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Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 3 - 4 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/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

Monday, Nov 12 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-TEEN-1866 ( Class is almost Full )
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


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 cartooning 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

Saturday, Dec 1 | 10am-4pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2018/CF-TEEN-2446
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $120


Description

Caricature involves taking a person's distinctive features and deliberately exaggerating or recomposing them to create a comic, or grotesque, effect. Its evolution from traditional portraiture has been a steadily moving process, which has resulted in many incarnations and interpretations. Because of its detachment from reality and its roots in humor and satire, caricature gives an artist a wonderful sense of freedom. This is the perfect workshop for students who want to expand their cartooning or illustration skills.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Liz Lomax (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 20 - Nov 10 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CHILD-2447 ( Class is almost Full )
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $10


Description

This fast-moving digital media course explores the amazing potential of vector graphics. Students will use the powerful and surprisingly intuitive graphic program Adobe Illustrator to experiment with digital drawing and graphic illustration, and make original images for screen or print output. They'll begin by learning the application’s interface, proper file management, editorial workflow and shortcuts, and practice screen agility with a tablet. Very quickly students will move on to drawing posters, portraits and their favorite birds and beasts (giraffe, octopus, the family pet?). It is the first steps to graphic design proficiency and digital ninja-ness.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/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

Mondays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-DWG-2240
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $25


Description

This course provides many tools for the artist who wishes to depict the human form with confidence and precision. Students will merge conceptual knowledge gained through lecture with perceptual knowledge gained through drawing, to create artistically dynamic and anatomically accurate figures. By plotting anatomical landmarks on the volumes of the figure, establishing a proportional system, and uniting exterior contour with interior anatomical structures, students develop a set of figurative principles that can be applied to any figure in any position. Artists at all levels of experience stand to benefit from this course.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2018/CF-ILUS-1735 ( Class is almost Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Explore the vibrancy, expressiveness and immediacy of the pastel medium in this course. Nationally-recognized pastel artist Michele Poirier Mozzone explains and demonstrates techniques of using an underpainting of watercolor, alcohol or oil paint 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 utilizing 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: Michele Poirier-Mozzone (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Nov 3 - Dec 8 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-TEEN-2179
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Cartooning is the art of creating characters with outrageous personalities and memorable names like SpongeBob, Groot, Calvin and Bugs. They come in simple shapes and are drawn with dynamic lines and always have fascinating stories. This course is about telling those stories as students learn to create wild characters who are musclemen, monsters, critters and cuties. Students learn to use the drawing tools essential to the art form, and how to hand letter a gag, a thought or a holler to show words and pictures coming together.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Pekala (Bio)
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