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Mondays, Sep 11 - Oct 16 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-1502 ( Class has Started )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | model fee $20


Description

How to begin and sustain an oil painting is the focus of this class. Starting with an introduction to materials -- brushes, palettes, supports and mediums -- and a review of value, color theory and color practice, students proceed step by step to build confidence and skills. Painting begins using monochromatic (different shades of one color) techniques to introduce the novice painter to establishing a value structure in a painting while gaining confidence in paint handling. The concept of color is then broken into two sections: the first consisting of using a limited palette, exploring concepts of temperature (warm and cool) and limited saturation, and the second of a full spectral color palette. Essential issues of placement, scale, construction of space, composition and lighting are introduced. Throughout the class, different techniques are experimented with and then applied as students work from still life, architecture and the human figure. Each session begins with the development of thumbnails and color studies to establish the preliminary groundwork for making effective and dynamic paintings. 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, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Oct 18 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ADV-0694 ( Class has Started )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

What can online marketing accomplish for you or your business? Have you established reasonable and specific goals for your marketing? Answers to these questions are found in this class that examines the types of online marketing available to entrepreneurs and Web professionals -- search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, and the most rapidly evolving, social media marketing. Together we cover the steps involved in planning, researching and executing each step and then discuss metrics and analytics for measuring success. Students are also introduced to the concept of user experience (UX), which has become both a competency and primary consideration for a successful Web presence.

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

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience.


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Ryan (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 29 - Dec 10 | 10am-1pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-DWG-1734
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $100 | model fee $30


Description

An open studio environment is an ideal opportunity for extended practice, skill building and experimentation. Join us for this informal instruction drawing situation, in which you can work from the model in a variety of timed situations. There will be a facilitator to manage the model and classroom, but there will be no guided exercises, critiques or agenda during the sessions. Participants are free to use their choice of materials, as long as they adhere to RISD health and safety guidelines. Note: The room is a regular drawing studio, so no oil painting is permitted.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CF-PNT-4213 ( Class has Started )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $25


Description

Pablo Picasso said, "There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." How to actually remove traces of reality and move toward abstraction is the challenge. This course -- through a series of exercises involving abstracting from nature, collage and moving from macro to micro -- offers a variety of solutions, experiments and problem-solving strategies to trigger ideas. Working with line, shape, color and composition, consideration is paid to visual concerns (such as pictorial space) and paint quality, as well as underlying conceptual issues. Oil paint is the preferred medium, but other paint choices are discussed and selected relative to individual experience and interest. Students progress at their own pace, while they loosen their hold on literalness, and discover new means of depiction and expression that lead to the development of an "artistic vision." Note: Previous painting experience is helpful, but not required.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-1740
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $20


Description

This course explores the multifarious painterly languages of abstraction -- both material and pictorial. We take an in-depth look at the history and emergence of abstract painting as a dominant art form of the 20th Century. Through a variety of directed assignments students are asked to explore new material languages, processes and definitions for what constitutes an image or a painting. Students are exposed to a variety of contemporary artists working in abstraction, and students work toward developing a personal abstract language. Some oil painting experience, including having taken Painting and Abstraction, is highly recommended for this course. 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: PS-E

Prerequisite: Some painting experience and PNT-4213, Painting and Abstraction


Instructor
  • Name: Martin Smick (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-1507 ( Class has Started )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | model fee $20


Description

A comprehensive introduction to the painting medium and development of effective painting strategies are the goals of this class. Building on skills and concepts of drawing, design, composition, applied color, and materials and techniques acquired in the core level, students apply knowledge, learn processes and gain skills as they learn to make vibrant paintings. Exercises and projects give students confidence with the process of paint handling and color mixing. Initially, painting is monochromatic (lights and darks of one color) to understand value and then students progress toward a limited palette to understand temperature and saturation of color, ultimately transitioning to a full, spectral palette. The essential elements of painting including composition and point of view, and scale and space are continually considered. Subject matter could include still-life, architecture, landscape and nature, as well as the figure. Throughout the course, references to the traditions of painting are highlighted. 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: PS-R

Prerequisite: Core level


Instructor
  • Name: Marian Smith (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 16 - Oct 21 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEEN-2249 ( Class has Started )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $15


Description

Painting is an art of illusion; pigment on surface creates the suggestion of form, space or sometimes simply emotion. At the foundation of this illusion is the understanding of how color and light are seen and manipulated by the artist. Using a range of paint media including acrylic and watercolor, you'll develop an understanding of the relationship between color, light and the choices you make in your paintings by exploring subjects including still life, interior space and the figure. This is an excellent course for developing both painting skills and a critical understanding of basic color theory.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Sep 15 - Dec 8 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CF-PNT-1536 ( Class has Started )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $15


Description

What elevates a painting from mere exercise to work of art? Join us to develop a range of techniques for using oil and acrylic paints as you learn basic painting skills. Through class assignments, students investigate the properties of oils and acrylics; the expressive qualities of compositional elements; how to work with brushes, palette knives, paints and media; and techniques for paint application, from underpainting and glazing to impasto. Students work from many sources, including direct observation, drawings and reference material. Throughout the course, group and individual critiques enable students to develop their personal strengths as they cultivate individual styles.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Fossati (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 14 - Oct 19 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CF-ILUS-1735 ( Class has Started )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

Explore the vibrancy, expressiveness and immediacy of the pastel medium in this course. Nationally-recognized pastel artist Michele Poirier Mozzone explains and demonstrates techniques of using an underpainting of watercolor, alcohol or oil paint 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 utilizing 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: Michele Poirier-Mozzone (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 16 - Oct 7 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 9/30
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PHO-1878 ( Class has Started )
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $185


Description

Black-and-white photography has been a mainstay of representation throughout the history of the medium, offering a wide range of personal interpretation of subject matter that is not possible within the faithfulness of representation that color often demands. This course acknowledges technological advances to a medium with origins in the silver printer's darkroom, as students learn how to use digital workflow to interpret a de-saturated world. Through lectures covering history, demonstrations in post-processing, and helpful critique, students gain insight and confidence in their own ability to see through the camera and produce compelling black-and-white images.

Schedule Update: The dates for this course have changed. Class will now meet Sept. 16 - Oct. 7 (no class 9/30).

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, PG-E

Prerequisite: Photography: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)