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Mondays, Oct 21 - Dec 2 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-PRNT-0791-02
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


Description

A graphic designer is a creative problem solver who conceptualizes, plans and executes a design that communicates a message. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of working in the field of graphic design by examining the meaning of graphic design, the design process and the role the graphic designer plays in society. Students respond to presentations and engage in hands-on assignments intended to provide a glimpse of the RISD CE Graphic Design certificate program and the broader field of the professional graphic designer.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dina Zaccagnini Vincent (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 6-9pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-WOOD-2877
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


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

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Wilson Lawrence (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 16 - 17 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-PNT-0342 ( Class is 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 takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


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

Thursdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-ILUS-0621
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $10


Description

From the everyday sweetness and melancholy of Charles Schulz's Peanuts to the hyper-literate personal reflections of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, the comic book illustration medium has been especially suited to capturing the internal lives and unique voices of creators. Comics are narratives told in illustrated sequence, combining images and text, and are integrally connected to the communicative task of illustration, while having an intuitive language all their own. In this course, students learn how to construct this kind of language (both written and visual), starting with their own experience: They create narratives from simple autobiographical prompts, beginning with the basic design principles of a four-panel comic strip, then move on to a more long-form and complex final piece. Along the way, the fundamental building blocks of comics -- panel shape, page layout, dialogue and sound effects -- are explored in class exercises. Demonstrations of ink media techniques give students a primer on the classic tools of the cartoonist's trade, and examples of work by significant comics creators are shown.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AN-E


Instructor
  • Name: Casey Roonan (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)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Sep 21 - 22 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-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.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Peery (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Nov 9 - 10 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-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.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: NS-E, PS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michael Lyons (Bio)
Course Details

Thursday, Oct 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-PHO-1662
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $85


Description

Do you have a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera but feel unsure about how to use it effectively? This workshop is for you if you have little or no experience using a DSLR and want to gain a basic understanding of how to use it to maximum advantage. We cover everything from initial setup and deciphering the camera's menus and settings, to making accurate exposures and dealing with focusing and white balance issues. We also explore the different options available for controlling lighting in various situations. You'll leave with a newfound confidence in handling the DSLR and producing consistently pleasing images. Note: Please bring your camera, its instruction manual and a willingness to learn to this fast-paced introductory workshop.

This course meets at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday, Oct 5 | 10am-1pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-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.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Dawn Temple (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 26 - Nov 23 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2019/CF-TEEN-3725
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10 | model fee $10


Description

All fashion designers start their planning on paper, well before they ever see their garments worn and walking the runway. Students in this course explore the fashion drawing techniques used in the industry, such as basic fashion figures (or 'croquis') and mood boards -- the process tools for translating a creative idea into a sophisticated design. Students also communicate the ideas, moods, motion and details of a garment by visually interpreting fashion apparel, including the body proportions used in basic fashion drawing. As students create various croquis bodies and draw from a model, they develop their personal style and drawing skills, as well as an appreciation for the role fashion illustration plays in the design business.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
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