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Saturday + Sunday, Jul 20 - 21 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-ILUS-2849 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $30


Description

The world of plants is as beautiful as it is diverse. Students in this workshop spend a weekend taking a closer look at botanical specimens than they may ever have before. Whether working from cut flowers, dried leaves, or a spotted and bumpy gourd, they create a botanical illustration of their chosen subject that captures its color, anatomy, composition and personality. Basics of plant anatomy and composition are discussed, as well as methods of adding perspective and drama to a painting. After creating and transferring a detailed pencil drawing of their specimens, students learn to apply watercolor with control and precision through layered applications. Colors and detail, applied with colored pencils, further enhance and clarify, and ultimately augment the work for added richness. 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: Alison Schroeer (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 13 - 14 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-0346
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Using a more controlled and illustrative 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: Cheryl Kirk Noll (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jun 29 - 30 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-1500
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $25


Description

Acrylic paint dries very quickly, requiring a "medium" to keep it consistently fluid and workable. The acrylic paint section of any art store can be overwhelming, however, with virtually hundreds of mediums too expensive to experiment with and too time consuming to fully explore. This weekend intensive workshop breaks down the "goo" by introducing techniques and approaches for enhancing and expanding the acrylic painting experience. Students are introduced to glazing and glazes, building texture and surfaces, extending color, and creating opaque and transparent effects. Students also learn to use tools such as brushes, scrapers and mat knives in different ways. Experimentation and risk-taking are encouraged, enabling students to create a finished panel or canvas piece while gaining the confidence to choose mediums for individual projects. 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: Mara Metcalf (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 13 - 14 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-PNT-4229
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $10


Description

Color studies (small, quick color notations) are one of the most effective ways to begin to understand what role color plays in a painting. In this simple, straightforward approach, students ask the major questions about color relationships -- including saturation, temperature and harmony -- using a process that encourages exploration. The first day is spent at the RISD Museum, where students examine masterwork paintings to see how different artists mapped out color, take notes and make color studies in their sketchbooks. On day two, students work on their own color studies based on individual subject matter, as they explore alternative palettes and how changing these ultimately affects the reading of a painting. Students come away with an invaluable and accessible skill that can be used to control color as they develop their own paintings.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Deborah Forman (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 6 - 7 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-NATUR-1405
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

From the leafy canopies of shade trees against historic buildings on Benefit Street to the sparkling flow of the river under arched bridges, summer in Providence is a perfect setting for outdoor work. The boundary between nature and the urban landscape is teeming with energy and vitality as highly adaptive nature adjusts to the encroachment of humans. This class combines these two ecosystems in a highly tactile visual way as drawing and painting are done in real time. Field sketching is introduced as a way to capture the landscape directly, the results of which are developed into longer, more sustained drawings and paintings. Students choose the medium they feel comfortable with and instruction is provided in technique, composition, medium handling, line, value and color. All levels are welcome.


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Bartlett Wright (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 13 - 14 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/SE-DWG-1411
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Observing and drawing from nature while exploring the natural beauty of Westerly, Rhode Island is the focus of this workshop. This practice, working outside directly from nature, is known as "plein air" (open air). All work is done in the sketchbook, and specific exercises allow students to home in on different aspects of the landscape including land, water and sky. Work is done quickly, as the light continually changes and capturing the fleeting sensations is part of the experience. Paying attention to spatial concerns -- identifying foreground from background and the location of the horizon line -- is emphasized, and understanding eye level and view point to appropriately convey large space is introduced. Students work with pencil, charcoal and pastel.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Jacob Cullers (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 20 - 21 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/SE-PNT-0342 ( Class is almost Full )
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.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Joanna Catalfo (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 6 - 7 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-BOOK-2131 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $145 | lab fee $25


Description

Japanese Book Arts Workshops
The Japanese have a unique tradition of producing beautiful paper, books and boxes. Explore these traditional approaches to crafting handmade objects in a series of three workshops. The Japanese aesthetic, based on deep respect for ancient methods and motifs, is discussed in each program, providing a context for participants as they investigate possibilities for content and produce their own objects. The workshops are designed as building blocks so that papers can be used to create books, and boxes can be constructed to hold projects made in previous workshops, but each class is structured to provide an individual, unique learning experience as well. Throughout, examples of Japanese papers, books, calligraphy and objects are available for inspiration and discussion.

Japanese Box Making
BOOK-2131
Participants construct boxes featuring unique, traditional closures and covers made from beautifully patterned imported Japanese papers. These boxes may be constructed to fit papers and books created in the other workshops.


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jun 29 - 30 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-BOOK-2164 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $145 | lab fee $20


Description

Suminagashi, or "ink floating," is an ancient Japanese paper marbling technique. The process involves immersing paper in trays, and then floating ink on the surface of the water to create delicate swirled patterns. Ink can also be dropped to create patterns. Students are simultaneously introduced to the Japanese aesthetic, based on deep respect for ancient methods and motifs, providing a context as they investigate possibilities for content and produce their own paper. After experimenting with various papers and pigments, participants use their papers to make pamphlets with Japanese-style bindings. A variety of traditional Japanese stitches are demonstrated, and special attention is paid to the unique proportions of traditional Japanese books. Students leave class with a completed blank book. Throughout, examples of Japanese papers, books, calligraphy and objects are available for inspiration and discussion.


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
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