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Saturdays, Mar 25 - Apr 1 | 10am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-1743
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $215 | lab fee $10


Description

Inflatables can be seen everywhere these days: pool toys, holiday decor -- even the crazy dancing inflatable man at your local car dealership. But inflatable sculptures can also be taken seriously as air-driven works of art. In this workshop you'll brainstorm, sketch, prototype and construct a billowing, fluttering -- possibly towering -- inflatable sculpture of your own design. Please provide a lunch, snacks and a beverage.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Nicholas Holcomb (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 28 - May 23 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-WEB-2550
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Creating an interface that is easy to use and appropriate for the intended audience on multiple devices is a challenge. Participants in this course develop an understanding of the interface design process, from determining client and user needs to creating the content structure, navigation and screen appearance of a graphically rich site. Students learn to enhance a site's usability and effectiveness by considering perceptual and cultural factors, screen design principles, icon creation, usability standards and their own experiences as end users. Focusing on the design aspects for interactivity rather than the technology, students work from concept to wireframes to gain an understanding of the design process for building usable and compelling interfaces for desktop and mobile display. Note: This course was previously titled Interface Design.

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

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques


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

Wednesdays, Mar 1 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-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: Michael Ryan (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 4 - May 27 | 1-4pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-INDES-1050
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495


Description

Students in this course gain understanding of and hands-on experience in the process of designing residential living spaces as they actively participate in the programming and schematic design phases. Students learn to consider residential space in terms of proportion, scale, composition, balance, color, texture, light, surface treatment and material selection, as well as function, circulation and occupancy. Design elements are reviewed in a creative environment that encourages participants to express their own design styles. Discussions and critiques help students learn to reveal the critical thinking behind their drawings and design process. Successful students will have developed a better understanding of universal design, sustainability, and the project management as applied to residential interiors. Note: This course was previously titled Residential Interiors I: Living Spaces.

Applies to: ID-R

Prerequisite: Drafting + Rendering for Interiors


Instructor
  • Name: David Paolino (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Mar 2 - May 25 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-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, PM-E

Prerequisite: AutoCAD: Interior Design ll


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Barba (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Mar 2 - Apr 6 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-INDES-4434
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

The bathroom has a daunting risk-to-reward ratio for the designer. When it is done well it is a triumph with a great return on investment (of both time and money). This course makes that space its focus as students first consider the code requirements and safety standards that inform every decision. A design brief is formed that considers mechanical, venting, plumbing and electrical systems. Proper material and fixture selections based on wants, needs and budgets include responsible use and manufacture, along with demolition and installation timelines. The age-old argument of form vs. function is revisited, with specific examples taken from good and bad solutions. Designing for human factors is always relevant as students draw and build physical models to realize their concept in a final presentation made to their classmates.

Applies to: ID-E, PM-E

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


Instructor
  • Name: Kellie Suplicki (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 4 - Apr 8 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-2196
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320


Description

Discover the basics of shooting, manipulating and printing your digital photographs in our digital photo studio. Students first learn about the settings and functions of their digital cameras, as well as the basic techniques of shooting digital photos. Each week, we photograph various subjects and review and critique each others' images. Using scanners and Adobe Photoshop, we import our images into Macintosh computers and learn how to manipulate various elements before printing, offering endless possibilities for special effects. Note: Bring your digital camera and either a disk of Photoshop images or a photo CD to each class.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: David Fleurant (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 25 - May 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-0365
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

Painting can be the ultimate escape: both relaxing and intuitive, a timeless form of self-expression. Have you always wanted to learn how to paint? Are you ready to devote time in your day to practice? In this course, you'll explore the entire process from start to finish, using the classic medium of acrylic paints, popular among the great masters as well as today's contemporary artists. You'll also arm yourself with the mental and physical toolset to bring your observations and perspectives to life. Using a hands-on approach, you'll learn the fundamentals of compositional structure, color theory, figure-ground relationships, two-point linear perspective, spatial concepts, and critical thinking associated with the language of color, composition, and value of your subject. Once familiar with a number of techniques, you'll focus on a still-life object or aspect of scenery landscape you've always wanted to portray. We will work inside and outside of the studio and be inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Watch Hill. The instructor will provide subject matter to focus on, but students are encouraged to seek their own focus and passions to paint, utilizing this course as a launch pad to a lifelong practice of painting. 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: Elise Fargnoli (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 12 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-PRINT-4403
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $20


Description

Japanese woodblock printmaking, a traditional thousand-year-old process,
combines ink or paint and nori (rice paste) with hand-pressing techniques to create prints and -- distinct from Western techniques -- does not require a press. Students begin by practicing both carving techniques and printing with sumi ink. More advanced applications of color follow, including color gradation (bokashi) and making multiple block prints. Registration and numbering the prints are also discussed. To be true to the classic art form, design and composition are integral considerations in the development of individual imagery. An overview and brief history of the ancient craft and a visit to the RISD Museum to view its impressive collection of Japanese woodblock prints are combined with actual practice to provide students with rare insight into this timeless and elegant tradition. Japanese prints exerted an enormous influence on the West, inspiring artists and -- as the prints were inexpensive and plentiful -- providing one of the first opportunities for affordable art collecting. 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: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Kenneth Fontaine (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Mar 9 - May 18 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-WEB-2512
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $420 | lab fee $30


Description

JavaScript is a platform-independent, event-driven, interpreted programming language that enables a Web designer to add exciting features to what might otherwise be a static webpage. The course starts with an introduction to the document object model and a review of basic programming concepts and builds momentum as students learn to use and customize freely available scripts and to avoid common pitfalls. Browser integration with a JavaScript enhanced page is also a lesson topic that pays heed to the primary objective of all Web authors as they create an attractive site with full data retrievability. Class exercises give students the experience of setting up a small set of webpages using examples of JavaScript, such as status bar messages, event handlers and image rollovers.

Special Schedule: Class meets every other Thursday on 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4 and 5/18.

Applies to: IT-R

Prerequisite: Interactive Design: Introduction


Instructor
  • Name: Bruce Campbell (Bio)