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Wednesdays, Jun 21 - Jul 26 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-PDM-0383
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

This course includes the use of a variety of media, substrates and techniques, providing students with the confidence to render and draw effectively. As each rendering technique is introduced, students are able to apply their newly acquired skills to in-class exercises, critiques and weekly assignments that advance in complexity. The work ranges from quick ideation sketches and rapid visualization to the creation of fully rendered images with markers, pencils and pastels. The course provides a foundation for any designer who wishes to incorporate rendering and sketching into their projects and to communicate visually with clients, vendors and other designers.

Applies to: PM-R


Instructor
  • Name: Jorge Paricio (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays + 1 Saturday, Jun 21 - Jul 12 | 6:30-9:30pm
/10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-DWG-2227
5 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

Beginning with prehistoric cave art, humans have always been fascinated with capturing the form and grace of animals. Indeed, artists learn to create dynamic drawings by understanding the structure of the skeleton and animal musculature. This course is appropriate for illustrators, animal lovers and fine artists -- anyone interested in drawing animals -- and accommodates all skill levels. Working in the RISD Nature Lab, students begin with studies of animal skulls and skeletons to gain a better understanding of proportion and structure. They move on to examine the superficial musculature, motion and comparative anatomy of these specimens. The course also explores proportion and balance, and introduces Renaissance techniques for rendering well-defined three-dimensional form. Ultimately, experimentation with materials and techniques strengthens students' ability to render textural surface quality in depicting feathers, scales and fur. The course includes a Saturday visit to Roger Williams Park Zoo for a live session with real animals. Note: Previous drawing experience is helpful but not required. Lab fee does not cover zoo admission.

Special Schedule: Class meets Wednesdays, June 21 - July 12 from 6:30-9:30pm PLUS Saturday, July 8 from 10am-4pm.

Applies to: AN-E, NS-E, PS-E


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

Monday - Friday, Jul 24 - 28 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-2923-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $10


Description

In many ways animation has not changed since Gertie the Dinosaur came to life under the expressive pen of Winsor McCay. It is still THE art form that instills the illusion of life in fantastic characters. This is your chance to advance your knowledge of core cartooning skills learned in Start Cartooning, as you enable creations to first walk, and then run, leap and dance. The class looks at how leading artists in the field create their work, as you get an insider's view of hand-drawn animation in a professional setting. As you develop your own stylized characters, you'll participate in exercises that include storyboarding, volumetric drawing, perspective studies and foreshortening of the cartoon figure.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Gormley (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 17 - 21 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-2923
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $10


Description

In many ways animation has not changed since Gertie the Dinosaur came to life under the expressive pen of Winsor McCay. It is still THE art form that instills the illusion of life in fantastic characters. This is your chance to advance your knowledge of core cartooning skills learned in Start Cartooning, as you enable creations to first walk, and then run, leap and dance. The class looks at how leading artists in the field create their work, as you get an insider's view of hand-drawn animation in a professional setting. As you develop your own stylized characters, you'll participate in exercises that include storyboarding, volumetric drawing, perspective studies and foreshortening of the cartoon figure.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Gormley (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 21 - Jul 26 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/SE-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 course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-R, PS-R

Prerequisite: Drawing I


Instructor
  • Name: Deborah Forman (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, Jun 20 - Aug 1 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-FOUND-1187
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | 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

Sunday, May 21 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CS-PHO-3087 ( Class is almost Full )
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

Tuesdays, Jun 20 - 27 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-DFOU-4618
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $130


Description

Here is your chance to paint digitally in bitmaps and vectors, as you introduce yourself to the Adobe Suite workflow using Photoshop and Illustrator. In the first session you'll concentrate on the more approachable Photoshop, as you learn to set up and adjust your paintbrush, color palette and canvas, and then create and edit using layers. The second session introduces Adobe Illustrator topics like the blob brush vs. paint brush, shapes vs. segments, strokes, fills and gradient fills. Erasing, editing paths and adjusting layers are all demonstrated, along with a tutorial on keyboard shortcuts essential to efficient digital painting in both programs.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (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)