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Mondays, Mar 6 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 2/27, 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRNT-2531
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Graphic designers must have a fundamental understanding of the basic structures and organizing systems that lie beneath all examples of the print designer's craft. Grids and modules are discussed as the primary device for originating compelling design solutions that acknowledge the core rules of proportion, rhythm, pacing and sequence. Adobe Illustrator and InDesign are among the digital tools used to define these unifying structures that are often (but not always) invisible. The class builds upon a foundation of weekly exercises as students develop a solid understanding of the practical considerations involved in the planning and delivery of a conclusive graphic design project.

Schedule Update: This course will start 1 week later than originally scheduled. It will now start on Monday, March 6.

Applies to: GR-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Typographics I: Elements + Process


Instructor
  • Name: Anya Lownie (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 11 - May 20 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-DVID-3537
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

You may intend to have your movie discovered at Sundance, Tribeca, the Black Maria or even our local Rhode Island International Film Festival. Or perhaps you want to craft a killer reel that will buy you your own production company. The methods are different but the objective the same -- to find an audience and catch their attention. With that as the overarching theme of this production studio class, students undertake a self-directed project -- a short narrative, a documentary, a traditional animated work or a 3D modeled animated piece. All aspects of creating and combining picture and sound are considered as your instructor takes on the role of chief critic. From the score to the end credits, all details are considered, including distribution and presentation options.

Special Schedule: Class meets every other Saturday on 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, 5/6 and 5/20.

Applies to: AN-E

Prerequisite: Animation ll: Narrative, Editing Movies on the Computer or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Carissa Abitabilo (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Mar 1 - May 24 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEXT-1950 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $60 | other fee $100.00


Description

The innovative work of contemporary Japanese textile designers serves as inspiration for exploring an array of materials and finishing techniques in this course as we develop exciting and luxurious fabrics suitable for scarves and wraps. Students learn to identify and exploit the properties of various fibers and yarns, including soft merino wools, shimmery silks and crisp linens. Finishing techniques such as washing, shrinking, felting, pressing, stitching and dyeing are explored to further develop the fabrics after they come off the loom. Each student creates a series of experimental samples and then completes one or more finished pieces. This course is suitable for both beginners, who initially learn the basics of loom set-up, and advanced students. We explore innovative variations of simple weave structures such as plain weave, twill, spaced warp and doubleweave to create patterned and sculptural fabrics. Note: Lab fee covers yarns for samples. Students purchase their own yarns for projects. Loom fee of $100 is required for this course ($75 is refunded upon return of loom).


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Sklarek (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Mar 2 - Apr 27 | 6-9pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CS-GLAS-0608
8 sessions | 24 contact hours | tuition $545 | lab fee $50


Description

A master glassblower takes years to perfect his or her craft. This course is designed for those ready to further develop and refine their glassblowing skills. Here, students are guided to move beyond the beginning level to include exploration of complex multi-part forms and shapes. With the fundamentals fully digested, students can concentrate on defining their individual viewpoint and conceptual thinking skills, and start to work in teams on group projects. Please note that the course takes place at a professional glassblower's studio with demonstrations and techniques tailored to each student's needs and interests. In all cases, however, experimentation is highly encouraged. Note: Class meets at an off-campus location; directions are sent to registered participants.

Prerequisite: Hot Glass: Introduction or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Bill Riker (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 28 - Apr 25 | 6-9pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CS-GLAS-0602
8 sessions | 24 contact hours | tuition $545 | lab fee $50


Description

This class takes place at a professional glassblower's studio for students to learn the basics of working molten glass, and see how this transparent medium both accommodates and challenges the imagination. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, students explore contemporary glass-working techniques under the guidance of a skilled artisan, with historic and modern examples of glass works providing inspiration and perspective. As the course progresses, students are encouraged to experiment as far as their newly acquired skills take them. Note: Class meets at an off-campus location; directions are sent to registered participants.


Instructor
  • Name: Bill Riker (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Mar 1 - Apr 26 | 6-9pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CS-GLAS-0602-02
8 sessions | 24 contact hours | tuition $545 | lab fee $50


Description

This class takes place at a professional glassblower's studio for students to learn the basics of working molten glass, and see how this transparent medium both accommodates and challenges the imagination. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, students explore contemporary glass-working techniques under the guidance of a skilled artisan, with historic and modern examples of glass works providing inspiration and perspective. As the course progresses, students are encouraged to experiment as far as their newly acquired skills take them. Note: Class meets at an off-campus location; directions are sent to registered participants.


Instructor
  • Name: Bill Riker (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Apr 23 - May 14 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ARC-4698 ( Class is almost Full )
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

What style is it? Join us on a journey through history and culture as expressed in the symbol of the American dream, the house! You'll explore architectural styles, floor plans, ornamental details, construction methods and the complex social history of dwellings from Colonial times to the present. Georgian mansions, Victorian cottages, Arts and Crafts bungalows and midcentury modern villas reviewed in class become real in the final meeting, when we take an architectural walking tour of Providence's historic East Side.

Applies to: ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Mar 2 - May 25 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-DWG-0518
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | model fee $60


Description

This immersion -- into both the anatomical analysis of the human form and the visual concepts of drawing -- enables students to make strong, confident figure drawings grounded in a solid understanding of the form from the inside out. Drawing begins with an exploration of gesture and an instinctive response to the figure in space. Lectures in skeletal anatomy deepen the student's visual understanding and appreciation. With this foundation, students graduate to more volumetric drawing based on planar realizations. A crucial part of this process is the observation of models, plaster casts, anatomical diagrams and the skeleton. Ultimately, learning the major muscle groups and their action on the skeleton enhances investigation of the dynamic human form in space. Issues of proportion, composition, perspective, planes, volume, shape and weight are considered. Art historical references develop appreciation for the important place of the figure in art.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


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

Saturdays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ANIM-1725
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

This course uses the 3D modeling power of ZBrush as a tool to explore human anatomy. Proportions, skeletal structures, bony landmarks, and origins and insertions of muscles are covered in unique and innovative ways that can be appreciated by students interested in both art and science. The digital workspace becomes familiar to new users through weekly assignments that include referring to traditional anatomical study techniques like the ecorche (the flayed figure). The course builds deliberately so that artists confident with digital workflow but new to 3D modeling can become familiar with ZBrush, while experienced users can concentrate on advanced concepts while deconstructing the human form.

Applies to: AN-E, ID-E, PM-E

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques


Instructor
  • Name: Greg Rebis (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Apr 8 - 9 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-ILUS-0902
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $20


Description

Today's art card market encompasses a vast range of styles, from classic to crazy and everything in between. Discover the possibilities of putting your artwork on cards and the potential of the card format for your work, and learn to integrate messaging and text to understand the delicate interplay between word and image for the greatest impact. Beginning by looking at examples of current cards of varying quality and approach, you'll gain an overview of today's market. Concepts, formats, development of personal style, and various art media are explored as you work on a range of greeting cards through prompts and suggestions. Standard templates and formats are discussed. Digital enhancement tools are also investigated as a way of augmenting, touching up and altering imagery and incorporating potential messaging. How to print your cards, printer settings and file formatting are demonstrated.


Instructor
  • Name: Liz Goulet Dubois (Bio)