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Course Details

Tuesdays, Jun 26 - Jul 31 | 6-9pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-0893
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320


Description

Not only beautiful, but elegant and possibly fierce women. Not only flora, but also exotic fauna. These are the subjects of the Art Nouveau style popularized in the artwork of Alphonse Mucha and Aubrey Beardsley. These artists are the inspiration for this illustration course where teen artists are given lessons in composition, line, proportion and pictorial space as they interpret editorial prompts to give deeper meaning to their pictures. Topics in character design, narrative and allegory are discussed as the project illustrations are critiqued in an authentic rehearsal of the art school experience.

Applies to: AT, Y2


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

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 21 - 22 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-ILUS-2849 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $30


Description

The world of plants is as beautiful as it is diverse. Spend a weekend taking a closer look at botanical specimens than you may ever have before. Whether working from cut flowers, dried leaves, or a spotted and bumpy gourd, students in this course create a botanical illustration of their chosen subject that captures its color, anatomy, composition and personality. Basics of plant anatomy and composition are discussed, as well as methods of adding perspective and drama to a painting. After creating and transferring a detailed pencil drawing of their specimens, students learn to apply watercolor with control and precision through layered applications. Colors and detail, applied with colored pencils, further enhance and clarify, and ultimately augment the work for added richness.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Alison Schroeer (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 30 - Aug 3 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-1866 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $5


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

Monday - Friday, Jul 9 - 13 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-1262 ( Class is almost Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $5


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, you'll learn to cartoon animals, creating their stories and giving them personality that will have them hopping off the page. The instructor first introduces you to some classic animal characters. Then, using simple drawing tools and techniques, you'll follow along to create your own unique critter creations.


Instructor
  • Name: Rick Shiers (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 23 - 27 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-1262-02 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $5


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, you'll learn to cartoon animals, creating their stories and giving them personality that will have them hopping off the page. The instructor first introduces you to some classic animal characters. Then, using simple drawing tools and techniques, you'll follow along to create your own unique critter creations.


Instructor
  • Name: Rick Shiers (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 23 - 27 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-3744 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $10


Description

American comics are filled with wild characters like musclemen, monsters, robots, villains and freaks, but you need more than a wild character to make a good comic book. It takes a story that, when combined with convincing pictures, draws the reader in and doesn't let them go. You'll learn from a published professional how to pull together all the components of great comic book creation: word balloons, captions, panels and personalities. Important topics such as character design, perspective drawing and page layout are considered and, in the end, you'll leave with a mini comic to share with friends and family.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Pekala (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 16 - 20 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-2019
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270


Description

Your comic is done and now it needs color: Getting to know Adobe Photoshop is the important next step. This course begins with the fundamentals of that program and quickly proceeds to structured coloring exercises, which allow black-and-white line art to take on full spectrum vibrancy. Text options and layout choices are also discussed as you practice aligning caption boxes and speech and thought balloons. In the end, your pages and characters are given new life as you learn the same workflow used by the most current generation of comic book pros.

Applies to: AT, YD

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning or Comic Book Creator


Instructor
  • Name: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 25 - 29 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-2149 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $30


Description

The computer is a dynamic tool for artmaking but, as with any other art material, you must learn how it can best contribute to the artmaking experience. Explore the artmaking potential of computers as you use Adobe Illustrator to experiment with digital drawing, painting and graphics in order to make original images for screen or print. Additionally, we explore the use of several Illustrator tools and practices to make comics, cartoons, CD covers and posters. Beyond mastery of relevant technical skills, the course focuses on content and the development of universal art foundations, thus giving you freedom to expand your portfolio.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 25 - 29 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-2921 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270


Description

Harry and Hermione may have wands, but you have the computer! Discover the secrets of digital magic that professional artists use to alter source material, such as photographs or scanned artwork. You'll create original work from preexisting sources and then, using the clever tools found in Adobe Photoshop, produce comics, CD covers, posters and more. You won't believe the digital wonders you can create!


Instructor
  • Name: Rachel Villari (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 6 - 10 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-2921-02 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270


Description

Harry and Hermione may have wands, but you have the computer! Discover the secrets of digital magic that professional artists use to alter source material, such as photographs or scanned artwork. You'll create original work from preexisting sources and then, using the clever tools found in Adobe Photoshop, produce comics, CD covers, posters and more. You won't believe the digital wonders you can create!


Instructor
  • Name: Rachel Villari (Bio)