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Saturdays, Feb 29 - May 23 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-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, Feb 25 - May 19 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/14
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-NATUR-0928
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525


Description

As the final course before graduation for Natural Science Illustration certificate candidates, students utilize skills and techniques learned in previous courses to create work that integrates the natural subject and its environment in completed, mature compositions. Emphasis is placed on depicting subjects with highly accurate and scientifically correct information while showing individual interpretation and style. Selection of subjects are chosen from specimens at the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab. Advanced drawing and painting methods are reviewed and practiced as students work toward portfolio-ready pieces. Media is students' choice. Certificate students: Your instructor will schedule a final portfolio review date, independent of the scheduled class dates. 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.

Special Schedule: Class meets over the course of the 12-week term, with meetings established by the instructor at the beginning of the term. Students also work independently between class meetings.

Applies to: NS-R

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous courses in the Natural Science Illustration certificate program


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Bartlett Wright (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Feb 26 - May 20 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-NATUR-2286
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525


Description

How does one choose, mix and apply color to depict a natural object's form, structure, texture and pattern? This course helps students develop the means to achieve these and other representational goals. Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, students explore the principles of color while learning rendering techniques for colored pencil, watercolor and acrylic. Lighting is emphasized as a means of heightening the realistic qualities of a specimen. Plants, birds, insects and other animals are the subjects, but the objectives may include creating visuals for children's books and commissioned paintings, as well as publication in scientific journals. 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-R

Prerequisite: Drawing from Nature


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Bartlett Wright (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2020/CS-NATUR-2880
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $20


Description

Landscapes and the natural world are some of the oldest, most quintessential inspirations for artists; however, this subject matter can easily fall into cliché. Set at Tillinghast Place, this course allows students to search for answers and reinvigorate their connection to today's complex natural landscape, resulting in contemporary interpretations and representations. Students create imagery that reflects individual interests in nature -- both representational and metaphorical -- while using methods such as drawing, painting and collage in direct and immediate ways. Pencil, watercolor, ink and paper are some of the media used, and students are able to integrate their own media. Students generate quick and spontaneous images while investigating alternative ways to express themselves with image making. Bookmaking possibilities are also explored, as students compile a series of final images that reflect their unique and contemporary relationship with the natural world. Note: Work is done onsite (weather permitting).

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Molly Kaderka (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 7 - 8 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PNT-0506
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Mixed media is just that: mixing whatever material you want in whatever ways you want, with the most unexpected combinations often yielding the most interesting results. This, combined with an organic introduction to abstract approaches to working, allows for a great deal of experimentation and ultimately discovery in this intensive workshop. While the workshop facilitates practice and play to allow for individual discovery, directed exercises ensure a solid introduction to the possibilities of working with dry pastels, watercolor, ink and acrylic. Techniques for gluing, drawing, painting, cutting, layering, collage and assemblage -- using such materials as cardboard, ribbon, paper, fabric, graphite, photos, diagrams and maps -- are investigated. Once students become skilled at the techniques, they are encouraged to venture beyond traditional applications of methods and materials to experiment with new combinations. Work is done from observation, imagination and memory to trigger ideas and gain understanding of the process of abstraction.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Mara Metcalf (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 25 - May 19 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/14
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2020/CS-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)
Course Details

Mondays, Feb 24 - Mar 30 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PNT-1502
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $20 | model fee $20


Description

How to begin and sustain an oil painting is the focus of this course. Starting with an introduction to materials -- brushes, palettes, supports and mediums -- and a review of value, color theory and color practice, students proceed step by step to build confidence and skills. Painting begins using monochromatic (different shades of one color) techniques to introduce the novice painter to establishing a value structure in a painting while gaining confidence in paint handling. The concept of color is then broken into two sections: the first consisting of using a limited palette, exploring concepts of temperature (warm and cool) and limited saturation, and the second of a full spectral color palette. Essential issues of placement, scale, construction of space, composition and lighting are introduced. Throughout the class, different techniques are experimented with and then applied as students work from still life, architecture and the human figure. Each session begins with the development of thumbnails and color studies to establish the preliminary groundwork for making effective and dynamic paintings. 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: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Feb 26 - May 20 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PNT-1509
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | model fee $30


Description

Combining rendering skills, color and compositional elements to create unified paintings is the focus of this course. Consolidating skills acquired in Painting I: Elements + Processes, projects include making thumbnails and color studies to develop effective compositional structures. Students work from varied palettes to further their color knowledge and to understand its role in creating space. Context and composition are emphasized, as are cropping, editing, point of format, placement, edge and form in the construction of a painting. Using both direct and indirect methods of painting, students work from a variety of subject matter including still life, architecture and the figure as they examine context to suggest meaning. Students also begin to think about, develop and implement their personal visual direction. To support this process, students become immersed in the tactile aspect of paint, focusing on mark making, layering, scraping and glazing to create atmosphere and space. 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: PS-R

Prerequisite: Painting I: Elements + Processes


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Feb 28 - May 22 | 9:30am-12:30pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2020/CS-PNT-1571
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $20 | model fee $20


Description

Discover the world of abstract painting through the process of spontaneous markmaking, where each student focuses on creating paintings to express the essence and energy of an environment or object. Whether you choose to work with the urban landscape, gardens, still lifes or the figure, the process is about discovering your personal vision. Placing trust in your personal vision allows you to create paintings that are signatory rather than derivative. Participants also learn to use a variety of mediums and to integrate them into a total artwork. Note: Previous painting experience is helpful, but not required. 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: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Fossati (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 21 - 22 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PNT-1598
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Encaustic, an ancient technique used to create commemorative wax portraits in Roman and Egyptian art, is once again a popular medium for artists. Also called hot wax painting, encaustic is the process of creating an image from molten beeswax colored with pigments and then applied to a surface -- either wood, masonite or canvas. The wax cools in minutes, enabling the application of many successive coats. Smoothing and scraping the wax, painting between each layer, and using heat to bind the layers creates a finish with a lustrous enamel-like appearance. By working from both invented imagery and direct observation, students of all skill levels are encouraged to experiment and allow their paintings to evolve as they reheat and rework surfaces until the desired effect is achieved. 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: Taleen Batalian (Bio)