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Tuesdays, Feb 28 - May 23 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-NATUR-0928
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495


Description

As the final course before graduation for Natural Science Illustration certificate candidates, students utilize skills and techniques learned in previous classes to create a work or works that integrate the natural subject and its environment in completed, mature compositions. Emphasis is placed on depicting subjects with highly accurate and scientifically correct information while showing individual interpretation and style. Selection of subjects are chosen from specimens at the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab. Advanced drawing and painting methods are reviewed and practiced as students work toward portfolio-ready pieces. Media is students' choice. 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.

Special Schedule: Class meets 6 times over the course of the 12-week term, and meetings are established at the beginning of the term. Students also work independently between class meetings.

Applies to: NS-R

Prerequisite: All previous classes


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

Tuesdays, Mar 7 - May 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PHO-1665 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Description

The goal of this course is to create a body of work that can serve as a central portfolio piece. As we follow the development of this work through its evolution from concept to finished piece, we discuss factors relating to the photographer's workplace. We deal with preparing work for digital, slide and print portfolios; marketing work for the Web, galleries and other clients; and preparing work for exhibition and presentation. Storage concerns such as archiving and preserving digital prints are discussed, as is the digital photography marketplace in relation to event, wedding, portrait, commercial and fine art photography.

Special Schedule: Class meets every other Tuesday on 3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2 and 5/16.

Applies to: PG-R

Prerequisite: Photography II: Advanced Critique


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Sunday, Mar 26 | 10am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-1768
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $110 | model fee $10


Description

In this one-day drawing workshop, we study the anatomy of the face, and practice capturing likeness or facial expression so that we can accurately draw heads and faces. Students participate in a series of exercises and studies, using a variety of drawing materials that are specifically chosen to strengthen observational and rendering skills. Whether or not your desire is to become a portrait or comic book artist or just improve your skills at drawing faces, this course is sure to provide valuable and readily applicable skills. Please provide a lunch, snacks and a beverage.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 25 - May 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-0364
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

Drawing is the cornerstone for all other visual arts disciplines. As a visual language, it becomes the means by which you can begin to explore your own objectives for personal expression. In this course, you'll get a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of freehand drawing; representation of objects and natural forms; problems of analysis, response, perception and composition; and technical standards. This course is designed as the key building block for establishing a working knowledge of spatial organization and visual problem solving. All aspects of the course will be supported by dynamic classroom lectures, drawing demonstrations and visual aids (handouts, slides and books). Throughout the term, there will be in-class critiques and designated homework assignments, as well as some in-class exercises. Students will draw using various artistic media. Note: You can expect to buy art supplies for this course. A supply list will accompany your registration statement.

Note: This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.



Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Mar 5 - 19 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARTA-9013
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $185


Description

All good things, and some evil ones, flourish in gardens. Tempted to discover the story of flowers, formal landscape design and tales of love and loss? They all await in the French garden. This course explores the history, horticulture, design and literature related to gardens, from the enclosed floral wonderlands of medieval castles to the orderly parterres of Versailles, to the roses beloved by Empress Josephine at Chateau de Malmaison, to the Abstract Expressionist landscapes of the 20th Century.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 4 - Apr 8 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-2181
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $10


Description

Drawing is the core communication skill of the visual artist; it takes practice, patience and perseverance. Learning how to draw is really learning how to see so that one can represent visual ideas confidently. This course builds on foundation skills, emphasizing careful observation and reinforcing the concepts that are vital to successful drawing: composition, line, value and perspective. Using a variety of media, you'll deepen your skills through a series of projects ranging in both scale and duration. Trips to the unique resources RISD has to offer -- including the Nature Lab, RISD Museum, and the outdoor treasure trove of Providence's cityscape -- provide rich subject matter for you to capture on paper.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 4 - May 27 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-WOOD-0837
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $50


Description

This studio course focuses on the development and construction of furniture pieces through materials exploration and design iteration. Students first seek inspiration in raw materials, inventing innovative ways to employ them through quick studies. They then develop designs for three original pieces using sketches and simple models to communicate their ideas visually. Designs are progressively refined through group discussions focused on aesthetic concerns, use scenarios, ergonomics and production logistics. In the second portion of the course, participants construct one of their designs -- using basic woodshop tools or alternative materials and construction techniques -- depending on what works best for the design. Woodworking skills are useful but not required, as all necessary techniques are demonstrated. 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: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Shane Richards (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Feb 20 - 24 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-12 | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CW-CAMP-2065 ( Class has Started )
5 sessions | 35 contact hours | tuition $490


Description

Join us for a week of fun and games, when you'll design, build, package and play your very own games. First, while learning about drawing, painting and printmaking, you'll create a game that uses a deck of illustrated cards. Next, you'll learn to sculpt with different materials, crafting a board game made up of a painted board and sculpted pieces. For the third project, you'll move on to construct a tabletop or outdoor game that combines movement with artistic design. And finally, as no game is complete without its packaging, you'll find inspiration in the graphic designs of classic games, and design and build the packaging for your own games. Note: Please provide a snack, a bag lunch and a beverage each day.


Instructor
  • Name: * Steven Hayes, Cheryl Johnson (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Mar 11 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CS-GLAS-0599
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $130


Description

If you have ever been curious about the fascinating medium of glassblowing, but haven't had the time to commit to a longer course, this comprehensive beginning-level introduction is an ideal option. Over the course of the intensive session, students are introduced to all the forming techniques covered in the extended courses, including the traditional tools used, the initial glassblowing preparation, and how to create finished pieces. The small class size enables students to make a number of different objects including glasses, vases and paperweights. Emphasis is on finished work. Students also come away from this hands-on action-packed workshop with a solid understanding of the history of the glassblowing process. Note: Class meets at an off-campus location; directions are sent to registered participants.


Instructor
  • Name: Bill Riker (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 28 - Apr 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRNT-4146
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

Your first client is the most important and the easiest to find. Start with yourself. Just as a company's identity is essential to its success, so is your own professional identity as you embark on a career communicating visually. This advanced studio reviews innovative identities within the industry, such as letterhead, resume, envelopes, business cards and the obligatory Web presence. Students begin the process of evaluating, refining, writing descriptions and creating photography maps for promotional and archival needs. Students also learn about paper selection, pre-production considerations and communicating effectively with vendors. Lessons in contract language and procedure, as well as the construction and presentation of these documents, emphasize how these become a part of the graphic designer's professional identity.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-E

Prerequisite: Typographics II: Studio Practice


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)