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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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Spring Courses 

Foundations of Drawing
Drawing is the cornerstone for all other visual arts disciplines. As a visual language, it becomes the means by which you can begin to explore your own objectives for personal expression. In this course, you'll get a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of freehand drawing; representation of objects and natural forms; problems of analysis, response, perception and composition; and technical standards. This course is designed as the key building block for establishing a working knowledge of spatial organization and visual problem solving. All aspects of the course will be supported by dynamic classroom lectures, drawing demonstrations and visual aids (handouts, slides and books). Throughout the term, there will be in-class critiques and designated homework assignments, as well as some in-class exercises. You will draw using various artistic media. Note: You can expect to buy art supplies for this course. A supply list will accompany your registration statement.
Tuesdays, Feb 27 - Apr 3 | 6:30-9:30pm
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345

Fashion Design: From Concept to Production 
Creating an apparel collection, whether for a streetwear start-up or an activewear or sportswear brand, requires a method for communicating the design with factories and holding the information for each designed style in an easy-to-use, understandable format. This workshop guides the designer through the parts, steps and functions of using a working tech pack. Students will create their own tech pack to explore the logic and processes of fabric selection, trim selection, and brand collateral creation such as hangtags and main labels, and will learn how to input the specific data into a working tech pack for handoff to a factory for sample creation and production. We'll also explore the role of the tech pack in garment costing and projected piece consumption for purchasing and retail pricing. Mastery of the tech pack is essential in the work of designers and apparel production, making this course an ideal starting point.
Saturday, May 12 | 10am-2pm
1 session | 4 contact hours | tuition $85

Retail Experience: Designing the Future
In this introduction to retail experience design, we'll review the history of this evolving area of design, as well as the future outlook of retail. We'll examine examples of no-tech, lo-tech, and hi-tech executions that are or have been in the market, and what makes them successes in the eyes of the modern consumer. Utilizing new knowledge of retail experience and industry, you'll be asked to develop no-tech, lo-tech, and hi-tech solutions for a local product that is currently on market or headed to market. Students will critique classmates’ solutions, and develop their ideations into a final concept, determining the best approach to the final design pitch to the client.
Wednesdays, Feb 28 - Apr 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345

Natural Hand Dyeing with Plants
Join a renowned materials dyer and fiber artist for an engaging workshop where you'll learn how to dye fabric and silk ribbon using botanicals. You will be introduced to natural dyes such as cochineal, madder root, marigold, dahlia and osage. As you dye squares of fabric and silk ribbon, you'll build observational color skills complemented by note-taking to eventually build your own ingredient color library. Learn how to hand stitch the ribbon on the fabric to create beautiful embellished pieces suitable for pillows, wall hangings or journal covers.
Saturday, Apr 7 | 10am-2pm
1 session | 4 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $15

Search Engine Optimization workshop
Learn how to improve the visibility and discoverability of your website on search engines in this workshop taught by local SEO expert Chris Sheehy from Sidewalk Branding Company. You will gain an in-depth perspective of the top factors that impact your online visibility, touching upon the most vital elements of online digital marketing. You will explore how business citations boost local market share, how to perform and use keyword research, image/video/podcast optimization, the difference between discoverability and visibility, how to set up analytics tools to track your website performance, and discover the top five website changes that can boost your online presence and drive more traffic to your business.
Tuesday, Apr 10 | 6:30-9:30pm
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75

Watercolor Basics
Interested in learning to paint with watercolor? You'll master basics necessary to be successful including creating a wash, color mixing, color theory, various applications and techniques of watercolor, as well as the rules for composition and design. During class time, you'll apply these techniques as you work on paintings developed from your own photographic or drawing sources. 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, Apr 12 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $50

Fundamentals of Interior Design I
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.
Tuesdays, Feb 27 - Apr 3 | 6:30-9:30pm
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345

Bracelet Workshop
Here's your chance to make a leather wrap bracelet. You'll choose from hundreds of different colors of fire-polished Czech glass beads, as well as numerous shades of imported leather. You will have the option of making several short (single or double) bracelets or one that will wrap five times around your wrist. Choose your button closure from the instructor's collection of vintage and antique buttons. All materials and tools will be provided.
Saturday, Mar 24 | 10am-2pm
1 session | 4 contact hours | tuition $85 | lab fee $30

Interior Styling
Kristen Lemoine, home designer/interior stylist and owner of Home Imagined, leads students through an introductory interior styling workshop focused on design trends for 2018. You'll explore how to identify your personal design style, and home in on client visions while tuning in to your own expertise during styling execution. You'll be guided through the best practices to follow while "treasure hunting," and learn how to work with what is available on any budget.
Saturday, Apr 28 | 10am-4pm
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $130

Botanical Watercolors
Drawn to the beauty and variety of natural form, humans have for centuries chosen to understand the world around them through direct observation and recording. Whether for identification of medicinal herbs or recording fauna from new worlds, capturing intricacies of the plant world has resulted in a multitude of beautiful and varied works. Using a lively selection of flowers and plants, students will develop their observational skills to create unique botanical watercolor paintings. Historic examples of botanical illustrations will inform students' compositional choices and serve as inspiration for their completed paintings. This course will allow students to dive deeper into their drawing and watercolor practice while learning the rules of composition, color selection and mixing, layering watercolor and creating detail. Paper selection, transferring preliminary drawings and project planning will also be covered.
Tuesdays, Feb 27 - May 22 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/17
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $15

Introduction to Painting with Acrylics: 9 Acrylic Techniques
Learn nine different acrylic painting techniques and how to stretch your own canvas. The canvas will be divided into nine gridded sections, with each one depicting a different approach to using acrylics with other painting mediums. Students will demonstrate fundamental artistic behaviors while exploring their own aesthetics via color theory, textures, patterns and composition. Experimenting and creating this visual exemplar composition will allow students to continually reference the techniques and apply these methods to future paintings. By the end of the course, students will have gained skills to paint intriguing textures and unique patterns, and use creative color theory and a multitude of mixed media approaches.
Wednesdays, Feb 28 - Apr 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $20

Fundamentals of Interior Design II
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.
Thursdays, Apr 12 - May 24 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/19
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345




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