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Textile Design

Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-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: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-FOUND-1815-02 ( 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: Deborah Forman (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-FOUND-1815-03 ( 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: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 14 - 15 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEXT-1975
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

Transcending traditional approaches to tapestry, this workshop challenges the formal boundaries of this ancient technique and explores its potential as a 21st-century art form. Work is done on a compact frame loom -- a wonderful tool for creating small and powerful pieces and experimenting with ideas for larger work. A focus on basic woven structures allows for the exploration of the color, design and expressive potential of this versatile medium. The entire weaving process is introduced: from setting up, warping and securing warp ends, to finishing, along with a variety of tapestry techniques. Working with a wide selection of yarns and other materials of choice, students engage in a series of exercises that explore different ways of creating patterns, images and textures. Slide presentations expose you to both traditional and contemporary approaches to tapestry. No previous weaving experience necessary.


Instructor
  • Name: Leslie Atik (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEXT-1902
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $65 | deposit fee $100


Description

Learn to create light, open, lacy weaves and beautifully textured fabrics. This course is an introduction to lace and leno weaving techniques that lend themselves to the creation of a wide variety of items such as scarves, throws, table runners and window coverings. Using the four-harness loom, both beginning and more advanced weavers experiment with hand-manipulated and loom-controlled lace weaves, which allow for great freedom in designing. Students also explore different threadings for creating patterns in loom-controlled lace weaves. After completing a series of samples, students design and execute a project of their choice. Note: Lab fee covers warp and weft yarns for samples. Students purchase their own yarns for projects. Each borrows a portable loom and takes it home weekly.

Loom deposit: $100 ($75 refunded upon return of loom)



Instructor
  • Name: Susan Sklarek (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 21 - 22 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CF-TEXT-1927
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $15


Description

Combining printmaking techniques and textile design principles, this workshop introduces students to creating motifs (designs) and working with basic pattern structures such as repeats, half-drop, brick and mirror patterns to create hand-printed fabric. Once simple motifs are designed we discuss screen stencils, block printing, and use of found objects in deciding how to translate the design into a print. As students expand their individual motif using the different pattern structures, they experiment with placement and color. High-quality water based fabric paints are used, and a variety of samples are created with the option to create a larger piece such as a table runner or wall hanging.


Instructor
  • Name: Jodi Stevens (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Sep 17 - 24 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2017/CF-TEXT-1932
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $20


Description

Shibori, an ancient Japanese textile tradition dating back to the 8th Century, is a process of dyeing cloth through stitching, binding, folding, twisting and clamping, thus creating unique patterns and texture. In this workshop students are first introduced to the many variations within the technique, including Kanoko, Arashi, Makume, Nui and Itajime, by first making small samples to grasp the basics. These can then be used for reference when making larger pieces. This is followed by stitching cotton and silk scarves and submerging them in dye baths. Procion fiber reactive dyes are used, and learning how to safely work with the dyes is an integral aspect of the process. In the end, students open up their stitched scarves to see the beautiful, unique patterns created by this versatile technique, which can be practiced at home.


Instructor
  • Name: Jodi Stevens (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEXT-1879
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495


Description

Illustration, layout design, color development and finishing techniques are the essential elements of a surface pattern design. In this course, you'll translate your original artwork and designs into a variety of patterns, and then apply them to a range of surfaces, such as fabrics, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, tile, metal, fiberglass and resin. Using collage, graphite, watercolor and gouache, students apply design principles and color theory while developing design concepts for a potential product and target market. Students enhance their abilities and styles by creating three original surface pattern designs as take-home assignments. Surface design history -- including traditional techniques, cultural impact and style development -- is introduced. Students also learn to prepare original designs for the marketplace by developing professional presentation techniques, self-promotion practices and learning about various printing processes and production technology.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Adrian Burke (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Sep 17 - Oct 8 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-ARTA-1729
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250


Description

Humans have been creating fabrics since the dawn of civilization. In this course, we consider the role of textiles, from luxurious velvet brocades to cotton matelasses, to the history of interior design and the decorative arts. With an emphasis on the burgeoning luxury trades catering to the royal courts of Europe to the importation of Indian print cottons, which revolutionized design, students will take a journey from silk to linen while learning about the construction, style and the economy of textiles for use on furniture, as ornament and on windows and walls from the Renaissance to the present day.

Applies to: ID-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
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