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Saturday + Sunday, Feb 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PNT-0344
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.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Marian Smith (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Jan 11 - Feb 15 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-ADV-0694
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

What can online marketing accomplish for you or your business? Have you established reasonable and specific goals for your marketing? Answers to these questions are found in this class that examines the types of online marketing available to entrepreneurs and web professionals: search engine optimization, pay-per-click advertising, and the most rapidly evolving, social media marketing. Together we cover the steps involved in planning, researching and executing each step and then discuss metrics and analytics for measuring success. Students are also introduced to the concept of user experience (UX), which has become both a competency and primary consideration for a successful web presence.

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

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or equivalent experience.


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Ryan (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 9 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-TEEN-2249
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10 | model fee $30


Description

Painting is an art of illusion; pigment on a surface creates the suggestion of form, space or sometimes simply emotion. At the foundation of this illusion is the understanding of how color and light are seen and manipulated by the artist. Using a range of paint media including acrylic and watercolor, students develop an understanding of the relationship between color, light and the choices they make in their paintings by exploring subjects including still life, interior space and the figure. This is an excellent course for developing both painting skills and a critical understanding of basic color theory.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Brian Weisz (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jan 7 - Feb 18 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 1/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PNT-2621
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $25


Description

It is essential for artists of all levels to have both knowledge of and familiarity with the materials and techniques specific to oil painting in order to fully perfect their craft. Through demonstrations, lectures and hands-on practice, topics covered include stretching canvas and preparing surfaces (cardboard, masonite, wood) for painting supports, paints and paint application, brushes, developing a color palette, and solvents and varnishes. Tonal techniques, direct painting, underpainting and glazing, and use of a palette knife are also explored. Emphasis is on skill building, rather than on specific image making, so the student is free to experiment. Please note that the course is appropriate for artists of all skill levels.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-R


Instructor
  • Name: Marian Smith (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Feb 18 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2019/CW-CAMP-1315
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Art students are fortunate to have a set of guiding principles for design; this course pairs those principles with easy-to-understand exercises that will provide a foundation for deeper exploration. In this course, students practice pattern design as a way to comprehend the primary goal of visual unity and its generative processes of similarity, rhythm and repetition. These concepts are revealed through a project that involves drawing organic forms, using a geometric structure with simple tools. The resulting patterns on paper are made without digital technology, and are evidence of a student's understanding of simplicity vs. complexity, which is vital to understanding design thinking.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - 19 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PHO-3093
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $145


Description

Photography is an art form in which the compression of three-dimensional space into a two-dimensional picture plane happens quickly, and often without the care of similar art forms like drawing and painting. The truth is, photography must also consider the rules of composition and their relationship to the elements and principles of design. Using lecture and an image-rich slideshow, the instructor introduces basic compositional control strategies that can greatly improve image making decisions. A shooting assignment allows you to apply certain ideas of effective composition to your images. Whether you're interested in portraiture, fine art, event photography or documentation, you'll come away with a greater appreciation of how to create images that evoke emotion, reveal meaningful intentions, and intrigue the viewer.

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

Prerequisite: Photography: An Introduction or similar experience


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PHO-1647
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course for new and amateur photographers introduces ways of seeing through the lens and illuminates the underlying two-dimensional design issues and visual concepts hidden within the photographic image. Through weekly assignments and critiques, students explore ways to use photography and photographic conventions for their unique personal expression. Lessons include the technical operations like focus, shutter speed and aperture common to all cameras, and how they influence artistic choices. Whether students are interested in traditional or digital photography, this course provides a strong foundation for any subsequent photographic pursuit.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E, NS-E, PG-R, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 12 - Feb 16 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PHO-1647-03
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course for new and amateur photographers introduces ways of seeing through the lens and illuminates the underlying two-dimensional design issues and visual concepts hidden within the photographic image. Through weekly assignments and critiques, students explore ways to use photography and photographic conventions for their unique personal expression. Lessons include the technical operations like focus, shutter speed and aperture common to all cameras, and how they influence artistic choices. Whether students are interested in traditional or digital photography, this course provides a strong foundation for any subsequent photographic pursuit.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E, NS-E, PG-R, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jan 10 - Feb 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-PHO-1647-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course for new and amateur photographers introduces ways of seeing through the lens and illuminates the underlying two-dimensional design issues and visual concepts hidden within the photographic image. Through weekly assignments and critiques, students explore ways to use photography and photographic conventions for their unique personal expression. Lessons include the technical operations like focus, shutter speed and aperture common to all cameras, and how they influence artistic choices. Whether students are interested in traditional or digital photography, this course provides a strong foundation for any subsequent photographic pursuit.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E, NS-E, PG-R, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jan 7 - Feb 18 | 7-10pm | No Class: 1/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-DWG-2206
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $35


Description

Capturing a likeness of the human face has intrigued artists throughout history. Explore this fascinating process by learning to translate your observations of structure, proportion and the relationships among visual elements onto the two-dimensional page. You also examine how to reveal personality traits while capturing the physical likeness on paper. The course bases its investigation of technique and approach on the work of both Old Masters and contemporary artists. Both composition and expressiveness are emphasized, and you are encouraged to develop a personal style.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Robin Wiseman (Bio)