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Wednesday, Nov 6 | 7-8:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARC-0866
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

Finnish architect, artist and designer Alvar Aalto's career spanned six decades and various media, including sculpture, textiles, and furniture as well as building design. Though his early work drew heavily from Nordic Classicism, he quickly adopted a more functionalist aesthetic as he traveled throughout Europe and familiarized himself with International Style Modernism. However, Aalto quickly developed his own stylistic approach -- what is now considered Scandinavian Modern -- wherein he combined a concern for natural materials, simplification of style, and an interest in technical experimentation. He adopted a more daring approach to modernism, introducing organic shapes and movement to his work that was often lacking in the pure modernism of Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius. Through this lecture, we will explore Aalto's career, focusing on his interest in the concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art), wherein the architect would design not only a building, but also the interior surfaces, furniture and decor, making sure all coalesced into one unified design.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 11 - Oct 16 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-1063
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Interesting and practical textiles are indispensable to an interior designer. This comprehensive course fully acquaints students with the vast range of textiles used in the field of interiors. From cotton jacquards to silk stries, we cover various constructions, designs, fibers, dyeing and printing processes, and loom types used to produce many of today's home furnishing textiles. Students learn how to select the proper designs, fiber contents, qualities and suitable applications. We learn what is considered traditional, transitional or contemporary based on fiber content, construction and color. We also learn about various window scenarios and discuss appropriate and creative solutions for today's challenging window styles. Last, but not least, students learn to properly measure windows and furniture in order to calculate yardages for workrooms and upholsterers.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/30
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-JEWEL-1132
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $50


Description

An intriguing piece of jewelry not only attracts the eye, but also complements its wearer or tells a story. In this course we move beyond appreciation to creation by learning the fundamentals of jewelry-making techniques, design and fabrication. A range of hand-tool processes is covered through practical exercises and imaginative concept-based projects. The non-technical side of the course focuses on idea development and the critical-thinking skills needed to realize a vision. On the technical front, we cover sawing, piercing, filing, annealing, soldering, texturing, cold connections, basic hollow construction, ring sizing and more. In addition, discussion of design, materials, jewelry history and alternative techniques is part of every class. Note: Students may purchase tool kits from the RISD Store 3D on the first day of class for $170. Students are expected to purchase metals for their projects, the nature and scope of which determine costs. 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: JM-R, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Taylor Heide (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 10 - Oct 15 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-FOUND-1186
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | 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: Karen Triedman (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-FOUND-1186-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | 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: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 11 - Oct 16 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-FOUND-1186-03
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | 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: Karen Triedman (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 11 - Oct 16 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-FOUND-1187
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $30


Description

Drawing is the simplest, most efficient and most accessible way to communicate visual ideas. This course, designed for the absolute beginner, focuses on development of hand-eye coordination -- required for all perceptual drawing -- to understand how to look and how to transcribe what is seen onto a surface. Students begin by learning to describe shapes with line, including exploration of line weight, direction and speed and then move on to value, investigating both additive and reductive ways of working and how to utilize the power of light and dark to create volume and space. As confidence builds, progress is made into more complicated subject matter and working out compositional decisions and strategies. Tools utilized include pencil, charcoal and eraser. Subjects include still life, architecture/space and a brief introduction to the figure. 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: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Robin Wiseman (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-WEB-1221 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

This course explores the design of compelling visual user interface solutions for mobile devices from concept to screen, resulting in clear prototypes to help designers better communicate with developers. Building on their existing knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, students use industry-standard prototyping tools for collaboration and workflow, as they generate content in the layout editor of their choice. Students design a fully realized prototype with every action area of consequence simulated in order to thoughtfully develop and test the user experience. Ultimately, critical reviews and usability testing will be enacted so that students experience a complete cycle of design, editing, testing, refinement and finalization of their fully developed user interface (UI) prototype.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-R

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-WEB-1227
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

This advanced course moves the web designer's skill set forward to seriously consider the end user experience and learn interactive wireframing for large interactive sites. To this end, students create functional specification documentation and data workflow maps for developers. Software tools like Omnigraffle are examined and put into practical use, leading students to the possibility of increased productivity. Throughout the course, the instructor discusses responsive design and asks students to consider how their site appears on multiple devices such as phones, tablets and desktop screens.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-R

Prerequisite: Interactive Design I: User Interface (UI)


Instructor
  • Name: Eric Paul Meier (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 10 - Dec 3 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PNT-1498
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $20


Description

Developed for students who have a basic foundation in watercolor painting and want to delve deeper into the medium and improve their skills, this course introduces more technique along with more complex subject matter. Instruction includes in-class demonstration and discussions, which provide students with a more focused consideration of higher-level issues of composition, color awareness, capturing light, and working through the "happy accidents" inherent to watercolor painting. Individualized help and critique provide students with consistent feedback for improving their paintings. An open forum environment allows the group to share what they've learned and address common issues, while experiencing this challenging and exciting medium. 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: NS-E, PS-E

Prerequisite: Watercolor: Introduction is recommended, but not required


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)