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Course Details

Saturdays, Nov 3 - Dec 8 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CHILD-2088
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Round and round your child goes, full of energy to devote to mischief (or to creative expression). This course provides that second choice, as they're introduced to foundation art forms like drawing, painting and sculpture in projects inspired by a familiar theme: the carousel. Young artists imagine the merry-go-round and the fantastic menagerie that make up the carnival attraction as they interpret those animals as characters in pencil, paint and clay. The final project is a showcase for all of their new skills as they create a vibrant sculptural animal in polymer clay and bring it home to share with family.


Instructor
  • Name: Sean Garrett (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Nov 3 - Dec 8 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CHILD-0546
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Dinosaurs: gone but not forgotten, particularly in the imagination of young artists who often focus on these extinct creatures as their first creative obsession. This course will give students the opportunity to expand upon their existing knowledge of the T. rex, pterodactyls, marine reptiles and ceratopsians. Scientific facts and educated guesses provide the inspiration for projects in drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture as students build and craft art objects that are all definitely "dinosaurish."


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 6 - 13 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CAMP-0841
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $10


Description

Success in art depends on a willingness to draw; proper preparation for art school includes a drawing portfolio. This course provides an opportunity to develop a drawing portfolio with guidance from instructors who have successfully navigated the art school admissions process. Class exercises focus on observational drawing: The figure study considers gesture, anatomy and likeness and the interior study acknowledges scale, perspective and composition. Figure and ground are combined in a final exercise that is evidence of a confident draftsman. The fast-paced class reviews drawing fundamentals, and then moves on to consider advanced techniques and the requirements of the admissions portfolio.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Nov 3 - Dec 8 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CHILD-0531
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Play and expression come together in this course that introduces children to basic art making techniques and art vocabulary. Inspired by a theme, students are encouraged to come up with creative solutions that can begin as drawings, become vibrant paintings and then three-dimensional constructions. Lessons in process are demonstrated and reflected upon as students consider a creative method that is thoughtfully discussed and becomes part of a creative arc that extends beyond the last class, as they continue "Artin' Around."


Instructor
  • Name: Rachel Villari (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Nov 12 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | Tillinghast Place | 2018/CF-CAMP-0844
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Our favorite stories are filled with characters exhibiting grit, backbone and perseverance. Peter Parker, Malala, Princess Merida and Ramona the Brave are some of the heroes in this course that uses bravery as a theme to inspire creative acts. It is an interdisciplinary (drawing, painting and sculpting) classroom where the youngest artists are encouraged to try new media and to visualize ideas that can be shared with their classmates.


Instructor
  • Name: * Steven Hayes, Cheryl Johnson (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Oct 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CAMP-0842
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

"... they roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws ..."—Maurice Sendak

Now that's being scary! And if you are not scary, you might be afraid. Everyone is one or the other at one time; this course uses those experiences as inspiration for making art and sharing stories. Young artists will be encouraged to draw, paint and design around the theme of "being scary" as a way to understand the fears that everyone (big or small) has and the courage that is needed to overcome fears. They might even emerge as the "King of All Wild Things!"


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Weibust (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 3 - 4 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-NATUR-2658
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $40


Description

Imagine the pleasure of drawing botanicals in brilliant color, with a technique that has the intuitive ease of drawing and the intensity of wet media (oils/acrylics), without all the mess and complexity. When color is applied on the fine-toothed, semi-translucent surface of drafting film, unparalleled precision and detail are possible. The transparency of the medium allows the artist to work directly from sketches or photos, without the time-consuming task of transferring images. And unlike most color techniques, it permits erasure of mistakes without damage to the drawing surface. You'll learn to plan drawings in stages, from the highlights and contours, to shadows and developing the form's volume. Ultimately, the high-detail illustrations that result seem to literally pop off the page. 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: NS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Alison Schroeer (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Nov 12 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-TEEN-1866
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Zombies, barbarians and Ninja schoolgirls all begin in the same way. But two legs, a twisting torso and clenched fists are not enough to turn a sketch into a distinct character that is ready to become the centerpiece of a comic book, video game or animation. This course reveals the essentials of good character design that begin with the creative application of human (or inhuman) anatomy. The importance of facial expressions, hairstyles and costume design options are also highlighted as students give their drawings personality and style. Finally, the drafting of tools and weapons becomes the hot topic so that students' character designs of mermaids, angels and faeries can morph into cyborgs and Transformers.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Pekala (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Dec 1 - 2 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-ARTA-9014
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Within a fully supportive and constructive environment for the artist and non-artist alike, this workshop helps students tap into their creative energy, generate new ideas and develop new ways of working. Accessing individual creativity begins by diving right in, through a series of hands-on exercises designed to work with unconventional mark-making tools and prompts that focus on speed, attention and reaction. Students are challenged to let go of preconceptions and encouraged to experiment, play and make. Ways to trigger ideas and accelerate individual creative practice are emphasized. The class is ideal for students looking to invigorate their life and fuel their art practice.


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Oct 20 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CHILD-1989
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Students will spend a full day learning a variety of fundamentals, all essential for developing observational and expressive drawing skills. Activities will include drawing at the RISD Nature Lab, RISD Museum and, weather permitting, outdoors along the waterfront.


Instructor
  • Name: Tiffany Mendez (Bio)