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Online, Jun 22 - Jul 17 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-APHSS-0080-00 ( Class is almost Full )
81 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $2400


Description

These courses are part of Session I (Essential Fundamentals) of RISD Advanced Program for High School Students.

ESSENTIAL FUNDAMENTALS
In this first four-week, online session students will register for one class that consists of three, distinct areas of study: "Experiential Drawing," "Exploration in Design," and "Art in Crisis: Contemporary Issues," each taught by a separate instructor.

Experiential Drawing
In this class, principles and elements essential to drawing are explored through a variety of media and methods. Students will use materials such as graphite, markers, collage and acrylic paint—as well as found materials and invented tools—in order to explore different processes in drawing. Students learn about a range of compositional strategies. Tonal studies, volume, weight and contour, line and form are pursued through observation and interpretation. Students will draw from observation, research, memory and imagination. We will be expanding the idea of what drawing is and why it is important: a thinking process, a way to explore, a way to solve visual problems, a way to broaden creative passages. Emphasis is placed on developing an active sketchbook practice that serves as an impetus for larger projects and allows others to understand your process.

Exploration in Design
Effective visual communication in all art forms begins with the fundamentals of good design that defines space, unifies the whole and ignites emotional response. In this class, students explore materials to strengthen idea building through investigations in line, shape, color, value, pattern, texture, space and form. These elements will serve as the foundation through which students express personal, as well as global, ideas and concepts. Experimentation with hierarchical scaling, transparency, transition and a variety of approaches allows students to create a personalized collection of studies and completed works. This class will require thumbnail sketches and reworking projects through multiple iterations before arriving at final work. Students employ a range of (wet and dry) media and techniques in exercises and assignments that focus on developing key design sensitivities and student interpretations. From initial sketches to final projects, students develop a core practice to help in the success of current and future work.

Art During Crisis: Contemporary Issues
In this class students address where we are today, in the middle of a pandemic, and how artists and designers have used their expressive capacity to reflect on and respond to crisis. Through virtual museum, gallery and artist studio tours we will examine what artists and designers are doing and saying about current conditions and the role their work plays in society—from critical commentary to innovative design solutions. Film viewing assignments on the lives and works of key artists and designers throughout time broaden understanding of how creativity and invention always flourish during times of uncertainty. Readings and formal writing assignments on the analysis of works of art and design provide opportunities for in-depth study. Students create a final project through a self-expressive curatorial project, bringing together works of art and design that inspire them in their personal creative work. Emphasis in this class is on understanding visual language, and developing the ability to speak, write and present in clear, well-reasoned ways.

Notes:
- This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.


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  • Name: Multiple Instructors (Bio)
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Online, Jul 20 - Aug 14 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-APHSS-0086
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $1600


Description

This course is part of Session II (Featured Topics) of RISD Advanced Program for High School Students.

During times of economic, political, health or environmental crisis, racism and issues of particular inequities rise to the surface. In this course students engage with pivotal and complex social issues to investigate how during these tension points artists become powerful agents of change. Working within the framework of Emory Douglas' role of the artist to inform, enlighten and educate, students explore how, what and where to message their voice in ways that will have the most impact. Through lectures, assigned research, online discussions and 2D studio assignments, students focus on projects that will enhance their art and design skills and the ability to confidently communicate their concept. Students learn how to use type and image to convey powerful graphic messaging in consideration for use in print and on social media platforms. Historical and contemporary iconic imagery—such as Shepard Fairey’s ambiguous street culture of "Obey," Banksy's anonymous social commentary on inequity, and most recently Lisa Wool-Rim Sjöblom’s "I am not a virus" campaign addressing current xenophobic hostility—is covered to help inform students in the creation of their own series of work and a final video presentation.

Notes:
- This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
- This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud, or some of its creative tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.


Instructor
  • Name: Rene Payne (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jul 20 - Aug 14 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-APHSS-0087 ( Class is almost Full )
54 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $1600


Description

This course is part of Session II (Featured Topics) of RISD Advanced Program for High School Students.

Documentary photography can be defined as the art of capturing historical, cultural, social, or politically significant events and experiences. Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans used their cameras to document the Great Depression, Lewis Hine changed child labor laws with his powerful factory portraits, and LaToya Ruby Frazier showed us the effects of the Flint, Michigan water crisis through the eyes of one family. Through a historical, conceptual and technical framework, this course will equip students to think critically and create a strong documentary photography series reflective of a current issue. Students learn the fundamentals of DSLR and smartphone camera techniques, composition, lighting methods, digital image editing and sequence. The course covers essential skills using a variety of media, including capturing and editing photographs digitally, collage building in Photoshop, experimenting with text and image, and project sequence and layout. Sensitivity to issues of appropriation, accessibility, safety, consent and when to turn the lens inward or outward are inherent throughout the course. Through research and exploration of concept and processes, emphasis is placed on developing a project with an authentic voice, utilizing visual language to express ideas in progress sketches, and preparing a written statement to accompany a carefully sequenced final body of work.

Notes:
- This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
- This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud, or some of its creative tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe.
- This course requires access to a digital camera or smartphone.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.


Instructor
  • Name: Brittany Marcoux - McGuire (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jul 20 - Aug 14 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-APHSS-0091 ( Class is Full )
54 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $1600


Description

This course is part of Session II (Featured Topics) of RISD Advanced Program for High School Students.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many design challenges, but none more so than in the medical field. In order to save lives, physicians, medical staff and manufacturers have turned to designers to reinvent radical solutions to equipment shortages, malfunctions and design flaws. In this course students will focus on medical-oriented designing, creating and problem-solving in ways that are adaptable, sustainable, reliable and user-friendly. Issues regarding patient and doctor equipment interaction, dual-purpose design, ease of use, discreet design, influence of design on mental health and well-being, and designing for all ages–children, adult and elderly—will be investigated. Students generate a diverse range of design approaches through research, mapping out a design plan, documenting varied processes and producing a collection of supportive concepts in both hands-on drawing and modeling. Emphasis is placed on ergonomics and aesthetics, as well as the ability to present results clearly and dynamically. While the focus of this course is medical-oriented, the principles covered and knowledge acquired are transferable across fields and will give students a sense of the important role of industrial designers.

Notes:
- This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.


Instructor
  • Name: Renee Monteiro-Bernard (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jul 20 - Aug 14 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-APHSS-0092
54 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $1600


Description

This course is part of Session II (Featured Topics) of RISD Advanced Program for High School Students.

Throughout history sculpture has served as a means to honor, reflect and challenge society. In this course students focus on assemblage to push the use of a 'ready-made' or 'found object' as a means of injecting theme and content into a work. Lectures present the rich historical context of everyday objects or images (in individual artworks and critical art movements), as well as the work of contemporary artists such as Nina Katchadourian, Tara Donovan, Jessica Stockholder and Francis Alys. Students learn best practices for a well-rounded approach to making sculptural works outside of a traditional studio setting. They start with the process of ideation, which includes writing about and discussing ideas as a group; and sharing sketches, color studies, material studies and small prototypes. They then move into the making process and share in-process works and, finally, document images of sculptural work for a portfolio.

Notes:
- This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.


Instructor
  • Name: Gail Dodge (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Aug 3 - 14 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-TEEN-0457
15 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $285


Description

Gears, goggles, rivets, springs, clockworks and lace: This is the stuff that steampunks are made of, and the ingredients for this design lab. Students in this course re-envision gadgets and gear, starting with drawings and schematics that are then built as prototypes that are both sculpturally unique and faithful to the aesthetic of this sci-fi subculture. The instructor begins with lessons in design and drafting that reinforce the connection between 2D imagining and 3D construction. Together the class explores materials and methods for model building that are done to scale and as full-size replica helmets, tools and transports. Students practice faux-finishing techniques that are the key to simulating materials like brass, copper and aged leather, to complete the look that might become the components of a convincing costume used in an art school portfolio.

Notes:
- This asynchronous online class will include video presentations and instruction, individualized support and idea development, as well as teacher/class critique through our online course management platform, CE Link.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: AT, Y3


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

Online, Jul 6 - 17 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-TEEN-1786 ( Class is almost Full )
15 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $285


Description

What makes some larger-than-life heroes jump off the page and into your imagination, while others flounder in pulpy obscurity? How do you design a hero or villain that is unique, dynamic and, most importantly, isn't too complicated to draw over and over again? We'll explore all that and more in this course. Using the lens of comics and superheroes, we'll explore the core principles of character design and how to apply them to the larger-than-life heroes and villains in your imagination.

Notes:
- This asynchronous online class will include video presentations and instruction, individualized support and idea development, as well as teacher/class critique through our online course management platform, CE Link.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Jesse Smolover (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jun 22 - Jul 3 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-TEEN-3759 ( Class is almost Full )
15 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $285


Description

Deep in the blackness of the ocean trenches lies a monstrous creature that sailors report can sink a ship with its writhing tentacles. A continent away is another strange beast that native Tibetans claim hunts the snowy crags of the Himalayas. As different as the Giant Squid and the Yeti are, both are united by their reluctance to be seen and examined by human eyes. In this course, students step into the role of cryptozoologist as they unleash their imaginations while learning about animal design, size and shape. In this course, students will learn to find their own reference, and make their own mythical creatures based on the animals they have discovered. We’ll review different approaches to making chimeras and beasts with the world at our fingertips. Students refine their draftsmanship skills in an illustration course that asks them to reconsider the existence of animals that might lurk in hidden lairs. At the end of this course, students will have the experience of taking inspiration from multiple sources and letting their imagination create some truly amazing creatures!

Notes:
- This asynchronous online class will include video presentations and instruction, individualized support and idea development, as well as teacher/class critique through our online course management platform, CE Link.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: James Frio (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jun 22 - Jul 3 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-TEEN-0483-02
15 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $285


Description

Join the worldwide community of artists, designers, scientists and hackers who create images, animations and interactive experiences by writing code. Visualizing abstract concepts is easier when you know how to code, and one of the most versatile and accessible coding tools is the open-source product Processing. Initially developed to serve as a high-tech sketchbook, Processing has evolved into a true medium for your inner maker. It provides an introduction, through class coding exercises, to computer programming basics that is ideal for the hands-on visual learner. No prior experience is necessary: This course is for the programming beginner!

Notes:
- This asynchronous online class will include video presentations and instruction, individualized support and idea development, as well as teacher/class critique through our online course management platform, CE Link.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Bruce Campbell (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Jul 6 - 17 | Asynchronous
ages 13-17 | Online | 2020/SE-TEEN-0538-02
15 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $285


Description

Not all critters are created equal; this is definitely true when animating a cartoon creature. The different limbs, snouts, wings, or the lack thereof, and the bigger issue of the variety of proportions, must cause an animator to approach their movement differently. The figure-to-ground relationship is a vital lesson as students consider how an animal's two legs, four hooves or scaly belly change their movement from place to place. This course for teen animators focuses on the specifics of animal movement to provide the lessons that will increase confidence when animating animals.

Notes:
- This asynchronous online class will include video presentations and instruction, individualized support and idea development, as well as teacher/class critique through our online course management platform, CE Link.
- This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud, or some of its creative tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Simon Allen (Bio)