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Mondays, Jun 1 - Jul 6 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/PC-WKSHP-2291-06 ( Class has Started )
72 contact hours | 3 credits | tuition $300 | lab fee $10


Description

The sketchbook has a long history as an indispensable tool and repository for creative research and new ideas. This immersive course provides fertile ground for experimentation and spontaneity so that students can create an active, organic and dynamic sketchbook. From urban archaeology to Internet surfing, diverse projects introduce myriad technical skills and approaches, helping students to understand the vast potential of the visual arts. Media to be explored include charcoal, pencil, collage, photography, photo and image transfer, and photocopy, as well as various digital tools. Drawing is explored as a means of gathering information and reinforcing basic skills, and projects are designed to trigger the imagination, as well as help develop different ways of seeing and working. Ultimately, students discover many options for interpreting what they see and learn to catalogue ideas for future reference.

Applies to: CB-E, DS-E, NS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Laura Post (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jun 2 - Jul 7 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-DWG-2696 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 3 credits | tuition $345 | model fee $25


Description

When drawing or sculpting the human form, the more complex elements of heads, hands and feet often prove difficult to render convincingly. Students in this course begin with the skeletal form, move into musculature and then address the topographical information of these specific forms. Starting with the head, students develop a conceptual model drawing based on measurements taken from the skull, which represents the "hard form" that makes us human. Students then explore the "soft forms" (such as musculature, fat distribution, cartilage, skin folds and hair growth patterns) that create an individual's specific likeness. Moving to the hands and feet, students create conceptual forms, code joint movements, study the anatomical structures and address issues of proportion. In the end, students have a consistent process for creating naturalistic features that can be applied to any pose or position.

Applies to: AV-E, CB-E, DS-E, NS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Liliya Krys-Burhoe (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays + 1 Saturday, Jun 1 - Jul 6 | 6:30-9:30pm
/10am-4pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-DWG-2227 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 3 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

Beginning with prehistoric cave art, humans have always been fascinated with capturing the form and grace of animals. Indeed, artists learn to create dynamic drawings by understanding the structure of the skeleton and animal musculature. This course is appropriate for illustrators, animal lovers and fine artists -- anyone interested in drawing animals -- and accommodates all skill levels. Working in the RISD Nature Lab, students begin with studies of animal skulls and skeletons to gain a better understanding of proportion and structure. They move on to examine the superficial musculature, motion and comparative anatomy of these specimens. The course also explores proportion and balance, and introduces Renaissance techniques for rendering well-defined three-dimensional form. Ultimately, experimentation with materials and techniques strengthens students' ability to render textural surface quality in depicting feathers, scales and fur. The course culminates in a Saturday visit to Roger Williams Park Zoo for a live session with real animals. Note: Previous drawing experience is helpful but not required. Lab fee does not cover zoo admission. Class meets 4 Monday evenings and one Saturday from 10am-4pm

Applies to: AV-E, CB-E, DS-E, NS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Liliya Krys-Burhoe (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 11 - 12 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-PNT-0505 ( Class has Started )
12 contact hours | 3 credits | tuition $250 | lab fee $10


Description

Fresh, pure and instant color -- without tubes to squeeze, paint to mix or brushes to clean -- is the hallmark of pastels. This versatile medium lends itself to a large range of stylistic possibilities, from softly blended surfaces to free, sketch-like layering. Students in this workshop are introduced to materials and techniques, as they learn to create different visual effects depending on the supports (paper, board, etc.) and grounds. Demonstrations are given on the various ways to build drawings, including mapping and mark-making -- such as blocking, optical mixing, scumbling and feathering -- as well as other drawing fundamentals. Working primarily with soft pastels on colored paper, students learn to build composition through light and value, form, tone and color.

Applies to: CB-E, DS-E, NS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michele Noiset (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 11 - 12 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-DWG-0353 ( Class has Started )
12 contact hours | 3 credits | tuition $250 | lab fee $10


Description

Charcoal is perfect for the beginning artist who wants to practice drawing with a loose and forgiving medium. Equally appropriate for the advanced artist seeking more refined results, charcoal is remarkably versatile and is easily and quickly changed and moved around. It allows for a variety of effects from light gestural notations to sooty, dense and layered imagery. In this intensive workshop, we use vine or willow charcoal, compressed charcoal, charcoal pencils and charcoal dust. Starting with line work, and then building up value, we construct form using a directed light source to identify shadow shapes. We also work in reverse -- subtractively -- starting with a dark ground of charcoal dust, pulling light shapes out with erasers, chamois and tortillons. By the end of the workshop students handle charcoal with confidence -- and enjoy making a mess in the process!

Applies to: CB-E, DS-E, NS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Michele Noiset (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 11 - 12 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-PNT-4492 ( Class has Started )
12 contact hours | 3 credits | tuition $250 | lab fee $20


Description

Take your outdoor painting to the next level: This workshop teaches you how to transition from outside sketches to more developed studio paintings. Students start the day making field sketches in the form of small gouache or watercolor studies, and in the afternoon convert these into larger studio paintings. Rather than rely on cameras, students use their small studies and the immediacy of memory to make the larger paintings and experience a more liberating and exciting way of working. Out in the field, students are shown how to set up a palette, mix colors, and quickly block in value masses and color while simplifying forms. Composition is always an inherent consideration as students begin to interpret what is seen. In the studio, students learn how to scale up from smaller to bigger formats, and how to sustain the immediacy and spontaneity experienced outdoors.

Applies to: CB-E, DS-E, NS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Wynne (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jun 2 - Jul 7 | 6-9pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2020/SE-GLAS-0602 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 3 credits | tuition $495 | lab fee $45


Description

This class takes place at a professional glassblower's studio for students to learn the basics of working molten glass, and see how this transparent medium both accommodates and challenges the imagination. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, students explore contemporary glass-working techniques under the guidance of a skilled artisan, with historic and modern examples of glass works providing inspiration and perspective. As the course progresses, students are encouraged to experiment as far as their newly acquired skills take them. Note: Class meets at an off-campus location; directions are sent to registered participants.


Instructor
  • Name: Bill Riker (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 3 - Jul 8 | 6-9pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2020/SE-GLAS-0602-03 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 3 credits | tuition $495 | lab fee $45


Description

This class takes place at a professional glassblower's studio for students to learn the basics of working molten glass, and see how this transparent medium both accommodates and challenges the imagination. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, students explore contemporary glass-working techniques under the guidance of a skilled artisan, with historic and modern examples of glass works providing inspiration and perspective. As the course progresses, students are encouraged to experiment as far as their newly acquired skills take them. Note: Class meets at an off-campus location; directions are sent to registered participants.


Instructor
  • Name: Bill Riker (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jun 1 - Jul 6 | 6-9pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-JEWEL-0499 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 3 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Description

Like a fantastic frame for a piece of art, the right setting for a precious stone or gem intensifies its visual impact and beauty. This beginner course focuses on two aspects of jewelry ornamentation techniques -- simple stone settings and the ancient art of filigree. The stone setting methods introduced include bezel, prong and flush settings. Filigree, meaning "wirework," is an ancient technique that combines the curling, twisting and bending of fine threads of wire into intricate designs joined with solder. By the middle of this course, students begin to use their newfound stone setting and filigree abilities to complete their own rings, earrings and other unique pieces of handmade jewelry. This course is for beginners as well as more advanced students wanting to learn a specialized technique. Note: Students must purchase a basic jewelry kit at the RISD Store 3D.

Applies to: JM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Jennaca Davies (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 3 - Jul 8 | 6-9pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-JEWEL-1118 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 3 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Description

Laser cutting technology lets you cut or etch out your design, be it super simple or highly intricate, from wood, acrylic, paper, fabric etc. with speed and enormous precision. The process begins with a line drawing of a sample piece to learn the necessary consistency, followed by learning to translate models and sketches into digital files for input into the computer, and then cutting with the laser. The process digitally directs the output of a laser at the material to be cut, which then either melts, burns or vaporizes, leaving an edge with a high-quality finish. Additionally, lasers can "rasterize" (using bitmap pixel information from applications like Photoshop) and burn an image at various depths. A variety of materials are experimented with including acrylic, paper, cardboard, thin laminate and wood. Students develop fully realized projects that could include business cards, a light wall piece or a non-metal piece of jewelry. Out-of-class cutting time is scheduled for students to complete projects. Laser cutting has many applications including graphic, product or interior design, jewelry, fine art and photography.

Applies to: JM-E, PM-E

Prerequisite: General computer knowledge


Instructor
  • Name: David Dilks (Bio)