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Mondays, Sep 10 - Dec 3 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-DFOU-2532
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

The most popular vector graphics editor, Adobe Illustrator is essential when creating unique images and graphics that require a high degree of precision and scalability -- allowing an artist control of images as small as a bottle cap or as large as a billboard. Since the workflow is vector based, curves do not pixelate as they do in other graphics applications. In this course, you'll create illustrations and freeform sketches as you explore how this program makes it possible to acquire, trace and alter scanned images. You'll "learn by making" with in-class exercises and projects completed as homework. We'll discuss saving and output options, connecting the learning to the larger world of illustration, print, product and interactive design.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, NS-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Anne-Marie Byrd (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 12 - Oct 17 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-FOUND-1186-02
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, Sep 12 - Oct 17 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-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.

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

Tuesdays, Sep 11 - Oct 16 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-FOUND-1186 ( Class is almost 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

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
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 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, Aug 27 - 31 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-1866-02
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: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 27 - 31 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-CHILD-1262-03
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: TBA (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-ILUS-0848
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $10


Description

Combining dynamic images with evocative words is at the heart of the exciting process of illustrating and writing for children's books; this course provides a comprehensive introduction to both. Essential elements are explained and discussed, including design, pagination, character creation and concept development, material and medium exploration, color palette, storyboarding and the book dummy. Assignments augment the learning and focus on building confidence with different mediums, working independently and reinforcing material covered in class. Watercolor is introduced as a medium, but students may also choose media they already know or want to explore. While a variety of texts are presented for assignments, students may bring their own manuscripts to work on within the context of assignments. Emphasis is on giving students options and the freedom to choose their texts, develop their own characters and work from their ideas to fully realize the potential of illustrating and writing for children.


Instructor
  • Name: Cheryl Kirk Noll (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 10 - Oct 15 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-BOOK-2463-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $40


Description

Collage is a tremendously versatile technique for both commercial illustration and fine art as it allows artists at all levels to express themselves, both seriously and fancifully, using found objects, recycled and everyday materials to create original works. Students begin their exploration with a brief slide-illustrated survey of collage from its origins through the work of 20th-century masters like Picasso, Schwitters and Bearden, to contemporary photo-illustration. Through demonstration, exercises and assignments, the class reviews such different techniques as mosaic, cut paper, textured surfaces and photomontage. Students expand their vocabulary of color, texture, shapes and marks as they explore the extraordinary expressive potential of collage.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)