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Wednesdays, Sep 15 - Dec 8 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DFOU-3543 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

This course helps novice users become more confident -- and intermediate students more competent -- with computer-based design. We introduce the Apple computer and its operating system along with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and discuss the capture, transfer, manipulation and delivery of images. Proper digital workflow is revealed through class exercises and lecture, as students learn to output content for the printed page. Completion of this course provides you with valuable skill sets relied upon by all productive graphic designers, illustrators and draftsmen.

Applies to: CB-R, GR-R, NS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DFOU-2533 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0.00 credits | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Whether images are scanned, photographed or digitally drawn, Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard program for manipulating them. This introduction to Photoshop focuses on combining, retouching and modifying images through class exercises and projects in which students work with Photoshop tools like the airbrush, paintbrush, cloning and pattern stamps, eraser and crop tool. By the end of the course, students understand Photoshop's capabilities and are able to handle basic file formats and layers, combine images, and create effects using grayscale, color and filters.

Applies to: AD-E, AV-R, CB-R, DI-R, DS-E, GR-E, NS-R, WE-E

Prerequisite: Digital Design for the Screen, Digital Tools for Print Design or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: T. Michael Tracy (Bio)
Course Details

Fridays, Sep 17 - Dec 10 | 9:30am-12:30pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DFOU-2533-02 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Whether images are scanned, photographed or digitally drawn, Adobe Photoshop is the industry-standard program for manipulating them. This introduction to Photoshop focuses on combining, retouching and modifying images through class exercises and projects in which students work with Photoshop tools like the airbrush, paintbrush, cloning and pattern stamps, eraser and crop tool. By the end of the course, students understand Photoshop's capabilities and are able to handle basic file formats and layers, combine images, and create effects using grayscale, color and filters.

Applies to: AD-E, AV-R, CB-R, DI-R, DS-E, GR-E, NS-R, WE-E

Prerequisite: Digital Design for the Screen, Digital Tools for Print Design or equivalent experience


Instructor
  • Name: Bryan Rodrigues (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 20 - Dec 6 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-DFOU-2532 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $595 | lab fee $50


Description

Adobe Illustrator -- a popular vector graphics editor used by designers and illustrators to produce print or Web designs -- is particularly helpful in creating unique images and graphics that require a high degree of precision and scalability, allowing an artist control of images as small as a bottle cap or as large as a billboard. Because the program is vector based, curves do not pixelate as they do in other graphics applications. In this course, students learn to create illustrations and free-form sketches, explore how this program of choice for professional artists and designers makes it possible to trace and alter scanned images in order to create a variety of special effects, and learn to save their files in the most often used output options (EPS, PDF, VML).

Applies to: AD-E, AV-E, CB-E, GR-E, NS-E, PM-E, WE-E

Prerequisite: Digital Tools for Print Design or Digital Design for the Screen


Instructor
  • Name: Anne-Marie Byrd (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 20 - Nov 29 | 7-9pm | No Class: 10/12, 11/23
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEEN-2145 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $360 | lab fee $20


Description

Fashion tells us much about our lives, our values and ourselves. Why else do we make such stars of Karl Lagerfeld and his colleagues? Discover what it takes to be a successful fashion designer in this introductory course. Students learn how fashion designers communicate visually by means of color, fabric, texture and pattern. We discuss design elements, styles, trends and couture as students explore sketching, pattern drafting, fabric, color choices and basic sewing. Creative projects include designing your own garments, patternmaking, draping on the mannequin, designing from fabric swatches, and creating a miniature garment. This is a great chance for students not only to learn the basics of designing their wardrobes, but to make a substantial addition to their portfolios. Note: Previous drawing or sewing experience is not required.

Applies to: YD, YF


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 23 - Nov 20 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEEN-0420 ( Class has Started )
15 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $270


Description

Step it up a notch! In this course, you create a custom-fit wardrobe essential. Choose from a "little black dress," first made famous in 1926 by Coco Chanel, or the men's equivalent, a button-front shirt, with options for various collar styles. You start with an easy, basic pattern, and learn to alter the design to suit your personal styles. You then cut fabric of your choice and sew the garment using both hand and machine stitching. The result: a piece that can be worn time and time again, fit for any occasion. All levels are welcome. Note: Bring 2.5 yards of non-stretch fabric, a 22-inch invisible zipper, and a sewing machine if you have it. We supply all other tools and notions.

Applies to: AT, YF

Prerequisite: Although not required, some sewing experience is useful.


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEXT-2684 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $495


Description

Surface design has many applications in fabrics, wallpaper, ceramics, glass, tile, metal, fiberglass and resin -- yet it is illustration, layout design, color development and finishing techniques that form the basis of surface design development. Using collage, graphite, watercolor and gouache, students in this course apply 2D design principles and color theory to support design decisions for a variety of surface applications. Each class session includes mini-critiques of current work and special exercises to explore different techniques. Take-home assignments enhance students' abilities and styles by using each technique in a complete surface design. We discuss self-promotion and various printing processes to better understand how original art can be marketed and produced, and review examples of historic surface designs to appreciate techniques, cultural contributions and style development. In addition, students learn to be prepared for the marketplace by developing finishing practices and professional presentation techniques.


Instructor
  • Name: Adrian Burke (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 20 - Dec 6 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-APP-3032 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $495 | lab fee $15


Description

Have you recently bought a sewing machine, but don't know where to start? This course familiarizes you with your machine while providing instruction in basic sewing skills. We review sewing kit equipment, needle position, stitch types, the impact of fabric types and qualities, as well as how to avoid bunching and jamming. In addition to learning basic stitches each week for a sample sewing notebook, students practice basic procedures by creating small items sewn in the first three sessions. We then advance to two larger projects for the next two sessions -- one simple pair of shorts or skirt, and one simple shirt or blouse -- both to be finished by the last session. This is followed by a group discussion and critique of our work. Note: Students must bring their own sewing machine to class; sewing accessories/kit optional.

Applies to: AP-R


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 15 - Dec 8 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEXT-1950 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $495 | lab fee $60 | deposit fee $100


Description

The innovative work of contemporary Japanese textile designers serves as inspiration for exploring an array of materials and finishing techniques in this course as we develop exciting and luxurious fabrics suitable for scarves and wraps. Students learn to identify and exploit the properties of various fibers and yarns, including soft merino wools, shimmery silks and crisp linens. Finishing techniques such as washing, shrinking, felting, pressing, stitching and dyeing are explored to further develop the fabrics after they come off the loom. Each student creates a series of experimental samples and then completes one or more finished pieces. This course is suitable for both beginners, who initially learn the basics of loom set-up, and advanced students. We explore innovative variations of simple weave structures such as plain weave, twill, spaced warp and doubleweave to create patterned and sculptural fabrics. Note: Lab fee covers yarns for samples. Students purchase their own yarns for projects. Loom fee of $100 is required for this course ($75 is refunded upon return of loom).


Instructor
  • Name: Susan Sklarek (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Sep 14 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/24
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2019/CF-APP-1898 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $495 | lab fee $20


Description

Designed for the sewer who wants to take their skills to the next level, this course focuses on useful techniques for obtaining professional-looking results. The instructor demonstrates proper measurement and basic manipulation of commercial patterns, as well as construction techniques for handling curves, hems and yokes, and for easily inserting zippers and setting in sleeves. We also cover design details and finishing methods. The student will use their own pattern to construct a garment, applying techniques learned in class. Note: Students should expect to work at home between sessions.

Note: Class meets at an off-campus location; directions are sent to registered students.

Applies to: AP-R

Prerequisite: Sewing 102 or instructor permission


Instructor
  • Name: Philip Sawyer (Bio)