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Thursdays, Feb 27 - May 21 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PNT-2627
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $10


Description

Working within the framework of a classroom context and under the guidance of an instructor, this unique final studio allows students to pursue and develop independent projects in painting. The course aims to develop and shape a self-sustaining critical discourse around each student's emergent painting practice, as they gain the confidence to paint on their own, become self-directed and work independently as artists. A variety of critical frameworks are designed to introduce students to the social and historical precedents for their work, urging them to situate their practice in context. Students conduct research and design presentations on specific subjects pertaining to painting and its layered histories. The ultimate goal is to create and complete a body of work -- working in a series or sequentially -- that speaks to the objectives and content of the individual's personal visual language and ideas. Choice of subject matter and medium are decided by the student. During the first meeting, students formulate the direction of their work. Regular group critiques take place every two weeks and serve to enhance the scope of dialogue forming around each student’s work. 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. A final individual portfolio review is included at the end of the semester and will be scheduled with your instructor.

Applies to: PS-R

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous courses in the Painting Studies certificate program


Instructor
  • Name: Mara Metcalf (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Apr 18 - 19 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CS-PNT-4207
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

From Byzantine icons to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, egg tempera is one of the oldest and most radiant of painting mediums. The paint, a mixture of fresh raw egg yolk, water and pigment, shares properties of both watercolor and oils. Like watercolor, it allows for thin, transparent washes and rapid drying. Like oils, tempera can be built up in layers of luminous color. Additionally, each layer painted becomes water-resistant, so that one application of paint can be rapidly followed by another. The two layers don't mix -- allowing one color to appear through the other, giving it its unique quality of luminosity. The course includes demonstrations on both preparation of the paint and technical applications including brushwork and sponging. On the first day, students start with practice panels and work from an in-class setup. On the second day, work can be from an in-class setup in class or individual imagery. Pigment origins and their unique characteristics are discussed, and historical examples of work done in egg tempera are shown for students to see its breadth of visual possibilities.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Kathy Hodge (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Apr 6 - May 18 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/13
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PNT-4215
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $40


Description

No other subject has intrigued and confounded artists quite like the study of the human head. This course helps students develop key strategies for achieving a clear understanding of the head as a volume in space, which is essential to the construction and creation of a convincing portrait. The initial focus is on drawing basic geometric shapes for simplification and, as the class progresses, so does the complexity. Working from direct observation -- including measuring for proportions and structural landmarks for form and placement -- is accomplished first in drawing, then painting. The use of directional light to generate shapes and shadow helps to suggest form. Lectures on basic anatomy -- both the overall form of the head and the individual features -- complement observation. Oil painting is the medium used and paint mixing, palette construction, and color's expressive potential specific to the individual being portrayed are highlighted. A well-executed portrait shows both the physical likeness, as well as the character of the subject. Painting what is observed -- rather than simply attempting to make a portrait look like a person -- ultimately leads to a very convincing head. 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


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Feb 26 - Apr 1 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-PRINT-4403
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $20


Description

Japanese woodblock printmaking, a traditional thousand-year-old process, combines ink or paint and nori (rice paste) with hand-pressing techniques to create prints and -- distinct from Western techniques -- does not require a press. Students begin by practicing both carving techniques and printing with sumi ink. More advanced applications of color follow, including color gradation (bokashi) and making multiple block prints. Registration and numbering the prints are also discussed. To be true to the classic art form, design and composition are integral considerations in the development of individual imagery. Japanese prints exerted an enormous influence on the West, inspiring artists and -- as the prints were inexpensive and plentiful -- providing one of the first opportunities for affordable art collecting. 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


Instructor
  • Name: Kate Aitchison (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 21 - 22 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-TEXT-1977
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $25


Description

Students in this class make contemporary, wearable, sculptural needle-felted forms. The needle felting process uses a special barbed needle tool that entwines wool fibers and allows you to create soft, colorful and lightweight jewelry and sculptures. The felt forms are created from natural sheep's wool that is bound and interlocked by piercing the wool with a variety of barbed needle tools. Demonstrations and practice in silk thread embroidery are included in order to add narrative, linear embellishments to the work. The technique lends itself to making jewelry, functional and fine art objects that can be created at home with minimal materials and space.


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Xenos (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 25 - Apr 14 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-WOOD-0811
8 sessions | 24 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $50


Description

This course is for students who have dreamed of combining personal expression with the utilitarian nature of woodworking. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of woodworking such as measuring, marking, joining, carving and gluing. In the beginning, use of hand tools is demonstrated and then we advance to learning the safe operation of power tools including table saws, band saws, joiners, planers, drill presses and sanders. Demonstrations are given on carving, color and finishing, as well as steps for simple projects. The course is intended for students ranging from beginning woodworkers to those with some limited experience. Students should come prepared to work hard and have fun. 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: ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Nicholas Ventola (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Feb 29 - Apr 18 | 9am-1pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-WOOD-0837
8 sessions | 32 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $50


Description

This studio course focuses on the development and construction of furniture pieces through materials exploration and design iteration. Students first seek inspiration in raw materials, inventing innovative ways to employ them through quick studies. They then develop designs for three original pieces using sketches and simple models to communicate their ideas visually. Designs are progressively refined through group discussions focused on aesthetic concerns, use scenarios, ergonomics and production logistics. In the second portion of the course, participants construct one of their designs -- using basic woodshop tools or alternative materials and construction techniques -- depending on what works best for the design. Woodworking skills are useful but not required, as all necessary techniques are demonstrated. 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: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: TBA (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 5-8pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CS-WOOD-2877
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of working with wood using power and hand tools. Step by step, students learn the safe and effective use of machinery, and how to develop and execute a realistic plan/design for a simple piece. Students are introduced to ways of understanding wood, both in what to look for in selecting it and considerations when shaping it, work with table saws and sanders, and learn which machines are most effective in achieving their chosen project. Demonstrations and presentations further the learning. This hands-on introductory class helps students gain confidence with machines and working with wood and is ideal for beginners.


Instructor
  • Name: Wilson Lawrence (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Feb 26 - Apr 1 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-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

Tuesdays, Apr 7 - May 19 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/14, 5/5
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CS-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)