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Art History & Appreciation

Course Details

Sundays, Oct 29 - Nov 19 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PHO-1606 ( Class is Full )
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

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

Wednesday, Nov 15 | 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 prior to an actual auction, allowing time for students to develop skills and do their research before attending the auction. 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.

Schedule Update: This date for this course has changed since originally published. Class will now meet on Wednesday, November 15.


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 ( Class has Started )
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

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

Tuesdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-FOUND-0520
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

Designed for the complete novice, this course is an ideal option for those looking for a starting point into art making. It is an introduction to the materials, techniques and concepts relating to visual communication and art-making processes. Beginning with observational drawing and moving on to basic 2D and 3D design concepts, students learn design elements and principles, and how they can be applied to all fields of design, from fine art to architecture. This course also includes a brief overview of Western art history to provide students with a context in which to understand and talk about art. Classes consist of lecture, studio projects and group discussions. Media explored include pencil, gouache, cut paper and crayon. By the end of the course, students develop the necessary vocabulary with which to talk about art and design, and a greater understanding and appreciation for how the visual arts enrich our everyday lives.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
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