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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

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

Mondays, Apr 8 - May 20 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PNT-4215
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $40


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.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 11 - May 23 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-PRNT-0791-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

A graphic designer is a creative problem solver who conceptualizes, plans and executes a design that communicates a message. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of working in the field of graphic design by examining the meaning of graphic design, the design process and the role the graphic designer plays in society. Students respond to presentations and engage in hands-on assignments intended to provide a glimpse of the RISD|CE Graphic Design certificate program and the broader field of the professional graphic designer.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Apr 10 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/17
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PHO-1647
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.

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


Instructor
  • Name: John Hames (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-INDES-4424
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This introductory course focuses on the process of design as it applies to interior spaces. Students build an acute awareness of core principles -- scale, proportion, light, circulation and progression -- as a means to create visual harmony. Functional, utilitarian, economic and safety requirements of interior spaces in an architectural framework are examined and students develop a process book that is a document of their new appreciation for lighting, acoustics, textiles and materials choices. Through exercises and a final project, students learn to apply the basic principles of visual design to interiors, and to better understand how form and function can be translated into practical designs for livable interior spaces.

Applies to: ID-R, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Rina Naik (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Apr 4 - May 16 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-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 is held at the Westerly Education Center. Schedule change: Class dates have changed since originally published. Class will now meet April 4-May 16.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
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