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Tuesdays, Sep 10 - Oct 15 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PNT-0235
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Both compelling and at times mystifying, the medium of watercolor is broken down in this step-by-step introductory course. Students learn that producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. Along with planning and learning how to control paint, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore value, composition, and color theory as they learn the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered, as are washes, color lifting and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations and equip students with the skills and experience to use watercolor effectively to achieve lively results. 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 classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2019/CF-PNT-0235-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Both compelling and at times mystifying, the medium of watercolor is broken down in this step-by-step introductory course. Students learn that producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. Along with planning and learning how to control paint, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore value, composition, and color theory as they learn the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered, as are washes, color lifting and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations and equip students with the skills and experience to use watercolor effectively to achieve lively results. 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 classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 14 - Nov 2 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-WOOD-0811
8 sessions | 24 contact hours | tuition $425 | lab fee $50


Description

This course is for students who have dreamed of combining personal expression with the utilitarian nature of woodworking. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of woodworking such as measuring, marking, joining, carving and gluing. In the beginning, use of hand tools is demonstrated and then we advance to learning the safe operation of power tools including table saws, band saws, joiners, planers, drill presses and sanders. Demonstrations are given on carving, color and finishing, as well as steps for simple projects. The course is intended for students ranging from beginning woodworkers to those with some limited experience. Students should come prepared to work hard and have fun. 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: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Nicholas Ventola (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/30
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-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: Taylor Heide (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 10 - Dec 3 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PNT-1498
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $20


Description

Developed for students who have a basic foundation in watercolor painting and want to delve deeper into the medium and improve their skills, this course introduces more technique along with more complex subject matter. Instruction includes in-class demonstration and discussions, which provide students with a more focused consideration of higher-level issues of composition, color awareness, capturing light, and working through the "happy accidents" inherent to watercolor painting. Individualized help and critique provide students with consistent feedback for improving their paintings. An open forum environment allows the group to share what they've learned and address common issues, while experiencing this challenging and exciting medium. 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

Prerequisite: Watercolor: Introduction is recommended, but not required


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 9 - Oct 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PNT-1502
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $20


Description

How to begin and sustain an oil painting is the focus of this course. Starting with an introduction to materials -- brushes, palettes, supports and mediums -- and a review of value, color theory and color practice, students proceed step by step to build confidence and skills. Painting begins using monochromatic (different shades of one color) techniques to introduce the novice painter to establishing a value structure in a painting while gaining confidence in paint handling. The concept of color is then broken into two sections: the first consisting of using a limited palette, exploring concepts of temperature (warm and cool) and limited saturation, and the second of a full spectral color palette. Essential issues of placement, scale, construction of space, composition and lighting are introduced. Throughout the class, different techniques are experimented with and then applied as students work from still life, architecture and the human figure. Each session begins with the development of thumbnails and color studies to establish the preliminary groundwork for making effective and dynamic paintings. 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: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/29
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2019/CF-PNT-1536
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $15


Description

What elevates a painting from mere exercise to work of art? Students in this course develop a range of techniques for using oil and acrylic paints as they learn basic painting skills. Through class assignments, students investigate the properties of oils and acrylics; the expressive qualities of compositional elements; how to work with brushes, palette knives, paints and media; and techniques for paint application, from underpainting and glazing to impasto. Students work from many sources, including direct observation, drawings and reference material. Throughout the course, group and individual critiques enable students to develop their personal strengths as they cultivate individual styles.

Applies to: PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Fossati (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 19 - 20 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-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

Mondays, Oct 21 - Dec 2 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-BOOK-1733
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


Description

Lightweight and malleable, paper can be easily transformed from loose pulp into works of art including sculptural pieces. Papermaking involves a variety of techniques -- preparing pulps, processing fiber, pulling and drying sheets, layering, and making 3D structures. It is an exciting and relatively easy process, with many interesting applications for artists, craftspeople and educators. Once students master the essentials, they are encouraged to experiment with integrating materials such as flowers, wire, string, reeds, sticks, buttons, baubles and photographs into the paper. Learning how to embed and emboss, participants work with a variety of pulps to produce a range of papers and structures.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/26
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Place | 2019/CF-ILUS-1735
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

Explore the vibrancy, expressiveness and immediacy of the pastel medium in this course. Award-winning pastel artist Michael Evans explains and demonstrates techniques of using an underpainting of watercolor, oil paint and pastel with alcohol to infuse vibrancy and depth to the pastel as it is layered onto this base. You'll find out about materials, techniques and framing practices, as well as current notable artists working in pastel. Most classes begin with a demonstration, followed by experimentation and practice. Throughout the six weeks, you'll paint from still life set-ups, landscapes from reference photos and a live portrait model. Topics include using reference photos to their best advantage, building layers of color, planning for a successful composition, and achieving luminous tones.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Evans (Bio)