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Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CF-PNT-4213 ( Class has Started )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $25


Description

Pablo Picasso said, "There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." How to actually remove traces of reality and move toward abstraction is the challenge. This course -- through a series of exercises involving abstracting from nature, collage and moving from macro to micro -- offers a variety of solutions, experiments and problem-solving strategies to trigger ideas. Working with line, shape, color and composition, consideration is paid to visual concerns (such as pictorial space) and paint quality, as well as underlying conceptual issues. Oil paint is the preferred medium, but other paint choices are discussed and selected relative to individual experience and interest. Students progress at their own pace, while they loosen their hold on literalness, and discover new means of depiction and expression that lead to the development of an "artistic vision." Note: Previous painting experience is helpful, but not required.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-1740
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $20


Description

This course explores the multifarious painterly languages of abstraction -- both material and pictorial. We take an in-depth look at the history and emergence of abstract painting as a dominant art form of the 20th Century. Through a variety of directed assignments students are asked to explore new material languages, processes and definitions for what constitutes an image or a painting. Students are exposed to a variety of contemporary artists working in abstraction, and students work toward developing a personal abstract language. Some oil painting experience, including having taken Painting and Abstraction, is highly recommended for this course. 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

Prerequisite: Some painting experience and PNT-4213, Painting and Abstraction


Instructor
  • Name: Martin Smick (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-1507 ( Class has Started )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | model fee $20


Description

A comprehensive introduction to the painting medium and development of effective painting strategies are the goals of this class. Building on skills and concepts of drawing, design, composition, applied color, and materials and techniques acquired in the core level, students apply knowledge, learn processes and gain skills as they learn to make vibrant paintings. Exercises and projects give students confidence with the process of paint handling and color mixing. Initially, painting is monochromatic (lights and darks of one color) to understand value and then students progress toward a limited palette to understand temperature and saturation of color, ultimately transitioning to a full, spectral palette. The essential elements of painting including composition and point of view, and scale and space are continually considered. Subject matter could include still-life, architecture, landscape and nature, as well as the figure. Throughout the course, references to the traditions of painting are highlighted. 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-R

Prerequisite: Core level


Instructor
  • Name: Marian Smith (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 16 - Oct 21 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEEN-2249 ( Class has Started )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $15


Description

Painting is an art of illusion; pigment on 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, you'll develop an understanding of the relationship between color, light and the choices you make in your 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: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Sep 15 - Dec 8 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CF-PNT-1536 ( Class has Started )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $15


Description

What elevates a painting from mere exercise to work of art? Join us to develop a range of techniques for using oil and acrylic paints as you learn basic painting skills. Through class assignments, students investigate the properties of oils and acrylics; the expressive qualities of compositional elements; how to work with brushes, palette knives, paints and media; and techniques for paint application, from underpainting and glazing to impasto. Students work from many sources, including direct observation, drawings and reference material. Throughout the course, group and individual critiques enable students to develop their personal strengths as they cultivate individual styles.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Fossati (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 23 - Oct 28 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEEN-2176 ( Class has Started )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $10 | model fee $15


Description

Here is your chance to plan, prepare or finalize a professional level portfolio for college applications. Weekly studio-based art assignments provide the opportunity to create new work, while one-on-one consulting helps you assess and refine existing work. Discussion topics include digital photo documentation, college selection, the application process and more. You'll leave with a solid action plan of what you need to complete your portfolio. Note: This class uses nude models.

Applies to: AT


Instructor
  • Name: Jason Robert LeClair (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesday, Nov 8 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1732 ( Class is almost 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

Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Oct 17 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2017/CF-PNT-1493 ( Class has Started )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Description

Interested in learning to paint with watercolor? You'll master basics necessary to be successful -- including creating a wash, color mixing, color theory, various applications and techniques of watercolor, as well as the rules for composition and design. During class time, you'll apply these techniques as you work on paintings developed from your own photographic or drawing sources. 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)