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Illustration

Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 22 - 26 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-CAMP-2056
5 sessions | 35 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $10


Description

Explore storytelling through the visual and performing arts! Each day of camp, students venture out of the classroom to seek inspiration and backdrops for their own imaginative stories. In the RISD Museum young artists learn how painters, sculptors and designers use their art to tell tales. In the Nature Lab they'll sketch animals like clever foxes and greedy pigs that have been featured in stories from around the globe. Students will look through the RISD Library's collection of pop-up books, illustrations and cartoons. And, right at RISD's doorstep, they'll draw the historic architecture and bridges of Providence's riverfront. After each adventure, they'll return to the classroom to create their own stories, through bookmaking, puppet-making, mask-making and more!


Instructor
  • Name: Alexandria McKay (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 10 - 14 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | Tillinghast Place | 2020/SE-CAMP-3268
5 sessions | 35 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $20


Description

Many artists draw inspiration from objects found in nature -- not to mention the junk drawer! RISD's Tillinghast Place offers a treasure trove of objects, from cool rocks, shells and flotsam and jetsam on the beach to flowers and feathers in the fields. In this late-summer camp, students will comb the grounds of the farm and delve into the depths of their bedroom closets, toy boxes or junk drawers to collect treasures. Back in the studio, they’ll create innovative works of art that incorporate their found objects with traditional art materials and processes.


Instructor
  • Name: Cheryl Johnson (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 10 - 14 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | Tillinghast Place | 2020/SE-CAMP-3269
5 sessions | 35 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $20


Description

Many artists draw inspiration from objects found in nature -- not to mention the junk drawer! RISD's Tillinghast Place offers a treasure trove of objects, from cool rocks, shells and flotsam and jetsam on the beach to flowers and feathers in the fields. In this late-summer camp, students will comb the grounds of the farm and delve into the depths of their bedroom closets, toy boxes or junk drawers to collect treasures. Back in the studio, they’ll create innovative works of art that incorporate their found objects with traditional art materials and processes.


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 20 - 24 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-TEEN-1179
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Simply put, illustrations are pictures created in service to words. We find them on posters and in children's books, comics, movies, cartoons and video games. They’re among the most iconic images an artist can create. This course gives teen artists the chance to express their passion for drawing by learning to turn an editorial prompt into a two-dimensional visual reality. Pencil sketches, thumbnail drawings and compositional studies are later refined as gray-toned and full-color finished illustrations. Students learn to use dry and wet media as they create pictures that will make their portfolio shine.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Rick Shiers (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 10 - 14 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-CHILD-1262
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Cartoon animals come in all shapes and sizes: some are furry or feathered; others wear top hats, monocles or diapers. Some 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 personalities that will have them hopping off the page. The instructor first introduces some classic animal characters. Then, using simple drawing tools and techniques, students make their own unique critter creations.


Instructor
  • Name: Liz Goulet Dubois (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jul 8 - Aug 5 | 6-9pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-TEEN-1866
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | 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

Monday - Friday, Jun 22 - 26 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-TEEN-2019
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Your comic is done and now it needs color: Getting to know Adobe Photoshop is the 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 today's comic book pros.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 22 - 26 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-TEEN-2149
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


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: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 22 - 26 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-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: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 13 - 17 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-CHILD-2180-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Here's a chance for young cartoonists to get funny, silly or scary as they get serious about learning to create their own characters. Using basic pencil and pen-and-ink drawing techniques, students play with line and learn to experiment with personality on paper. Inspired by the rich tradition of cartooning found in children's books, comic strips and animated cartoons, young artists bring their most whimsical ideas to life.


Instructor
  • Name: Liz Goulet Dubois (Bio)