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Art History & Appreciation

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Saturday + Sunday, May 6 - 7 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARTA-9012
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

Contemporary art is the art of today, produced by artists who are living in the 21st Century. It provides an opportunity to reflect on contemporary society and the issues relevant to ourselves, and the world around us. Contemporary artists work in a globally influenced, culturally diverse and technologically advancing world. Their art is a dynamic combination of materials, methods, concepts and subjects that challenge traditional boundaries and defy easy definition. Diverse and eclectic, contemporary art as a whole is distinguished by the very lack of a uniform, organizing principle, ideology or 'ism.' These artworks ask for more complex and open ways of education. This class examines theoretical issues and educational practices as they are implemented in the context of contemporary arts in non-school settings, specifically museums and alternative arts venues. With an emphasis on process, the class addresses larger learning goals that nurture critical thinking and develop research skills.


Instructor
  • Name: Dorothee King (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jun 20 - 27 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-PDM-0370
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $130


Description

Be seated, and explore the history of one of the most fundamental pieces in any home: the chair. Investigate the evolution of the chair, from an elegantly carved ancient Egyptian stool to the 18th-century masterpieces of Thomas Chippendale to the Modernist creations of Charles and Ray Eames. You'll learn about period style, forms, materials and construction, as well as the important symbolic associations of seating furniture through the ages.

Applies to: ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 21 - Jul 26 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-DVID-4112
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

Beginning with Eadweard Muybridge's photographic studies of running horses and the simultaneous birth of cinema in both New Jersey and France, this course will consider the history and evolution of film from its inception through the late 1950s. We'll delve into the various cinematic movements that occurred during the first half of the 20th Century, such as German Expressionism, Soviet montage, Italian neorealism, film noir and more. Additionally, we will examine how cinema evolved in countries such as Japan, China, India, Mexico and Argentina, as well as investigate how underrepresented filmmakers who are persons of color, female and/or LGBT made their mark. In addition to film screenings, students will engage with philosophical and critical texts, and will demonstrate their appreciation with weekly essays and in-class discussions.

Applies to: AN-E, IT-E, PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: Vivian Charlesworth (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 21 - Jul 26 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-INDES-4437
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


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)
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