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Textile Design

Course Details

Thursdays, Mar 2 - May 25 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-1815 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $15


Description

Design is the discipline underlying all forms of visual expression, and an understanding of design principles is the basis for all art forms. This course introduces students to the formal elements of design: line, shape, pattern, value, texture, color and space. Working through a variety of challenging exercises, students use these elements to engage with problems of visual organization. Deliberate and considered placement of visual elements into an organized whole is the basis of composition, and skills acquired in this course have direct applications to anyone working in art and design, from painters and artists to art directors, illustrators, interior designers and interactive designers. 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. Note: This course was previously titled Two-Dimensional Design.

Applies to: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, JM-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Anya Lownie (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Mar 2 - May 25 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-FOUND-1815-02 ( Class is almost Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $15


Description

Design is the discipline underlying all forms of visual expression, and an understanding of design principles is the basis for all art forms. This course introduces students to the formal elements of design: line, shape, pattern, value, texture, color and space. Working through a variety of challenging exercises, students use these elements to engage with problems of visual organization. Deliberate and considered placement of visual elements into an organized whole is the basis of composition, and skills acquired in this course have direct applications to anyone working in art and design, from painters and artists to art directors, illustrators, interior designers and interactive designers. 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. Note: This course was previously titled Two-Dimensional Design.

Applies to: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, JM-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, May 20 - 21 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEXT-3080
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $20


Description

Fast becoming a viable art medium of choice for a new generation of artists, embroidery is no longer restricted to its traditional tea towel-and-pillow history. This workshop explores and challenges the boundaries of working with thread, and combines it with material studies and image making. Students are introduced to both traditional and contemporary approaches to working with thread, hand and machine embroidery techniques, as well as experimentation on an array of substrates to test the power of thread. Guided exercises allow students to utilize interdisciplinary approaches while developing their own imagery, and discovering language with thread. The class also has the chance to visit the RISD Museum to experience historical examples of embroidery used in bold and extraordinary ways. 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.


Instructor
  • Name: Cindy Davis (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Mar 1 - May 24 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEXT-1950 ( Class is Full )
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $60 | other fee $100.00


Description

The innovative work of contemporary Japanese textile designers serves as inspiration for exploring an array of materials and finishing techniques in this course as we develop exciting and luxurious fabrics suitable for scarves and wraps. Students learn to identify and exploit the properties of various fibers and yarns, including soft merino wools, shimmery silks and crisp linens. Finishing techniques such as washing, shrinking, felting, pressing, stitching and dyeing are explored to further develop the fabrics after they come off the loom. Each student creates a series of experimental samples and then completes one or more finished pieces. This course is suitable for both beginners, who initially learn the basics of loom set-up, and advanced students. We explore innovative variations of simple weave structures such as plain weave, twill, spaced warp and doubleweave to create patterned and sculptural fabrics. Note: Lab fee covers yarns for samples. Students purchase their own yarns for projects. Loom fee of $100 is required for this course ($75 is refunded upon return of loom).


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Sklarek (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 28 - May 23 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEXT-2685
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

The computer allows for great timesaving in surface design but, even more importantly, it facilitates the more creative aspects of this artistic process, such as experimentation with color and pattern. This course introduces students to the process of developing decorative surface designs using digital tools. Participants learn how to search for design inspiration, scan images, create repeats, develop collections, and wrap or clone concepts onto basic three-dimensional products. Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, students focus on creating imaginative patterns, stripes, plaids and textures for a wide range of product categories that could include home, apparel, stationery, industrial design, interior design and even sports equipment. Come with your original art or create new digital designs, and be prepared to add to both your skill set and your portfolio.

Applies to: PM-E

Prerequisite: Digital Design Techniques or some familiarity with Photoshop and Illustrator.


Instructor
  • Name: Adrian Burke (Bio)
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