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Saturday + Sunday, Feb 9 - 10 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PNT-0342 ( Class is almost Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Description

Experience with acrylic paint lays a foundation for learning to work with other water-based paint and is invaluable in skill-building for any painter, illustrator or designer. This class introduces acrylic painting through examples of work done in this versatile medium, followed by a demonstration on mixing. The first day, students practice simple painting methods and do simple exercises, including how to apply paint, layers and controlling opacity and transparency, thick vs. thin, and creating texture. On day two, students first prepare a background wash, then a preliminary drawing, and learn how to transfer the drawing onto that background. Everyone works from the same simple subject of their own choice. Clear, step-by-step instructions enable students to fully understand the process. This workshop is intended for absolute beginners, as well as for experienced painters who want to gain confidence and skill with the medium.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Bartlett Wright (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

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, 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 + Sunday, Mar 23 - 24 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PNT-1598
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

Tuesdays, Feb 26 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-WOOD-0837
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $50


Description

This studio course focuses on the development and construction of furniture pieces through materials exploration and design iteration. Students first seek inspiration in raw materials, inventing innovative ways to employ them through quick studies. They then develop designs for three original pieces using sketches and simple models to communicate their ideas visually. Designs are progressively refined through group discussions focused on aesthetic concerns, use scenarios, ergonomics and production logistics. In the second portion of the course, participants construct one of their designs -- using basic woodshop tools or alternative materials and construction techniques -- depending on what works best for the design. Woodworking skills are useful but not required, as all necessary techniques are demonstrated. 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: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Shane Richards (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 9 - 10 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CW-PNT-0508
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

From loose sketches to formal, rendered work, many exciting and expressive effects are possible with gouache. Its unique properties of opacity, matte finish and fast drying time make gouache a favorite medium of illustrators, art directors, surface and fashion designers, and fine artists alike. Easy to manipulate, gouache allows for rapid and fluid working styles, with the ability to achieve high levels of detail. These qualities make gouache a valuable addition to any artist's repertoire. In this workshop, students experience the spontaneity and immediacy of gouache firsthand, as they practice methods and techniques for gouache application based on instructor demonstrations and discussions of color mixing, wash techniques and brushwork. Composition, color theory and fundamental design principles are also discussed. Students work from direct observation and photo reference to create several small studies and paintings, gaining a solid understanding of the medium's broad applications.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Karen Triedman (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Feb 28 - Apr 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PRINT-4403
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $20


Description

Japanese woodblock printmaking, a traditional thousand-year-old process,
combines ink or paint and nori (rice paste) with hand-pressing techniques to create prints and -- distinct from Western techniques -- does not require a press. Students begin by practicing both carving techniques and printing with sumi ink. More advanced applications of color follow, including color gradation (bokashi) and making multiple block prints. Registration and numbering the prints are also discussed. To be true to the classic art form, design and composition are integral considerations in the development of individual imagery. Japanese prints exerted an enormous influence on the West, inspiring artists and -- as the prints were inexpensive and plentiful -- providing one of the first opportunities for affordable art collecting. 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: Kate Aitchison (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Mar 2 - May 25 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 4/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-JEWEL-1132
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $50


Description

An intriguing piece of jewelry not only attracts the eye, but also complements its wearer or tells a story. In this course, we move beyond appreciation to creation by learning the fundamentals of jewelry-making techniques, design and fabrication. A range of hand-tool processes is covered through practical exercises and imaginative concept-based projects. The non-technical side of the course focuses on idea development and the critical-thinking skills needed to realize a vision. On the technical front, we cover sawing, piercing, filing, annealing, soldering, texturing, cold connections, basic hollow construction, ring sizing and more. In addition, discussion of design, materials, jewelry history and alternative techniques is part of every class. Note: Students may purchase tool kits from the RISD Store 3D on the first day of class for $170. Students are expected to purchase metals for their projects, the nature and scope of which determine costs. 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: JM-R, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Molly Palecek (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Feb 26 - May 21 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-JEWEL-1109
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $50


Description

Working in precious and non-precious metals, this class moves beyond the foundation learned in Jewelry + Light Metals I: Materials + Techniques to refine and combine a variety of jewelry construction methods. The focus of the class is to encourage students to pursue intermediate level projects that incorporate more complicated soldering techniques such as wire construction and chain making, as well as allow students more room for individual artistic development. Additionally, more advanced techniques such as hinge making, complicated scoring and bending, and other fabrication methods are introduced. Image lectures are presented to inspire students with new design possibilities and to help articulate more involved ideas and concepts in their work. By the end of the course, students should find themselves able to both create more intricate pieces and to approach jewelry design from a decidedly more sophisticated vantage point. Note: Students should be comfortable with basic sawing and soldering. Students may purchase tool kits from the RISD Store 3D on the first day of class for approximately $170. Students are expected to purchase metals for their projects, the nature and scope of which determine costs. 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: JM-R, PM-E

Prerequisite: Jewelry + Light Metals I: Materials + Techniques


Instructor
  • Name: Tzu-Ju Chen (Bio)