Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEXT-0851
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10
Surface design is the illustration and design of shapes organized into patterns that can be applied to textiles and fabrics, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, tile, metal, fiberglass and resin. Inherent to this process are putting patterns into repeats and exploring the range of repeat options. Color development and finishing techniques are also crucial considerations. Students in this course start from their own digital art or original artwork created by hand and use digital tools to make the surface design process easier. These digital tools allow greater freedom to develop repeats, change colors, and add unique effects to an original design. Lessons focus on workflow methods between analog and digital design, as students create patterns, simulate textures and craft colorways. Visualizing these designs on any three-dimensional object, be it ceramics, furniture, apparel or an entire room interior, is the exciting final step. Students exhibit their digital presentation skills for a final critique, showing a finished product line in their area of interest, accented by unique textures and patterns. Please note: In addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.
Schedule Change: The dates for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet on Wednesdays, Oct 23-Dec 4.
- Name: Katy Dika (Bio)
Saturday + Sunday, Oct 12 - 20 | 9am-12pm/1-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-1729
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275
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, we 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.
Schedule Update: Class meeting times have changed since originally published. Class will meet on Saturdays, 10/12 and 10/19 from 9 am-12 noon and Sundays, 10/13 and 10/20 from 1-4 pm.
Applies to: ID-E, PM-E
- Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
Saturday + Sunday, Sep 28 - 29 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEXT-1974 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $5
Surface Design is the making, both manually and digitally, of repeating patterns and designs that can be used on a variety of products including home decor, apparel and textiles, stationery and fabrics. Here is a chance to gain hands-on experience with development of individual designs, as well as an overview of the industry. On the first day, you'll learn the design principles of surface design, and develop your own imagery with the help of visual prompts and exercises. Once you decide on your designs, you'll experiment with the essentials of pattern and repeat, the classic structure for creating patterns. Day two focuses on working digitally with a quick introduction to scanning, and a brief overview of manipulating patterns in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The class concludes with a discussion of the surface design marketplace, and an explanation of licensing -- what the industry is looking for, how to sell your designs and what aspect of this broad field best suits your designs.
- Name: Katy Dika (Bio)
Tuesday, Oct 1 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-4426
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85
In this course we discuss the color and style trends that are forecast to be prominent for the home furnishings industry over the next 18 months. We look at how trends start and their sources of inspiration, and examine how social, economic and ecological factors impact textile design and evolve into an aesthetic. We discuss how colors and textures seen in the world of fashion foreshadow what happens in home decor. Students view images from the prominent industry trade shows where trends debut, as well as take a behind-the-scenes look at international textiles mills to see how trends in color and design translate into textiles.
- Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)