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Wednesdays, Apr 12 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-1186-02 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | 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

Monday - Friday, Jul 24 - 28 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-0462
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $10


Description

Thor vs. Loki, Hercules vs. Cerberus, Beowulf vs. Grendel -- among many of the featured players in your favorite movies, games and comic books -- came to fame long ago, as the heroes and villains of myths and legends. Illustrators, animators and game designers spend endless hours reimagining these heroes and legends as thrilling retakes of these popular stories. In this digital illustration course, you are challenged with reinterpreting these characters in your own style and, in the process, you gain a better understanding of drawn anatomy and dramatic perspective, as well as greater confidence with computer-based workflow. Your suite of characters promises to grow quickly, ready for display in your comic book art or game design portfolio.

Applies to: AT, Y2, YD

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-3744
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | 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 into the page and doesn't let them go. You'll learn from a published professional how to pull all the components of great comic book creation -- word balloons, captions, panels and personalities -- together. Important topics such as character design, perspective drawing and page layout are considered and, in the end, you'll leave with a finished book to share with friends, family and, with luck, possibly even a big shot comic book publisher.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 7 - 11 | 10am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-3744-02
5 sessions | 30 contact hours | tuition $490 | 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 into the page and doesn't let them go. You'll learn from a published professional how to pull all the components of great comic book creation -- word balloons, captions, panels and personalities -- together. Important topics such as character design, perspective drawing and page layout are considered and, in the end, you'll leave with a finished book to share with friends, family and, with luck, possibly even a big shot comic book publisher.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 24 - 28 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-3744
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 into the page and doesn't let them go. You'll learn from a published professional how to pull all the components of great comic book creation -- word balloons, captions, panels and personalities -- together. Important topics such as character design, perspective drawing and page layout are considered and, in the end, you'll leave with a finished book to share with friends, family and, with luck, possibly even a big shot comic book publisher.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Gormley (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 1 - 8 | 10am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-1208
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

Bart Simpson, Bugs Bunny, BB-8 and King Boo: Some of the most popular video games, comic books and animated films wouldn't be the same without these tricksters. Join us this April Fools' Day to learn about this important character archetype and the process of design that makes them better visually. In this drawing class, you'll learn not only about proportion, gesture and cartoon anatomy, but also the motivations, hopes and fears that cause fictional characters to behave as they do -- to drive other characters crazy and, sometimes, even save the day!

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday - Friday, Jul 5 - 7 | 10am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-2149
3 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | 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 26 - 30 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-CHILD-2921
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270


Description

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, Jul 17 - 21 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-CHILD-2921-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270


Description

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

Thursdays, Apr 13 - May 25 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CS-DWG-2260
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | model fee $25


Description

Building on skills acquired in Drawing I, this next-step course is designed to further strengthen and refine drawing and compositional abilities. Students explore the descriptive and expressive manipulation of materials such as charcoal, graphite pencil, pen and ink, Conte crayon, and colored media, while learning to create more volumetric and spatial drawings through the use of value and composition. In the process, students work from still lifes, interiors and models as they consider gesture and contour, planar analysis, foreshortening, proportion, and volumetric rendering of forms. Ultimately, students develop confidence approaching a wide variety of subject matter as part of a well-composed drawing. 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-R, PS-R

Prerequisite: Drawing I


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin Lufkin (Bio)