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Saturday + Sunday, Oct 3 - 4 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-DWG-0523
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $305 | lab fee $30


Description

You don't need to know how to draw or be an artist to take this course -- in fact, the less you know, the better! A common misconception, that you need to have experience in art to take RISD CE courses, was the impetus for this course. It starts with the simplest of tasks and tools, and slowly illuminates the mystery of materials and the triumph of the well-chosen tool in creating work. Students' eyes are trained to look, to observe and to record. Work is done in drawing, color studies and collage through a series of exercises that encourage students to open up and experiment. Work is done in a variety of mediums -- with less focus on subject, and more on interpreting and abstracting to fully comprehend basic shapes and structures. We do all of this in a supportive environment, with an open mind being the only prerequisite.

Notes:
- This in-person course will be taught at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI.
- 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.
-Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 7 - 8 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-ILUS-1203
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $305 | lab fee $20


Description

Collage, from the French verb coller, meaning "to glue," is created when unrelated elements (usually paper) are assembled and glued together to form a new whole. This workshop introduces some of the fundamental techniques to consider when making a collage, and addresses issues of compositional structure -- including color relationships, direction and movement -- so the elements work in relation to each other and as a unified piece. A collage may include magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects -- glued to a piece of paper or canvas support. With applications to painting, illustration and digital design, collage is a valuable skill to add to one's artistic arsenal. Its origins can be traced back hundreds of years, but the technique made a dramatic reappearance in the early 20th Century with work by artists Braque and Picasso, and is currently undergoing a resurgence in contemporary art.

Notes:
- This in-person course will be taught at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI.
- 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.
-Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 28 - 29 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-PRINT-1418
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $305 | lab fee $25


Description

Monoprinting is a one-of-a-kind printed painting, a versatile printing process in which inks are applied directly onto or wiped away from a Plexiglas surface referred to as a plate. The plates are printed by hand so the students can execute ideas quickly, allowing for a very spontaneous way of generating ideas. As students gain confidence and learn the intricacies of printing, experimentation with the medium is encouraged. The basics of printing set-up and technique, including mixing inks and learning printmaking terminology, are a fundamental part of this workshop. Students will learn the practicalities of single and multi-plate (layered) registration, texturing and drawing techniques, stencils and collagraphy-based techniques (printing with found materials). Please note that not-toxic, water-based media are used in this course.

Notes:
- This in-person course will be taught at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI.
- 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.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Anna McNeary (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

Tuesdays, Nov 3 - Dec 15 | 5:30-8:30pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-WOOD-2877 ( Class is Full )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400 | lab fee $45


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.

Notes:
- This in-person course will be taught at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI.
- 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.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.


Instructor
  • Name: Wilson Lawrence (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 17 - 18 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CF-PNT-4207
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $305 | lab fee $30


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.

Notes:
- This in-person course will be taught at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, RI.
- 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.
- Please visit our Registration FAQ for additional information and resources.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Kathy Hodge (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)
Course Details

Online, Nov 2 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-PRINT-0629
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $400


Description

In this online course, participants will learn, through demos and tutorials, how to create one-of-a-kind silkscreen prints. The process involves using water-based silkscreen techniques that are easy to use in a non-studio context, including drawing directly onto screens and transferring the images using clear ink and a squeegee. Water-soluble pastels and watercolor will be used, as well as water-based printing ink, for a nontoxic and easy-to-clean-up practice. This course will include how to modify the practice for home studios and an introduction to plein-air (working outside directly from nature) work, basic silkscreen registration and stencil methods while working from staged still lifes. No prior experience with printmaking is required.

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: Lois Harada (Bio)
Course Details

Online, Oct 19 - Dec 14 | Asynchronous | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | Online | 2020/CF-JEWEL-0630
0 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $465


Description

This comprehensive introduction to wax working for jewelry focuses on the design and creation of wax models for lost wax casting. Wax's malleability provides the designer with a unique way to create rich textures and fine details. Additionally, wax is highly reworkable and encourages experimentation. Class begins by exploring both additive and subtractive processes explained through worksheets, video tutorials and demos. Throughout the course, students strengthen their designs through research and sketches, and are encouraged to challenge themselves in their use of form, surface texture, and contrast. Finished waxes will be sent to a professional caster to be realized in whichever metal the student chooses (sterling silver, bronze, etc.). Ultimately, pieces are finished by sanding and filing, resulting in fine works of art. Note: This course, in combination with "The Home Jewelry Studio" (course 0840) can be substituted for "Final Studio: Jewelry and Light Metals" (course 0498).

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-R

Prerequisites: Jewelry + Light Metals: Materials and Techniques (1132) and Jewelry + Light Metals: Process and Practices (1109)


Instructor
  • Name: MJ Tyson (Bio)
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