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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

Tuesday, Feb 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-DWG-0524
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $10


Description

Want to dive into art making but don't know where to start? Starting a sketchbook is a perfect entry point. Quick and easy strategies are introduced as you begin generating work for your sketchbook, including line exercises and collage techniques. Emphasis is on discovery and working through processes in an intuitive and spontaneous way, enabling you to surmount any preconceived ideas and respond naturally to prompts and visual stimulus.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Feb 15 - 16 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-DWG-0616
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | model fee $15


Description

Drawing is the foundation of artistic study, practice and communication. In this fast-paced weekend experience, students explore the fundamentals of drawing and learn how to render what they see. Students begin by describing shapes with line, weight and stroke direction, and move quickly to the study and observation of light and shadow. The class explores additive and reductive methods with the aim of completion of an accurate drawing using a range of values. Aided by student examples and instructor demonstrations, students develop their skills. Drawing materials include graphite, charcoal and erasure. Subjects, including natural and everyday objects, are provided.


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 7 - Feb 11 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-FOUND-1186
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $15


Description

Color is one of the most powerful, and complex, tools at the artist's disposal. Bridging the divide between color theory and color practice, this studio course distills the essentials of color mechanics into workable studies and projects. Students explore color through creative exercises using collage and paint to understand color and how to use it effectively. Explorations of the role of light, the psychological impact of color, and how such factors as hue, value and intensity affect design are integral to the learning. Slide-illustrated presentations address the historical background of the use of color. Through the process of experiencing the interface of color theory and color application, guidelines toward developing a personal palette are discussed. Mastery of color is essential in the work of artists, illustrators, craftspeople and designers, making this course an ideal starting point. 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: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Elizabeth Gourlay (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-PHO-1647-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This course for new and amateur photographers introduces ways of seeing through the lens and illuminates the underlying two-dimensional design issues and visual concepts hidden within the photographic image. Through weekly assignments and critiques, students explore ways to use photography and photographic conventions for their unique personal expression. Lessons include the technical operations like focus, shutter speed and aperture common to all cameras, and how they influence artistic choices. Whether students are interested in traditional or digital photography, this course provides a strong foundation for any subsequent photographic pursuit.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E, NS-E, PG-R, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Feb 8 | 10am-1pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-PHO-4153
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Your iPhone is about to get even more useful to you -- even if you didn't think that was possible! In this workshop you'll learn how to take professional-looking photos with just your iPhone. Whether you're looking to photograph your own artwork, or seeking the perfect social media aesthetic for your brand, these skills can be applied to many aspects of your creative life. You'll develop tricks, tips and insights into a few of the instructor's favorite (free) photo editing applications; how to take product/food shots; and how to make use of natural light. You'll also gain resources on local printing companies to print all of your favorite shots.


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jan 7 - Feb 11 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2020/CW-INDES-4424-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

This introductory course focuses on the process of design as it applies to interior spaces. Students build an acute awareness of core principles -- scale, proportion, light, circulation and progression -- as a means to create visual harmony. Functional, utilitarian, economic and safety requirements of interior spaces in an architectural framework are examined and students develop a process book that is a document of their new appreciation for lighting, acoustics, textiles and materials choices. Through exercises and a final project, students learn to apply the basic principles of visual design to interiors, and to better understand how form and function can be translated into practical designs for livable interior spaces.

Applies to: ID-R, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Kimberley Valente (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Jan 20 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2020/CW-CAMP-1768
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10 | model fee $10


Description

Do you want to learn to accurately draw heads and faces? In this workshop, you'll study the anatomy of the face and practice capturing likeness and facial expression. Using a variety of materials, you'll complete exercises and studies that are specifically designed to strengthen observational and rendering skills. Whether your goal is to become a portrait or comic book artist or just improve your ability to draw faces, this course will provide valuable and applicable skills.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Gail Saborio (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 11 - Feb 8 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2020/CW-TEEN-1866
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.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: James Frio (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Jan 11 - Feb 8 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2020/CW-TEEN-2129
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10


Description

Learn the basic techniques of digital 2D animation and begin to develop your own animation style. You'll be introduced to the concept of the frame (animation's atomic unit) and how it turns into a cycle, then a sequence and, finally, a story, and discover the technology that makes it all possible. As a class, we'll review group exercises and student projects to develop a common understanding of what "good" animation looks like and how to discuss this exciting art form.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: James Frio (Bio)