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Mondays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-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.

Applies to: GR-R, IT-E

Prerequisite: Typographics I: Elements + Process


Instructor
  • Name: Anya Lownie (Bio)
Course Details

Monday + Tuesday, Aug 28 - 29 | 10am-6pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-APP-0883 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 16 contact hours | tuition $295


Description

Today's global supply chain makes it nearly impossible for consumers to know about the labor and materials used to make a pair of sneakers. But what if there were a way for you to create a pair of high-end footwear, from start to finish -- all by yourself, and without the use of glue or machinery? You'll learn how in this workshop, facilitated by Kathleen Grevers, senior critic, RISD Apparel Design, and Roderick Pieters, the Netherlands-based founder of SneakerKit. In the process, you'll learn how the worlds of apparel design and industrial design are integrated.

On the first day, you'll learn the sketch and design process, start to design while experimenting on the sole, participate in one-on-one and group review of classmates' designs in a modified version of RISD's critique format, and finish your design. On the second day, you'll actually make your custom sneakers.

Choosing from a number of basic patterns, you will learn how to cut to size, punch, and manually stitch uppers to the sole, and then personalize them. You'll emerge with a pair of unique and professional-looking sneakers -- and you'll know what materials to buy locally to make additional pairs for yourself or as gifts!

Upon completion, you may be inspired to expand upon your leathermaking skill set, making bags, belts, wallets and more.

Note: The workshop fee includes all materials for one pair of sneakers; meals not included.


Instructor
  • Name: * Kathleen Grevers, Roderick Pieters, Eva Vermue (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEXT-1902
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $65 | deposit fee $100


Description

Learn to create light, open, lacy weaves and beautifully textured fabrics. This course is an introduction to lace and leno weaving techniques that lend themselves to the creation of a wide variety of items such as scarves, throws, table runners and window coverings. Using the four-harness loom, both beginning and more advanced weavers experiment with hand-manipulated and loom-controlled lace weaves, which allow for great freedom in designing. Students also explore different threadings for creating patterns in loom-controlled lace weaves. After completing a series of samples, students design and execute a project of their choice. Note: Lab fee covers warp and weft yarns for samples. Students purchase their own yarns for projects. Each borrows a portable loom and takes it home weekly.

Loom deposit: $100 ($75 refunded upon return of loom)



Instructor
  • Name: Susan Sklarek (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 14 - Nov 2 | 6-9pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-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, Sep 12 - Oct 31 | 6-9pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-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, Sep 13 - Nov 1 | 6-9pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-GLAS-0602-02 ( Class is almost Full )
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

Mondays, Sep 11 - Oct 16 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-DWG-2240
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | model fee $25


Description

This course provides many tools for the artist who wishes to depict the human form with confidence and precision. Students will merge conceptual knowledge gained through lecture with perceptual knowledge gained through drawing, to create artistically dynamic and anatomical accurate figures. By plotting anatomical landmarks on the volumes of the figure, establishing a proportional system, and uniting exterior contour with interior anatomical structures, students develop a set of figurative principles that can be applied to any figure in any position. Artists at all levels of experience stand to benefit from this course.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-WEB-1227
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

This advanced course moves the Web designer's skill set forward to seriously consider the end user experience and learn interactive wireframing for large interactive sites. To this end, students create functional specification documentation and data workflow maps for developers. Software tools like Omnigraffle are examined and put into practical use, leading students to the possibility of increased productivity. Throughout the course, the instructor discusses responsive design and asks students to consider how their site appears on multiple devices such as phones, tablets and desktop screens.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-R

Prerequisite: Interactive Design I: User Interface (UI)


Instructor
  • Name: Eric Paul Meier (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-INDES-0812
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495


Description

Designing successful shared spaces involves communication, brand identity and project management. You'll take on these challenges as you consider design strategies for public spaces. Practical lessons include discussion of legislated policies like the ADA, local health and safety codes. Project sites might include offices, retail outlets, hotels or healthcare facilities, each with confining technical criteria, traffic patterns and budgets that inform the design brief and create opportunities for the designer. The workflow is examined and shared for critique as you research, measure, draw, propose and plan in order to deliver a personal design concept that reimagines our shared spaces. Note: This course was previously titled Commercial Interiors I.

Applies to: ID-R

Prerequisite: AutoCAD: Interior Design ll


Instructor
  • Name: David Paolino (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 14 - Oct 19 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-INDES-1875
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

A "green" design philosophy elevates sustainability to the highest priority and uses the EPA's credo of reduce, reuse, recycle as a best practice. This interior design course asks students to provide solutions to two projects that acknowledge the lesson topics of indoor air quality, product life cycle, resource management, renewable energy and orientation to the land. Students deliver presentations to the instructor and their fellow classmates, who participate through constructive critique. Defining sustainability is a dialogue that continues throughout the course, as students consider the practical concerns of budgeting "green" and how this workflow choice affects their brand and business.

Applies to: ID-E

Prerequisite: Drafting + Rendering for Interiors or Drawing + Rendering for Product Development


Instructor
  • Name: Kellie Suplicki (Bio)