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Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-CHILD-1997
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $5


Description

Artist Keith Haring once said, "Drawing is still basically the same as it has been since prehistoric times. It brings together man and the world. It lives through magic." Young artists discover the nature of that magic, as they take command of the marks they make, and are provided with a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of drawing and sketching. Assignments utilize a rich array of drawing materials, while expanding on traditional subject matter: still lifes, landscapes, cityscapes and portraits, as well as both observational and abstract applications of making marks. The course is ideal for students with little or no experience who want to explore the magic of drawing. Group discussion and one-on-one instruction are provided to meet the specific needs of each student.


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 18 - 19 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-DWG-2230
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | model fee $25


Description

Throughout history, artists have studied the anatomy of the face to enhance the accuracy and volume of their drawings. This workshop is of interest to fine artists, illustrators and anyone interested in drawing the face. We focus on understanding facial and skull proportions, action and use of specific muscles, and how musculature lying close to the surface lends form and beauty to the face. Sensitivity to line quality and capturing expression are also emphasized. Students use calipers, pencil and paper to draw from skulls, flayed plaster models and a live model. Experimentation with Renaissance drawing techniques enhances students' ability to define three-dimensional space in portraiture. Note: Previous drawing experience is helpful but not required, as varying skill levels are accommodated.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin Lufkin (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Mar 1 - Apr 5 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-1186 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $15


Description

Color is one of the most powerful -- and complex -- tools at the artist's disposal. Bridging the divide between color theory and color practice, this studio course distills the essentials of color mechanics into workable studies and projects. Students explore color through creative exercises using collage and paint to understand color and how to use it effectively. Explorations of the role of light, the psychological impact of color, and how such factors as hue, value and intensity affect design are integral to the learning. Slide-illustrated presentations address the historical background of the use of color. Through the process of experiencing the interface of color theory and color application, guidelines toward developing a personal palette are discussed. Mastery of color is essential in the work of artists, illustrators, craftspeople and designers, making this course an ideal starting point. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Karen Triedman (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 12 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-1186-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $15


Description

Color is one of the most powerful -- and complex -- tools at the artist's disposal. Bridging the divide between color theory and color practice, this studio course distills the essentials of color mechanics into workable studies and projects. Students explore color through creative exercises using collage and paint to understand color and how to use it effectively. Explorations of the role of light, the psychological impact of color, and how such factors as hue, value and intensity affect design are integral to the learning. Slide-illustrated presentations address the historical background of the use of color. Through the process of experiencing the interface of color theory and color application, guidelines toward developing a personal palette are discussed. Mastery of color is essential in the work of artists, illustrators, craftspeople and designers, making this course an ideal starting point. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Karen Triedman (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 1-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-CHILD-1266
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $5


Description

The art studio is where artmaking happens! Students are introduced to a variety of art media and basic art concepts, processes and skills. Drawing, painting, printmaking and constructing in 3D all combine to heighten children's imagination and sensory awareness. This course lays a broad-based foundation on which young artists can build their creative ideas and expressions. Trips to the RISD Museum and the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab provide inspiration for studio projects.


Instructor
  • Name: Barbara Voccola (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-3744
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $10


Description

American comics are filled with wild characters like musclemen, monsters, robots, villains and freaks, but you need more than a wild character to make a good comic book. It takes a story that, when combined with convincing pictures, draws the reader into the page and doesn't let him go. In this course, students learn from a published professional how to pull all the components of great comic book creation -- word balloons, captions, panels and personalities -- together. Important topics such as character design, perspective drawing and page layout are considered and, in the end, students leave with a finished book to share with friends, family and, with luck, possibly even a big shot comic book publisher.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Mar 2 - May 25 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-1815 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $15


Description

Design is the discipline underlying all forms of visual expression, and an understanding of design principles is the basis for all art forms. This course introduces students to the formal elements of design: line, shape, pattern, value, texture, color and space. Working through a variety of challenging exercises, students use these elements to engage with problems of visual organization. Deliberate and considered placement of visual elements into an organized whole is the basis of composition, and skills acquired in this course have direct applications to anyone working in art and design, from painters and artists to art directors, illustrators, interior designers and interactive designers. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher. Note: This course was previously titled Two-Dimensional Design.

Applies to: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, JM-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Anya Lownie (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Mar 2 - May 25 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-1815-02 ( Class is almost Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $15


Description

Design is the discipline underlying all forms of visual expression, and an understanding of design principles is the basis for all art forms. This course introduces students to the formal elements of design: line, shape, pattern, value, texture, color and space. Working through a variety of challenging exercises, students use these elements to engage with problems of visual organization. Deliberate and considered placement of visual elements into an organized whole is the basis of composition, and skills acquired in this course have direct applications to anyone working in art and design, from painters and artists to art directors, illustrators, interior designers and interactive designers. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher. Note: This course was previously titled Two-Dimensional Design.

Applies to: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, JM-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Mar 3 - May 26 | 9:30am-12:30pm | No Class: 4/21
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CS-PNT-1571
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | model fee $20


Description

Discover the world of abstract painting through the process of spontaneous markmaking, where each student focuses on creating paintings to express the essence and energy of an environment or object. Whether you choose to work with the urban landscape, gardens, still lifes or the figure, the process is about discovering your personal vision. Placing trust in your personal vision allows you to create paintings that are signatory rather than derivative. Participants also learn to use a variety of mediums and to integrate them into a total artwork. Note: Previous painting experience is helpful, but not required. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Fossati (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Feb 27 - May 22 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-2214 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | model fee $30


Description

Drawing is an essential means of communicating, and central to every artist’s and designer's practice. This class is a more rigorous and sustained introduction to the drawing medium. Drawing I students begin learning to define shapes and forms with line: investigating weight, direction and speed through gesture, contour and planar analysis. Then moving on to value, using both additive and reductive ways of working, they learn to utilize the power of light and dark to create a sense of texture, volume and space. Spatial systems, including perspective, are investigated as well as fundamentals of composition to construct dynamic imagery. Measuring and attention to negative space are essential skills used and reinforced throughout the learning process. Transcribing what is seen or imagined into visual form utilizing multiple approaches -- from note taking to rendering to diagramming and sketching -- is explored. The class is structured around demonstrations, guided exercises, and sustained drawing of varied subject matter including still-life, landscape, architecture and the human form. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, JM-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Robin Wiseman (Bio)