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Saturday + Sunday, May 4 - 5 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2019/CS-PNT-0846
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Today's painter/artist has endless materials, processes and approaches to choose from. In this course students experiment with myriad materials, and different ways in which to use them, in order to strengthen their oil painting practice. Techniques for changing paint application, skills for building a body of work, and strategies for expanding ideas are presented, demonstrated and practiced. This course is designed to stretch, provoke and shake up any self-imposed systems. 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/Location Update: The dates and location for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet May 4-5 at Tillinghast Place.

Applies to: PS-E

Prerequisite: Experience in oil painting


Instructor
  • Name: Marian Smith (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-FOUND-1186-02 ( Class is almost Full )
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 23 - May 28 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/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.

Schedule Update: The start and end dates for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet April 23-May 28.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, May 4 - 5 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DWG-2230
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $25


Description

Throughout history, artists have studied the anatomy of the face to enhance the accuracy and volume of their drawings. This workshop is of interest to fine artists, illustrators and anyone interested in drawing the face. We focus on understanding facial and skull proportions, action and use of specific muscles, and how musculature lying close to the surface lends form and beauty to the face. Sensitivity to line quality and capturing expression are also emphasized. Students use calipers, pencil and paper to draw from skulls, flayed plaster models and a live model. Experimentation with Renaissance drawing techniques enhances students' ability to define three-dimensional space in portraiture. Note: Previous drawing experience is helpful but not required, as varying skill levels are accommodated.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Apr 8 - May 20 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/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

Saturday + Sunday, Apr 6 - 7 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-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.


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Apr 8 - May 20 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DWG-9016
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $20


Description

When making the leap from drawing to painting, the two largest hurdles an artist faces are learning how to work with color, and learning the technical aspects of a wet medium. This course seeks to break down that process by focusing on how to use color with an already-familiar drawing medium: crayon or pastel. By using a dry medium akin to pencil and charcoal, students are able to focus on composition, color and value issues, without the additional stress of learning a new medium. Working with the rich but limited color palette of pastels and crayons also helps eliminate the most common mistake of beginning painters: muddy colors. This course thoroughly investigates color, including hue, value, saturation, warm/cool colors, flesh tones, and the effect of light and shade on color. It also approaches form from a more painterly shape-oriented perspective. Students gain confidence and skills in both drawing and color, working from still-life and the model, as they consider moving into painting.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 1-4pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-FOUND-1186-04
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.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 23 - 24 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PNT-1598 ( Class has Started )
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)
Course Details

Saturdays, Apr 20 - May 25 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ANIM-2232
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Why storyboard? Storyboards can be used to discuss ideas, describe a sequence, visualize a "look" and create a blueprint for implementing an animation, saving time by facilitating experimentation and exploration before the real animation begins. Professionals also use storyboards to communicate ideas to creative teams, clients or potential employers. In class, students translate their story ideas into visual images and accompanying text, describing the action, mood, setting and timing of the story. Storyboard conventions are covered, along with narrative development, production and presentation techniques. Students also learn how to choose the appropriate type of storyboard for their audience, as well as how to set and manage client expectations. A variety of film and animation projects are presented for discussion so that students emerge with brand new tools for successful animation project planning.

Applies to: AN-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Animation: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: Carissa Abitabilo (Bio)