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Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-FOUND-1186 ( 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

Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-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: Karen Triedman (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/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.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 19 - Feb 2 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-CHILD-1262
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $175 | lab fee $10


Description

Cartoon animals come in all shapes and sizes: some are four-legged, furry or feathered; others wear top hats, monocles or diapers. They strut on two legs or crawl on all four, and some even have eight arms at their disposal! Some behave like humans (Squidward, Hello Kitty and Brian Griffin), and some less so (Bambi and Thumper), but they all fascinate us and are perfect characters through which to tell a story. In this drawing course, students learn to cartoon animals, creating their stories and giving them personality that will have them hopping off the page. The instructor first introduces some classic animal characters. Then, using simple drawing tools and techniques, students follow along to create their own unique critter creations.


Instructor
  • Name: Rick Shiers (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jan 19 - 20 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-ANIM-0560
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Cutout animation is a form of stop-motion animation using flat characters, props and backgrounds cut from paper, card, stiff fabric or even photographs. Animators divide characters into segments, piece together the individual cutout shapes and move them in small steps, taking a picture at each step -- with a film camera capable of taking single pictures -- to create the illusion of movement. This direct connection between brain and hand is central to cutout animation's spirit and allows the animator to rely on their intuition and experience to achieve the action. In this workshop you'll learn the fundamentals of frame-by-frame animation and the roots of two-dimensional field practice, explore direct under-the-camera techniques, develop the art of visual storytelling and ultimately produce your own short film.

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Zoe Mathewson (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-ILUS-2202 ( Class is almost Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

How did Snow White move from fairy tales to animated films and then on to be reinterpreted in video games and live-action television? Find out in this must-have course for creators of children's books, comics and cartoons, where you'll explore how to visualize a character from narrative prompt to illustrated reality. Beginning with an editorial description, you'll use historical, anatomic and cultural references to sketch and develop the look, feel and personality of archetypal characters. You'll also become acquainted with the strict legal guidelines that govern all "licensed characters" (think Spider-Man or the Grinch), as well as with professional ethics surrounding work for hire.

Applies to: AN-R, GR-E

Prerequisite: Drawing I


Instructor
  • Name: Jennifer Hrabota-Lesser (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jan 10 - Feb 14 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-DWG-2260
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $25


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, conte crayon, and colored 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 models 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: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Feb 9 - 23 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/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

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-TEEN-3725
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10 | model fee $5


Description

All fashion designers start their planning on paper, well before they ever see their garments worn and walking the runway. Students in this course explore the fashion drawing techniques used in the industry, such as basic fashion figures (or 'croquis') and mood boards -- the process tools for translating a creative idea into a sophisticated design. Students also communicate the ideas, moods, motion and details of a garment by visually interpreting fashion apparel, including the body proportions used in basic fashion drawing. As students create various croquis bodies and draw from a model, they develop their personal style and drawing skills, as well as an appreciation for the role fashion illustration plays in the design business.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Everett Hoag (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-CHILD-0530
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Robot: The word conjures up so many amazing images from movies, cartoons, comic books, games and toys. Young artists excite their imaginations with visions of drones, cyborgs and androids as they explore the history and possibilities of robots, as well as their place in science fiction and scientific fact. Students will create movie posters and comic book illustrations, build model robots, and they'll also explore the very real and beneficial side of robotics by building mechanical hands and other machines.


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)