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Course Description

RISD Advanced Program for High School Students- Interpreting the Figure: Culture and Context

Artwork by Caroline Kroger

The figure continues to provide artists with a critical point of inspiration to express the human experience and reflect current world conditions. In this drawing course students learn the fundamentals of accurately portraying the human form by focusing on the underlying skeletal structure. Through a series of assignments, students work from observation and investigation to address anatomy and meaning. Then students are challenged to move outside of the conventional and cliché understanding of the skeleton, to explore other cultural and historical interpretations and psychology such as rebirth, communication and transformation. Students develop a series of expressive drawings that position, layer and abstract the form to create work that is rich with personal meaning and unique viewpoints. Note: Students in the class are required to purchase a half-scale skeletal form along with drawing supplies. Full supply list provided upon registration.

Notes

In this intensive course and Visual + Critical Language, students should expect to spend a combined minimum of 20 hours per week engaging in coursework across both courses. Students should plan their schedule accordingly to keep up with class.

In conjunction with your Featured Topics course(s), you are also required to enroll in Visual + Critical Language. When you register for this Featured Topics course, you will also be charged for the tuition of Visual + Critical Language. You will see this enrollment reflected in your Student Portal before the start date of the course. Visual + Critical Language will meet live two times: during the first and final live sessions of your Featured Topics course.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Type
Online, Asynchronous
Dates
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Type
Online, Live Sessions
Days
T, Th
Time
9:00AM to 12:00PM
Dates
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 12, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
60.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $2,600.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 10, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 13, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • 2B or 4B graphite pencil 
  • A set of SOFT Vine Charcoal sticks, large and small sizes, Bob’s Fine Vine Preferred 
  • At least 3 Sticks of SOFT Compressed Charcoal, avoid black pastels, Alphacolor or Char-Kohl brands preferred. 
  • 2 Charcoal Pencils, Extra Soft and Soft, Generals brand preferred 
  • 1 stick of soft white charcoal/pastel or white charcoal pencil 
  • 2 white plastic erasers, Staedler or Factis preferred 
  • A good pencil sharpener (generals, kum, factis) 
  • Retractable Eraser Stick (for small details), 
  • Spray fixative 
  • Small bottle of walnut ink, 70ml/2oz 
  • At least 2 round synthetic watercolor brushes, size 10 or larger 
  • Blue/masking tape 
  • Set of gouache tubes or pans, with at least red, blue, yellow, green, and white • 18x24” or larger pad of newsprint, rough 
  • 2 sheets of 22x30" Kraft/Brown Stonehenge or BFK paper, 
  • Roll of 80lb or higher weight drawing paper, 36”x10 yards or larger 
  • 3 sheets of 24”x30” or larger polyester drafting film/duralar (matte or wet media duralar) 
  • 1/4 size or larger scientific skeleton replica with bone details, avoid decorative items 
Additional Needs  
  • A comfortable surface and place to draw, where things can get very messy 
  • An easel or wall to prop your drawing board 
  • 28x38 or larger Drawing board/wall, large piece of wood, Masonite/MDF, 
  • Disposable/reusable cups, plates, palette, etc 
  • Water Spray bottle with mist setting 
  • Paper towels
  • Floor or desk lamp 
  • Scissors to cut your paper
Type
Online, Asynchronous
Dates
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Type
Online, Live Sessions
Days
T, Th
Time
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Dates
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 12, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
60.0
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $2,600.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 10, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jul 13, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jul 20, 2021 to Aug 15, 2021
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • 2B or 4B graphite pencil 
  • A set of SOFT Vine Charcoal sticks, large and small sizes, Bob’s Fine Vine Preferred 
  • At least 3 Sticks of SOFT Compressed Charcoal, avoid black pastels, Alphacolor or Char-Kohl brands preferred. 
  • 2 Charcoal Pencils, Extra Soft and Soft, Generals brand preferred 
  • 1 stick of soft white charcoal/pastel or white charcoal pencil 
  • 2 white plastic erasers, Staedler or Factis preferred 
  • A good pencil sharpener (generals, kum, factis) 
  • Retractable Eraser Stick (for small details), 
  • Spray fixative 
  • Small bottle of walnut ink, 70ml/2oz 
  • At least 2 round synthetic watercolor brushes, size 10 or larger 
  • Blue/masking tape 
  • Set of gouache tubes or pans, with at least red, blue, yellow, green, and white • 18x24” or larger pad of newsprint, rough 
  • 2 sheets of 22x30" Kraft/Brown Stonehenge or BFK paper, 
  • Roll of 80lb or higher weight drawing paper, 36”x10 yards or larger 
  • 3 sheets of 24”x30” or larger polyester drafting film/duralar (matte or wet media duralar) 
  • 1/4 size or larger scientific skeleton replica with bone details, avoid decorative items 
Additional Needs  
  • A comfortable surface and place to draw, where things can get very messy 
  • An easel or wall to prop your drawing board 
  • 28x38 or larger Drawing board/wall, large piece of wood, Masonite/MDF, 
  • Disposable/reusable cups, plates, palette, etc 
  • Water Spray bottle with mist setting 
  • Paper towels
  • Floor or desk lamp 
  • Scissors to cut your paper
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