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Art History & Appreciation

Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 23 - Apr 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 3/30
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARTA-9010
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

This class looks at and considers images made by female artists, as well as works commissioned by and for women, between the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment. Despite challenges and in opposition to the traditional art historical narrative, women have been and continue to be integral to the institution of art. As recent scholarship shows, daughters, wives and sisters were important and productive members of artists' workshops that produced paintings, sculpture, prints and household furnishings. Female patrons commissioned grand buildings and public memorials as well as small decorative items. Women have also not only been sources of inspiration, but they have also heavily contributed to the art canon as art historians and art critics. Here, we discuss women from various social classes and their contributions to the visual and material culture of Europe across four centuries.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzanne Scanlan (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 13 - May 25 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARTA-9011
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

This course surveys female artists from the 19th Century to the present, with a particular emphasis on American art and local Rhode Island production. While Georgia O'Keefe and Mary Cassatt may be household names, few women have been given large museum exhibitions and many are lost in the historical record. Here, we focus on women from Boston, Provincetown and Providence as well as recent graduates of RISD such as Kara Walker and Roz Chast to shed light on issues of gender in the contemporary art world and to illuminate their important contribution to the world of art -- despite challenges and in opposition to the traditional art historical narrative. Visits to the RISD Museum augment the experience as students see actual work in the context of a museum and other artwork.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzanne Scanlan (Bio)
Course Details

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

Thursdays, Mar 16 - 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARTA-9008
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $185


Description

Ever imagined curating your own art exhibition? A show of other artists work? Or even just your personal collections? The words "curator," "curated," "curatorial," etc. appear everywhere; in this course we begin to define what exactly they mean related to art and art objects and how they align with your own objectives. The course helps you access your first ideas and work on the subsequent selection process to narrow your focus and actualize those ideas. Additionally, designing support materials for PR and print advertising, online and social media are discussed. Students are introduced to the scholarly infrastructure for background research for exhibitions. While curating for a museum or gallery takes years of study and experience, learning to train your eye and utilize some of the basics of curatorial practice outlined in this course is a valuable skill with applications to many contexts. The course concludes with a hands-on exercise in setting up an exhibition space, lighting, the handling of art, and dealing with insurance.


Instructor
  • Name: Dorothee King (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Mar 5 - 19 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARTA-9013
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $185


Description

All good things, and some evil ones, flourish in gardens. Tempted to discover the story of flowers, formal landscape design and tales of love and loss? They all await in the French garden. This course explores the history, horticulture, design and literature related to gardens, from the enclosed floral wonderlands of medieval castles to the orderly parterres of Versailles, to the roses beloved by Empress Josephine at Chateau de Malmaison, to the Abstract Expressionist landscapes of the 20th Century.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Apr 23 - May 14 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARC-4698 ( Class is almost Full )
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

What style is it? Join us on a journey through history and culture as expressed in the symbol of the American dream, the house! You'll explore architectural styles, floor plans, ornamental details, construction methods and the complex social history of dwellings from Colonial times to the present. Georgian mansions, Victorian cottages, Arts and Crafts bungalows and midcentury modern villas reviewed in class become real in the final meeting, when we take an architectural walking tour of Providence's historic East Side.

Applies to: ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 28 - Apr 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-DWG-0523
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


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

Friday, Mar 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-INDES-4435 ( Class is almost Full )
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75


Description

Interested in every detail of a finely crafted room? Investigate cornices, window frames, door lintels, wall brackets, columns, plinths and pedestals in this short history of interior woodwork, from the Renaissance to early Modernism. Elizabethan strap work, 18th-century French paneling, Colonial American bolection molding, Victorian millwork and Art Deco marquetry are just some of the examples of interior art to be considered in this course devoted to identifying historic styles and carving techniques.

Applies to: ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
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