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Online, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-JEWEL-0490
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

Top fashion houses and jewelry companies use hand-rendered drawings to show clients a potential design, to serve as a reference for fabrication purposes, or to advertise and promote a new collection. Whether you're a jeweler interested in creating stunning color renderings of your own designs, or simply interested in learning this rarified art, the color theory and drawing techniques introduced in this course show you how to realize your vision. The course starts with an introduction to the use and handling of Prismacolor markers and templates. Each successive session, you’ll work through a series of focused drawing exercises on materials, learning the techniques and skills necessary to render luminous metals and glittering gemstones with realistic color and dimension. Technical aspects like side views and specing will also be covered. By the end of the course, you’ll be on the way to creating dazzling renderings of your own jewelry designs. No prior drawing experience is necessary. Please budget for color markers, Micron pens and templates.

Notes:
- This is an asynchronous online course with no live class sessions or set meeting times. The course will include video presentations, detailed tutorials and discussion forums. Assignments will be sequenced so that one leads to the next and will include project deadlines. Students receive individualized support for idea development and critique of work. To keep pace with the course, students should expect to log in daily to CE Link, our online course management platform.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Tzu-Ju Chen (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-DWG-0619-02 ( Class is Full )
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

"There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." -Pablo Picasso Through a series of exercises that involve abstracting from life, using traditional and nontraditional drawing tools and moving from macro to micro, this course offers a variety of challenges and solutions, experiments and problem-solving strategies to trigger ideas and work toward a more nonrepresentational way of working. Elements of line, shape and texture are investigated, along with working with spatial cues to create pictorial space. Examples of composition and compositional structures are provided to help students understand how to connect the parts into a unified whole. Students progress at their own pace while they loosen their hold on literalness, explore underlying conceptual issues and discover new means of depiction and expression.

Notes:
- This is an asynchronous online course with no live class sessions or set meeting times. The course will include video presentations, detailed tutorials and discussion forums. Assignments will be sequenced so that one leads to the next and will include project deadlines. Students receive individualized support for idea development and critique of work. To keep pace with the course, students should expect to log in daily to CE Link, our online course management platform.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: PS-E

Prerequisite: Previous drawing experience is helpful


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-ARTA-0850
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

This course introduces students to significant developments in the history of design in Europe and America from 1900 to 2000. Along with an examination of a variety of object types, we will consider works within their social, cultural, political and economic contexts, taking into account materials, technology and theoretical debates. Major art and design movements considered include Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, the German Avant-Garde, American Streamlining, Post-War Machine Art and the International Style, Organic Design, Pop, and Postmodernism.

Notes:
- This is an asynchronous online course with no live class sessions or set meeting times. The course will include video presentations, detailed tutorials and discussion forums. Assignments will be sequenced so that one leads to the next and will include project deadlines. Students receive individualized support for idea development and critique of work. To keep pace with the course, students should expect to log in daily to CE Link, our online course management platform.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-TEXT-1421
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

The surface design industry can be a daunting place for a newcomer. This course will help guide you by revealing the basics of a successful surface design collection, and by providing an introduction to how a designer can monetize their artwork. In addition to sharing tips for creating eye-pleasing repeats and killer colorways, digital lessons focus on researching and using marketable inspiration, preparing original design files for sale or license, and using professional presentation techniques and self promotion practices. Students will evaluate their work and themselves with a critical eye to determine the right market for their style and how they can work best in the industry. Reading assignments will open students’ eyes to the possibilities of selling and licensing their work, while laying the foundation for new revenue streams. Successful students will complete the course with two marketable artwork collections, a better understanding of where their work fits into the industry, and a personalized plan to meet their surface design goals.

This course does not cover the basics of creating repeats for surface design, but is the perfect companion to Surface Design: Introduction.

Notes:
- This is an asynchronous online course with no live class sessions or set meeting times. The course will include video presentations, detailed tutorials and discussion forums. Assignments will be sequenced so that one leads to the next and will include project deadlines. Students receive individualized support for idea development and critique of work. To keep pace with the course, students should expect to log in daily to CE Link, our online course management platform.
- 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 the Adobe website for cost and downloading instructions. Be sure to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before purchasing.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Prerequisite: Surface Design: Introduction or industry equivalent


Instructor
  • Name: Katy Dika (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-PNT-1597 ( Class is Full )
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

Acrylic colors are rich and true to nature, allowing for amazingly accurate representation. Not surprisingly, acrylic painting has long been a popular medium for illustrators, fine artists, decorative artists, and muralists. In this course, students explore the unique attributes of, and possibilities inherent in, this versatile water-based, fast-drying, and non-toxic medium. Many different results are possible, from the transparent and translucent feel of watercolor to the more opaque quality of oil painting. The process begins with background washes, and progresses to color mixing, thin and opaque washes, ghosting, glazing and underpainting. Students select the subjects they wish to paint and should come to the first class with an idea of what that subject might be. Work will be done from direct observation as demonstrated by the instructor through tutorials and online demos. By the end of class, students will have produced at least one final work in acrylic and deepened their experience with the medium.

Notes:
- This is an asynchronous online course with no live class sessions or set meeting times. The course will include video presentations, detailed tutorials and discussion forums. Assignments will be sequenced so that one leads to the next and will include project deadlines. Students receive individualized support for idea development and critique of work. To keep pace with the course, students should expect to log in daily to CE Link, our online course management platform.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Bartlett Wright (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Oct 20 - Dec 1 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-BOOK-2463
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

Collage is a tremendously versatile technique for both commercial illustration and fine art as it allows artists at all levels to express themselves, both seriously and fancifully, using found objects, recycled and everyday materials to create original works. Students begin their exploration with a brief slide-illustrated survey of collage from its origins through the work of 20th-century masters like Picasso, Schwitters and Bearden, to contemporary photo-illustration. Through demonstration, exercises and assignments, the class reviews such different techniques as mosaic, cut paper, textured surfaces and photomontage. Students expand their vocabulary of color, texture, shapes and marks as they explore the extraordinary expressive potential of collage.

Notes:
- This is an asynchronous online course with no live class sessions or set meeting times. The course will include video presentations, detailed tutorials and discussion forums. Assignments will be sequenced so that one leads to the next and will include project deadlines. Students receive individualized support for idea development and critique of work. To keep pace with the course, students should expect to log in daily to CE Link, our online course management platform.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-ILUS-3580 ( Class is Full )
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

From Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are to Audubon's naturalist watercolors, to Mike Mignola's Hellboy creation, illustration encompasses many approaches to making pictures tell stories. This course introduces the fascinating relationship between image and text, and investigates the multi-faceted process of interpreting and translating words into pictures. Projects are designed to ignite the imagination, help students gain skills and gather information they need to begin illustrating. Students are able to tailor projects to their specific interests and work at their own pace. Considerations of composition, medium, personal style and ways to draw and hold viewers' attention are part of the discussion and examples are given. Additionally, the business side of illustration, including the art of marketing and pitching your work to publishing houses, is addressed. Drawing experience at a proficient level is highly recommended -- Students should have Drawing I or Drawing: Introduction competencies.

Notes:
- This is an asynchronous online course with no live class sessions or set meeting times. The course will include video presentations, detailed tutorials and discussion forums. Assignments will be sequenced so that one leads to the next and will include project deadlines. Students receive individualized support for idea development and critique of work. To keep pace with the course, students should expect to log in daily to CE Link, our online course management platform.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: NS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Roonan (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Nov 4 - Dec 16 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-ILUS-3580-02
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400 | lab fee $25


Description

From Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are to Audubon's naturalist watercolors, to Mike Mignola's Hellboy creation, illustration encompasses many approaches to making pictures tell stories. This course introduces the fascinating relationship between image and text, and investigates the multi-faceted process of interpreting and translating words into pictures. Projects are designed to ignite the imagination, help students gain skills and gather information they need to begin illustrating. Students are able to tailor projects to their specific interests and work at their own pace. Considerations of composition, medium, personal style and ways to draw and hold viewers' attention are part of the discussion and examples are given. Additionally, the business side of illustration, including the art of marketing and pitching your work to publishing houses, is addressed. Drawing experience at a proficient level is highly recommended -- Students should have Drawing I or Drawing: Introduction competencies.

Notes:
- This is a hybrid course: In-person sessions at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI are complemented by online coursework including discussion boards, demonstrations and tutorials. 6-session classes will meet in-person three times, on the first, third and last weeks of the course on Wednesdays, Nov 4, Nov 18 and Dec 16, and the other sessions will be conducted online. Some classes, at the discretion of the instructor and students’ availability, may meet more often in person as needed.
- The online component of class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link) and video conferencing platform (Zoom).
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.
- With the return of our in-person classes at the Westerly Education Center, RISD CE and the WEC are keeping with the most recent guidelines from both the RI Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read and review WEC’s COVID-19 health and safety policy.

Applies to: NS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Roonan (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Nov 3 - Dec 15 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-PNT-4213-02
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400 | lab fee $40


Description

Pablo Picasso said, "There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality." How to actually remove traces of reality and move toward abstraction is the challenge. This course -- through a series of exercises involving abstracting from nature, collage, and moving from macro to micro -- offers a variety of solutions, experiments and problem-solving strategies to trigger ideas. Working with line, shape, color and composition, consideration is paid to visual concerns (such as pictorial space) and paint quality, as well as underlying conceptual issues. Oil paint is the preferred medium, but other paint choices are discussed and selected relative to individual experience and interest. Students progress at their own pace, while they loosen their hold on literalness, and discover new means of depiction and expression that lead to the development of an "artistic vision." Note: Previous painting experience is helpful, but not required.

Notes:
- This is a hybrid course: In-person sessions at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI are complemented by online coursework including discussion boards, demonstrations and tutorials. 6-session classes will meet in-person three times, on the first, third and last weeks of the course on Tuesdays, Nov 3, Nov 17 and Dec 15, and the other sessions will be conducted online. Some classes, at the discretion of the instructor and students’ availability, may meet more often in person as needed.
- The online component of class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link) and video conferencing platform (Zoom).
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.
- With the return of our in-person classes at the Westerly Education Center, RISD CE and the WEC are keeping with the most recent guidelines from both the RI Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read and review WEC’s COVID-19 health and safety policy.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-PNT-4215
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400 | lab fee $15


Description

No other subject has intrigued and confounded artists quite like the study of the human head. This course helps students develop key strategies for achieving a clear understanding of the head as a volume in space, which is essential to the construction and creation of a convincing portrait. The initial focus is on drawing basic geometric shapes for simplification and, as the class progresses, so does the complexity. Working from direct observation -- including measuring for proportions and structural landmarks for form and placement -- is accomplished first in drawing, then painting. The use of directional light to generate shapes and shadow helps to suggest form. Lectures on basic anatomy -- both the overall form of the head and the individual features -- complement observation. Oil painting is the medium used and paint mixing, palette construction, and color's expressive potential specific to the individual being portrayed are highlighted. A well-executed portrait shows both the physical likeness, as well as the character of the subject. Painting what is observed -- rather than simply attempting to make a portrait look like a person -- ultimately leads to a very convincing head. 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.

Notes:
- This is a hybrid course: In-person sessions at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI are complemented by online coursework including discussion boards, demonstrations and tutorials. 6-session classes will meet in-person three times, on the first, third and last weeks of the course on Mondays, Nov 2, Nov 16 and Dec 14, and the other sessions will be conducted online. Some classes, at the discretion of the instructor and students’ availability, may meet more often in person as needed.
- The online component of class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link) and video conferencing platform (Zoom).
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.
- With the return of our in-person classes at the Westerly Education Center, RISD CE and the WEC are keeping with the most recent guidelines from both the RI Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read and review WEC’s COVID-19 health and safety policy.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)