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Art History & Appreciation:

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Saturday + Sunday, Dec 18 - 19 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PNT-0348 ( Class has Started )
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $250 | lab fee $15


Impressionist painting challenged traditional academic rules when it first appeared in the 19th Century -- most notably for its radical approach to using color. Rather than mixing color, the Impressionists juxtaposed side-by-side short brushstrokes so colors mix optically, creating vibrant and exciting effects. They also substituted color instead of grays and dark colors. Additionally, each artist put a unique spin on color: the pulsing tone on tone colors of Gauguin and Cezanne, the torque and bravado of Van Gogh's brushwork, and the intricate webbed surfaces of Monet. In this course, we examine and draw inspiration from these great examples of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works found in the collection of the RISD Museum. Through viewing, discussion and then creation of work in the studio, students experience the technical and inspirational aspects of this art movement. Elements of discourse and production focus on color, palette, composition and materials used. Come and enrich your color knowledge and understanding of this beloved group of artists!

Oscar-Claude Monet, Falaises pres de Pourville, 1882.

Applies to: DS-E

  • Name: Deborah Forman (Bio)
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Tuesday, Nov 16 | 3-6pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-0410 ( Class has Started )
3 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $75


Auctions aren't just about the buying and selling of multi-million dollar Van Goghs. They can, in fact, be sources of affordable art for both fledgling and experienced collectors. The fast-paced, high-energy -- and often intimidating -- environment of an auction requires that you be prepared, set your budget and know your limits. In this class, Robin Starr, vice president and director of American and European works of art at Skinner, Inc., provides a behind-the-scenes introduction to New England's premier auction house, including a tour of the facilities and a preview of an upcoming auction. The class is scheduled prior to an actual auction, allowing time for students to develop skills and do their research before attending the auction. Starr details the auction process, including consignments and buying, and discusses specific considerations, such as research, understanding the vocabulary including lots, reserve and estimates to fully maximize one's experience at an auction. Note: This class takes place at the Marlborough, MA location of Skinner, Inc. Directions are sent to registered students.

  • Name: Robin Starr (Bio)
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Wednesdays, Sep 15 - Oct 20 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ARTA-3075 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345


For centuries, Rome has been hailed as "Caput Mundi" -- the capital of the world. Artists and tourists alike continue to flock to Rome to study her Classical monuments, as well as masterpieces of the Renaissance and Baroque eras (c. 1450-1700) by Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini and Borromini. This course examines art and architecture from these periods (and beyond) in relation to the pageantry and majesty of the city, from religious festivals to secular celebrations, from private collections to public spaces. We discuss well-known masterpieces alongside more obscure, "popular" works designed to present Rome at her most spectacular. Through in-class lecture and discussion, as well as visits to the RISD Museum and local special collections, we rediscover Rome as she continues to thrive in Providence.

  • Name: Suzanne Scanlan (Bio)
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Mondays, Sep 27 - Dec 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 9/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-INDES-1052 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0.00 credits | tuition $495


History plays a critical role in the development of Western architecture and interior design -- from the styles, elements and design philosophies prevalent in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome to the aesthetic and functional principles of buildings and rooms from the early Christian period and on through the Renaissance and various German, French and English movements between the 16th and 18th Centuries. In this course, we review the influence of cultural and sociological factors on architecture and interior design so that students understand the full impact of historical styles on contemporary design. Ultimately, students come to recognize major historical styles, develop theories about current and future design trends, and know how to do relevant research. A written report is required.

Schedule Update: The schedule for this course has changed since the publication of the fall 2015 catalog. Class will now start on Sept. 28.

Applies to: ID-R

  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
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