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Students in southern Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut can now 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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Fall Courses

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, 10/14/2017 | 10:00 am-2:00pm
ages 18+ | JEWEL-4113 | Carolyn Wagner
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, 10/21/2017 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | INDES-4438 | Kristen Lemoine
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $130

Introduction to Drawing + Painting: Landscapes Using Gouache

Sharing characteristics of watercolor and acrylic paints, gouache is an opaque water-based medium that is highly pigmented, re-workable and dries to a vibrant matte finish. In this course, you'll paint with watercolor in harmony with gouache, using the transparency and opacity of these mediums to create depth, luminosity, value and texture in your work. Working from landscape photo reference material, you'll build upon existing drawing skills, employ a variety of painting techniques and learn how to plan an approach to your work. Note: This course is the second in a two-part series. While not required, it is suggested that students have completed the companion course, "Introduction to Drawing + Painting: Nature," held earlier in the semester, or have previous experience with watercolor.
Tuesdays, 10/24/2017 – 12/05/2017 | 6:30-9:30pm | No class 11/21
ages 18+ | PNT-1495 | Christine Herron
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345

Understanding Design

Thinking and making are the parallel competencies of thoughtful design practice, whether graphic, interior, advertising or web. Award-winning graphic designer and teacher Dina Zaccagnini Vincent will introduce the conceptual development phase of design workflow, which functions as the foundation for a successful project.
Saturday, 09/30/2017 | 10am-2pm
ages 18+ | PRNT-4141 | Dina Zaccagnini Vincent
1 session | 4 contact hours | tuition $85



Search Engine Optimization

Find out how to improve your visibility on search engines for your business (brand) and the things you have to sell (service/products/art). In this workshop lead by acclaimed digital marketer Chris Sheehy, you'll get an in-depth look at the top factors that impact your online visibility, touching upon the most vital elements to online digital marketing. You'll explore how business citations boost local visibility, how to perform keyword research, image/video/podcast optimization, how to set up analytic tools to track your website performance, and discover the top five website changes that can boost your online visibility. You'll also discover if Google AdWords is right for you.
Tuesday, 10/24/2017 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | WEB-4043 | Chris Sheehy
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75


Essentials of Digital Photography

The digital revolution in photographic imaging is more than simply underway -- it won, but maybe you need a little nudge to make the move from film to digital? Whether you're an amateur photographer eager to understand the basics of digital workflow while sharpening your compositional eye, or a digital native who hasn't advanced beyond an iPhone's automated functions, this introductory course is the ideal opportunity. You'll begin with the rudiments of camera operation and handling to increase your confidence as you complete weekly assignments that build upon one another. These pictures are reviewed during class time in a focused critique led by your instructor, with participation by your classmates. Throughout the course, the history of the art form is presented to give students a context for their reengagement with digital photography. Students should bring a digital camera (with manual controls, if possible) and its manual to each class session.
Thursdays, Oct 26 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | 2017/CF-PHO-0366 | Dawn Temple
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Introduction to Drawing + Painting: Nature (CLOSED)

Together, with an eye for detail, we sketch from a varied selection of flowers and plants. Through short demos, individual guidance and sketchbook review, time-honored drawing and watercolor techniques are taught. This course covers drawing skills, materials, tools, surface preparation, composition, dry and wet painting as well as layering colors, using resists and other watercolor techniques. Note: This course is the first in a two-part series. Students enrolled in "Introduction to Drawing + Painting: Nature" are invited to develop their painting skills by enrolling in the companion course, "Introduction to Drawing + Painting: Landscapes Using Gouache."
Thursdays, 09/14/2017 – 10/19/2017 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | PNT-1494 | Christine Herron
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345

Fundamentals of Interior Design (CLOSED)

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.
Thursdays, 09/14/2017 – 10/19/2017 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | INDES-1281 | Kimberley Valente
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345

Watercolor Basics (CLOSED)

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.
Tuesdays, 09/12/2017 – 10/17/2017 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | PNT-1493 | Christine Herron
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