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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Tuesday, Mar 19 | 6:30–9:30 pm
tuition $85 | lab fee $10
Have you wanted to incorporate art into your life, but are unsure of where to start? This workshop allows you to explore in a non-threatening, expectation-free environment. Three prompts, focused on the concept of mark making, encourage you to expand your notion of what it means to make art. The emphasis is on exploration and discovery rather than on finished pieces of work. Additionally, to help you get started we review the basics of a variety of art making terms and materials. You may come away surprised and ready to confidently integrate art into your life. Come prepared with an open mind and plenty of questions!
Interior Design: Introduction
Thursdays, Feb 28–Apr 4 | 1–4 pm
This introductory course focuses on the process of design as it applies to interior spaces. Students build an acute awareness of core principles—scale, proportion, light, circulation and progression—as a means to create visual harmony. Functional, utilitarian, economic and safety requirements of interior spaces in an architectural framework are examined and students develop a process book that is a document of their new appreciation for lighting, acoustics, textiles and materials choices. Through exercises and a final project, students learn to apply the basic principles of visual design to interiors, and to better understand how form and function can be translated into practical designs for livable interior spaces.
Applies to certificate programs: ID-R, PM-E
Thursdays, Feb 28–May 23 | 6:30–9:30 pm
tuition $525 | model fee $30
Drawing is an essential means of communicating, and central to every artist’s and designer's practice. This class is a more rigorous and sustained introduction to the drawing medium. Drawing I students begin learning to define shapes and forms with line: investigating weight, direction and speed through gesture, contour and planar analysis. Then moving on to value, using both additive and reductive ways of working, they learn to utilize the power of light and dark to create a sense of texture, volume and space. Spatial systems, including perspective, are investigated as well as fundamentals of composition to construct dynamic imagery. Measuring and attention to negative space are essential skills used and reinforced throughout the learning process. Transcribing what is seen or imagined into visual form utilizing multiple approaches— from note taking to rendering to diagramming and sketching—is explored. The course is structured around demonstrations, guided exercises, and sustained drawing of varied subject matter including still-life, landscape, architecture and the human form.
Applies to certificate programs: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, JM-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R
Jewelry Studio: Leather Wrap Bracelet
Sunday, Mar 24 | 1–4 pmtuition $85 | lab fee $30
Students in this workshop get to play with scores of colored Czech fire-polished beads and create a one-of-a-kind double leather wrap bracelet. Working with fine European leather cord and antique buttons, instructions are given on technique, fit and sizing. Students who have taken this course previously will be encouraged to work more extensively with pattern and color. A task lamp and reader glasses may be helpful. All materials will be provided.
Jewelry Studio: Leather Wrap Bracelet with Beads
Sunday, May 5 | 10 am–4 pm
tuition $145 | lab fee $45
Working with a palette of Czech fire-polished beads, Japanese Miyuki seed beads, fine European leather cord, and antique buttons, students will learn four different wrap bracelet techniques. Students will be given the option of creating one long bracelet or four single wraps. Instructions will be given on fit and sizing, as well as basic color theory. Inherently beautiful by themselves, the materials in combination result in wearable works of art. No experience is necessary, but a task lamp and reader glasses may be helpful. All materials provided.
Metalworking/Sheet Metal: Introduction
Mondays, Apr 8–May 20 | 6–9 pm
tuition $365 | lab fee $50
This class takes place in the Westerly Education Center's metalworking facility. After an introduction to the history of sheet metal, students explore the various hand and power tools used for metalworking techniques such as assembling, bending, cutting, fastening, finishing, metal punching, and roll forming of .032 aluminum. Students are introduced to the safe and efficient use of hand-operated rollers, band saws, power metal shears, hand-operated notchers, punching tools, table sanders, hand brakes, and various other hand tools. Basic fabrication layout skills are developed and students learn to make parallel and radial lines in construction of their individual pieces. This course also serves as an introduction to the general construction industry concepts of craftsmanship, safety and training, as well as sheet metal types.
Tuesdays, Apr 9–May 21 | 1–4 pm
tuition $365 | lab fee $15
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 certificate programs: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R
Children's Book Illustration: Introduction
Tuesdays, Apr 9–May 5 | 9 am–12 pm
tuition $365 | lab fee $10
Children's books captivate and guide a child into an imaginative universe by combining dynamic images with evocative words. This course provides an introduction to both. The fundamentals of illustrating for children are explained and discussed, from design, text integration, character creation and color palette, to concept development and storyboarding. Texts are provided for all assignments; however, students may bring their own manuscripts to work on within the context of assignments, and are encouraged to develop their own characters and work from their ideas. Assignments are presented and critiqued weekly. Some classroom instruction is provided in watercolor as a medium, but students may also choose media they already know or want to explore for their assignments. By completing several illustrations and a storyboard by the end of the course, students will get a taste of illustrating and writing for children.
iPhone Photography Workshop
Saturday, Mar 16 | 10 am–1 pm
Your iPhone is about to get even more useful to you—even if you didn't think that was possible! In this workshop, you'll learn how to take professional-looking photos with just your iPhone. Whether you're looking to photograph your own artwork, or seeking to perfect your social media aesthetic for your brand, these skills can be applied to many aspects of your creative life. You'll develop tricks, tips and insights into a few of the instructor's favorite (free) photo editing applications; how to take product/food shots; and how to make use of natural light. You'll also gain resources on local printing companies to print all of your favorite shots.
Materials for Interior Design
Tuesdays, Apr 9–May 21 | 6:30–9:30 pm
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.
Applies to certificate program: ID-E
Egg Tempera Painting
Saturday + Sunday, Apr 13 + 14 | 10 am–4 pm
tuition $275 | lab fee $20
From Byzantine icons to Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, egg tempera is one of the oldest and most radiant of painting mediums. The paint, a mixture of fresh raw egg yolk, water and pigment, shares properties of both watercolor and oils. Like watercolor, it allows for thin, transparent washes and rapid drying. Like oils, tempera can be built up in layers of luminous color. Additionally, each layer painted becomes water-resistant, so that one application of paint can be rapidly followed by another. The two layers don't mix—allowing one color to appear through the other, giving it its unique quality of luminosity. The course includes demonstrations on both preparation of the paint and technical applications including brushwork and sponging. On the first day, students start with practice panels and work from an in-class setup. On the second day, work can be from an in-class setup in class or individual imagery. Pigment origins and their unique characteristics are discussed, and historical examples of work done in egg tempera are shown for students to see its breadth of visual possibilities.
Applies to certificate programs: NS-E, PS-E
Photography: IntroductionThursdays, Apr 4–May 16 | 6:30–9:30 pm
This course for new and amateur photographers introduces ways of seeing through the lens and illuminates the underlying two-dimensional design issues and visual concepts hidden within the photographic image. Through weekly assignments and critiques, students explore ways to use photography and photographic conventions for their unique personal expression. Lessons include the technical operations like focus, shutter speed and aperture common to all cameras, and how they influence artistic choices. Whether students are interested in traditional or digital photography, this course provides a strong foundation for any subsequent photographic pursuit.
Applies to certificate programs: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E, NS-E, PG-R, PS-E
Graphic Design: Introduction
Thursdays, Apr 11–May 23 | 6:30–9:30 pm
A graphic designer is a creative problem solver who conceptualizes, plans and executes a design that communicates a message. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of working in the field of graphic design by examining the meaning of graphic design, the design process and the role the graphic designer plays in society. Students respond to presentations and engage in hands-on assignments intended to provide a glimpse of the RISD|CE Graphic Design certificate program and the broader field of the professional graphic designer.
Applies to certificate programs: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E
Woodworking at Westerly
Thursdays, Apr 11–May 23 | 5–8 pm
tuition $365 | lab fee $30
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of working with wood using power and hand tools. Step by step, students learn the safe and effective use of machinery, and how to develop and execute a realistic plan/design for a simple piece. Students are introduced to ways of understanding wood, both in what to look for in selecting it and considerations when shaping it, work with table saws and sanders, and learn which machines are most effective in achieving their chosen project. Demonstrations and presentations further the learning. This hands-on introductory class helps students gain confidence with machines and working with wood and is ideal for beginners.
Cartooning + Caricature
Caricature involves taking a person's distinctive features and deliberately exaggerating or recomposing them to create a comic, or grotesque, effect. Its evolution from traditional portraiture has been a steadily moving process, which has resulted in many incarnations and interpretations. Because of its detachment from reality and its roots in humor and satire, caricature gives an artist a wonderful sense of freedom. This is the perfect workshop for students who want to expand their cartooning or illustration skills.
Saturdays, Mar 23–Apr 06 | 9 am–12pm
tuition $175 | lab fee $10
Making Your Mark in Drawing + Painting
Creative mark-making is the foundation for both drawing and painting, comparable to penmanship or a signature. As various drawing and painting endeavors call for different styles of marks, students in this course develop unique mark-making sets for a variety of applications, using innovative strategies and exercises. Working in different size scales and time frames, and inspired by sensory motivations including music, sound and movement, students investigate alternative drawing and painting processes with both familiar and unconventional materials. This course is both a kinetic and reflective adventure in which emerging artists gain confidence, building a repertoire of techniques and skills for drawing and painting, while discovering their unique artistic process and identity.
Saturdays, Apr 27–May 18 | 9 am–12 pm
4 sessions | 12 contact hours
tuition $230 | lab fee $15 | model fee $10
Saturdays, Apr 27–May 18 | 9 am–12 pm
tuition $230 | lab fee $10
Making Beads + Amulets
Polymer clay, a colorful plastic material that is soft at room temperature but hardens when exposed to heat, is the medium for this jewelry making class. Students begin their first project, a necklace, by sculpting small amulet figures. They then make beads that are strung together with the amulets for a colorful original adornment. They move on to more delicate forms: a pair of earrings and a ring made from the same polymer clay material. Students leave with three different jewelry forms, each a variation of a versatile and low-cost sculptural material.
Saturdays, Apr 27–May 18 | 9 am–12 pm
tuition $230 | lab fee $15
Fashion Forward: Paper Couture
Central to the design of a fashion line is the investigation of silhouette, pattern, and material that defines the establishment of style and provides the initial inspiration for a designer's collection. In this course we explore the possibilities of paper (in all its forms) as a prototyping medium, and how it translates to actual creation. You'll envision an apparel line, beginning with a mood board and fashion illustrations and ending with a maquette garment. Lessons in craftsmanship, visualization, pattern making, adhesion and fastening are included to give you a glimpse into the business of fashion design. Please bring a sketchbook; all other materials are supplied.
Saturdays, Apr 27–May 18 | 1–4 pm
tuition $230 | lab fee $10
Original Duplicity: The Art of the Print
Shepard Fairey, the controversial RISD alumnus, manipulates found images to create his dynamic posters, following in the tradition of Andy Warhol's graphic icons. Through printmaking—a process used to duplicate an image—both original and found imagery can be layered to create original collages in multiple editions of identical or altered variations. In this course, students learn several non-press printing techniques that can be replicated at home, such as relief prints, silkscreen and pronto plates. Throughout the course, they practice their printmaking craftsmanship to create portfolio-quality two-dimensional works that are surprisingly consistent or uniquely different.
Saturdays, Apr 27–May 18 | 1–4 pm
tuition $230 | lab fee $10
ABOUT RISD CONTINUING EDUCATION
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