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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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New for Teens! Classes begin in December 2018.Teen at Easel

Cartooning + Caricature
Saturday, Dec 1 | 10 am–4pm
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $120
Caricature involves taking a person’s distinctive features and deliberately exaggerating or recomposing them to create a comic effect, giving artists a wonderful detachment from reality and sense of freedom. If you’re looking to expand your cartooning or illustration skills, this is the perfect workshop for you.

Art School Prep + Concept Development
Saturdays, Dec 1 + 8 | 10am–4pm
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $10
Considering going to art school? Then you may have already encountered “the assignment”: a test of an applicant’s ability to turn a written prompt into a visual solution. This course serves as a rehearsal for that assignment, allowing you to stretch your conceptual muscles and receive valuable criticism about the solution you render. The instructor, a RISD alum, will lead you through the process.

Fashion Forward: Paper Couture
Saturdays, Dec 1 + 8 | 10am – 4pm
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $230 | lab fee $15
The investigation of silhouette, pattern and material are central to the design of a fashion line, and provide the initial inspiration for a designer’s collection. In this course we’ll explore the possibilities of paper 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.

Focus On Faces
Saturdays, Dec 8 + 15 | 1–4pm
2 sessions | 6 contact hours | tuition $120 | lab fee $10 | model fee $10
In this drawing workshop, you’ll study the anatomy of the face, and practice capturing likeness or facial expression so you can accurately draw heads and faces. You’ll participate in a series of exercises and studies using a variety of drawing materials specifically chosen to strengthen your observational and rendering skills. Whether you’re looking to become a portrait or comic book artist or simply improve your drawing skills, this course is a perfect fit.

Art School Prep + Concept Development
Saturdays, Jan 12–26 | 9am–noon
3 sessions | tuition $175 | lab fee $10
If you're considering an art school, then you've encountered "the assignment": a test of an applicant's ability to turn a written prompt into a visual solution. This course, a rehearsal for that assignment, allows you to stretch your conceptual muscles and receive valuable criticism about the solution you render. The instructor, a RISD alum, will lead you through the generative process of creation that could be a drawing, painting or sculpture (perhaps all three), and will help lead you to the best visual representation of a written prompt. The course is a valuable experience for the potential art school student, or any young artist looking for an expressive challenge.

Start Cartooning
Saturdays, Jan 12–Feb 9 | 9am–noon
5 sessions | tuition $285 | lab fee $10
Cartooning is the art of creating characters with outrageous personalities and memorable names like SpongeBob, Groot, Calvin and Bugs. They come in simple shapes and are drawn with dynamic lines and always have fascinating stories. This course is about telling those stories as students learn to create wild characters who are musclemen, monsters, critters and cuties. Students learn to use the drawing tools essential to the art form, and how to hand letter a gag, a thought or a holler to show words and pictures coming together.

Heroes in Space
Saturdays, Jan 12–Feb 9 | 1–4pm
5 sessions | tuition $285 | lab fee $20
How do you turn your sketchbook character into a three-dimensional clay figure? It is easy and quick to create using polymer clay, as you build over a metal armature and then sculpt the broad forms and fine details. The course starts with lessons in sculptural anatomy, proportion and exaggeration—all of which play into how your hero might be shaped—and concludes with a demonstration of painting techniques over the finished sculpture (or maquette). By the course's end you will have learned a process of character design that continues to have value to illustrators and concept design professionals.

Focus on the Figure: Figure Drawing Workshop
Saturdays, January 12–26 | 1–4pm
3 sessions | tuition $175 | lab fee $10 | model fee $10
In this drawing workshop, figure drawing in black-and-white dry media is the technique and the human figure is the subject. It is an introduction to drawing from the nude model in a studio setting, and incorporates constructive critique. Beginning with a presentation that explores the hidden skeletal and muscular structures common to all humans, students build on that understanding as they practice rendering the surface landmarks of skin, hair and the features of the face and body.

Focus on Faces: Portrait Drawing Workshop
Monday, January 21 | 9am–4pm
1 session | tuition $140 | lab fee $10 | model fee $10
In this drawing workshop, you'll study the anatomy of the face, and practice capturing likeness or facial expression so that you can accurately draw heads and faces. You'll participate in a series of exercises and studies, using a variety of drawing materials that are specifically chosen to strengthen observational and rendering skills. Whether or not your desire is to become a portrait or comic book artist or just improve your skills at drawing faces, this course is sure to provide valuable and readily applicable skills.

Pattern Design: Rhythm + Repetition in Graphic Design
Monday, February 18| 9am–4pm
1 session | tuition $140 | lab fee $10
Art students are fortunate to have a set of guiding principles for design; this course pairs those principles with easy-to-understand exercises that will provide a foundation for deeper exploration. In this course, students practice pattern design as a way to comprehend the primary goal of visual unity and its generative processes of similarity, rhythm and repetition. These concepts are revealed through a project that involves drawing organic forms, using a geometric structure with simple tools. The resulting patterns on paper are made without digital technology, and are evidence of a student's understanding of simplicity vs. complexity, which is vital to understanding design thinking. 

New for Adults! Classes begin in January

Photography: Introduction
Thursdays, Jan 10–Feb 14 | 6:30–9:30pm
6 sessions | tuition $365
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 the following certificate programs: AN-E, GR-E, IT-E, NS-E, PG-R, PS-E

iPhone Photography Workshop
Saturday, Feb 9 | 10am–1pm
1 session | $85
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.

Introduction to SketchUp
Tuesdays, Jan 8–Feb 12 | 6:30–9:30pm
6 sessions | tuition $425 | lab fee $30
Students can start drawing, designing and rendering their ideas with SketchUp, 3D modeling software that's easy to learn and used by architects, designers, builders, makers and engineers. This course teaches students about the use of this free downloadable toolkit as a design and rendering tool. The instructor presents the fundamentals of the interface, and how to model original spaces and objects from scratch or import prebuilt objects from the Google warehouse. The accelerated format allows for faster learning as students quickly move on to advanced topics like texturing objects and creating simple animation. This course is recommended for novice designers or design students interested in learning how to incorporate 3D into their work.
Applies to the following certificate programs: ID-E, JM-E, PM-E

Art: Where to Start
Tuesday, Jan 22 | 6:30–9:30pm
1 session | 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!

Drawing: Technique Intensive
Saturday + Sunday, Feb 16 + 17 | 10am-4pm
2 sessions | tuition $275
Drawing is the foundation of artistic study, practice and communication. In this fast-paced weekend experience, students explore the fundamentals of drawing and learn how to render what they see. Students begin by describing shapes with line, weight and stroke direction, and move quickly to the study and observation of light and shadow. The class explores additive and reductive methods with the aim of completion of an accurate drawing using a range of values. Aided by student examples and instructor demonstrations, students develop their skills. Drawing materials include graphite, charcoal and erasure. Subjects, including natural and everyday objects, are provided.

Watercolor: Introduction
Wednesdays, Jan 9–Feb 13 | 6:30–9:30pm
6 sessions | tuition $365 | lab fee $10
Both compelling and at times mystifying, the medium of watercolor is broken down in this step-by-step introductory course. Students learn that producing a well-designed and dynamic watercolor is no accident; success comes through careful planning. Along with planning and learning how to control paint, an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium is essential. Students explore value, composition, and color theory as they learn the subtleties and complexities of this transparent medium. Both wet and dry techniques are covered, as are washes, color lifting and glazing. Demonstrations and class exercises promote an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and limitations and equip students with the skills and experience to use watercolor effectively to achieve lively results.
Applies to the following certificate programs: NS-E, PS-E

Starting a Sketchbook
Tuesday, Feb 5 | 6:30–9:30pm
1 session | tuition $85 | lab fee $10
Want to dive into art making but don't know where to start? Starting a sketchbook is a perfect entry point. Quick and easy strategies are introduced as you begin generating work for your sketchbook, including line exercises and collage techniques. Emphasis is on discovery and working through processes in an intuitive and spontaneous way, enabling you to surmount any preconceived ideas and respond naturally to prompts and visual stimulus.
Applies to the following certificate programs: NS-E, PS-E

Applied Color
Tuesdays, Jan 8–Feb 12 | 1–4pm
6 sessions | 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 the following certificate programs: AN-R, GR-R, ID-R, IT-R, NS-R, PG-R, PM-R, PS-R

Creativity Workshop
Saturday + Sunday, Feb 2 + 3 | 10am–4pm
2 sessions | tuition $275 | lab fee $10
Within a fully supportive and constructive environment for the artist and non-artist alike, this workshop helps students tap into their creative energy, generate new ideas and develop new ways of working. Accessing individual creativity begins by diving right in, through a series of hands-on exercises designed to work with unconventional mark-making tools and prompts that focus on speed, attention and reaction. Students are challenged to let go of preconceptions and encouraged to experiment, play and make. Ways to trigger ideas and accelerate individual creative practice are emphasized. The class is ideal for students looking to invigorate their life and fuel their art practice.

How to Draw a Handdrawing
Saturday, January 12 |1–4pm
1 session | tuition $85 | lab fee $10
Hands are one of the hardest things to master as an artist. Learn basic hand anatomy and some simple drawing tricks to help you quickly and accurately sketch the hand in many different positions. As you discover how to plot out this difficult subject step by step, you'll experiment with ways to simplify the process, how to establish key lines, and how to identify the essential shapes. Come experience how this single lesson can greatly improve your drawing skills.
Applies to the following certificate programs: AN-E, NS-E, PM-E, PS-E

Drawing: Introduction
Thursdays, January 10–February 14 | 6:30–9:30pm
6 sessions | tuition $365 | lab fee $20
Drawing is the simplest, most efficient and most accessible way to communicate visual ideas. This course, designed for the absolute beginner, focuses on development of hand-eye coordination -- required for all perceptual drawing -- to understand how to look and how to transcribe what is seen onto a surface. Students begin by learning to describe shapes with line, including exploration of line weight, direction and speed and then move on to value, investigating both additive and reductive ways of working and how to utilize the power of light and dark to create volume and space. As confidence builds, progress is made into more complicated subject matter and working out compositional decisions and strategies. Tools utilized include pencil, charcoal and eraser. Subjects include still life, architecture/space and a brief introduction to the figure.
Applies to the following certificate programs: NS-E, PS-E



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