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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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Drawing I
Tuesdays, Sep 11–Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | 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 these certificate programs: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, JM-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R

Graphic Design: Introduction
Wednesdays, Oct 24–Dec 5 | 6:30–9:30pm
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365
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 these certificate programs: AN-E, GR-R, IT-E, PG-E, PM-E


Fundamentals of Interior Design I
Thursdays, Sept 13–Oct 18 | 6:30–9:30pm
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365
Get an introduction to the basics of interior design, the design process and the tools and skills interior designers use to compose successful interiors. You'll explore different design styles, industry trends and decorating concepts. We will walk through the design process and you'll complete your first project—a fully developed room design. The design process will incorporate hand sketching, mood boards and finish material selection. We will also review how to select lighting, furniture, artwork and accessories, and examine spatial relationships, appropriate material usage, color and scale. Class time includes discussions, critiques, demonstrations and hands-on projects.

Fundamentals of Interior Design II
Thursdays, Oct 25–Dec 6 | 6:30–9:30pm
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365
Did you take Fundamentals of Interior Design I at the Westerly Education Center, and are you looking to learn more about color, drawing for interiors and the business of interior design? Using what you learned in the first course as building blocks, you'll continue to explore the world of interior design. You'll learn about color and how it affects the interior environment, and get an overview of what it is like to run an interior design business. You'll also be introduced to computer software that will allow you to create 2D and 3D drawings.



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