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Tuesdays, Feb 28 - May 23 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-2214-02 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | model fee $30


Description

Drawing is an essential means of communicating, and central to every artist’s and designer's practice. This class is a more rigorous and sustained introduction to the drawing medium. Drawing I students begin learning to define shapes and forms with line: investigating weight, direction and speed through gesture, contour and planar analysis. Then moving on to value, using both additive and reductive ways of working, they learn to utilize the power of light and dark to create a sense of texture, volume and space. Spatial systems, including perspective, are investigated as well as fundamentals of composition to construct dynamic imagery. Measuring and attention to negative space are essential skills used and reinforced throughout the learning process. Transcribing what is seen or imagined into visual form utilizing multiple approaches -- from note taking to rendering to diagramming and sketching -- is explored. The class is structured around demonstrations, guided exercises, and sustained drawing of varied subject matter including still-life, landscape, architecture and the human form. 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: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, JM-R, JM-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 28 - May 23 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-2214-03 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | model fee $30


Description

Drawing is an essential means of communicating, and central to every artist’s and designer's practice. This class is a more rigorous and sustained introduction to the drawing medium. Drawing I students begin learning to define shapes and forms with line: investigating weight, direction and speed through gesture, contour and planar analysis. Then moving on to value, using both additive and reductive ways of working, they learn to utilize the power of light and dark to create a sense of texture, volume and space. Spatial systems, including perspective, are investigated as well as fundamentals of composition to construct dynamic imagery. Measuring and attention to negative space are essential skills used and reinforced throughout the learning process. Transcribing what is seen or imagined into visual form utilizing multiple approaches -- from note taking to rendering to diagramming and sketching -- is explored. The class is structured around demonstrations, guided exercises, and sustained drawing of varied subject matter including still-life, landscape, architecture and the human form. 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: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, JM-R, JM-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Robin Wiseman (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 13 - May 25 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CS-DWG-2260
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | 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 class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-R, PS-R

Prerequisite: Drawing I


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin Lufkin (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Apr 1 | 10am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-CHILD-1277
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $110


Description

Spend a full day exploring the RISD campus, drawing your discoveries all along the way. Activities will include drawing at the RISD Nature Lab, RISD Museum and, weather permitting, outdoors along the waterfront.


Instructor
  • Name: Tiffany Mendez (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, May 13 - 14 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CS-NATUR-2210
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $25


Description

Using Blithewold Mansion and its grounds as the setting, this class introduces students to drawing the landscape using different drawing tools to express different parts of the landscape: rocks, foliage, water, trees and a variety of background forms. Students learn different ways to simplify composition and become familiar with a four-value system to suggest form, light, shadow, distance and mood. They also learn ways to create small intimate drawings that suggest a variety of spatial situations, cloudscapes and interesting atmospheric effects. Note: A materials list is sent to registered students. 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. Class meets at an off-campus location; directions are sent to registered participants.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Harley Bartlett (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 28 - Apr 4 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CS-FOUND-1187
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | model fee $30


Description

Drawing is the simplest, most efficient and most accessible way to communicate visual ideas. This course, designed for the absolute beginner, focuses on development of hand-eye coordination -- required for all perceptual drawing -- to understand how to look and how to transcribe what is seen onto a surface. Students begin by learning to describe shapes with line, including exploration of line weight, direction and speed and then move on to value, investigating both additive and reductive ways of working and how to utilize the power of light and dark to create volume and space. As confidence builds, progress is made into more complicated subject matter and working out compositional decisions and strategies. Tools utilized include pencil, charcoal and eraser. Subjects include still life, architecture/space and a brief introduction to the figure. 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: Robin Wiseman (Bio)
Course Details

Sunday, May 21 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CS-PHO-3087
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75


Description

Flying, remote-controlled cameras are all around us (for better or for worse). If you want to strive for the better, this class can help you understand this complicated new mode of imaging. The instructor introduces the elements of the drone experience in a presentation that gives participants an understanding of terminology and a basis for comparative shopping. Imaging formats, copter designs and control differences are explained, as well as the regulatory policies that are in place to keep our skies and privacy safe. Presentation becomes demonstration as the experience moves outdoors to RISD's Tillinghast Farm to see a drone in action and its experienced pilot/photographer ready to answer your questions.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Cate Brown (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 27 - Jun 1 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CS-PHO-0366
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

The digital revolution in photographic imaging is more than simply underway -- it's won, but maybe you need a little nudge to make the move from film to digital. If you're a photographer eager to understand the basics of digital workflow while sharpening your compositional eye, then this introductory course is the ideal opportunity. You'll begin with the rudiments of camera operation and handling to increase your confidence as you complete weekly assignments that build upon one another. These pictures are reviewed during class time in a focused critique led by your instructor, with participation by your classmates. Throughout the course, the history of the art form is presented to give students a context for their re-engagement with digital photography. Note: Please bring a digital camera and its manual to each class session.

Note: This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.



Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 29 - May 20 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PDM-0388
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $20


Description

Discover the essential industrial design tool SolidWorks 2016, used by engineers and designers worldwide. As a solid modeler utilizing a parametric system to define and describe key elements, SolidWorks has advantages in that important product attributes can be retained, with dimensions and relations informing the geometry. You'll learn the interface slowly, as you build a common project -- first as a 2D sketch and then by giving it dimension, relativity and, finally, virtual form. The workshop concludes with discussion of file types and output options to consider for further work with SolidWorks. No previous 3D experience needed!

Applies to: AN-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dana Chicca (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, May 20 - 21 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEXT-3080
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $20


Description

Fast becoming a viable art medium of choice for a new generation of artists, embroidery is no longer restricted to its traditional tea towel-and-pillow history. This workshop explores and challenges the boundaries of working with thread, and combines it with material studies and image making. Students are introduced to both traditional and contemporary approaches to working with thread, hand and machine embroidery techniques, as well as experimentation on an array of substrates to test the power of thread. Guided exercises allow students to utilize interdisciplinary approaches while developing their own imagery, and discovering language with thread. The class also has the chance to visit the RISD Museum to experience historical examples of embroidery used in bold and extraordinary ways. 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.


Instructor
  • Name: Cindy Davis (Bio)