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Wednesdays, Oct 25 - Dec 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-FOUND-1186 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $15


Description

Color is one of the most powerful -- and complex -- tools at the artist's disposal. Bridging the divide between color theory and color practice, this studio course distills the essentials of color mechanics into workable studies and projects. Students explore color through creative exercises using collage and paint to understand color and how to use it effectively. Explorations of the role of light, the psychological impact of color, and how such factors as hue, value and intensity affect design are integral to the learning. Slide-illustrated presentations address the historical background of the use of color. Through the process of experiencing the interface of color theory and color application, guidelines toward developing a personal palette are discussed. Mastery of color is essential in the work of artists, illustrators, craftspeople and designers, making this course an ideal starting point. 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: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 25 - Dec 6 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-FOUND-1186-02 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $15


Description

Color is one of the most powerful -- and complex -- tools at the artist's disposal. Bridging the divide between color theory and color practice, this studio course distills the essentials of color mechanics into workable studies and projects. Students explore color through creative exercises using collage and paint to understand color and how to use it effectively. Explorations of the role of light, the psychological impact of color, and how such factors as hue, value and intensity affect design are integral to the learning. Slide-illustrated presentations address the historical background of the use of color. Through the process of experiencing the interface of color theory and color application, guidelines toward developing a personal palette are discussed. Mastery of color is essential in the work of artists, illustrators, craftspeople and designers, making this course an ideal starting point. 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: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-1495
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Description

Sharing characteristics of watercolor and acrylic paints, gouache is an opaque water-based medium that is highly pigmented, re-workable and dries to a vibrant matte finish. In this course, you'll paint with watercolor in harmony with gouache, using the transparency and opacity of these mediums to create depth, luminosity, value and texture in your work. Working from landscape photo reference material, you'll build upon existing drawing skills, employ a variety of painting techniques and learn how to plan an approach to your work. Note: This course is the second in a two-part series. While not required, it is suggested that students have completed the companion course, "Introduction to Drawing + Painting: Nature," held earlier in the semester, or have previous experience with watercolor. 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.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Christine Herron (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 4 - 5 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-1499
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | model fee $20


Description

All aspects of a powerful painting hinge on a carefully considered composition. The design of a painting is as important as the subject matter, and includes the separate elements of color (both value and temperature), shape and space working together to add up to a cohesive whole. You'll learn to identify and establish the all-important point of view, and engage in exercises including making thumbnails and quick color studies to identify direction and value, and work out possible color structures. Use of a viewfinder and learning to crop and frame for maximum visual effect is discussed. Spatial strategies are suggested for helping to create depth. The course includes review of the mechanics of palette set-up, format choices and brush handling. You will work from your thumbnails and studies as you build toward complexity, making adjustments to build a unified painting. 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: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Wynne (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Nov 8 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1732 ( Class is Full )
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75


Description

For most artists, working from photographs is unavoidable -- in fact, photography can be an invaluable tool when used correctly. This workshop covers the benefits and pitfalls of drawing and painting from photo references, and reveals how to avoid the most common mistakes. We'll touch upon distortion and color correction; and explain why good photographs usually make bad paintings, and how to take your own successful photo references. Any fine artist or illustrator who uses photo references can benefit from this workshop. While it is especially useful for portraiture and figurative work, the concepts learned can be applied to landscapes or any other subject matter.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 28 - Nov 11 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-NATUR-1877
3 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Description

Most people have a collection -- a collection imbued with emotion and memory. Whether mementos from travels, times with loved ones, or our childhood, these treasures remind us of our past and connect us to the present. Random objects like feathers, pebbles, stamped postcards, books, glass jars, shells, and even insects may seem insignificant to most, but they have a personal meaning to the collector. Students in this course work from their individual collections, learning how to arrange the objects into a strong composition from which to work. They may also use specimens from the RISD Nature Lab -- such as butterflies, beetles or turtles -- as natural additions to the personal treasure set-ups. We also cover how to properly light the set up. Work is done from life. Once students have made their preliminary drawings, they then introduce color in the medium of their choice. All levels are welcome.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


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

Tuesdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-FOUND-0520
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

Designed for the complete novice, this course is an ideal option for those looking for a starting point into art making. It is an introduction to the materials, techniques and concepts relating to visual communication and art-making processes. Beginning with observational drawing and moving on to basic 2D and 3D design concepts, students learn design elements and principles, and how they can be applied to all fields of design, from fine art to architecture. This course also includes a brief overview of Western art history to provide students with a context in which to understand and talk about art. Classes consist of lecture, studio projects and group discussions. Media explored include pencil, gouache, cut paper and crayon. By the end of the course, students develop the necessary vocabulary with which to talk about art and design, and a greater understanding and appreciation for how the visual arts enrich our everyday lives.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Oct 26 - Dec 7 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-0235
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

Both compelling and at times mystifying, the medium of watercolor is broken down in this step-by-step introductory course. Students learn that producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. Along with planning and learning how to control paint, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore value, composition, and color theory as they learn the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered; as are washes, color lifting and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations and equip students with the skills and experience to use watercolor effectively to achieve lively results. 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 classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Oct 27 - Dec 8 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CF-PNT-0235-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

Both compelling and at times mystifying, the medium of watercolor is broken down in this step-by-step introductory course. Students learn that producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. Along with planning and learning how to control paint, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore value, composition, and color theory as they learn the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered; as are washes, color lifting and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations and equip students with the skills and experience to use watercolor effectively to achieve lively results. 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 classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
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