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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 ( Class is Full )
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 ( Class is Full )
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

Monday, Jan 20 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-CAMP-0897 ( Class is almost Full )
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Freedom is an ideal that often comes with great struggle. This course presents the concept visually for the youngest of artists. Students hear the stories of freedom fighters, advocates and champions (both historical and fictitious), and connect them to their own experience as they create their own interpretive artworks. The projects encourage a dialogue about civil rights, our responsibilities to one another and the oppression, bigotry and bias that can threaten a free society.


Instructor
  • Name: Monique Rolle-Johnson (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Jan 20 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2020/CW-CAMP-1768
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: Gail Saborio (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Feb 8 - 22 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-TEEN-2445
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $175 | lab fee $10


Description

The space fantasy genre has origins that date back to the pulp magazines and comic strips featuring Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, but some of the best examples are found in the conceptual design for movies and video games. With lessons in hand drawing, figurative anatomy, proportion and perspective, this course provides the opportunity for students to sharpen their drawing skills while creating characters and settings that are both original and imaginative. Along the way, they can expect to become familiar with the cyborgs, exotic aliens and earthshaking weaponry that have become traditional in creations like Star Wars, Overwatch and the Marvel cinematic universe.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Jason Robert LeClair (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 25 - Mar 31 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-DWG-0619
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." -Pablo Picasso Through a series of exercises that involve abstracting from life, using traditional and nontraditional drawing tools and moving from macro to micro, this course offers a variety of challenges and solutions, experiments and problem-solving strategies to trigger ideas and work toward a more nonrepresentational way of working. Elements of line, shape and texture are investigated, along with working with spatial cues to create pictorial space. Consideration of composition and compositional structures helps to connect the parts into a unified whole. Students progress at their own pace while they loosen their hold on literalness, explore underlying conceptual issues and discover new means of depiction and expression.

Applies to: PS-E

Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience is helpful


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 27 - Apr 2 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2020/CS-DWG-2260
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Building on skills acquired in Drawing I, this next-step course is designed to further strengthen and refine drawing and compositional abilities. Students explore the descriptive and expressive manipulation of materials such as charcoal, graphite pencil, pen and ink and mixed media, while learning to create more volumetric and spatial drawings through the use of value and composition. In the process, students work from still lifes, interiors and nature as they consider gesture and contour, planar analysis, foreshortening, proportion, and volumetric rendering of forms. Ultimately, students develop confidence approaching a wide variety of subject matter as part of a well-composed drawing. 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-R, PS-R

Prerequisite: Drawing I


Instructor
  • Name: Lisa Perez (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 27 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CS-FOUND-2214-04
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | 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 course is structured around demonstrations, guided exercises, and sustained drawing of varied subject matter including still-life, landscape, architecture and the human form. Note: This course uses nude models. 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.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)