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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, Jan 18 - 19 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/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: Maryann Guerzon (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)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ILUS-0621
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

From the everyday sweetness and melancholy of Charles Schulz's Peanuts to the hyper-literate personal reflections of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, the comic book illustration medium has been especially suited to capturing the internal lives and unique voices of creators. Comics are narratives told in illustrated sequence, combining images and text, and are integrally connected to the communicative task of illustration, while having an intuitive language all their own. In this course, students learn how to construct this kind of language (both written and visual), starting with their own experience: They create narratives from simple autobiographical prompts, beginning with the basic design principles of a four-panel comic strip, then move on to a more long-form and complex final piece. Along the way, the fundamental building blocks of comics -- panel shape, page layout, dialogue and sound effects -- are explored in class exercises. Demonstrations of ink media techniques give students a primer on the classic tools of the cartoonist's trade, and examples of work by significant comics creators are shown.

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Roonan (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 7 - May 19 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/14
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-ILUS-2873
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Children's books captivate and guide a child into an imaginative universe by combining dynamic images with evocative words. This course provides an introduction to both. The fundamentals of illustrating for children are explained and discussed, from design, text integration, character creation and color palette, to concept development and storyboarding. Texts are provided for all assignments; however, students may bring their own manuscripts to work on within the context of assignments, and are encouraged to develop their own characters and work from their ideas. Assignments are presented and critiqued weekly. Some classroom instruction is provided in watercolor as a medium, but students may also choose media they already know or want to explore for their assignments. By completing several illustrations and a storyboard by the end of the course, students will get a taste of illustrating and writing for children.


Instructor
  • Name: Cheryl Kirk Noll (Bio)