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Saturdays, Oct 26 - Nov 23 | 9am-12pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CHILD-4190
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Where does a young artist begin to understand the vocabulary and structure found in the visual arts? This interdisciplinary (drawing, painting, sculpture) classroom experience introduces the "atomic units" of art and design. Students learn how points become lines, then shapes, then planes, before artworks with greater meaning are created. Students then visit the RISD Museum and the RISD Nature Lab to see these atomic units at work.


Instructor
  • Name: Carlos Cruz (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Dec 7 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-4189
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $15


Description

The chair is the perfect form to consider for a young artist wishing to understand design fundamentals and how they apply to furniture design. Students begin by getting an overview of iconic chairs from Chippendale to Le Corbusier, and the manufacturing realities and aesthetic concerns that informed design decisions. Inspired by these examples, students practice a design workflow that takes them from ideation to sketches to a drawn plan. They finish with a scale model prototype constructed of accessible materials that reinforce the objectives of craftsmanship, form and fabrication.

Applies to: AT, Y2, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Rachel Duchesne (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Nov 11 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-4188
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $20


Description

Silhouette, pattern and material are essential to the success of apparel design in both Eastern and Western traditions. In this course we explore a specific garment (the Japanese kimono) and combine it with an inexpensive and versatile prototyping medium (paper). Working first from drawings and style boards, we finish the session constructing kimono models on quarter-scale dress forms. Lessons in craftsmanship, visualization, patternmaking, adhesion and fastening offer a hands-on glimpse into this cultural tradition.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 19 - 20 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-DWG-4496
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $40


Description

A portrait is so much more than just eyes, nose and mouth. In this workshop, the head -- including the skull -- is considered as a whole. The initial focus is on the anatomy associated with the human head. Students then gain skill in observing the relationship of the facial features to each other and to the overall whole, as well as to surface fluctuations created by muscle, skin folds and age. Students study and draw the head from multiple vantage points and angles, as they learn to measure, assess proportional relationships and consider the head as a volume. The use of lighting to create drama, volume and depth is considered in the process of learning to render what is actually seen in order to create a very convincing portrait.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Sep 21 - 22 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-PNT-0344 ( Class has Started )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Without the right first steps, oil painting can be a challenging medium. This workshop aims to get students on the right track by emphasizing technique and strategy, while encouraging experimentation and individual development. Students are given an introduction to paint, brushes, medium and palette set-up. They then learn mixing, direct paint application, and consideration of value, color and composition, gaining knowledge and confidence in beginning and sustaining a painting. Learning to quickly establish design elements within a composition and assert a specific point of view, as well as understanding the importance of directional lighting, are crucial to critical first steps. A survey of the fundamentals of representational painting is presented. The class is structured around hands-on demonstrations and painting a variety of subjects so students gain familiarity with this exciting medium. 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: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 9 - 10 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-PNT-0346
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Using a more controlled approach to painting with watercolors, students in this workshop gain confidence and skill through comprehensive demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Techniques include brush control, applying flat and gradated washes, masking and layering to create form. Students experiment with different papers and effects, including wet in wet, dry brush, lifting and texturing. The essential issues of color mixing, composition and value are addressed through quick studies, progressing toward larger color pieces. The instructor provides subject material, and students are encouraged to work from their own sources.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ILUS-1203
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Collage, from the French verb coller, meaning "to glue," is created when unrelated elements (usually paper) are assembled and glued together to form a new whole. This workshop introduces some of the fundamental techniques to consider when making a collage, and addresses issues of compositional structure -- including color relationships, direction and movement -- so the elements work in relation to each other and as a unified piece. A collage may include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects -- glued to a piece of paper or canvas support. With applications to painting, illustration and digital design, collage is a valuable skill to add to one's artistic arsenal. Its origins can be traced back hundreds of years, but the technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th Century with work by artists Braque and Picasso, and is currently undergoing a resurgence in contemporary art.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Oct 22 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-0559
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

This course will offer interior designers an in-depth look at working with textile companies. The basics of working directly with vendors will be covered, including how to open an account to receive wholesale pricing, and what the trade lingo (RGA, EOB or COM) is. The resources and information presented will provide students with the confidence and knowledge to walk into the showrooms of the Boston Design Center.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Thursday, Oct 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-PHO-1662
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Do you have a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera but feel unsure about how to use it effectively? This workshop is for you if you have little or no experience using a DSLR and want to gain a basic understanding of how to use it to maximum advantage. We cover everything from initial setup and deciphering the camera's menus and settings, to making accurate exposures and dealing with focusing and white balance issues. We also explore the different options available for controlling lighting in various situations. You'll leave with a newfound confidence in handling the DSLR and producing consistently pleasing images. Note: Please bring your camera, its instruction manual and a willingness to learn to this fast-paced introductory workshop.

This course meets at the Westerly Education Center.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Oct 5 | 10am-1pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-PHO-4153
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Your iPhone is about to get even more useful to you -- even if you didn't think that was possible! In this workshop you'll learn how to take professional-looking photos with just your iPhone. Whether you're looking to photograph your own artwork, or seeking the perfect social media aesthetic for your brand, these skills can be applied to many aspects of your creative life. You'll develop tricks, tips and insights into a few of the instructor's favorite (free) photo editing applications; how to take product/food shots; and how to make use of natural light. You'll also gain resources on local printing companies to print all of your favorite shots.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)