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Mondays, Sep 9 - Oct 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PNT-1502
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | 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, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PNT-1507 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | model fee $20


Description

A comprehensive introduction to the painting medium and development of effective painting strategies are the goals of this course. Building on skills and concepts of drawing, design, composition, applied color, and materials and techniques acquired in the core level, students apply knowledge, learn processes and gain skills as they learn to make vibrant paintings. Exercises and projects give students confidence with the process of paint handling and color mixing. Initially, painting is monochromatic (lights and darks of one color) to understand value and then students progress toward a limited palette to understand temperature and saturation of color, ultimately transitioning to a full, spectral palette. The essential elements of painting including composition and point of view, and scale and space are continually considered. Subject matter could include still life, architecture, landscape and nature, as well as the figure. Throughout the course, references to the traditions of painting are highlighted. 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-R

Prerequisite: Drawing II


Instructor
  • Name: Marian Smith (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/29
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2019/CF-PNT-1536
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $15


Description

What elevates a painting from mere exercise to work of art? Students in this course develop a range of techniques for using oil and acrylic paints as they learn basic painting skills. Through class assignments, students investigate the properties of oils and acrylics; the expressive qualities of compositional elements; how to work with brushes, palette knives, paints and media; and techniques for paint application, from underpainting and glazing to impasto. Students work from many sources, including direct observation, drawings and reference material. Throughout the course, group and individual critiques enable students to develop their personal strengths as they cultivate individual styles.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Fossati (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 19 - 20 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-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)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PNT-1599
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | model fee $30


Description

In this advanced painting course concepts of style, technique, content, abstraction and working in series are investigated, along with more sophisticated ways to express both formal and abstract issues. Utilizing the figure, landscape, still-life and architecture as themes in their work, students continue to paint from life and observation as they slowly explore many ways of interpreting subject matter. Students begin to work in series and learn how to develop their ideas sequentially, moving on to experiment with the format and size of work and choice of surface to paint on, with the goal of realizing their own personal language and direction. Most importantly, this course sets the groundwork for the Final Projects studio in the Painting Studies certificate program. 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-R

Prerequisite: Painting II: Context + Composition


Instructor
  • Name: Molly Kaderka (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Oct 13 - Nov 3 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PHO-1606
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Providence is a city rich in diverse architectural styles, from colorful and elegant residences to timeworn mills and merchant buildings. Appropriately, it is a miles-wide classroom for the investigation of photographic techniques, from the technical rudiments of exposure, focus and metering to the aesthetic decisions that inform compositional choices. The course begins with a historical presentation, accompanied by classroom discussion leading to assignments (in class and as homework), where students learn best practices that lead to better photographs of the urban landscape.

Applies to: ID-E, PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PHO-1630
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

Students experience "light" as an expressive material in this course that combines technical and aesthetic lessons for the intermediate-level photographer. The classroom is a lighting studio where students are instructed in the proper use of continuous, strobe and flash light sources, their modification tools (grids, flags, soft boxes) and the supports, grips and stands that provide structure. Students build confidence with the gear as they participate in group exercises, as well as individual assignments. Throughout the term the instructor offers a historical context by presenting the work of photographers who understand the creative potential of studio lighting.

Applies to: AN-E, PG-R

Prerequisite: Photography I: Making Images


Instructor
  • Name: Erik Gould (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 12 - Oct 17 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PHO-1647
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course for new and amateur photographers introduces ways of seeing through the lens and illuminates the underlying two-dimensional design issues and visual concepts hidden within the photographic image. Through weekly assignments and critiques, students explore ways to use photography and photographic conventions for their unique personal expression. Lessons include the technical operations like focus, shutter speed and aperture common to all cameras, and how they influence artistic choices. Whether students are interested in traditional or digital photography, this course provides a strong foundation for any subsequent photographic pursuit.

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


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 11 - Oct 16 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PHO-1647-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course for new and amateur photographers introduces ways of seeing through the lens and illuminates the underlying two-dimensional design issues and visual concepts hidden within the photographic image. Through weekly assignments and critiques, students explore ways to use photography and photographic conventions for their unique personal expression. Lessons include the technical operations like focus, shutter speed and aperture common to all cameras, and how they influence artistic choices. Whether students are interested in traditional or digital photography, this course provides a strong foundation for any subsequent photographic pursuit.

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


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PHO-1658
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $625 | lab fee $50


Description

Learn to make better and more thoughtful photographs using the digital single-lens reflex camera. Through lecture, demonstration, classroom exercises and individual assignments, you can expect to become more confident as you make technical and conceptual decisions. Each session incorporates lessons in DSLR operation, processes and terminology. Topics include camera RAW workflow, histograms in-camera and in Adobe Photoshop, lenses, light control and metering. Studio lighting equipment and printing options are previewed so that you gain familiarity with the associated gear and output. Whether your interest is in photography for exhibition, documentation or personal growth, this course provides a solid foundation for further exploration.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E, JM-E, NS-E, PG-R, PS-E

Prerequisite: Photography: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: David Fleurant (Bio)