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Mondays, Jun 1 - Jul 6 | 10am-3pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2020/SE-PNT-0347 ( Class has Started )
30 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $430 | lab fee $20


Description

While the experience of painting "en plein air" (in the open air) is exhilarating and intense, ever-changing light conditions can also make it challenging. This on-site intensive course introduces students to specific strategies for working outside. Beginning with an introduction to essential materials, palette set-up and color mixing, composing and blocking in shapes along with other plein-air techniques, students plan and execute compelling compositions in changing light, observing nature quickly and with confidence, and gain an understanding of mixing colors and specific palettes for landscape. The class takes place on the beautiful grounds of Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, where the backdrop of clouds, water and landscape -- each with its own set of textural concerns -- provides the exciting subject matter. Come experience this landscape setting while improving your painting skills. It will prepare you for a summer -- and potentially lifetime -- of painting outdoors. Note: The lab fee covers daily admission to Blithewold. Class meets at an off-campus location; directions are sent to registered students.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Martin Smick (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jun 4 - Jul 9 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-FOUND-1186 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $15


Description

Color is one of the most powerful -- and complex -- tools at the artist's disposal. Bridging the divide between color theory and color practice, this studio course distills the essentials of color mechanics into workable studies and projects. Students explore color through creative exercises using collage and paint to understand color and how to use it effectively. Explorations of the role of light, the psychological impact of color, and how such factors as hue, value and intensity affect design are integral to the learning. Slide-illustrated presentations address the historical background of the use of color. Through the process of experiencing the interface of color theory and color application, guidelines toward developing a personal palette are discussed. Mastery of color is essential in the work of artists, illustrators, craftspeople and designers, making this course an ideal starting point.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Carlotta Miller (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 3 - Jul 8 | 7-10pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-FOUND-1187 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $20 | model fee $30


Description

Drawing is the simplest, most efficient and most accessible way to communicate visual ideas. This course focuses on development of hand-eye coordination -- required for all perceptual drawing -- to understand how to look and how to transcribe what is seen onto paper. Students begin by learning to define shapes with line, including exploration of line weight, direction and speed and then move on to value, investigating both additive and reductive ways of working and how to utilize the power of light and dark to create volume and space. As confidence builds, progress is made into more complicated subject matter and working out compositional decisions and strategies. Tools utilized include pencil, charcoal and eraser. Subjects include still life, architecture/space and a brief introduction to the figure.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Robin Wiseman (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 25 - 26 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-PNT-0958 ( Class has Started )
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $250 | lab fee $10


Description

Scratchboard is an illustration/fine art technique in which an abrasive tool is used to "scratch" away and directly remove a top layer to reveal the layer underneath. Because of its graphic nature, it is a visually powerful medium where crisp images, dramatic lighting and exquisite detail are among the striking effects that can be achieved. Through demonstration and practice, students are introduced to methods for creating line and texture on scratchboard, planning a composition, transferring a sketch, balancing lights and darks, making corrections, and adding color. Students bring to class simple subjects such as shells, feathers, fruits and pinecones, from which they sketch a composition. They then transfer these sketches to scratchboard and begin a pencil or pen-and-ink illustration. Participants who wish to add color should bring watercolors. This unique illustration medium can be used by a variety of illustrators for highly representational, eye-catching and powerful images.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Rossitza Skortcheva-Donesky (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jun 1 - Jul 6 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 7/4
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-DWG-0523 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $35


Description

You don't need to know how to draw or be an artist to take this course -- in fact, the less you know, the better! A common misconception, that you need to have experience in art to take RISD|CE courses, was the impetus for this course. It starts with the simplest of tasks and tools, and slowly illuminates the mystery of materials and the triumph of the well-chosen tool in creating work. Students' eyes are trained to look, to observe and to record. Work is done in drawing, color studies and collage through a series of exercises that encourage students to open up and experiment. Work is done in a variety of mediums -- with less focus on subject, and more on interpreting and abstracting to fully comprehend basic shapes and structures. We do all of this in a supportive environment, with an open mind being the only prerequisite. Students are free to fail, but are required to at least try. The hardest part is just starting!


Instructor
  • Name: Suzette Cozzens (Bio)