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Tuesdays, Jun 20 - Aug 1 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-DFOU-0354
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $75


Description

Co-Works, RISD's state-of-the-art facility for digital fabrication, is the location for this course that introduces 3D printing technology, a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. Purposefully accessible, this course facilitates workflow through 3D scanning and the use of open-source 3D files, bypassing the usual digital prerequisites of Rhino or advanced 3D modeling skills. Basic Rhino 3D modeling instruction can be offered according to student interest. The course begins with an overview of 3D printing processes and their potential applications to all fields of art and design. Students develop their individual pieces utilizing the FDM (fused deposition modeling) and SLA (stereolithography) 3D printers. Once pieces are produced, various post-processing finishing techniques are demonstrated to further the work. Other digital fabrication technologies are also introduced as projects and student interest dictate: laser cutter, UV printer, plotter, vacuum former, large-format printer, etc. In line with RISD's interdisciplinary culture, the course is structured to integrate all individual creative practices and has applications to fashion, textiles, jewelry, product and industrial design, ceramics and moldmaking, as well as sculpture and painting. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

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


Instructor
  • Name: * William Udell, Ellie Tomlinson (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 24 - Aug 4 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-2412
10 sessions | 30 contact hours | tuition $490 | lab fee $30


Description

Many, if not most, sculptural pieces cast in bronze begin life as clay on an armature. Explore the basic three-dimensional aspects of clay as a sculptural medium. In a wide variety of projects, you'll create individual solutions to problems of form, scale and surface, using slab work, coiling, extrusions and press molds. We'll also review slips and alternative glazing techniques to expand your design vocabulary and help you create pieces that reflect your inner visions. Finally, the RISD Museum's collection of ceramic art serves as a valuable resource and inspiration as you investigate the design and construction possibilities of the many new techniques learned in class.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Bruce Lenore (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 10 - 21 | 9am-12pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-CHILD-1996 ( Class is almost Full )
10 sessions | 30 contact hours | tuition $490 | lab fee $25


Description

The focus is on fun as younger students explore many ways of constructing basic ceramic art works. Children discover how easy it is to make inventive forms using the pinch, slab and coil methods to create oodles of inventive objects, and enjoy squishing their hands into the fabulously tactile medium of clay! Students finish their projects by adding surface patterns and colored glazes and then, through the magic of fire (safely contained in the kiln), their raw materials are transformed into cherished works of ceramic art. Children's creativity explodes through this rich approach to making sculptural and even functional art.


Instructor
  • Name: TBA (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 10 - 21 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-CHILD-2926
10 sessions | 30 contact hours | tuition $490 | lab fee $25


Description

Here's your chance to design and create pots, cups or boxes to contain a favorite snack or keepsake, or perhaps form and decorate clay tiles or sculptures that tell a story. In this course, you'll continue to develop clay building skills and explore the fundamentals of sculptural and functional ceramic art. You'll also pose a few new questions: Can a sculpture have a useful function, or can a ceramic mug or bowl be a sculpture? As you refine skills in using the pinch, slab and coil methods of clay construction, you'll dig deeper into the function of your clay works and finish your pieces with surface decorations, embellishments and glazes.


Instructor
  • Name: TBA (Bio)
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