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Tuesday, Jul 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-ARTA-2850
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

How do you use objects to express yourself and your history, both personal and cultural? How do your possessions communicate your personality, style and socioeconomic status? In this lecture, we consider these questions in the context of material culture studies, a method to investigate physical objects in search of an understanding of culture and social relations. Human beings have been making things long before they were speaking or writing about things, and the objects around us can tell intricate and complex stories about our cultural selves. Investigating objects also reveals information about manufacturing processes and work routines; popular culture trends and advertising are reflected in the consumption of goods like baseball cards, Tupperware and high tech gadgets; and religious, cultural and economic identity is so often expressed through purchased and inherited objects, jewelry and clothing. We look at material culture history, as well as popular culture and mass production, in an attempt to reveal the ways in which objects can serve as a tangible, physical expression of the people and societies that produce them.


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Shapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jul 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-DWG-0527
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Gain the skills you can use to draw any flower, any time. This workshop introduces clear, simple strategies to approach drawing flowers -- strategies that can be used for many other organic forms, including the human body. Drawing a flower begins with noticing how it grows: It originates from the stem and its central axis, and then radiates outward from that center. Drawing begins with establishing this central axis and then building a schematic line structure to develop the form. We cover basic flower anatomy and consider several different flower types.


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

Tuesday, Jun 18 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-INDES-3013
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Windows are our visual channels to the outside world. For this reason, window dressings and treatments, along with knowledgeable choices of fabrics and styles, can add immeasurably to the beauty and comfort of your home. In this class, we explore the range of styles, fabrics and hardware available. We discuss the differences between draperies and curtains, the aesthetic value vs. the practicality of using decorative hardware, as well as the implications of using sheers vs. blinds. Basic window measuring skills are also covered. Whether you are decorating a home, an apartment or a converted loft space, and whether you have tall, small or bay windows to transform, this class provides stimulating and practical solutions to your design challenges.

Applies to: ID-E


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Barba (Bio)
Course Details

Thursday, Jun 27 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PHO-1662
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Do you have a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera but feel unsure about how to use it effectively? This workshop is for you if you have little or no experience using a DSLR and want to gain a basic understanding of how to use it to maximum advantage. We cover everything from initial setup and deciphering the camera's menus and settings, to making accurate exposures and dealing with focusing and white balance issues. We also explore the different options available for controlling lighting in various situations. You'll leave with a newfound confidence in handling the DSLR and producing consistently pleasing images. Note: Please bring your camera, its instruction manual and a willingness to learn to this fast-paced introductory workshop.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jul 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-2846
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Watercolor is the perfect medium to capture the spontaneous beauty and fleeting nature of the sky, a contributing factor in the success of any landscape or seascape painting -- and it's often the most-fun part to paint. Using a wet-on-wet painting technique, students achieve immediate results and quickly learn how to utilize watercolor in a bold and expressive way to create atmospheric depth and mood in their painting. Through experimentation with different pigment combinations, brushes and composition choices, students achieve an array of convincing and expressive skies in watercolor in just one evening.


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jul 16 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-WEB-2792
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Learn how to use social media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram, to effectively enhance or create your online brand and image. Tania Picard has worked with many individuals and businesses to develop an online presence. She will share her expertise and help you gain an in-depth perspective on how to use social media to tell your brand's story -- strategically increasing your following. Learn which tools come highly recommended to manage your posts, and how to use them. You will gain an understanding of how to set up and use website analytics to measure social media success and understand followers' internet patterns. Note: Students should plan to bring their laptops.

Applies to: GR-E, IT-E


Instructor
  • Name: Tania Picard (Bio)
Course Details

Thursday, Jun 27 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PRAC-1404
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Learn how to share your personal story as an artist in a compelling and accessible way. Through the use of the third-person biographical essay, you'll discover how to develop your backstory to paint a more complete picture of yourself as an artist and as a person, and how to give readers a clear insight into your personal narrative and the inspiration, motivation and nature of your work. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed strategies of approach and a rough outline to write your bio for use in a variety of applications including web and print.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Rose (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jul 2 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PRINT-4062
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

This workshop introduces students to linocut printing -- an accessible and fast relief-based process in which a block is made by carving away areas; the parts that remain are then inked, and the block is applied to paper. Through rubbing, the image is released onto the paper and a print results. Students are shown how to transfer a simple image to the block using simple inking methods. This is a versatile and portable approach to the printmaking medium and one that lends itself to working without a press.


Instructor
  • Name: Anna McNeary (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jul 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/SE-PRINT-4062-02
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

This workshop introduces students to linocut printing -- an accessible and fast relief-based process in which a block is made by carving away areas; the parts that remain are then inked, and the block is applied to paper. Through rubbing, the image is released onto the paper and a print results. Students are shown how to transfer a simple image to the block using simple inking methods. This is a versatile and portable approach to the printmaking medium and one that lends itself to working without a press.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Anna McNeary (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jun 25 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-JEWEL-0391
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

This fast-paced workshop introduces you to a variety of chain-making techniques with a few simple tools, assorted gauges and types of wire. Working with pliers and easy-to-make wire forming jigs, you'll create your own custom links, add texture with hammers, and explore unique wire forms that enhance your design work with handcrafted chains. Fastening techniques and how to add elements using links are also demonstrated.


Instructor
  • Name: Tzu-Ju Chen (Bio)