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Thursdays, Sep 16 - Oct 21 | 1-4pm
ages 18+ | Tillinghast Farm | 2019/CF-ILUS-2457 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

This studio course explores nature as subject, muse, resource, inspiration and narrative. Students draw, paint, photograph and write about the natural world around them, compiling their own interpretive "portrait" of the Rhode Island landscape. Work is done at several on-site locations, including Tillinghast Farm, the RISD Nature Lab and the RISD Museum, with the goal of making personally profound and intense visual and written discoveries. In a time when rampant development and unsustainable resource exploitation disconnects us from our surroundings, this course encourages participants to connect to the natural world through observation, reflection, documentation and interpretation, and respond to it in a direct and creative way.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Wynne (Bio)
Course Details

Sundays, Sep 19 - Oct 24 | 10am-1pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-PNT-4227 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $10


Description

In a relaxed but focused environment, the fundamentals of watercolor painting are discussed, demonstrated and then practiced in this course. Concentration is on learning how to use watercolor effectively to achieve specific effects, while honing individual color aesthetic and creating dynamic compositions. The course begins with an introduction to color mixing, and how to achieve complex colors. Students make at least one color chart using the primaries, and then move on to form to build a sense of volume using basic geometric shapes. Temperature of light and shadow is investigated in each session. Students work from a variety of bold and unexpected subjects. For the final sessions, students complete an autobiographical assignment by working from a personal collection of items -- anything from rubber duckies, to antiques, to makeup, to clothing.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Jennifer Wheeler (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 30 - Dec 18 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/14, 11/28
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CHILD-1994 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $360 | lab fee $10


Description

In the fantastically popular game Minecraft, gamers are able to create and explore expansive worlds made entirely from digital cubes and, in the process, create what they need to navigate this built universe. Students in this class follow in the footsteps of Steve and assume the roles of character designer, architect, geological surveyor and engineer as they design and build the components of a new (non-digital) world and the architectural components, tools and equipment necessary to live there. Scenario play, discussion and interaction with classmates provide rich opportunities for creative problem solving and expression as they draw, paint, sculpt and refine their emerging world.


Instructor
  • Name: Tiffany Cabral-Mendez (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 22 - Dec 15 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-FOUND-2214-04 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $495 | model fee $30


Description

For amateur and professional alike, drawing skills are fundamental to the artist's visual education. Through guided practice, beginning students sharpen their powers of observation as they learn to translate what they see into drawings. Using basic tools and materials, students develop their drawing skills by exploring concepts such as line, form, value, proportion, perspective and composition. Through a series of graduated exercises, students learn to draw the figure, still lifes and the environment with confidence and prepare for further work in a variety of art media.

Applies to: AD-E, AP-R, AV-E, CB-R, DS-R, GR-E, JM-R, NS-R


Instructor
  • Name: Robin Wiseman (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-1500 ( Class has Started )
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $250 | lab fee $25


Description

Acrylic paint dries very quickly, requiring a "medium" to keep it consistently fluid and workable. The acrylic paint section of any art store can be overwhelming, however, with virtually hundreds of mediums too expensive to experiment with and too time consuming to fully explore. This weekend intensive workshop breaks down the "goo" by introducing techniques and approaches for enhancing and expanding your acrylic painting experience. Students are introduced to glazing and glazes, building texture and surfaces, extending color, and creating opaque and transparent effects. Students also learn to use tools such as brushes, scrapers and mat knives in different ways. Experimentation and risk-taking is encouraged, enabling students to create a finished panel or canvas piece while gaining the confidence to choose mediums for individual projects.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Mara Metcalf (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Jul 11 - 12 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-PNT-0344 ( Class has Started )
12 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $250 | lab fee $10


Description

Without the right first steps, oil painting can be a challenging medium. This class aims to get students on the right track by emphasizing technique and strategy, while encouraging experimentation and individual development. Students are given an introduction to paint, brushes, medium and palette set-up. They then learn mixing, direct paint application, and consideration of value, color and composition, gaining knowledge and confidence in beginning and sustaining a painting. Learning to quickly establish design elements within a composition and assert a specific point of view, as well as understanding the importance of directional lighting, are crucial to critical first steps. A survey of the fundamentals of representational painting is presented. The class is structured around hands-on demonstrations and painting a variety of subjects so students gain familiarity with this exciting medium.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Amy Wynne (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jun 4 - Jul 9 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-PNT-1501 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345


Description

Producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. In this course, students learn to develop a "road map" to more effectively attain the results they desire in their finished paintings. Along with planning and learning control, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore tonal handling, light, volume and composition as they master the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered, as are washes, color transparencies and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations. Design principles are incorporated to make this a great primer or refresher course for both beginners new to the medium and veteran watercolorists.

Applies to: CB-E, DS-E


Instructor
  • Name: Richard Marthers (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesdays, Jun 2 - Jul 7 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-PNT-2621 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $20


Description

It is essential for artists of all levels to have both knowledge of and familiarity with the materials and techniques specific to oil painting in order to fully perfect their craft. Through demonstrations, lectures and hands-on practice, topics covered include stretching canvas and preparing surfaces (cardboard, masonite, wood) for painting supports, paints and paint application, brushes, developing a color palette, and solvents and varnishes. Tonal techniques, direct painting, underpainting and glazing, and use of a palette knife are also explored. Emphasis is on skill building, rather than on specific image making, so the student is free to experiment. Please note that the course is appropriate for artists of all skill levels.

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


Instructor
  • Name: Martin Smick (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)