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Mondays, Apr 22 - May 27 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-BOOK-0620
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


Description

This hands-on papermaking course explores the ancient art of marbling paper, a method of suspending pigment/color in water, moving it around with a variety of techniques and tools, transferring it onto an absorbent surface and then drying. Students learn two methods: ink and water, and a more complex technique using a gel medium with pigment. They craft their own simple reusable tools such as combs, feathers and twigs that they drag through the water to create elaborate swirled patterns. They complete the process by experimenting with different types and weights of paper to test absorption, color saturation and durability. By the end of the course, students will have produced a collection of beautiful marbled paper that can be used for bookbinding, box making, wrapping and writing paper, cards and potentially wallpaper. Historical examples of marbling are shown and discussed for inspiration.

Schedule Update: The start and end dates for this course have changed since originally published. Class will now meet April 22-May 27.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 11 - May 23 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ILUS-0621
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

From the everyday sweetness and melancholy of Charles Schulz's Peanuts to the hyper-literate personal reflections of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, the comic book illustration medium has been especially suited to capturing the internal lives and unique voices of creators. Comics are narratives told in illustrated sequence, combining images and text, and are integrally connected to the communicative task of illustration, while having an intuitive language all their own. In this course, students learn how to construct this kind of language (both written and visual), starting with their own experience: They create narratives from simple autobiographical prompts, beginning with the basic design principles of a four-panel comic strip, then move on to a more long-form and complex final piece. Along the way, the fundamental building blocks of comics -- panel shape, page layout, dialogue and sound effects -- are explored in class exercises. Demonstrations of ink media techniques give students a primer on the classic tools of the cartoonist's trade, and examples of work by significant comics creators are shown.

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Roonan (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 11 - May 23 | 5-8pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-WOOD-2877
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of working with wood using power and hand tools. Step by step, students learn the safe and effective use of machinery, and how to develop and execute a realistic plan/design for a simple piece. Students are introduced to ways of understanding wood, both in what to look for in selecting it and considerations when shaping it, work with table saws and sanders, and learn which machines are most effective in achieving their chosen project. Demonstrations and presentations further the learning. This hands-on introductory class helps students gain confidence with machines and working with wood and is ideal for beginners.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: TBA (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 23 - 24 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-TEXT-1977 ( Class has Started )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $25


Description

Students in this class make contemporary, wearable, sculptural needle-felted forms. The needle felting process uses a special barbed needle tool that entwines wool fibers and allows you to create soft, colorful and lightweight jewelry and sculptures. The felt forms are created from natural sheep's wool that is bound and interlocked by piercing the wool with a variety of barbed needle tools. Demonstrations and practice in silk thread embroidery are included in order to add narrative, linear embellishments to the work. The technique lends itself to making jewelry, functional and fine art objects that can be created at home with minimal materials and space.


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Haviland (Bio)
Course Details

Friday, May 10 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2019/CS-PNT-2875 ( Class is Full )
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Green Poison. Tyrian purple. Lapis Lazuli. Discover the secrets behind color in this class that begins at the Forbes Pigment Collection at the Strauss Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard University. You'll join an expert curator for an informative viewing and explanation of the collection's 2,500 rare extraordinary pigments/specimens. Former Fogg Museum Director Edward Forbes started the collection in the interest of replicating and preserving techniques and methods used by the masters. Considered a "laboratory for the fine arts," the collection heralded the emergence of art conservation in the US. You'll finish with a visit to the Art Study Center to explore with the instructor several works from the Museum collection.

Schedule Update: The date for this course has changed since originally published. Class will now meet on Friday, May 10.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Karen Triedman (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-ILUS-2873
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Children's books captivate and guide a child into an imaginative universe by combining dynamic images with evocative words. This course provides an introduction to both. The fundamentals of illustrating for children are explained and discussed, from design, text integration, character creation and color palette, to concept development and storyboarding. Texts are provided for all assignments; however, students may bring their own manuscripts to work on within the context of assignments, and are encouraged to develop their own characters and work from their ideas. Assignments are presented and critiqued weekly. Some classroom instruction is provided in watercolor as a medium, but students may also choose media they already know or want to explore for their assignments. By completing several illustrations and a storyboard by the end of the course, students will get a taste of illustrating and writing for children.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Cheryl Kirk Noll (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 11 - May 23 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-TEXT-0851
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $20


Description

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.


Instructor
  • Name: Katy Dika (Bio)
Course Details

Sunday, May 5 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-JEWEL-4114
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $145 | lab fee $45


Description

Working with a palette of Czech fire-polished beads, Japanese Miyuki seed beads, fine European leather cord, and antique buttons, students will learn four different wrap bracelet techniques. Students will be given the option of creating one long bracelet or four single wraps. Instructions will be given on fit and sizing, as well as basic color theory. Inherently beautiful by themselves, the materials in combination result in wearable works of art. No experience is necessary, but a task lamp and reader glasses may be helpful. All materials provided.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Carolyn Wagner (Bio)
Course Details

Sunday, Mar 24 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-JEWEL-1163 ( Class has Started )
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $30


Description

Students in this workshop get to play with scores of colored Czech fire-polished beads and create a one-of-a-kind double leather wrap bracelet. Working with fine European leather cord and antique buttons, instructions are given on technique, fit and sizing. Students who have taken this course previously will be encouraged to work more extensively with pattern and color. A task lamp and reader glasses may be helpful. All materials will be provided.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Carolyn Wagner (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 10 - May 22 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DWG-0518
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $30


Description

This immersion into both the anatomical analysis of the human form and the visual concepts of drawing enables students to make strong, confident figure drawings grounded in a solid understanding of the form from the inside out. Drawing begins with an exploration of gesture and an instinctive response to the figure in space. Lectures in skeletal anatomy deepen the student's visual understanding and appreciation. With this foundation, students graduate to more volumetric drawing based on planar realizations. A crucial part of this process is the observation of models, plaster casts, anatomical diagrams and the skeleton. Ultimately, learning the major muscle groups and their action on the skeleton enhances investigation of the dynamic human form in space. Issues of proportion, composition, perspective, planes, volume, shape and weight are considered. Art historical references develop appreciation for the important place of the figure in art.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)