Saturdays, Sep 18 - Dec 11 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-SCLP-1800 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $495 | lab fee $75
From skyscrapers and hulls of ships, to forks and knives, and bikes and cars, steel is an indomitable and omnipresent material. Surprisingly malleable yet remarkably strong, it is a most versatile metal depending on its physical state. This course, which takes place in the RISD Sculpture Department, introduces students to the basics of working steel, with an emphasis on sculptural form. Students are given instruction on the many tools in the studio, including an oxygen/acetylene torch, plasma cutter and anvil. Through demonstrations and hands-on experience, students work with sheet and rod, and use cold-working techniques including cutting, slotting, drilling, filing and forming, as well as forming methods such as hammering and bending. They ultimately investigate techniques for connecting steel, including welding, riveting and slotting. Students explore individual projects -- functional or sculptural -- applying the techniques learned to produce their own steel objects ranging from jewelry to sculpture and furniture. Note: A materials list is sent to registered students; however, students may purchase a kit for this course from the RISD Store 3D for $60.
- Name: Will Reeves (Bio)
Saturdays, Oct 30 - Dec 11 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/28
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CHILD-2185 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $360 | lab fee $5
Here is a chance for young artists to emulate the art that exists in nature as they define for themselves the nature of art. Students in this course visit RISD's Edna Lawrence Nature Lab and the RISD Museum in search of animals, birds and more. They then use the visual forms and artworks they discover as inspiration for a variety of creative projects. In the process, the course develops art and natural science awareness, builds basic art and design skills, and encourages young artists to explore a variety of media.
- Name: Barbara Voccola (Bio)
Saturdays, Sep 18 - Oct 23 | 1-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CHILD-2135 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $360 | lab fee $15
Based on the fundamentals of design and engineering, this exciting workshop focuses on the playful, but well-considered, use of materials. With unique opportunities for brainstorming and problem solving, each week brings a new design challenge (i.e., build a two-wheeled race car that travels down an inclined string, or use air compression to power a plane). Participants use real hand tools and work with a variety of materials like wood, recycled items, Legos, paper, cardboard, metal, rubber bands, wire and fabric. As they have fun drawing, experimenting, testing and building, students increase their scientific awareness, gain knowledge of the design process and build upon both two- and three-dimensional design skills.
- Name: Steven Hayes (Bio)
Wednesdays, Sep 15 - Dec 8 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-ANIM-2571 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0.00 credits | tuition $595 | lab fee $50
This course introduces Maya, Autodesk's award-winning 3D animation software package whose advanced architecture offers unmatched system speed and streamlined workflow. Students learn best practices for modeling with polygons, NURBS and subdivision surfaces as they complete projects that cover hard surface modeling, architecture and organic modeling. Lesson topics include organizing topology for rigging vs. sculpting and efficient workflow with instances and symmetrical objects. The course ends with rendering models for portfolios and a final presentation to fellow students.
Applies to: AD-E, AV-E, WE-E
Prerequisite: Digital Design for the Screen
- Name: Matthew E. Paquin (Bio)
Thursdays, Sep 16 - Oct 21 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-SCLP-1883 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $15
Working with supple, malleable materials -- such as cloth, natural fibers, plastic, foam, rubber and paper -- this class explores the creation of three-dimensional structures and forms. Practical instruction in design, layout, armatures, sewing and felting is given, while balancing technical demonstration and practice with material improvisation. Exploration is extended to using found materials and devising ways to combine various inherent material languages and capabilities. Soft sculpture can be applied to multiple formats, creating single sculptures, multiples, wearable items or installation. While considering the impacts of scale, site and audience, all possibilities are discussed for technical and conceptual feasibility. Class time is comprised of a series of guided short exercises, which provide students with the skills necessary to design and complete their own sculptural project.
- Name: Lu Heintz (Bio)
Wednesdays, Jun 3 - Jul 8 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-SCLP-1882 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $30
Students in this course learn additive form-building, as well as basic moldmaking and casting, and learn to make molds of varying complexity, from simple open-face molds to piece molds, rubber molds and blanket molds, and produce objects using each method. With technological advances in moldmaking materials and techniques, sophisticated molds can be produced, making it possible to create multiple copies of simple or complex forms in materials like synthetic stone, beeswax, rubber, fiberglass, polyurethane glass, silicone rubber, Aqua-Resin, foam and plastic -- all with little effort and consistent results. Demonstrations and discussions cover mixing rubber moldmaking compounds, releases and separating compounds, and concealing parting lines. Casting materials used are specific to individual projects. The technique is a valuable addition to all hand-articulated work including jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and product design, as well as the student interested in a new skill.
Applies to: JM-E
- Name: Andrew Norquist (Bio)