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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 | 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

Mondays, Apr 8 - May 20 | 7-10pm | No Class: 4/15
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-DWG-9016
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $20


Description

When making the leap from drawing to painting, the two largest hurdles an artist faces are learning how to work with color, and learning the technical aspects of a wet medium. This course seeks to break down that process by focusing on how to use color with an already-familiar drawing medium: crayon or pastel. By using a dry medium akin to pencil and charcoal, students are able to focus on composition, color and value issues, without the additional stress of learning a new medium. Working with the rich but limited color palette of pastels and crayons also helps eliminate the most common mistake of beginning painters: muddy colors. This course thoroughly investigates color, including hue, value, saturation, warm/cool colors, flesh tones, and the effect of light and shade on color. It also approaches form from a more painterly shape-oriented perspective. Students gain confidence and skills in both drawing and color, working from still-life and the model, as they consider moving into painting.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Emily Slapin (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Mar 23 - 24 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PNT-1598 ( Class has Started )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Encaustic, an ancient technique used to create commemorative wax portraits in Roman and Egyptian art, is once again a popular medium for artists. Also called hot wax painting, encaustic is the process of creating an image from molten beeswax colored with pigments and then applied to a surface -- either wood, masonite or canvas. The wax cools in minutes, enabling the application of many successive coats. Smoothing and scraping the wax, painting between each layer, and using heat to bind the layers creates a finish with a lustrous enamel-like appearance. By working from both invented imagery and direct observation, students of all skill levels are encouraged to experiment and allow their paintings to evolve as they reheat and rework surfaces until the desired effect is achieved. 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.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Apr 13 - 14 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-PNT-4207
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

From Byzantine icons to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, egg tempera is one of the oldest and most radiant of painting mediums. The paint, a mixture of fresh raw egg yolk, water and pigment, shares properties of both watercolor and oils. Like watercolor, it allows for thin, transparent washes and rapid drying. Like oils, tempera can be built up in layers of luminous color. Additionally, each layer painted becomes water-resistant, so that one application of paint can be rapidly followed by another. The two layers don't mix -- allowing one color to appear through the other, giving it its unique quality of luminosity. The course includes demonstrations on both preparation of the paint and technical applications including brushwork and sponging. On the first day, students start with practice panels and work from an in-class setup. On the second day, work can be from an in-class setup in class or individual imagery. Pigment origins and their unique characteristics are discussed, and historical examples of work done in egg tempera are shown for students to see its breadth of visual possibilities.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Kathy Hodge (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday through Monday, Jun 8 - 10 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PNT-2879
3 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $50


Description

This workshop helps participants to re-engage and further their encaustic practice with a focus on developing and expanding visual vocabulary, building existing skills, and challenging themselves to work larger. Additional techniques include manipulating encaustic to create texture and developing translucency and depth between layers. The workshop begins with a quick introductory overview of basics, including fusing techniques and studio safety considerations. The instructor meets each student at their level and makes insightful suggestions about how to hone and push skills. Effective ways to handle edges and finishing work are introduced, as well as discussion around proper packing, shipping and storing encaustic work. Students will break and practice free-writing from verbal prompts to further a connection to their work and ways of working. The class visits the RISD Museum to see the Fayum portraits and discover the rich history and longevity of this centuries-old medium. Lunch and all materials are provided.

Prerequisite: Some encaustic experience


Instructor
  • Name: Dietlind Vander Schaaf (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday through Monday, Jun 8 - 10 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-TEXT-3080
3 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $30


Description

Fast becoming a viable art medium of choice for a new generation of artists, embroidery is no longer restricted to its traditional tea towel-and-pillow history. This workshop explores and challenges the boundaries of working with thread, and combines it with material studies and image making. Students are introduced to both traditional and contemporary approaches to working with thread, hand and machine embroidery techniques, as well as experimentation on an array of substrates and materials to test the power of thread. Guided exercises allow students to utilize interdisciplinary approaches while developing their own imagery, and discovering language with thread. Historic and contemporary examples of working with thread are shown. The class also has the chance to visit the RISD Museum exhibit Repair and Design Futures, a multidisciplinary exhibition and programming series that investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and as a call to action. Lunch is provided each day.


Instructor
  • Name: * Lu Heintz, James Drain (Bio)
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