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Saturday + Sunday, Nov 4 - 5 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-1499
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | model fee $20


Description

All aspects of a powerful painting hinge on a carefully considered composition. The design of a painting is as important as the subject matter, and includes the separate elements of color (both value and temperature), shape and space working together to add up to a cohesive whole. You'll learn to identify and establish the all-important point of view, and engage in exercises including making thumbnails and quick color studies to identify direction and value, and work out possible color structures. Use of a viewfinder and learning to crop and frame for maximum visual effect is discussed. Spatial strategies are suggested for helping to create depth. The course includes review of the mechanics of palette set-up, format choices and brush handling. You will work from your thumbnails and studies as you build toward complexity, making adjustments to build a unified painting. 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: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Wynne (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 29 - Dec 10 | 10am-1pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-DWG-1734 ( Class is almost Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $100 | model fee $30


Description

An open studio environment is an ideal opportunity for extended practice, skill building and experimentation. Join us for this informal instruction drawing situation, in which you can work from the model in a variety of timed situations. There will be a facilitator to manage the model and classroom, but there will be no guided exercises, critiques or agenda during the sessions. Participants are free to use their choice of materials, as long as they adhere to RISD health and safety guidelines. Note: The room is a regular drawing studio, so no oil painting is permitted.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Oct 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-WEB-4043 ( Class is Full )
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75


Description

Find out how to improve your visibility on search engines for your business (brand) and the things you have to sell (service/products/art). In this workshop lead by acclaimed digital marketer Chris Sheehy, you'll get an in-depth look at the top factors that impact your online visibility, touching upon the most vital elements to online digital marketing. You'll explore how business citations boost local visibility, how to perform keyword research, image/video/podcast optimization, how to set up analytic tools to track your website performance, and discover the top five website changes that can boost your online visibility. You'll also discover if Google AdWords is right for you.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Chris Sheehy (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-APP-3079
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $15


Description

This course reinforces sewing skills learned in Sewing: Introduction, adding more sewing stitches and seams while sewing garments. We learn about different stitch types, more sewing techniques, and the impact of fabric types and qualities. In addition to keeping a sample sewing notebook, students start the first two sessions sewing a choice of simple pajama pants, pull-on shorts, or pull-on skirt. We then progress to constructing two medium-level garments -- a top or shirt -- and then a garment with a side or back zipper. At the end of the final session, we hold a group discussion and critique of our finished work. Some sewing experience is required. Note: Students must bring their own sewing machine to class; required sewing accessories/tools are indicated in the supply list. 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.

Schedule Update: The schedule for this course has changed since originally published. Class will now meet on Mondays, Oct. 23 - Dec. 4, 7-10pm.

Prerequisite: Sewing: Introduction or equivalent skills.


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Dec 3 - 10 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1731
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $130


Description

Silver has provided artisans with the perfect medium for creative expression through the ages. This course examines the masterworks of silversmiths, including tableware, tea and coffee services, light fixtures and other decorative objects. Beginning with the exuberant productions of 17th-century French and German Baroque silver and continuing to work of Paul Revere and the creations of the Art Nouveau, this course explores the style and function of this most remarkable precious metal. Lectures outlining the history of silver will be complemented by a visit to the RISD Museum.

Applies to: ID-E, JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Nov 8 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1732 ( Class is Full )
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75


Description

For most artists, working from photographs is unavoidable -- in fact, photography can be an invaluable tool when used correctly. This workshop covers the benefits and pitfalls of drawing and painting from photo references, and reveals how to avoid the most common mistakes. We'll touch upon distortion and color correction; and explain why good photographs usually make bad paintings, and how to take your own successful photo references. Any fine artist or illustrator who uses photo references can benefit from this workshop. While it is especially useful for portraiture and figurative work, the concepts learned can be applied to landscapes or any other subject matter.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 28 - Dec 9 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEEN-2179-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $10


Description

Cartooning is the art of creating characters with outrageous personalities and memorable names like SpongeBob, Groot, Calvin and Bugs. They come in simple shapes and are drawn with dynamic lines and always have fascinating stories. This course is about telling those stories as students learn to create wild characters who are musclemen, monsters, critters and cuties. Students learn to use the drawing tools essential to the art form, how to hand letter a gag, a thought or a holler to show words and pictures coming together.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: James Frio (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 28 - Dec 9 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-CHILD-2135 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $15


Description

Based on the fundamentals of design and engineering, this exciting course focuses on the playful, but well-considered, use of materials. With unique opportunities for brainstorming and problem solving, each lesson brings a new design challenge creating art with a purpose for play or prototypes for futuristic contraptions. Participants use real hand tools and work with a variety of materials like wood, recycled items, Legos, paper, cardboard, metal, rubber bands, wire and fabric. As they have fun drawing, experimenting, testing and building, students increase their scientific awareness, gain knowledge of the design process and build upon both two- and three-dimensional design skills.


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 28 - Nov 11 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-NATUR-1877
3 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

Most people have a collection -- a collection imbued with emotion and memory. Whether mementos from travels, times with loved ones, or our childhood, these treasures remind us of our past and connect us to the present. Random objects like feathers, pebbles, stamped postcards, books, glass jars, shells, and even insects may seem insignificant to most, but they have a personal meaning to the collector. Students in this course work from their individual collections, learning how to arrange the objects into a strong composition from which to work. They may also use specimens from the RISD Nature Lab -- such as butterflies, beetles or turtles -- as natural additions to the personal treasure set-ups. We also cover how to properly light the set up. Work is done from life. Once students have made their preliminary drawings, they then introduce color in the medium of their choice. All levels are welcome.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


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

Saturdays, Oct 28 - Nov 4 | 10am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-CHILD-1986
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

Explore how to produce multiple images, or "prints," from a single original surface. After a quick field trip to the RISD Museum or the Nature Lab for inspiration and sketching, you'll spend the day experimenting with various forms of printmaking, including monotype, monoprint, relief printing, drypoint and collagraph. You'll also learn about using the printing press, mixing your own inks, proper paper tearing and registration techniques. This class is designed for all skill levels.

Please provide a lunch, snacks and a beverage.


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Weibust (Bio)