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Tuesday, Jan 29 | 6:30-8pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PRAC-0174
1 session | 1.5 contact hours | tuition $60


Description

We generally think of contracts as lengthy and incomprehensible documents used only in significant transactions. However, whether running your own studio, working for someone else, or just occasionally doing commission work, the reality is that you are forming and entering into contracts every day, often on nothing more than a handshake basis. Just as often, technicalities and details of the transaction are not worked out in advance, leading to misunderstandings and disagreements as deadlines loom. A good contract can go a long way toward eliminating these potential pitfalls. In this course, you learn that you don't need to be a lawyer to improve your contracting skills. The basics of contracting are covered: what a contract is, how to create one, and how to go about determining what it should say.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Steve McDonald (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-ARTA-9014
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Within 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. Accessing 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 challenged to let go of preconceptions and encouraged to experiment, play and make. Ways to trigger ideas and accelerate individual creative practice are emphasized. The class is ideal for students looking to invigorate their life and fuel their art practice.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 15 - 22 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus + Off-Campus | 2019/CW-INDES-0557
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $145


Description

Join a professional home furnishing textiles designer for an inside look at the construction of custom draperies. The first session will offer insights into the design process of the home furnishings business that will make you a sharper consumer and design professional. The features of a custom drapery will also be covered. The second meeting, a workroom tour, will be a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of window treatments that are appropriate, beautiful, well-constructed, and suited to a customer's needs, with such considerations as pattern repeats, serged seams, hems, linings, and choice of heavy, mid-weight and sheer fabrics. Note: This class meets on-site at a local workroom; directions are sent to registered participants.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jan 19 - 20 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-ANIM-0560
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Cutout animation is a form of stop-motion animation using flat characters, props and backgrounds cut from paper, card, stiff fabric or even photographs. Animators divide characters into segments, piece together the individual cutout shapes and move them in small steps, taking a picture at each step -- with a film camera capable of taking single pictures -- to create the illusion of movement. This direct connection between brain and hand is central to cutout animation's spirit and allows the animator to rely on their intuition and experience to achieve the action. In this workshop you'll learn the fundamentals of frame-by-frame animation and the roots of two-dimensional field practice, explore direct under-the-camera techniques, develop the art of visual storytelling and ultimately produce your own short film.

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Zoe Mathewson (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-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, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-ILUS-2202 ( Class is almost Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

How did Snow White move from fairy tales to animated films and then on to be reinterpreted in video games and live-action television? Find out in this must-have course for creators of children's books, comics and cartoons, where you'll explore how to visualize a character from narrative prompt to illustrated reality. Beginning with an editorial description, you'll use historical, anatomic and cultural references to sketch and develop the look, feel and personality of archetypal characters. You'll also become acquainted with the strict legal guidelines that govern all "licensed characters" (think Spider-Man or the Grinch), as well as with professional ethics surrounding work for hire.

Applies to: AN-R, GR-E

Prerequisite: Drawing I


Instructor
  • Name: Jennifer Hrabota-Lesser (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-CHILD-2783
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Take the first step into computer-based design with Sculptris, a kid-friendly 3D modeling tool. Activities will ignite your imagination and connect to your existing interests like video games and animation. Get excited to learn more about artistic creation, computer science and 3D visualization!


Instructor
  • Name: Carlos Cruz (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jan 7 - Feb 18 | ONLINE
ages 18+ | Online | 2019/CW-PDM-0192
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425


Description

This online course incorporates a variety of media, substrates and techniques, providing students with the confidence to render and draw effectively. As each rendering technique is introduced, students apply their newly acquired skills to 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, incorporating orthographic views, varied materials and surface textures, light sources, and dimensionality. The course provides a foundation for any designer who wishes to improve their projects by enhanced rendering and sketching and communicating better visually with clients, vendors and other designers. Note: This course satisfies the Drawing + Rendering for Product Development (course 0383) requirement for students enrolled in the Product Development + Manufacturing certificate program.


REQUIREMENTS SPECIFIC TO THIS COURSE:


Design Skills:

  • Basic drawing competency, either manual or digital
  • Basic ability to render by hand


Technical requirements:

  • Access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection
  • Access to a scanner
  • Access to image editing software such as Pixlr, Sumo Paint, GIMP (free), Photoshop, Corel Paintshop, Affinity Photo, etc.
  • Access to a 3 megapixel or better digital camera (many smartphones now have at least a 5 megapixel camera)


Computer Skills:

  • How to scan using Photoshop
  • How to retouch images using Photoshop or other image editing software
  • How to tile work if it needs to be scanned in sections
  • How to photograph work with a digital camera
  • Students must scan their work before the class meets online, so that they can share their work with other students for critique. This requires access to a computer with Photoshop (or similar software) installed and a scanner, so students can digitize and then retouch their work.


Applies to: IT-E, PM-R

Prerequisites: Basic skills in drawing (manual or digital), Photoshop, digital camera and hand rendering.


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jan 10 - Feb 14 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-DWG-2260
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $25


Description

Building on skills acquired in Drawing I, this next-step course is designed to further strengthen and refine drawing and compositional abilities. Students explore the descriptive and expressive manipulation of materials such as charcoal, graphite pencil, pen and ink, conte crayon, and colored media, while learning to create more volumetric and spatial drawings through the use of value and composition. In the process, students work from still lifes, interiors and models as they consider gesture and contour, planar analysis, foreshortening, proportion, and volumetric rendering of forms. Ultimately, students develop confidence approaching a wide variety of subject matter as part of a well-composed drawing. 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-R, PS-R

Prerequisite: Drawing I


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Feb 9 - 23 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-TEEN-2445
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $175 | lab fee $10


Description

The space fantasy genre has origins that date back to the pulp magazines and comic strips featuring Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, but some of the best examples are found in the conceptual design for movies and video games. With lessons in hand drawing, figurative anatomy, proportion and perspective, this course provides the opportunity for students to sharpen their drawing skills while creating characters and settings that are both original and imaginative. Along the way, they can expect to become familiar with the cyborgs, exotic aliens and earthshaking weaponry that have become traditional in creations like Star Wars, Overwatch and the Marvel cinematic universe.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Jason Robert LeClair (Bio)