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Saturdays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-1741
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $40


Description

Known today as alternative photographic processes, these early processes (some a century old!) can be used to create striking, unconventional photographic images. This course covers antique processes such as cyanotypes, kallitypes, salt prints and gum bichromates. Using simple overhead transparencies we'll create basic digital negatives and contact print them onto hand-coated emulsions, and then use daylight to expose the prints. Images can also be made without photographic negatives by drawing on acetate (cliche-verre) or laying objects directly on the coated papers (photograms) and then exposing. These processes are excellent foundations for post-production experimentation such as hand coloring and collaging or as stand-alone photographic works of art. Students will create unique works of art while enhancing their understanding of the science and history hidden behind the art of photography.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Robert Sansone (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 18 - 19 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-DWG-2230
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | 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 Lufkin (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Mar 3 - May 26 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-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: Brandon Strathmann (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Mar 1 - Apr 5 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-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 class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (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

Wednesdays, Apr 12 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-1186-02
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 class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (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

Wednesdays, Mar 1 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-COM-2844
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

How do you experience a space? Find the door and walk on in -- except if the environment is virtual. In this architectural simulation course the instructor introduces the 3ds Max interface and workflow used to create full-featured building interiors and exteriors. Students model furniture, windows, doors, ceilings and surfaces to make spaces more believable. Additional technology is part of the instruction as students use V-Ray materials and lighting to create physically accurate renderings. Animated element libraries turn visualizations into simulations. Techniques for rendering assets, including those found with SketchUp, AutoCAD and Revit (previous experience not required), are also discussed as students create more complex and aesthetically pleasing virtual reality compositions.

Applies to: AN-E, ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Matthew E. Paquin (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 4 - Apr 8 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-2299
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $30


Description

From the battlefield to the playing field and everywhere in between, we have equipped our everyday heroes and our superheroes with some of the most amazing gear. Discover the design and building strategies behind the construction of protective and decorative armor. You'll learn the ins and outs of making mockups and prototypes that include material science and engineering lessons that are equal parts product design and cosplay. When it all comes together, STEM becomes STEAM with a capital "A" for ARMOR.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Jason Robert LeClair (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 23 - Apr 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 3/30
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARTA-9010
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

This class looks at and considers images made by female artists, as well as works commissioned by and for women, between the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment. Despite challenges and in opposition to the traditional art historical narrative, women have been and continue to be integral to the institution of art. As recent scholarship shows, daughters, wives and sisters were important and productive members of artists' workshops that produced paintings, sculpture, prints and household furnishings. Female patrons commissioned grand buildings and public memorials as well as small decorative items. Women have also not only been sources of inspiration, but they have also heavily contributed to the art canon as art historians and art critics. Here, we discuss women from various social classes and their contributions to the visual and material culture of Europe across four centuries.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzanne Scanlan (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 13 - May 25 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARTA-9011
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

This course surveys female artists from the 19th Century to the present, with a particular emphasis on American art and local Rhode Island production. While Georgia O'Keefe and Mary Cassatt may be household names, few women have been given large museum exhibitions and many are lost in the historical record. Here, we focus on women from Boston, Provincetown and Providence as well as recent graduates of RISD such as Kara Walker and Roz Chast to shed light on issues of gender in the contemporary art world and to illuminate their important contribution to the world of art -- despite challenges and in opposition to the traditional art historical narrative. Visits to the RISD Museum augment the experience as students see actual work in the context of a museum and other artwork.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzanne Scanlan (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 1-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-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)