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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.

Register for Westerly courses on ce.risd.edu when you enter keyword "Westerly" in the keyword search field.


Winter Courses

Knitwear Design/Shawl Construction

In this course, students will experience all aspects of designing a hand-knit shawl, from inspiration to finished object. We'll begin by exploring various shawl types with the creation of mini swatches. Students will sketch their design, size their pattern, and determine how much yarn is needed. We'll cover yarn weight, material, color and stitch patterns, as well as the importance of proper blocking (finishing). We'll also discuss how to write a knitting pattern for publication. This course is for students with some experience in knitwear design, looking to learn more advanced techniques.

Wednesdays, Jan 10 - Feb 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


iPhone Photography Workshop

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.

Tuesday, Feb 20 | 6:30-9:30pm
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75


Introduction to Drawing + Painting: Nature 

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. 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, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Fundamentals of Interior Design

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, Jan 9 - Feb 13 | 6:30-9:30pm
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


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, Jan 13 | 10am-4pm
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $130



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