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Tuesdays, Nov 3 - Dec 15 | 5:30-8:30pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-WOOD-2877 ( Class is Full )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400 | lab fee $45


Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of working with wood using power and hand tools. Step by step, students learn the safe and effective use of machinery, and how to develop and execute a realistic plan/design for a simple piece. Students are introduced to ways of understanding wood, both in what to look for in selecting it and considerations when shaping it, work with table saws and sanders, and learn which machines are most effective in achieving their chosen project. Demonstrations and presentations further the learning. This hands-on introductory class helps students gain confidence with machines and working with wood and is ideal for beginners.

Notes:
- This in-person course will be taught at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI.
- With the return of our in-person classes at the Westerly Education Center, RISD CE and the WEC are keeping with the most recent guidelines from both the RI Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read and review WEC’s COVID-19 health and safety policy.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.


Instructor
  • Name: Wilson Lawrence (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-ILUS-3580 ( Class is Full )
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

From Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are to Audubon's naturalist watercolors, to Mike Mignola's Hellboy creation, illustration encompasses many approaches to making pictures tell stories. This course introduces the fascinating relationship between image and text, and investigates the multi-faceted process of interpreting and translating words into pictures. Projects are designed to ignite the imagination, help students gain skills and gather information they need to begin illustrating. Students are able to tailor projects to their specific interests and work at their own pace. Considerations of composition, medium, personal style and ways to draw and hold viewers' attention are part of the discussion and examples are given. Additionally, the business side of illustration, including the art of marketing and pitching your work to publishing houses, is addressed. Drawing experience at a proficient level is highly recommended -- Students should have Drawing I or Drawing: Introduction competencies.

Notes:
- This is an asynchronous online course with no live class sessions or set meeting times. The course will include video presentations, detailed tutorials and discussion forums. Assignments will be sequenced so that one leads to the next and will include project deadlines. Students receive individualized support for idea development and critique of work. To keep pace with the course, students should expect to log in daily to CE Link, our online course management platform.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: NS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Roonan (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Nov 4 - Dec 16 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-ILUS-3580-02
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400 | lab fee $25


Description

From Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are to Audubon's naturalist watercolors, to Mike Mignola's Hellboy creation, illustration encompasses many approaches to making pictures tell stories. This course introduces the fascinating relationship between image and text, and investigates the multi-faceted process of interpreting and translating words into pictures. Projects are designed to ignite the imagination, help students gain skills and gather information they need to begin illustrating. Students are able to tailor projects to their specific interests and work at their own pace. Considerations of composition, medium, personal style and ways to draw and hold viewers' attention are part of the discussion and examples are given. Additionally, the business side of illustration, including the art of marketing and pitching your work to publishing houses, is addressed. Drawing experience at a proficient level is highly recommended -- Students should have Drawing I or Drawing: Introduction competencies.

Notes:
- This is a hybrid course: In-person sessions at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI are complemented by online coursework including discussion boards, demonstrations and tutorials. 6-session classes will meet in-person three times, on the first, third and last weeks of the course on Wednesdays, Nov 4, Nov 18 and Dec 16, and the other sessions will be conducted online. Some classes, at the discretion of the instructor and students’ availability, may meet more often in person as needed.
- The online component of class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link) and video conferencing platform (Zoom).
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.
- With the return of our in-person classes at the Westerly Education Center, RISD CE and the WEC are keeping with the most recent guidelines from both the RI Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read and review WEC’s COVID-19 health and safety policy.

Applies to: NS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Roonan (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 17 - 18 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-PNT-4207
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $305 | lab fee $30


Description

From Byzantine icons to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, egg tempera is one of the oldest and most radiant of painting mediums. The paint, a mixture of fresh raw egg yolk, water and pigment, shares properties of both watercolor and oils. Like watercolor, it allows for thin, transparent washes and rapid drying. Like oils, tempera can be built up in layers of luminous color. Additionally, each layer painted becomes water-resistant, so that one application of paint can be rapidly followed by another. The two layers don't mix -- allowing one color to appear through the other, giving it its unique quality of luminosity. The course includes demonstrations on both preparation of the paint and technical applications including brushwork and sponging. On the first day, students start with practice panels and work from an in-class setup. On the second day, work can be from an in-class setup in class or individual imagery. Pigment origins and their unique characteristics are discussed, and historical examples of work done in egg tempera are shown for students to see its breadth of visual possibilities.

Notes:
- This in-person course will be taught at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI.
- With the return of our in-person classes at the Westerly Education Center, RISD CE and the WEC are keeping with the most recent guidelines from both the RI Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read and review WEC’s COVID-19 health and safety policy.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Kathy Hodge (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Nov 3 - Dec 15 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-PNT-4213-02
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400 | lab fee $40


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.

Notes:
- This is a hybrid course: In-person sessions at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI are complemented by online coursework including discussion boards, demonstrations and tutorials. 6-session classes will meet in-person three times, on the first, third and last weeks of the course on Tuesdays, Nov 3, Nov 17 and Dec 15, and the other sessions will be conducted online. Some classes, at the discretion of the instructor and students’ availability, may meet more often in person as needed.
- The online component of class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link) and video conferencing platform (Zoom).
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.
- With the return of our in-person classes at the Westerly Education Center, RISD CE and the WEC are keeping with the most recent guidelines from both the RI Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read and review WEC’s COVID-19 health and safety policy.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-PNT-4215
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400 | lab fee $15


Description

No other subject has intrigued and confounded artists quite like the study of the human head. This course helps students develop key strategies for achieving a clear understanding of the head as a volume in space, which is essential to the construction and creation of a convincing portrait. The initial focus is on drawing basic geometric shapes for simplification and, as the class progresses, so does the complexity. Working from direct observation -- including measuring for proportions and structural landmarks for form and placement -- is accomplished first in drawing, then painting. The use of directional light to generate shapes and shadow helps to suggest form. Lectures on basic anatomy -- both the overall form of the head and the individual features -- complement observation. Oil painting is the medium used and paint mixing, palette construction, and color's expressive potential specific to the individual being portrayed are highlighted. A well-executed portrait shows both the physical likeness, as well as the character of the subject. Painting what is observed -- rather than simply attempting to make a portrait look like a person -- ultimately leads to a very convincing head. 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.

Notes:
- This is a hybrid course: In-person sessions at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI are complemented by online coursework including discussion boards, demonstrations and tutorials. 6-session classes will meet in-person three times, on the first, third and last weeks of the course on Mondays, Nov 2, Nov 16 and Dec 14, and the other sessions will be conducted online. Some classes, at the discretion of the instructor and students’ availability, may meet more often in person as needed.
- The online component of class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link) and video conferencing platform (Zoom).
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.
- With the return of our in-person classes at the Westerly Education Center, RISD CE and the WEC are keeping with the most recent guidelines from both the RI Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read and review WEC’s COVID-19 health and safety policy.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 7 - 8 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-DWG-4496
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $305 | lab fee $10


Description

A portrait is so much more than just eyes, nose and mouth. In this workshop, the head -- including the skull -- is considered as a whole. The initial focus is on the anatomy associated with the human head. Students then work independently to gain skill in observing the relationship of the facial features to each other and to the overall whole, as well as to surface fluctuations created by muscle, skin folds and age. Students study and draw the head from multiple vantage points and angles, as they learn to measure, assess proportional relationships and consider the head as a volume. The use of lighting to create drama, volume and depth is considered in the process of learning to render what is actually seen in order to create a very convincing portrait.

Notes:
- This in-person course will be taught at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI.
- With the return of our in-person classes at the Westerly Education Center, RISD CE and the WEC are keeping with the most recent guidelines from both the RI Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read and review WEC’s COVID-19 health and safety policy.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-ARTA-9008
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

Ever imagined curating your own art exhibition? A show of other artists work? Or even just your personal collections? The words "curator," "curated," "curatorial," etc. appear everywhere; in this course we begin to define what exactly they mean related to art and art objects and how they align with your own objectives. The course helps you access your first ideas and work on the subsequent selection process to narrow your focus and actualize those ideas. Additionally, designing support materials for PR and print advertising, online and social media are discussed. Students are introduced to the scholarly infrastructure for background research for exhibitions. While curating for a museum or gallery takes years of study and experience, learning to train your eye and utilize some of the basics of curatorial practice outlined in this course is a valuable skill with applications to many contexts. The course concludes with a hands-on exercise in setting up an exhibition space, lighting, the handling of art, and dealing with insurance.

Notes:
- This is an asynchronous online course with no live class sessions or set meeting times. The course will include video presentations, detailed tutorials and discussion forums. Assignments will be sequenced so that one leads to the next and will include project deadlines. Students receive individualized support for idea development and critique of work. To keep pace with the course, students should expect to log in daily to CE Link, our online course management platform.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Carolyn Gennari (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 24 - 25 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-ARTA-9014
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $305


Description

A fully supportive and constructive environment for the artist and non-artist alike, this workshop helps students tap into their creative energy, generate new ideas and develop new ways of working. Individual creativity begins by diving right in through a series of hands-on exercises designed to work with unconventional mark-making tools and prompts that focus on speed, attention, and reaction. Students are given these prompts and then work independently. Gathering back in an interactive Zoom meeting, work is shared with the group and discussed. Students are challenged to let go of preconceptions and encouraged to experiment, play and make. Ways to trigger ideas and accelerate individual creative practice are emphasized. If you are looking for a class to invigorate your life and fuel your art practice, this is ideal.

Notes:
- This synchronous online class will meet live at the specified date and time in Eastern Time, and be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link) and the video conferencing platform (Zoom).
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-PHO-0625
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

Still life—a work of art that depicts ordinary inanimate objects either natural or man-made—as subject matter has origins in oil painting. The genre has also become a powerful means of telling compelling visual narratives through photography. This course is not a technical studio course: emphasis is on developing imagery with the power to tell both simple and sophisticated stories of a more personal and narrative nature. Work is focused on developing a conceptual approach to choosing, composing, illuminating and photographing set-ups. An introduction to the still life genre will consist of looking at current and historical practitioners, along with discussion about the technical aspects of lighting and settings. Students are given various exercises to execute, using things they have at home, working toward individual narratives. Each week there will be a new assignment and then students will share what they did with the group the following session. Each student in this class will create their own blog; the blog will serve as the means to look at everyone’s work as well as a repository for capturing each individual approach to photographing still life.

Notes:
- This is an asynchronous online course with no live class sessions or set meeting times. The course will include video presentations, detailed tutorials and discussion forums. Assignments will be sequenced so that one leads to the next and will include project deadlines. Students receive individualized support for idea development and critique of work. To keep pace with the course, students should expect to log in daily to CE Link, our online course management platform.
- A camera with manual controls that can be mounted on a tripod is recommended.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: Sally Bozzuto (Bio)