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Thursdays, Jun 20 - Aug 1 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PDM-0379
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Contextual research is the study of people in their natural environments in order to better understand their needs, which then informs product development decision-making and activities. As the basis for a robust user-centered design process, students are introduced to various methods of contextual research including interview techniques, observation methodologies and interpretation of findings. Students learn through short lectures and hands-on projects how to conduct relevant and useful research. In the end, students will recognize the importance of research in the product design process and will have the confidence and knowledge to run their own research projects in the future.

Applies to: IT-E, PM-R

Prerequisite: Product Development + Manufacturing: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: Isabelle Yisak (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 19 - Jul 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PDM-0380
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Understanding and selecting materials is a crucial part of the product development process, whether building prototypes or designing for manufacturability. This course introduces students to various materials through hands-on activities, relevant demonstrations and engaging lectures. Students leave the course with an understanding of different materials and their properties, an introduction to manufacturing processes, and the ability to manipulate materials to visually communicate ideas.

Applies to: PM-R


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jun 17 - Jul 22 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PDM-0383
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

This course includes the use of a variety of media, substrates and techniques, providing students with the confidence to render and draw effectively. As each rendering technique is introduced, students are able to apply their newly acquired skills to in-class exercises, critiques and weekly assignments that advance in complexity. The work ranges from quick ideation sketches and rapid visualization to the creation of fully rendered images with markers, pencils and pastels. The course provides a foundation for any designer who wishes to incorporate rendering and sketching into their projects and to communicate visually with clients, vendors and other designers.

Applies to: PM-R

Prerequisite: Product Development + Manufacturing: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jun 18 - Jul 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PHO-1647
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course for new and amateur photographers introduces ways of seeing through the lens and illuminates the underlying two-dimensional design issues and visual concepts hidden within the photographic image. Through weekly assignments and critiques, students explore ways to use photography and photographic conventions for their unique personal expression. Lessons include the technical operations like focus, shutter speed and aperture common to all cameras, and how they influence artistic choices. Whether students are interested in traditional or digital photography, this course provides a strong foundation for any subsequent photographic pursuit.

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


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jun 20 - Aug 1 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PHO-1647-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course for new and amateur photographers introduces ways of seeing through the lens and illuminates the underlying two-dimensional design issues and visual concepts hidden within the photographic image. Through weekly assignments and critiques, students explore ways to use photography and photographic conventions for their unique personal expression. Lessons include the technical operations like focus, shutter speed and aperture common to all cameras, and how they influence artistic choices. Whether students are interested in traditional or digital photography, this course provides a strong foundation for any subsequent photographic pursuit.

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


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Thursday, Jun 27 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PHO-1662
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Do you have a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera but feel unsure about how to use it effectively? This workshop is for you if you have little or no experience using a DSLR and want to gain a basic understanding of how to use it to maximum advantage. We cover everything from initial setup and deciphering the camera's menus and settings, to making accurate exposures and dealing with focusing and white balance issues. We also explore the different options available for controlling lighting in various situations. You'll leave with a newfound confidence in handling the DSLR and producing consistently pleasing images. Note: Please bring your camera, its instruction manual and a willingness to learn to this fast-paced introductory workshop.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jun 22 - Jul 27 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2019/SE-PHO-3089
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Scenic Rhode Island is the perfect canvas for the landscape photographer in the summer season. This course is an introduction to the state's waterways, beaches and marshes as subject and classroom. Students review ways to engage subject matter, exploring qualities of light, line, pattern, texture and color that combine to become the most successful photographic composition. Throughout the experience students experiment with lenses, filters and improvised lighting as they capture images. Students should bring a familiar camera, a sturdy tripod and wear comfortable shoes -- as well as a sense of adventure, ready to engage with the natural world. Note: This course meets at various off-campus locations (including Tillinghast Place).

Applies to: AN-E, ID-E, NS-E, PG-E

Prerequisite: Photography: Introduction or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jun 20 - Aug 1 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-0235
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

Both compelling and at times mystifying, the medium of watercolor is broken down in this step-by-step introductory course. Students learn that producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. Along with planning and learning how to control paint, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore value, composition, and color theory as they learn the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered, as are washes, color lifting and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations and equip students with the skills and experience to use watercolor effectively to achieve lively results. 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 classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Richard Marthers (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 13 - 14 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-0346
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Using a more controlled and illustrative approach to painting with watercolors, students in this workshop gain confidence and skill through comprehensive demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Techniques include brush control, applying flat and gradated washes, masking and layering to create form. Students experiment with different papers and effects, including wet in wet, dry brush, lifting and texturing. The essential issues of color mixing, composition and value are addressed through quick studies, progressing toward larger color pieces. The instructor provides subject material, and students are encouraged to work from their own sources.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Cheryl Kirk Noll (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jun 29 - 30 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-1500
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $25


Description

Acrylic paint dries very quickly, requiring a "medium" to keep it consistently fluid and workable. The acrylic paint section of any art store can be overwhelming, however, with virtually hundreds of mediums too expensive to experiment with and too time consuming to fully explore. This weekend intensive workshop breaks down the "goo" by introducing techniques and approaches for enhancing and expanding the acrylic painting experience. Students are introduced to glazing and glazes, building texture and surfaces, extending color, and creating opaque and transparent effects. Students also learn to use tools such as brushes, scrapers and mat knives in different ways. Experimentation and risk-taking are encouraged, enabling students to create a finished panel or canvas piece while gaining the confidence to choose mediums for individual projects. 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: Mara Metcalf (Bio)