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Saturdays, Sep 16 - Dec 9 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ANIM-2506
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Before ideas can be expressed as motion, aspiring animators must understand the underlying elements (keyframes, fields, level) and accompanying principles (cycles, sync, timing) that are specific to the art form. This course is for artists willing to explore frame-by-frame moviemaking techniques with greater commitment. 2D animation workflow best practices are reinforced in every lesson, as students use digital tools to complete weekly assignments leading to a self-directed final project. Historical examples of metamorphosis, cycled movement and the illusion of gravity are presented to so that students better understand this unique storytelling medium.

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

Prerequisite: Animation: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: Eric Kilkenny (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ANIM-2832
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Storytelling is at the heart of the animator's art form and the focus of this advanced studio course, which gives students an opportunity to build narrative, frame by frame. Lessons are given context by viewing clips that illustrate concepts like sound sync, cycling and gravity on the animated form. The instructor provides story and character prompts that students use to build storyboards, then animatics and, finally, a short sequence in the medium most appropriate for their tale. Drawing assignments and self-directed work continue the learning outside the classroom. Throughout the course, the emphasis is first and foremost on creating a compelling narrative that will shine in a show reel.

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

Prerequisite: Animation I: Ideas into Motion


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Gormley (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Sep 17 - Oct 22 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ANIM-1721
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

Tell your story with movement! As an animator your challenge is to embody a static drawing with the illusion of life, making that doodle crawl, march, dance or soar. But where do you begin if your sole experience with animation is "Angry Birds"? This course is your introduction to the art form, using digital tools that make the learning accessible and immediately gratifying. The instructor reveals the workflow and explains the mechanics that allow separate and distinct drawings to be sequenced so that they flow together. In-class exercises and homework demonstrate core principles such as cycles, levels and squash and stretch. By the end of the course you will complete a short movie, built frame-by-frame, and gain artistic confidence.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Carissa Abitabilo (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 29 - Dec 10 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-COM-3517
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

Great animated storytelling begins with a strong vocal performance that is paired with compelling character designs and credible lip sync. Expanding upon the rudiments learned in Animation: Introduction, students in this course initiate an original character design and enhance it with motion studies, expressions and lip sync practice. A lesson in audio recording technique provides the source monologue that students build upon as they give the talent a new visual identity that is designed, drawn and pencil tested using the Photoshop timeline. When to gesture, pause, rant or rave are all worthy of contemplation as students create the illusion that their original characters are speaking and behaving in a frame-by-frame world.

Applies to: AN-E, IT-E

Prerequisite: Animation: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: Carissa Abitabilo (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Oct 18 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-FOUND-1186 ( 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: Carlotta Miller (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 25 - Dec 6 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-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: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 29 - Nov 19 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PHO-1606
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


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 pictures of the urban landscape photograph, suitable for public display or personal documentation.

Applies to: ID-E, PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 14 - Oct 19 | 6:30-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1728
6 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

The 21st Century is witness to new forms of experimentation at the crossroads of art and politics in the form of events, actions, happenings, campaigns, interventions and movements. This is usually considered Activist Art: activist in that it produces, defines and critiques notions of community, and creatively intervenes in public spheres. In this course, we'll study the ways in which art and activism interplay. A combination of practical experimentation, case study analyses and theoretically grounded reflection characterizes the framework of this course. We consider new media (digital), old media (silkscreen, stencil, knitting), performance and collaborative processes in relation to individual practice as applied to activist activity. Note: This is not a studio course.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dorothee King (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 29 - Dec 10 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1730
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

From Medieval manuscripts to Matisse and Magritte, this course offers a stimulating introduction to the history of Western art over the last millennium. With an emphasis on the practice and purpose of art through this era, the course provides a context for contemporary art making, as well as a general appreciation for art. Through slide lectures and other audio-visual material, readings, in-class discussions and weekly visits to the RISD Museum, the dialogue focuses on changes in artistic practices, shifts in the function of art and the impact of patronage on art and architecture. We also discuss the development of museums, collecting and display across this period. Students leave the course with a greater awareness of the heritage of Western art and, most importantly, a rediscovered pleasure found through looking closely at objects in new ways.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzanne Scanlan (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 16 - Oct 21 | 1-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-CHILD-1266
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $5


Description

The art studio is where artmaking happens! Students are introduced to a variety of art media and basic art concepts, processes and skills. Drawing, painting, printmaking and constructing in 3D all combine to heighten children's imagination and sensory awareness. This course lays a broad-based foundation on which young artists can build their creative ideas and expressions. Trips to the RISD Museum and the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab provide inspiration for studio projects.


Instructor
  • Name: Barbara Voccola (Bio)