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Interior Design

Course Details

Sundays, Oct 13 - Nov 3 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PHO-1606
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Providence is a city rich in diverse architectural styles, from colorful and elegant residences to timeworn mills and merchant buildings. Appropriately, it is a miles-wide classroom for the investigation of photographic techniques, from the technical rudiments of exposure, focus and metering to the aesthetic decisions that inform compositional choices. The course begins with a historical presentation, accompanied by classroom discussion leading to assignments (in class and as homework), where students learn best practices that lead to better photographs of the urban landscape.

Applies to: ID-E, PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 12 - 20 | 9am-12pm/1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-1729
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Humans have been creating fabrics since the dawn of civilization. In this course, we consider the role of textiles, from luxurious velvet brocades to cotton matelasses, to the history of interior design and the decorative arts. With an emphasis on the burgeoning luxury trades catering to the royal courts of Europe to the importation of Indian print cottons, which revolutionized design, we take a journey from silk to linen while learning about the construction, style and the economy of textiles for use on furniture, as ornament and on windows and walls from the Renaissance to the present day.

Schedule Update: Class meeting times have changed since originally published. Class will meet on Saturdays, 10/12 and 10/19 from 9 am-12 noon and Sundays, 10/13 and 10/20 from 1-4 pm.

Applies to: ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Dec 1 - 8 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-1731
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $145


Description

Silver has provided artisans with the perfect medium for creative expression through the ages. This course examines the masterworks of silversmiths, including tableware, tea and coffee services, light fixtures and other decorative objects. Beginning with the exuberant productions of 17th-century French and German Baroque silver and continuing to work of Paul Revere and the creations of the Art Nouveau, this course explores the style and function of this most remarkable precious metal. Lectures outlining the history of silver will be complemented by a visit to the RISD Museum.

Applies to: ID-E, JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-4434
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

The bathroom has a daunting risk-to-reward ratio for the designer: When it is done well it is a triumph with a great return on investment (of both time and money). This course makes that space its focus as students first consider the code requirements and safety standards that inform every decision. A design brief is formed that considers mechanical, venting, plumbing and electrical systems. Proper material and fixture selections based on wants, needs and budgets include responsible use and manufacture, along with demolition and installation timelines. The age-old argument of form vs. function is revisited, with specific examples taken from good and bad solutions. Designing for human factors is always relevant as students draw and build physical models to realize their concept in a final presentation made to their classmates.

Applies to: ID-E

Prerequisite: Drafting + Rendering for Interiors


Instructor
  • Name: Kellie Suplicki (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 12 - Nov 2 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-2885
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Color, pattern and texture impact our perception and experience of a space. They are integral to almost all the objects within an interior space: furniture, furnishings, accessories and the interior architectural elements like walls, floors, ceilings and doors. Class begins with a brief introduction on establishing design intent, then an extensive discussion of color theories, color psychology and color perception, followed by exploration of pattern, scale and repetition in fabric, furnishings and accessories and, lastly, designing the boards. Hands-on class exercises follow class discussions on guidelines for combining patterns to create visual interest. This course provides a strong base for students to develop skills to blend materials and color palette for their design projects.

Schedule Change: The dates for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet Saturdays, Oct 12-Nov 2.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Rina Naik (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-4424-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This introductory course focuses on the process of design as it applies to interior spaces. Students build an acute awareness of core principles -- scale, proportion, light, circulation and progression -- as a means to create visual harmony. Functional, utilitarian, economic and safety requirements of interior spaces in an architectural framework are examined and students develop a process book that is a document of their new appreciation for lighting, acoustics, textiles and materials choices. Through exercises and a final project, students learn to apply the basic principles of visual design to interiors, and to better understand how form and function can be translated into practical designs for livable interior spaces.

Applies to: ID-R, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Rina Naik (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-4424-03
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This introductory course focuses on the process of design as it applies to interior spaces. Students build an acute awareness of core principles -- scale, proportion, light, circulation and progression -- as a means to create visual harmony. Functional, utilitarian, economic and safety requirements of interior spaces in an architectural framework are examined and students develop a process book that is a document of their new appreciation for lighting, acoustics, textiles and materials choices. Through exercises and a final project, students learn to apply the basic principles of visual design to interiors, and to better understand how form and function can be translated into practical designs for livable interior spaces.

Applies to: ID-R, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Rina Naik (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Oct 22 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-0559
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

This course will offer interior designers an in-depth look at working with textile companies. The basics of working directly with vendors will be covered, including how to open an account to receive wholesale pricing, and what the trade lingo (RGA, EOB or COM) is. The resources and information presented will provide students with the confidence and knowledge to walk into the showrooms of the Boston Design Center.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Oct 1 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-4426
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

In this course we discuss the color and style trends that are forecast to be prominent for the home furnishings industry over the next 18 months. We look at how trends start and their sources of inspiration, and examine how social, economic and ecological factors impact textile design and evolve into an aesthetic. We discuss how colors and textures seen in the world of fashion foreshadow what happens in home decor. Students view images from the prominent industry trade shows where trends debut, as well as take a behind-the-scenes look at international textiles mills to see how trends in color and design translate into textiles.


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Nov 6 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-4417
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

Interior designers use concept boards or "mood boards" as a means to communicate their vision through a collage of visual references. Swatches of fabric might be combined with paint color chips, images of furniture, drawings or a natural texture that, when combined, evoke the aura the designer intends for a space. In this course students explore the process of creating their own concept boards through considering the various aspects of composition, hierarchy, color, scale and tactility. Using the resources from the RISD Materials Library and other supplies, students create a series of boards based on assigned themes and lifestyles. Local designers also visit to share their experiences and expertise. Examples of a variety of concept boards are shown, discussed and critiqued. Discussions also address which aspects of the boards translate best in a digital format.


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
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