The ability to visualize and communicate ideas both rapidly and convincingly on any platform (analog or digital) begins with the development of strong hand-drawing skills. Drawing is one of the most valuable skills needed in design work; it is critical for thinking through ideas, and for expressing design ideas to oneself, one’s colleagues and one’s clients. Accordingly, this course explores a wide range of tools, materials, processes and techniques that help hone drawing and visual communication skills, from very simple working sketches to full-color professional presentation renderings. Topics covered include rapid visualization drawing, ideation, basic and advanced perspective, blocking out shapes, appropriate point of view, composition, tonal contrast, light and shadow, textures and details, and presentation.
Students receive instruction in the use of assorted media, including pen, pencil, markers and a variety of drawing papers. Assignments not only encourage technical skill development, but also promote letting go of one’s fear of failure, fostering imagination, inventiveness, and creative capacity–talents that inspire innovative thinking. Students create a final presentation of their own design. Basic drawing skills, while not required, will aid in students taking full advantage of the course.
Students looking for a full industrial design immersion may take this course in combination with Introduction to Industrial Design.
RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head or major advisor using the Prior Approval for Transfer Credit Form. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.
- This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
- This course requires access to the following hardware: digital camera or smartphone; color printer (inkjet or laser).
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June 22–July 31, 2020