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Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-DWG-0617
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


Description

The figure is one of the greatest vehicles of expression for visual artists; it is also one of the most challenging subjects to draw. Students begin with gesture drawing to capture the figure's movements in quick, deliberate lines that establish the weight and energy of the form. Students are gradually introduced to blocking in the figure and establishing the major masses. Classic methods of measuring to establish proportion and accuracy are introduced. The models' incrementally longer poses allow students to explore the role of light and shadow through value studies, while identifying the major planes of the human form helps students see the figure as a three-dimensional form in space. Developing hand-eye coordination and making accurate visual judgements are emphasized as students gain confidence in drawing from life. Media used include charcoal, conte, graphite and colored pencil. The skills used in class are applicable to a wide range of subject matter. All skill levels are welcome.


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

Tuesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-FOUND-1187
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $20


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 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: Robin Wiseman (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jan 10 - Feb 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-FOUND-1187-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $20


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 course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jacob Cullers (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 16 - 17 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-DWG-0616
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Drawing is the foundation of artistic study, practice and communication. In this fast-paced weekend experience, students explore the fundamentals of drawing and learn how to render what they see. Students begin by describing shapes with line, weight and stroke direction, and move quickly to the study and observation of light and shadow. The class explores additive and reductive methods with the aim of completion of an accurate drawing using a range of values. Aided by student examples and instructor demonstrations, students develop their skills. Drawing materials include graphite, charcoal and erasure. Subjects, including natural and everyday objects, are provided.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.


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

Mondays, Jan 14 - Feb 11 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 1/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-COM-2798
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Designers can start drawing, designing, and rendering their ideas with this free downloadable 3D modeling toolkit used for everything from architecture to jewelry to game design to 3D printing. This course teaches students about the use of SketchUp as a design and rendering tool. The instructor presents the fundamentals of the interface, and how to model original spaces and objects from scratch or import prebuilt objects from the Google warehouse. The accelerated format allows for faster learning as students quickly move on to advanced topics like texturing objects and simple animation creation. This course is recommended for novice designers or design students interested in learning how to incorporate 3D into their work.

Applies to: GR-E, ID-E, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jan 19 - 20 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PDM-0388
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | 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

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-CHILD-3712
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Let's animate! The magic of frame-by-frame storytelling is the subject of this first experience with animation, in which young artists learn the techniques and technology of an art form that they've been familiar with from an early age but, instead of sitting in the audience, they do the making. And what they make is hands-on under the camera, but with an introduction to the computer-based technology that makes all animated art possible. Students learn to manage a project cooperatively in a digital technology classroom where artistic output can be shared on-screen.


Instructor
  • Name: Nick Marcoux (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - 26 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-TEEN-0569
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $175 | lab fee $40


Description

Apparel designers have always had to anticipate trends; this course goes a step further with an eye to the science fiction future seen only in film franchises like Star Trek and Firefly. Equal parts costume design and material science, the course teaches students how to use modern materials including leatherette, Lycra, thermal felt and plastic, plus the advanced fasteners and adhesives that keep them together. Design lessons make the course as much about principles and critique as about the physical making of garments and accessories.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Pat Ubaldi Nurnberger (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-TEEN-3725
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10 | model fee $5


Description

All fashion designers start their planning on paper, well before they ever see their garments worn and walking the runway. Students in this course explore the fashion drawing techniques used in the industry, such as basic fashion figures (or 'croquis') and mood boards -- the process tools for translating a creative idea into a sophisticated design. Students also communicate the ideas, moods, motion and details of a garment by visually interpreting fashion apparel, including the body proportions used in basic fashion drawing. As students create various croquis bodies and draw from a model, they develop their personal style and drawing skills, as well as an appreciation for the role fashion illustration plays in the design business.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Everett Hoag (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - 26 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PHO-4155
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


Description

What is your voice? Always an extremely competitive industry, photography has become even more so since the introduction of the digital camera and social media. In order to stand out from the crowd, it's vital to have your own style: a consistent look to your photographs that helps separate you from the thousands of other photographers. We'll study examples from well-known photographers, and discover what makes them unique. Then, through guided projects, you will begin to develop the foundation of who you are as a photographer.

Applies to: PG-E


Instructor
  • Name: Frances Tulk-Hart (Bio)