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Course Details

Sunday, Dec 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-1768 ( Class is Full )
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10 | model fee $10


Description

Do you want to learn to accurately draw heads and faces? In this workshop, you'll study the anatomy of the face and practice capturing likeness and facial expression. Using a variety of materials, you'll complete exercises and studies that are specifically designed to strengthen observational and rendering skills. Whether your goal is to become a portrait or comic book artist or just improve your ability to draw faces, this course will provide valuable and applicable skills.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Dec 7 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-1279 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $10


Description

Drawing magical beasts -- dragons, werewolves and unicorns, that is -- is only the start, as you learn about their origins and abilities, and their friends and enemies. In this illustration course you'll learn the fundamentals of sketching and character design using animal specimens in RISD's Nature Lab to better understand fur and feathers, scales and teeth. Observing the natural features of different animals and then combining them on paper in new and unexpected ways is the key to better drawings. After an exciting start in the Nature Lab you'll move into a computer lab to learn how Photoshop can make your magical animal kingdom even more fantastic.


Instructor
  • Name: James Frio (Bio)
Course Details

Sunday, Dec 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-2779
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Curious George is (of course), but so are Sherlock Holmes, Sally Ride, Lara Croft and Pandora. Whether they are fact or fiction, detectives, explorers or mischief-making animals, curiosity motivates them all. This course examines that trait from the mundane (What is under the rock?) to the complex (Can we walk on the moon?). Young artists become familiar with stories of human inquiry that lead to their own interpretive artworks in the form of drawings, sculptures and stories, as well as original characters who ask questions and search for answers.


Instructor
  • Name: Alexandria McKay (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Feb 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-DWG-0524
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Want to dive into art making but don't know where to start? Starting a sketchbook is a perfect entry point. Quick and easy strategies are introduced as you begin generating work for your sketchbook, including line exercises and collage techniques. Emphasis is on discovery and working through processes in an intuitive and spontaneous way, enabling you to surmount any preconceived ideas and respond naturally to prompts and visual stimulus.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Feb 18 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-DWG-0526
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Hands are one of the most challenging things to master as an artist. Learn basic hand anatomy and some simple drawing tricks to help you quickly and accurately sketch the hand in many different positions. As you discover how to plot out this difficult subject step by step, you'll experiment with ways to simplify the process, how to establish key lines, and how to identify the essential shapes. Come experience how this single lesson can greatly improve your drawing skills.

Applies to: AN-E, NS-E, PM-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Holly Popielarz (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jan 28 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-DWG-0527
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Gain the skills you can use to draw any flower, any time. This workshop introduces clear, simple strategies to approach drawing flowers -- strategies that can be used for many other organic forms, including the human body. Drawing a flower begins with noticing how it grows: It originates from the stem and its central axis, and then radiates outward from that center. Drawing begins with establishing this central axis and then building a schematic line structure to develop the form. We cover basic flower anatomy and consider several different flower types.


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Bartlett Wright (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 15 - 16 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-DWG-0616
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $15


Description

Drawing is the foundation of artistic study, practice and communication. In this fast-paced weekend experience, students explore the fundamentals of drawing and learn how to render what they see. Students begin by describing shapes with line, weight and stroke direction, and move quickly to the study and observation of light and shadow. The class explores additive and reductive methods with the aim of completion of an accurate drawing using a range of values. Aided by student examples and instructor demonstrations, students develop their skills. Drawing materials include graphite, charcoal and erasure. Subjects, including natural and everyday objects, are provided.


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-DWG-0617
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $30


Description

The figure is one of the greatest vehicles of expression for visual artists; it is also one of the most challenging subjects to draw. Students begin with gesture drawing to capture the figure's movements in quick, deliberate lines that establish the weight and energy of the form. Students are gradually introduced to blocking in the figure and establishing the major masses. Classic methods of measuring to establish proportion and accuracy are introduced. The models' incrementally longer poses allow students to explore the role of light and shadow through value studies, while identifying the major planes of the human form helps students see the figure as a three-dimensional form in space. Developing hand-eye coordination and making accurate visual judgements are emphasized as students gain confidence in drawing from life. Media used include charcoal, conte, graphite and colored pencil. The skills used in class are applicable to a wide range of subject matter. All skill levels are welcome. Note: This course uses nude models.


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Bartlett Wright (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-FOUND-1186-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | 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 course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (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: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-FOUND-1186-03
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | 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 course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (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)