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Students in southern Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut can take advantage of a number of art and design courses from Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD|CE) that, until now, required commuting to its Providence campus. A select group of RISD|CE courses are now offered at the Westerly Education Center, giving students the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty in a range of visual arts and design disciplines. RISD|CE course offerings in Westerly span a variety of creative choices in artistic mediums, but all focus on developing the key building blocks to establish a working knowledge of spatial organization and visual problem solving to further your abilities as an artist.

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Summer SketchbookSummer RISD
Observing and drawing from nature while exploring the natural beauty of Westerly, Rhode Island is the focus of this workshop. This practice, working outside directly from nature, is known as "plein air" (open air). All work is done in the sketchbook, and specific exercises allow students to home in on different aspects of the landscape including land, water and sky. Work is done quickly, as the light continually changes and capturing the fleeting sensations is part of the experience. Paying attention to spatial concerns -- identifying foreground from background and the location of the horizon line -- is emphasized, and understanding eye level and view point to appropriately convey large space is introduced. Students work with pencil, charcoal and pastel.
Saturday + Sunday, July 13 - 14 | 10am-4pm
2019/SE-DWG-1411 | 2 sessions | tuition $275 | lab fee $20

Acrylic Painting: Technique Intensive
Experience with acrylic paint lays a foundation for learning to work with other paint, such as oil or gouache. Through acrylic paint, students in this workshop gain in-depth knowledge of color mixing, composition and paint application -- essential skills for any painter, illustrator or designer. The workshop is designed to help students quickly gain a command of color and an understanding of the process of painting. Students then use these fundamental skills to create dynamic compositions and to explore paint application. The first day, students practice simple painting methods through exercises, including how to mix colors, apply paint, create layers, control opacity and transparency, and create thick vs. thin paint. On day two, students prepare a background for painting, create a preliminary drawing, and learn how to transfer the drawing onto that background. Everyone works from a simple subject of their own choice. Clear, step-by-step instructions enable students to fully understand the process. This workshop is intended for absolute beginners, as well as for experienced artists who want to gain confidence and skill with the medium.
Saturday + Sunday, July 20 - 21 | 10am-4pm
2019/SE-PNT-0342 | 2 sessions | tuition $275 | lab fee $15

Making a Quick Print
This workshop introduces students to linocut printing -- an accessible and fast relief-based process in which a block is made by carving away areas; the parts that remain are then inked, and the block is applied to paper. Through rubbing, the image is released onto the paper and a print results. Students are shown how to transfer a simple image to the block using simple inking methods. This is a versatile and portable approach to the printmaking medium and one that lends itself to working without a press.
Tuesday, July 30 | 6:30-9:30pm
2019/SE-PRINT-4062-02 | 1 session | tuition $85 | lab fee $10

Drawing Introduction
Drawing is the simplest, most efficient and most accessible way to communicate visual ideas. This course, designed for the absolute beginner, 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 a surface. Students begin by learning to describe 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. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.
Tuesdays, June 18 - July 23 | 1-4pm
2019/SE-FOUND-1187-02 | 6 sessions | tuition $365 | model fee $20

Acrylic Painting: How to Paint a Flowerflower
In this workshop, you'll learn how to paint flowers using acrylic paints. Using a hands-on approach, you'll learn the fundamentals of compositional structure, color theory, and critical thinking while painting various flowers. From abstract to more traditional, you will find your favorite way to capture the beauty of botanicals.
Tuesday, June 25 | 6:30-9:30pm
2019/SE-PNT-2892 | 1 session | tuition $85 | lab fee $10

Materials for Interior Design
The materials that engage our senses play an integral role in defining our interior spaces; understanding the unique characteristics of various materials is an important aspect of selecting and designing with them. This survey course explores a variety of materials used in interior design, including fabrics, wall coverings, paints, wood, stone, metal, glass, laminates, solid surfacing, tile, carpet, resilient flooring and more. The course covers appropriate and creative uses of these materials in commercial and residential applications, in addition to code considerations, specification writing and identification of sources.
Tuesdays, June 18 - July 23 | 6:30-9:30pm
2019/SE-INDES-1056 |6 sessions | tuition $365

Applied Color
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. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.
Thursdays, June 20 - Aug 1 | 1-4pm | No Class: 7/4
2019/SE-FOUND-1186-03 | 6 sessions | tuition $365 | lab fee $15



Cartoon Anatomy: The Heroic + The Hideous

Zombies, barbarians and Ninja schoolgirls all begin in the same way. But two legs, a twisting torso and clenched fists are not enough to turn a sketch into a distinct character that is ready to become the centerpiece of a comic book, video game or animation. This cartooning course reveals the essentials of good character design that begin with the creative application of human (or inhuman) anatomy. The importance of facial expressions, hairstyles and costume design options are also highlighted as students give their drawings personality and style. Finally, the drafting of tools and weapons becomes the hot topic so that students' character designs of mermaids, angels and faeries can morph into cyborgs and Transformers.
Monday - Friday, Jul 15 - 19 | 9am-12pm
tuition $285 | lab fee $10

2D DesignRISD 2D
Line, shape, pattern, value, texture, color, space and form: These formal elements of design form the "grammar" of the language of art. Working on a series of projects to explore these elements and the principles that drive them, students develop fluency in this language using a variety of art media to solve problems of visual organization. Projects occupy the two-dimensional picture plane and take the form of drawings, paintings and collages that can form the basis of a portfolio. This course is offers a glimpse of design at the collegiate level.
Monday - Friday, Jun 24 - 28 | 9am-12pm
tuition $285 | lab fee $10

Armor Design + Build
From the battlefield to the playing field and everywhere in between, we have equipped our everyday heroes and our superheroes with some of the most amazing gear. Discover the design and building strategies behind the construction of protective and decorative armor. You'll learn the ins and outs of making mockups and prototypes that include material science and engineering lessons that are equal parts product design and cosplay. When it all comes together, STEM becomes STEAM with a capital "A" for armor.
Saturdays, Jul 13 - Aug 10 | 1-4pm
tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Comic Book Creator

American comics are filled with wild characters like musclemen, monsters, robots, villains and freaks, but you need more than a wild character to make a good comic book. It takes a story that, when combined with convincing pictures, draws the reader in and doesn't let them go. You'll learn from a professional artist how to pull together all the components of great comic book creation: word balloons, captions, panels and personalities. Important topics such as character design, perspective drawing and page layout are considered and, in the end, you'll leave with a mini comic to share with friends and family.
Monday - Friday, Aug 12 - 16 | 9am-12pm
tuition $285 | lab fee $10 


One of the oldest colleges of its kind in the US, Rhode Island School of Design stands out as a leader in art and design education. RISD Continuing Education educates students of all ages in art and design with high quality, accessible programs. The division serves more than 4,000 individual students per year in its non-credit courses, six-week Pre-College program for high school artists and designers, and Summer Programs for college credit. RISD|CE also offers non-credit certificate programs for adults and teens. For more information about RISD Continuing Education, visit http://ce.risd.edu