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Saturdays, Oct 28 - Nov 4 | 10am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-CHILD-1986
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

Explore how to produce multiple images, or "prints," from a single original surface. After a quick field trip to the RISD Museum or the Nature Lab for inspiration and sketching, you'll spend the day experimenting with various forms of printmaking, including monotype, monoprint, relief printing, drypoint and collagraph. You'll also learn about using the printing press, mixing your own inks, proper paper tearing and registration techniques. This class is designed for all skill levels.

Please provide a lunch, snacks and a beverage.


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Weibust (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Oct 9 | 10am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-CHILD-0289 ( Class is Full )
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $110 | lab fee $10


Description

Here's the chance for young 'toonists to get funny, silly or scary as they get serious about learning to create their own cartoon 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. So, when it's time to return to reality, students will have increased their confidence with both words and pictures, and had some rollicking good fun in the process.

Please provide a lunch, snacks and a beverage.


Instructor
  • Name: TBA (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 19 - Dec 12 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PRNT-4143 ( Class has Started )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of typography -- theory, practice, technology and history -- so that students can use it to their full advantage. Making crucial design decisions while gaining fluency with Adobe InDesign, students explore designing with type while composing single- and multipage documents, laying out page systems effectively, and using type styles to influence expression and communication. Topics include conceptual development, reinforcement of meaning, analysis of letter forms, typographic measurement, typeface classification, typesetting, using grid systems, establishing hierarchies for organizational clarity, and assessing document legibility. Hands-on class and homework assignments provide students with the skills and conceptual understanding that serve as a foundation for graphic design practice. Note: This course was previously titled Understanding Typography.

Schedule Update: The schedule for this course has changed since originally published. Class will now start Sept. 19, and end on Dec. 12.

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

Prerequisite: Graphic Form


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PRNT-2666 ( Class has Started )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Designed to expand students' understanding of basic typographic principles, this accelerated project-based course leads to greater confidence in graphic design practice. Students gain fluency with visual interpretation and the representation of language while being encouraged to think beyond traditional design methods. Assignments are sequenced to concentrate on issues of hierarchy, conceptual development, image/type relationships, and structural systems. Problem-solving skills and concepts developed in this course serve as a foundation for working with more challenging graphic design. Lectures, critiques and in-class explorations reinforce these concepts as students produce complete and sophisticated projects that become finished portfolio pieces.

Applies to: GR-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Graphic Structures + Systems


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Sep 30 | 10am-2pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-PRNT-4141
1 session | 4 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Thinking and making are the parallel competencies of thoughtful design practice, whether graphic, interior, advertising or web. Award-winning graphic designer and teacher Dina Zaccagnini Vincent will introduce the conceptual development phase of design workflow, which functions as the foundation for a successful project.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-FOUND-0520
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

Designed for the complete novice, this course is an ideal option for those looking for a starting point into art making. It is an introduction to the materials, techniques and concepts relating to visual communication and art-making processes. Beginning with observational drawing and moving on to basic 2D and 3D design concepts, students learn design elements and principles, and how they can be applied to all fields of design, from fine art to architecture. This course also includes a brief overview of Western art history to provide students with a context in which to understand and talk about art. Classes consist of lecture, studio projects and group discussions. Media explored include pencil, gouache, cut paper and crayon. By the end of the course, students develop the necessary vocabulary with which to talk about art and design, and a greater understanding and appreciation for how the visual arts enrich our everyday lives.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Oct 17 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-1493 ( Class has Started )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Description

Interested in learning to paint with watercolor? You'll master basics necessary to be successful -- including creating a wash, color mixing, color theory, various applications and techniques of watercolor, as well as the rules for composition and design. During class time, you'll apply these techniques as you work on paintings developed from your own photographic or drawing sources. 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.


Instructor
  • Name: Christine Herron (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Oct 26 - Dec 7 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-0235
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

Both compelling and at times mystifying, the medium of watercolor is broken down in this step-by-step introductory course. Students learn that producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. Along with planning and learning how to control paint, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore value, composition, and color theory as they learn the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered; as are washes, color lifting and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations and equip students with the skills and experience to use watercolor effectively to achieve lively results. 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 classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Oct 27 - Dec 8 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CF-PNT-0235-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

Both compelling and at times mystifying, the medium of watercolor is broken down in this step-by-step introductory course. Students learn that producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. Along with planning and learning how to control paint, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore value, composition, and color theory as they learn the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered; as are washes, color lifting and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations and equip students with the skills and experience to use watercolor effectively to achieve lively results. 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 classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-WOOD-0811 ( Class has Started )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $50


Description

If you've dreamed of combining personal expression with the utilitarian nature of woodworking, then this course is for you. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of woodworking such as measuring, marking, joining, carving and gluing. In the beginning, use of hand tools is demonstrated and then we advance to learning the safe operation of power tools including table saws, band saws, joiners, planers, drill presses and sanders. Demonstrations are given on carving, color and finishing, as well as steps for simple projects. The course is intended for students ranging from beginning woodworkers to those with some limited experience. Come prepared to work hard and have fun. 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: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Nicholas Ventola (Bio)