around us can tell intricate and complex stories about our cultural selves. Investigating objects also reveals information about manufacturing processes and work routines; popular culture trends and advertising are reflected in the consumption of goods like baseball cards, Tupperware and high tech gadgets; and religious, cultural and economic identity is so often expressed through purchased and inherited objects, jewelry and clothing. We look at material culture history, as well as popular culture and mass production, in an attempt to reveal the ways in which objects can serve as a tangible, physical expression of the people and societies that produce them.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 19 - Jul 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-INDES-4437
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

How do great rooms and beautiful objects reflect the tastes, aspirations and lifestyles of those who made and used them? This course gives "style" a historic and cultural context as it knits together the relationship between furniture, textiles, ceramics, utensils and man's manufactured goods. You'll explore the remarkable progression of forms and the rich treasury of ornament, as well as the stories of artisans and patrons. Architects, artists and designers will acquire essential knowledge of period styles and a detailed understanding of historic decor and ornament from ancient times to the Baroque.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Jun 23 - Jul 14 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus + Off-Campus | 2019/SE-ARC-4053
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Newport, Rhode Island is one of the most historically intact communities in North America, with a preserved streetscape of landmark buildings and civic spaces from the Colonial Era through the Gilded Age. Walk its streets with architectural historian, John Tschirch, who is presently engaged in writing a book on the urban development of the city and the cultural response to it by artists and writers through the ages. Participants will learn how to "read a city" through a study of period maps and photographs, and to identify the major economic, political and cultural influences on the evolution of Newport as a "work of urban art." Note: The first class session meets on the RISD campus in Providence. Subsequent sessions meet in Newport.

This course is part of the "Mapping a City" series.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Jul 21 - Aug 11 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2019/SE-ARC-4054
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

This course focuses on the remarkably preserved streetscapes and civic squares of Boston, which serve as time capsules of urban planning and architecture from the 18th through early 20th centuries. We'll study the masterful planning of Beacon Hill and its row upon row of classical red brick townhouses as an early example of American urban planning. Then we'll explore Victorian and Beaux Arts ideals of classical planning in the layout of Commonwealth Avenue, the Public Garden and Copley Square, created by legendary architects and landscape designers. Sites to be discussed range from Henry Hobson Richardson's Trinity Church and McKim, Mead and White's Boston Public Library to Frederick Law Olmsted's work on Boston's Emerald Necklace of parks and parkways. Note: This course includes both on-campus lectures and walking tours in Boston. Sessions 1 and 3 meet on the RISD campus; sessions 2 and 4 meet in Boston.

This course is part of the "Mapping a City" series.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jun 17 - Jul 8 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-ARC-4052
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

What do Versailles, France, St. Petersburg, Russia and Washington, DC, have in common? As seen through maps of these grand cities, they all emanate from grand visions of a nation and the grand plans of the powerful and the creative. Two of these cities were the seats of all-powerful kings, emblems of their absolute rule. The third symbolizes the power of the people through its democratic institutions. This course will delve into the architectural splendor and genius for urban design embodied in these cities, and the cultural debate they spark about how a city may be both a work of art and an instrument of political identity.

This course is part of the "Mapping a City" series.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jul 13 - Aug 3 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-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)
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