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Monday - Friday, Jul 15 - 19 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2019/SE-TEEN-1866-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Zombies, barbarians and Ninja schoolgirls all begin in the same way. But two legs, a twisting torso and clenched fists are not enough to turn a sketch into a distinct character that is ready to become the centerpiece of a comic book, video game or animation. This cartooning course reveals the essentials of good character design that begin with the creative application of human (or inhuman) anatomy. The importance of facial expressions, hairstyles and costume design options are also highlighted as students give their drawings personality and style. Finally, the drafting of tools and weapons becomes the hot topic so that students' character designs of mermaids, angels and faeries can morph into cyborgs and Transformers.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 24 - 28 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2019/SE-TEEN-2106
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Line, shape, pattern, value, texture, color, space and form: These formal elements of design form the "grammar" of the language of art. Working on a series of projects to explore these elements and the principles that drive them, students develop fluency in this language using a variety of art media to solve problems of visual organization. Projects occupy the two-dimensional picture plane and take the form of drawings, paintings and collages that can form the basis of a portfolio. This course is offers a glimpse of design at the collegiate level.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Chloe Wessner (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jul 13 - Aug 10 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2019/SE-TEEN-2299
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

From the battlefield to the playing field and everywhere in between, we have equipped our everyday heroes and our superheroes with some of the most amazing gear. Discover the design and building strategies behind the construction of protective and decorative armor. You'll learn the ins and outs of making mockups and prototypes that include material science and engineering lessons that are equal parts product design and cosplay. When it all comes together, STEM becomes STEAM with a capital "A" for armor.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jul 13 - Aug 10 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2019/SE-TEEN-2181-05
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10 | model fee $10


Description

Learning how to draw is really "learning how to see." This course serves as a first step for students looking to develop foundational skills that begin with careful observation and lead to the creation of original works on paper. Students learn to use materials (pencil, pen and marker) properly as they complete in-class exercises that focus on composition, figurative anatomy and perspective drawing. They acquire an artistic vocabulary that they can use when discussing their drawings during classroom critiques. Lessons enrich the experience for students who want to draw from the model, draw from life and learn to draw with confidence!

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 12 - 16 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2019/SE-TEEN-3744-03
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

American comics are filled with wild characters like musclemen, monsters, robots, villains and freaks, but you need more than a wild character to make a good comic book. It takes a story that, when combined with convincing pictures, draws the reader in and doesn't let them go. You'll learn from a professional artist how to pull together all the components of great comic book creation: word balloons, captions, panels and personalities. Important topics such as character design, perspective drawing and page layout are considered and, in the end, you'll leave with a mini comic to share with friends and family.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AT, Y2

Prerequisite: Start Cartooning


Instructor
  • Name: Steven Hayes (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
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

Tuesday, Jul 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/SE-PRINT-4062-02
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

This workshop introduces students to linocut printing -- an accessible and fast relief-based process in which a block is made by carving away areas; the parts that remain are then inked, and the block is applied to paper. Through rubbing, the image is released onto the paper and a print results. Students are shown how to transfer a simple image to the block using simple inking methods. This is a versatile and portable approach to the printmaking medium and one that lends itself to working without a press.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Anna McNeary (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jun 18 - Jul 23 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/SE-FOUND-1187-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $20


Description

Drawing is the simplest, most efficient and most accessible way to communicate visual ideas. This course, designed for the absolute beginner, focuses on development of hand-eye coordination -- required for all perceptual drawing -- to understand how to look and how to transcribe what is seen onto a surface. Students begin by learning to describe shapes with line, including exploration of line weight, direction and speed and then move on to value, investigating both additive and reductive ways of working and how to utilize the power of light and dark to create volume and space. As confidence builds, progress is made into more complicated subject matter and working out compositional decisions and strategies. Tools utilized include pencil, charcoal and eraser. Subjects include still life, architecture/space and a brief introduction to the figure. 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.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jacob Cullers (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday, Jun 25 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/SE-PNT-2892
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

In this workshop, you'll learn how to paint flowers using acrylic paints. Using a hands-on approach, you'll learn the fundamentals of compositional structure, color theory, and critical thinking while painting various flowers. From abstract to more traditional, you will find your favorite way to capture the beauty of botanicals.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Elise Fargnoli (Bio)