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Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 26 - 27 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DWG-0523 ( Class is almost Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

You don't need to know how to draw or be an artist to take this course -- in fact, the less you know, the better! A common misconception, that you need to have experience in art to take RISD CE courses, was the impetus for this course. It starts with the simplest of tasks and tools, and slowly illuminates the mystery of materials and the triumph of the well-chosen tool in creating work. Students' eyes are trained to look, to observe and to record. Work is done in drawing, color studies and collage through a series of exercises that encourage students to open up and experiment. Work is done in a variety of mediums -- with less focus on subject, and more on interpreting and abstracting to fully comprehend basic shapes and structures. We do all of this in a supportive environment, with an open mind being the only prerequisite. Students are free to fail, but are required to at least try. The hardest part is just starting!


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DWG-0853
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $20


Description

This class covers advanced topics in drawing for students who are interested in challenging themselves and advancing their drawing to a professional level. The workshop consists of slide lectures analyzing historical and contemporary master drawings, a discussion of materials and techniques, demonstrations, in-class drawing, and critique. The first day is spent drawing from a still-life setup, and the second day working from a model in an extended pose. Topics include value structure, mark-making, expressive contour lines, pentimento, linear vs. shape-oriented thinking, and technical vs. conceptual narrative.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E

Prerequisite: Drawing I or drawing experience


Instructor
  • Name: Mara Metcalf (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-FOUND-1186-02 ( Class is Full )
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

Tuesdays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2019/CF-ILUS-1735
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Explore the vibrancy, expressiveness and immediacy of the pastel medium in this course. Award-winning pastel artist Michael Evans explains and demonstrates techniques of using an underpainting of watercolor, oil paint and pastel with alcohol to infuse vibrancy and depth to the pastel as it is layered onto this base. You'll find out about materials, techniques and framing practices, as well as current notable artists working in pastel. Most classes begin with a demonstration, followed by experimentation and practice. Throughout the six weeks, you'll paint from still life set-ups, landscapes from reference photos and a live portrait model. Topics include using reference photos to their best advantage, building layers of color, planning for a successful composition, and achieving luminous tones.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Evans (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-APP-1787
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $40


Description

Realizing fashion ideas usually starts with strong fashion drawing skills. Students in this course are introduced to the croquis, the nine head fashion figure, as a foundational tool for designing. Working from observation, class begins with gesture drawings of models as students learn to capture the movement and direction of both the figure and clothing. Focus is on how to represent the fabric and draping based on how a garment hangs on the body, while suggesting the form underneath. Attention is paid to proportions and scale while capturing the essentials of drawing faces and other details. Students also learn to express attitude by drawing their own fashion. Flat sketching techniques to incorporate garment construction details, including front and back views, are introduced. Mood boards help students to convey concepts, color stories and themes for individual collections, as well as identify strands of interest. Use of a sketchbook to explore fashion style and point of view, as well as exploration of different media, is encouraged.


Instructor
  • Name: Christina Savas (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/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

Saturday + Sunday, Sep 28 - 29 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/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

Mondays, Oct 28 - Dec 9 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DWG-4137
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $60 | model fee $30


Description

Designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of figure drawing and anatomy, this course provides a solid understanding of how to begin drawing the human form in space. Students learn how to block out and establish the major structural masses of the figure and the 7 1/2 head proportional system; how to capture the gesture of a pose; and how to use line, light and shadow to convey form and suggest volume by observing how light moves across a form to accurately create illusionistic volume. Students gain familiarity with drawing terminology and concepts through lecture and drawing directly from a model. Poses vary from quick one- to two-minute gesture drawings to extended 20- or 40-minute poses by the end of class. This course is helpful for building all drawing skills regardless of subject matter.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


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

Tuesdays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-FOUND-1187-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $30


Description

Drawing is the simplest, most efficient and most accessible way to communicate visual ideas. This course, designed for the absolute beginner, focuses on development of hand-eye coordination -- required for all perceptual drawing -- to understand how to look and how to transcribe what is seen onto a surface. Students begin by learning to describe shapes with line, including exploration of line weight, direction and speed and then move on to value, investigating both additive and reductive ways of working and how to utilize the power of light and dark to create volume and space. As confidence builds, progress is made into more complicated subject matter and working out compositional decisions and strategies. Tools utilized include pencil, charcoal and eraser. Subjects include still life, architecture/space and a brief introduction to the figure. 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, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Holly Popielarz (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 13 - 20 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-0841
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $10 | model 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; the interior study acknowledges scale, perspective and composition; and the final exercise combines figure and ground. The fast-paced class reviews drawing fundamentals, and then moves on to consider advanced techniques and the requirements of an admissions portfolio.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)