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Saturday + Sunday, Oct 26 - 27 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DWG-0523
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


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. Students are free to fail, but are required to at least try. The hardest part is just starting!


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DWG-0853
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $20


Description

This class covers advanced topics in drawing for students who are interested in challenging themselves and advancing their drawing to a professional level. The workshop consists of slide lectures analyzing historical and contemporary master drawings, a discussion of materials and techniques, demonstrations, in-class drawing, and critique. The first day is spent drawing from a still-life setup, and the second day working from a model in an extended pose. Topics include value structure, mark-making, expressive contour lines, pentimento, linear vs. shape-oriented thinking, and technical vs. conceptual narrative.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E

Prerequisite: Drawing I or drawing experience


Instructor
  • Name: Mara Metcalf (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

Saturday + Sunday, Sep 28 - 29 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEXT-1974
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $5


Description

Surface Design is the making, both manually and digitally, of repeating patterns and designs that can be used on a variety of products including home decor, apparel and textiles, stationery and fabrics. Here is a chance to gain hands-on experience with development of individual designs, as well as an overview of the industry. On the first day, you'll learn the design principles of surface design, and develop your own imagery with the help of visual prompts and exercises. Once you decide on your designs, you'll experiment with the essentials of pattern and repeat, the classic structure for creating patterns. Day two focuses on working digitally with a quick introduction to scanning, and a brief overview of manipulating patterns in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The class concludes with a discussion of the surface design marketplace, and an explanation of licensing -- what the industry is looking for, how to sell your designs and what aspect of this broad field best suits your designs.


Instructor
  • Name: Katy Dika (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-NATUR-2658
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $40


Description

Imagine the pleasure of drawing botanicals in brilliant color, with a technique that has the intuitive ease of drawing and the intensity of wet media (oils/acrylics), without all the mess and complexity. When color is applied on the fine-toothed, semi-translucent surface of drafting film, unparalleled precision and detail are possible. The transparency of the medium allows the artist to work directly from sketches or photos, without the time-consuming task of transferring images. And unlike most color techniques, it permits erasure of mistakes without damage to the drawing surface. You'll learn to plan drawings in stages, from the highlights and contours, to shadows and developing the form's volume. Ultimately, the high-detail illustrations that result seem to literally pop off the page. 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


Instructor
  • Name: Alison SchroeerShapiro (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 9 - 10 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PRINT-4224
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

Relief printmaking -- a subtractive process whereby one carves away from a "block" and the areas that remain in relief are then inked to create the image -- is a great way to make fast, vibrant prints. This workshop introduces students to relief-based processes whereby students create a variety of "blocks" from which to transfer various inks onto different papers and surfaces. Included are linoleum cutting, Speedy-Cut blocks, direct impression foam core printing, and several solvent and acrylic medium-based transfer techniques that enable one to transfer digitally printed images onto various surfaces. Students are shown how to transfer their image to the block and learn a range of inking methods, from basic preparation and "rainbow rolls" to multicolor techniques. This is a versatile and portable approach to the printmaking medium and one that lends itself to multiple contemporary art practices.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Kate Aitchison (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Sep 28 - 29 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-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.


Instructor
  • Name: Taleen Batalian (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Sep 14 - 15 | 10am-4pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-JEWEL-0497
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $20


Description

This course offers step-by-step instruction in beading, using predominantly seed beads, while employing off-loom stringing methods. Students learn to create beaded patterns and embellish onto base beads, including shape beads (rounds and ovals) and freeform shapes (irregular shapes and found objects). Specific techniques and stitches are demonstrated with consideration given to design, process, style, color and texture. Experimentation and play are encouraged so that students may develop individual ways of working with and creating unique beaded jewelry. Over the course of a weekend, students make their own finished pieces, and leave with information on bead sources so that they may continue making necklaces, bracelets, earrings and more on their own. 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-E


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

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 16 - 17 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-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.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


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

Saturday + Sunday, Oct 19 - 20 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-DWG-4496
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $40


Description

A portrait is so much more than just eyes, nose and mouth. In this workshop, the head -- including the skull -- is considered as a whole. The initial focus is on the anatomy associated with the human head. Students then gain skill in observing the relationship of the facial features to each other and to the overall whole, as well as to surface fluctuations created by muscle, skin folds and age. Students study and draw the head from multiple vantage points and angles, as they learn to measure, assess proportional relationships and consider the head as a volume. The use of lighting to create drama, volume and depth is considered in the process of learning to render what is actually seen in order to create a very convincing portrait.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)