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Wednesdays, Jan 8 - Feb 12 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-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: Christine Herron (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 8 - 9 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-PNT-0342
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $15


Description

Experience with acrylic paint lays a foundation for learning to work with other paint, such as oil or gouache. Through acrylic paint, students in this workshop gain in-depth knowledge of color mixing, composition and paint application -- essential skills for any painter, illustrator or designer. The workshop is designed to help students quickly gain a command of color and an understanding of the process of painting. Students then use these fundamental skills to create dynamic compositions and to explore paint application. The first day, students practice simple painting methods through exercises, including how to mix colors, apply paint, create layers, control opacity and transparency, and create thick vs. thin paint. On day two, students prepare a background for painting, create a preliminary drawing, and learn how to transfer the drawing onto that background. Everyone works from a 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 artists 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 1 - 2 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-PNT-0344
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Without the right first steps, oil painting can be a challenging medium. This workshop aims to get students on the right track by emphasizing technique and strategy, while encouraging experimentation and individual development. Students are given an introduction to paint, brushes, medium and palette set-up. They then learn mixing, direct paint application, and consideration of value, color and composition, gaining knowledge and confidence in beginning and sustaining a painting. Learning to quickly establish design elements within a composition and assert a specific point of view, as well as understanding the importance of directional lighting, are crucial to critical first steps. A survey of the fundamentals of representational painting is presented. The class is structured around hands-on demonstrations and painting a variety of subjects so students gain familiarity with this exciting medium. 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: Marian Smith (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jan 11 - 12 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-PNT-0346
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Using a more controlled approach to painting with watercolors, students in this workshop gain confidence and skill through comprehensive demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Techniques include brush control, applying flat and gradated washes, masking and layering to create form. Students experiment with different papers and effects, including wet in wet, dry brush, lifting and texturing. The essential issues of color mixing, composition and value are addressed through quick studies, progressing toward larger color pieces. The instructor provides subject material, and students are encouraged to work from their own sources.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 7 - Feb 11 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-JEWEL-0393
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $25


Description

Inspiration plays an essential role in the design and creation of jewelry -- so does research. In this design-focused course, students learn to research and extrapolate ideas from inspiration and to translate them into designs through sketches and paper models. The course begins with a variety of paper exercises that allow students to learn essential model making skills in paper as well as ways of cutting, manipulating, bending and folding that help them understand different materials' natural properties. To facilitate this process, students observe how nature and natural forms are ideal catalysts in the development of unique pieces of jewelry. Fundamental techniques for wire-wrapping and working with found objects are explored, and examples of contemporary jewelry design are shown through digital presentations. As the course takes place outside of the jewelry studio, all projects are created using readily available tools and materials such as paper, wire and everyday materials. Students of all levels are welcome. Note: This is not a jewelry bench studio course. 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


Instructor
  • Name: Tzu-Ju Chen (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 8 - 9 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/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

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 8 - 9 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-TEXT-0575
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $30


Description

Wet felting is a centuries-old process of combining layers of wool roving and/or wool yarns into one flat piece of felt fabric using just soap and water. It has traditionally been used to make everything from clothing to tents, and is an extremely meditative process. In this course you review the basics of the technique and learn how you can apply it to your fine art practice to create inspired tapestries and vessels. By the end of class you will have discovered a new and accessible form of art that requires minimal tools and space and has exciting results.


Instructor
  • Name: Andrew Xenos (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 7 - Feb 11 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-WOOD-0838 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $50


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 piece. Students are introduced to ways of understanding wood, both in what to look for in selecting it and considerations when shaping it, and work with table saws, band saws, joiners, planers and sanders, learning 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 is ideal for beginners. 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: Shane Richards (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 11 - Feb 15 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-WOOD-0838-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $50


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 piece. Students are introduced to ways of understanding wood, both in what to look for in selecting it and considerations when shaping it, and work with table saws, band saws, joiners, planers and sanders, learning 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 is ideal for beginners. 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

Mondays, Jan 6 - Feb 17 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 1/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/CW-BOOK-0879 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $35


Description

Explore the art of bookmaking as you go through the process of making a variety of physical books, from start to finish. You'll first become familiar with the materials (paper, cloth, board, adhesives), tools (awl, utility knife, bone folder) and techniques (folding, sewing, gluing) of bookmaking. Mastery of basic skills is acquired through working with traditional binding structures of simple pamphlets and accordion-fold books, moving on to single signature books with hard covers. The resulting books can be used for journals, sketchbooks and more. You'll be encouraged to think beyond the expectations of what a book can be, including how the expressive potential of form can influence book content. A brief overview of the history of bookbinding is given, and you'll leave the course with a broad exposure to, and experience with, an age-old craft.

Applies to: GR-E, NS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)