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Tuesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-FOUND-1186-03
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $15


Description

Color is one of the most powerful, and complex, tools at the artist's disposal. Bridging the divide between color theory and color practice, this studio course distills the essentials of color mechanics into workable studies and projects. Students explore color through creative exercises using collage and paint to understand color and how to use it effectively. Explorations of the role of light, the psychological impact of color, and how such factors as hue, value and intensity affect design are integral to the learning. Slide-illustrated presentations address the historical background of the use of color. Through the process of experiencing the interface of color theory and color application, guidelines toward developing a personal palette are discussed. Mastery of color is essential in the work of artists, illustrators, craftspeople and designers, making this course an ideal starting point. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jan 22 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-DWG-0615-02
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Have you wanted to incorporate art into your life, but are unsure of where to start? This workshop allows you to explore in a non-threatening, expectation-free environment. Three prompts, focused on the concept of mark making, encourage you to expand your notion of what it means to make art. The emphasis is on exploration and discovery rather than on finished pieces of work. Additionally, to help you get started we review the basics of a variety of art making terms and materials. You may come away surprised and ready to confidently integrate art into your life. Come prepared with an open mind and plenty of questions!

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-ARTA-9014
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Within a fully supportive and constructive environment for the artist and non-artist alike, this workshop helps students tap into their creative energy, generate new ideas and develop new ways of working. Accessing individual creativity begins by diving right in, through a series of hands-on exercises designed to work with unconventional mark-making tools and prompts that focus on speed, attention and reaction. Students are challenged to let go of preconceptions and encouraged to experiment, play and make. Ways to trigger ideas and accelerate individual creative practice are emphasized. The class is ideal for students looking to invigorate their life and fuel their art practice.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jan 10 - Feb 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-FOUND-1187-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $20


Description

Drawing is the simplest, most efficient and most accessible way to communicate visual ideas. This course, designed for the absolute beginner, focuses on development of hand-eye coordination -- required for all perceptual drawing -- to understand how to look and how to transcribe what is seen onto a surface. Students begin by learning to describe shapes with line, including exploration of line weight, direction and speed and then move on to value, investigating both additive and reductive ways of working and how to utilize the power of light and dark to create volume and space. As confidence builds, progress is made into more complicated subject matter and working out compositional decisions and strategies. Tools utilized include pencil, charcoal and eraser. Subjects include still life, architecture/space and a brief introduction to the figure. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jacob Cullers (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 16 - 17 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-DWG-0616
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Drawing is the foundation of artistic study, practice and communication. In this fast-paced weekend experience, students explore the fundamentals of drawing and learn how to render what they see. Students begin by describing shapes with line, weight and stroke direction, and move quickly to the study and observation of light and shadow. The class explores additive and reductive methods with the aim of completion of an accurate drawing using a range of values. Aided by student examples and instructor demonstrations, students develop their skills. Drawing materials include graphite, charcoal and erasure. Subjects, including natural and everyday objects, are provided.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.


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

Saturday, Jan 12 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-DWG-0526
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Hands are one of the hardest things to master as an artist. Learn basic hand anatomy and some simple drawing tricks to help you quickly and accurately sketch the hand in many different positions. As you discover how to plot out this difficult subject step by step, you'll experiment with ways to simplify the process, how to establish key lines, and how to identify the essential shapes. Come experience how this single lesson can greatly improve your drawing skills.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AN-E, NS-E, PM-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-COM-0556
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $30


Description

Students can start drawing, designing and rendering their ideas with SketchUp, 3D modeling software that's easy to learn and used by architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers. This course teaches students about the use of this free downloadable toolkit as a design and rendering tool. The instructor presents the fundamentals of the interface, and how to model original spaces and objects from scratch or import prebuilt objects from the Google warehouse. The accelerated format allows for faster learning as students quickly move on to advanced topics like texturing objects and creating simple animation. This course is recommended for novice designers or design students interested in learning how to incorporate 3D into their work.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: ID-E, JM-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Kimberley Valente (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Feb 9 | 10am-1pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-PHO-4153
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Your iPhone is about to get even more useful to you -- even if you didn't think that was possible! In this workshop, you'll learn how to take professional-looking photos with just your iPhone. Whether you're looking to photograph your own artwork, or seeking to perfect your social media aesthetic for your brand, these skills can be applied to many aspects of your creative life. You'll develop tricks, tips and insights into a few of the instructor's favorite (free) photo editing applications; how to take product/food shots; and how to make use of natural light. You'll also gain resources on local printing companies to print all of your favorite shots.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Jaclyn Altieri (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jan 10 - Feb 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-PHO-1647-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course for new and amateur photographers introduces ways of seeing through the lens and illuminates the underlying two-dimensional design issues and visual concepts hidden within the photographic image. Through weekly assignments and critiques, students explore ways to use photography and photographic conventions for their unique personal expression. Lessons include the technical operations like focus, shutter speed and aperture common to all cameras, and how they influence artistic choices. Whether students are interested in traditional or digital photography, this course provides a strong foundation for any subsequent photographic pursuit.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E, NS-E, PG-R, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Feb 5 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CW-DWG-0524
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Want to dive into art making but don't know where to start? Starting a sketchbook is a perfect entry point. Quick and easy strategies are introduced as you begin generating work for your sketchbook, including line exercises and collage techniques. Emphasis is on discovery and working through processes in an intuitive and spontaneous way, enabling you to surmount any preconceived ideas and respond naturally to prompts and visual stimulus.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)