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Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 11 - May 23 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-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.

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Roonan (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-CHILD-2447
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 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 begin by learning the application’s interface, proper file management, editorial workflow and shortcuts, and practice screen agility with a tablet. Very quickly students 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.


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 27 - May 18 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-TEEN-3982
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $10


Description

Where the Wild Things Are, Eloise, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Jumanji: What brings these books to life? The answer lies in this course, where students create characters and combine words and pictures to create original illustrations. They explore the art and business of children's book illustration -- including character development, establishing a setting, and text and image relationship. The materials and techniques are discussed as students begin in black and white but move quickly to full-color illustrations with paint and ink. By the end of the course, students will have completed one cover design and a two-page painting appropriate for their artist's portfolio.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Rick Shiers (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-ILUS-2873
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Children's books captivate and guide a child into an imaginative universe by combining dynamic images with evocative words. This course provides an introduction to both. The fundamentals of illustrating for children are explained and discussed, from design, text integration, character creation and color palette, to concept development and storyboarding. Texts are provided for all assignments; however, students may bring their own manuscripts to work on within the context of assignments, and are encouraged to develop their own characters and work from their ideas. Assignments are presented and critiqued weekly. Some classroom instruction is provided in watercolor as a medium, but students may also choose media they already know or want to explore for their assignments. By completing several illustrations and a storyboard by the end of the course, students will get a taste of illustrating and writing for children.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


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

Wednesdays, Apr 10 - May 22 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DWG-0518
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $30


Description

This immersion into both the anatomical analysis of the human form and the visual concepts of drawing enables students to make strong, confident figure drawings grounded in a solid understanding of the form from the inside out. Drawing begins with an exploration of gesture and an instinctive response to the figure in space. Lectures in skeletal anatomy deepen the student's visual understanding and appreciation. With this foundation, students graduate to more volumetric drawing based on planar realizations. A crucial part of this process is the observation of models, plaster casts, anatomical diagrams and the skeleton. Ultimately, learning the major muscle groups and their action on the skeleton enhances investigation of the dynamic human form in space. Issues of proportion, composition, perspective, planes, volume, shape and weight are considered. Art historical references develop appreciation for the important place of the figure in art.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-FOUND-1186-02 ( 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

Tuesdays, Apr 23 - May 28 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-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.

Schedule Update: The start and end dates for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet April 23-May 28.

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

Saturday + Sunday, May 4 - 5 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DWG-2230
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $25


Description

Throughout history, artists have studied the anatomy of the face to enhance the accuracy and volume of their drawings. This workshop is of interest to fine artists, illustrators and anyone interested in drawing the face. We focus on understanding facial and skull proportions, action and use of specific muscles, and how musculature lying close to the surface lends form and beauty to the face. Sensitivity to line quality and capturing expression are also emphasized. Students use calipers, pencil and paper to draw from skulls, flayed plaster models and a live model. Experimentation with Renaissance drawing techniques enhances students' ability to define three-dimensional space in portraiture. Note: Previous drawing experience is helpful but not required, as varying skill levels are accommodated.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 1-4pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-FOUND-1186-04
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.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

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

Friday, Jul 5 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CAMP-0429
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Draw, create, and master Pokemon! This studio art class is for young cartoonists who want to better understand the 700+ characters and creatures that comprise the Pokemon universe. The course begins with tutorials in the drawing basics that contribute to the "pocket monster" style, and explores how this style has been interpreted as the franchise has moved from video games and anime to manga and cards. Lessons in interpretative animal anatomy are presented in the RISD Nature Lab to illustrate the relationship between the natural world and the game's cartoon animal kingdom. Students learn to handle traditional drawing media as they complete exercises and turn sketches into drawings and finally illustrations contributing to the pop culture phenomenon of Pokemon.


Instructor
  • Name: James Frio (Bio)