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Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-FOUND-1186-02 ( Class is 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: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2019/CF-ILUS-1735
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Explore the vibrancy, expressiveness and immediacy of the pastel medium in this course. Award-winning pastel artist Michael Evans explains and demonstrates techniques of using an underpainting of watercolor, oil paint and pastel with alcohol 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 using 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: Michael Evans (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/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

Tuesdays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-BOOK-2463
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.

Schedule Update: The dates for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet Tuesdays, Oct 22-Dec 3.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/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

Mondays, Oct 28 - Dec 9 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DWG-4137
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $60 | model fee $30


Description

Designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of figure drawing and anatomy, this course provides a solid understanding of how to begin drawing the human form in space. Students learn how to block out and establish the major structural masses of the figure and the 7 1/2 head proportional system; how to capture the gesture of a pose; and how to use line, light and shadow to convey form and suggest volume by observing how light moves across a form to accurately create illusionistic volume. Students gain familiarity with drawing terminology and concepts through lecture and drawing directly from a model. Poses vary from quick one- to two-minute gesture drawings to extended 20- or 40-minute poses by the end of class. This course is helpful for building all drawing skills regardless of subject matter.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Bartlett Wright (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-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.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Roonan (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 26 - Nov 23 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CHILD-2180
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: Rick Shiers (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Dec 7 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-1279
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $10


Description

Drawing magical beasts -- dragons, werewolves and unicorns, that is -- is only the start, as you learn about their origins and abilities, and their friends and enemies. In this illustration course you'll learn the fundamentals of sketching and character design using animal specimens in RISD's Nature Lab to better understand fur and feathers, scales and teeth. Observing the natural features of different animals and then combining them on paper in new and unexpected ways is the key to better drawings. After an exciting start in the Nature Lab you'll move into a computer lab to learn how Photoshop can make your magical animal kingdom even more fantastic.


Instructor
  • Name: James Frio (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 26 - Nov 23 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEEN-1771 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Great characters are timeless -- sometimes even epic. Illustrators and concept designers are charged with creating characters that are the heart of stories told in comic books, movies, video games and toys. In this course students acquire the hand drawing and digital skills necessary to develop memorable characters. Lessons topics include backstory development, anatomy, proportion, foreshortening and Photoshop workflow to make the creative process easier. A special emphasis is placed on techniques used to create non-human characters such as aliens, robots and anthropomorphic animals.

Applies to: AT, Y2, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Jesse Smolover (Bio)