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Art History & Appreciation

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


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

  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
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Saturday + Sunday, Jan 18 - 19 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-DWG-0523
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


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!

  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
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