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Art History & Appreciation

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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

Sundays, Apr 23 - May 14 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARC-4698 ( Class is 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

Friday, Mar 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-INDES-4435 ( Class has Started )
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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