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Tuesdays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-0850
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course introduces students to significant developments in the history of design in Europe and America from 1900 to 2000. Along with an examination of a variety of object types, we will consider works within their social, cultural, political and economic contexts, taking into account materials, technology and theoretical debates. Major art and design movements considered include Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, the German Avant-Garde, American Streamlining, Post-War Machine Art and the International Style, Organic Design, Pop, and Postmodernism.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEXT-0851
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Surface design is the illustration and design of shapes organized into patterns that can be applied to textiles and fabrics, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, tile, metal, fiberglass and resin. Inherent to this process are putting patterns into repeats and exploring the range of repeat options. Color development and finishing techniques are also crucial considerations. Students in this course start from their own digital art or original artwork created by hand and use digital tools to make the surface design process easier. These digital tools allow greater freedom to develop repeats, change colors, and add unique effects to an original design. Lessons focus on workflow methods between analog and digital design, as students create patterns, simulate textures and craft colorways. Visualizing these designs on any three-dimensional object, be it ceramics, furniture, apparel or an entire room interior, is the exciting final step. Students exhibit their digital presentation skills for a final critique, showing a finished product line in their area of interest, accented by unique textures and patterns. Please note: In addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Schedule Change: The dates for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet on Wednesdays, Oct 23-Dec 4.


Instructor
  • Name: Katy Dika (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DWG-0853
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $20


Description

This class covers advanced topics in drawing for students who are interested in challenging themselves and advancing their drawing to a professional level. The workshop consists of slide lectures analyzing historical and contemporary master drawings, a discussion of materials and techniques, demonstrations, in-class drawing, and critique. The first day is spent drawing from a still-life setup, and the second day working from a model in an extended pose. Topics include value structure, mark-making, expressive contour lines, pentimento, linear vs. shape-oriented thinking, and technical vs. conceptual narrative.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E

Prerequisite: Drawing I or drawing experience


Instructor
  • Name: Mara Metcalf (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 10 - Oct 1 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0855
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Variety defines the urban landscape of Providence: Buildings of every style, from Federal and Victorian to Art Deco, line streets rich in architectural landmarks; houses, shops, factories and skyscrapers mark the skyline of a city that has grown over the centuries. This course explores the process of urban design in Providence from colonial settlement to industrial powerhouse and creative capital. Through a study of its intricate plan of roadways, squares, parks and preserved buildings, students will discover the visually complex and vibrant streetscapes of the city. The historical, social, cultural and artistic forces that shaped Providence will also be examined in classroom lectures complemented by walking tours of Benefit Street, Downcity and Broadway.


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 11 - Oct 16 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0856
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

What is the experience of presenting work in freehand vs. digital format, and how can engaging images be produced by blending the best of both? In this course we will compare digital and freehand rendering techniques used in architecture and interior design. We will visit setup techniques and explore the main tools for rendering using primarily Adobe Photoshop and SketchBook Pro. We will explore outcomes by analyzing different starting points on floor plans, elevations and perspective views, and will review how to add textural notes, landscape features, entourage, reflections and light sources. The course will culminate with a final project that showcases all the learning outcomes.

Applies to: ID-E

Prerequisite: Drawing I or equivalent


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 11 - Oct 16 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-WEB-0857
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

If you want a functional, user-friendly website for your business, hobby or other use, but thought it would be too difficult or expensive to achieve, this course is for you. We will explore different web building options, and build a site with WordPress, a leading content management system (CMS). The course will cover understanding the limitations of a code-free workflow, registering a domain name, selecting a web host and other service providers, identifying the desired features, finding low-cost options for e-commerce, planning the website architecture, and then actually building the site. You will be required to secure web hosting (preferably with a recommended provider), and will end up with a fully functional site.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Eric Dubois (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Sep 18 | 7-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0858
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

What name is more synonymous with what is now known as modern architecture than Le Corbusier? Few other 20th-century architects received as much praise -- or as much criticism. The Swiss-French architect was also a prolific painter, designer, and writer. Le Corbusier's ambition and philosophical dedication made him a pioneer of the architecture of the Modern Movement. His belief in the ability of architecture and design to create a sacred and spiritual environment pushed him to create work that would support better living conditions and revolutionize society through public housing projects, city planning, and public parks, in addition to private homes. His career was defined by self-study, travel, and meticulous preparation, and his work took him to Europe, Japan, India, and North and South America. This lecture will explore Le Corbusier's oeuvre, with special attention paid to his process and the development of his style over his five-decade-long career.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Sep 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-WEB-0860
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

This course will teach how to digitize artwork, whether 2D or 3D. Students will learn how to scan and retouch photos to avoid common issues like moire patterns and show-through, how to process large artwork, how to identify elements likely to cause an issue, and how to optimize files for print and web use. The course also reviews photographic methods to digitize large or three-dimensional work, basic color management concepts, and the difference between common image file formats.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Eric Dubois (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Oct 16 | 7-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0862
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

This lecture will begin to uncover the career and process of Mies van der Rohe, exploring his influence on the German avant-garde in the 1920s and 1930s and following him to Chicago at the outbreak of WWII. Van der Rohe was an innovative avant-garde architect and educator, as well as the last director of the Bauhaus, a seminal school in modern architecture. His work is characterized by clarity, simplicity, and free-flowing open space. His "skin and bones" architecture pioneered a transition away from the traditional neoclassical design of the early 20th century, abandoning all ornament and relying on modern materials like industrial steel and plate glass. He took interest in prefabricated steel structures and adaptable spaces, eventually transitioning to design a number of museums and private homes.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Nov 6 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PDM-0865
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

What is design thinking and how can it be incorporated in our day-to-day situations? How can we expand our creativity by introducing different directions into our thought process? In this course, we visit brainstorming techniques through role-play exercises in a team environment and learn how to gather meaningful data through a variety of simulations and activities. We also increase our dexterity by navigating the two- and three-dimensional worlds, with the creation of a variety of scale and full-size prototypes and presentation boards. We explore how to sketch quickly and effectively by analyzing different techniques, and learn the value of working on a team project and working through feedback. The course culminates with a presentation of research techniques, thinking processes and final outcomes.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)