Wintersession 2021

  1. The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses.
    Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.
    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.
  2. This experimental online glass class will introduce students to the field of optics (specifically projection) through the study of optical devices and the world at large. The class will begin with the study of pre-cinematic devices (anamorphic cylinders, thaumatropes, zoetropes, magic lanterns,etc.). Working from this rich history students will work towards subverting and redefining 20th and 21st century projection technology, always tailoring the optical technology to the ideas they are working to articulate. Emphasis will be placed on bringing documentation of both found and created optical phenomena into the digital classroom, where observations and research will act as foundational driving factors in the students' art-making practices. Students will discover and create alternative projection methods by working with simple domestic materials and adapting them into alternative projection devices. With a set of basic materials students will explore a wide variety of artistic approaches. Weekly demonstrations, group discussions and critiques will foster an atmosphere of experimentation and exploration. This class will stress the importance of research, experimentation, and execution of proposed ideas, while providing contextual presentations focused on projection and light and its wide-ranging roles and applications in art. We will discuss the theories and artistic climate that promoted this particular intersection of art and science. Slide lectures and demos will focus on mapping the use of optics and projection in visual artwork since the turn of the century. From Maholy Nagy to Olafur Eliasson to Tacita Dean, the class will examine the changing meaning and context of projection, transparency, and reflection.
    Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00

Spring 2021

  1. This beginning course introduces basic glassblowing and molten glassworking processes. It includes "offhand" glassblowing, "solidworking" and glassblowing with molds. Students apply new technical skills to self-generated projects. Students maintain detailed technical notes and a project sketchbook.
    Estimated Materials Cost: $400.00
    Major requirement; Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
    Open to non-majors as an elective; Permission of Department Head required with written statement due in early May.
  2. This course is a studio survey of glass as a three-dimensional medium. The course explores traditional and non-traditional techniques of glassblowing casting, and coldworking. The greater part of the class is spent in the studio working directly with glass.
    Estimated Materials Cost: $150.00
    Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students.
    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.
  3. This course is the second half of an intensive, two-semester introduction to studio practice. Objectives introduced in the preceding semester are refined and furthered through assignments, reports, and scheduled critique. Students are required to develop the sketchbook as an essential creative tool.
    Estimated Materials Cost: $300.00
    Major requirementl Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
    Open to non-majors for 3 credits only by petition and/or permission of Department Head.
  4. All Glass junior, senior, and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.
    Major requirement; Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
    Juniors register for GLASS-4316 (Fall) and GLASS-4318 (Spring).
    Seniors register for GLASS-4320 (Fall) and GLASS-4322 (Spring).
  5. Glass IIB is the second half of a two-semester intermediate studio course in which students will continue their ongoing investigation of material processes. Emphasis is on developing personal concepts, imagery, and visual research skills through investigations of regularly assigned topics. Students develop a substantial "idea" sketchbook, participate in scheduled class activities, and group critique.
    Estimated Materials Cost: $200.00
    Major requirement; Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  6. All Glass junior, senior, and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.
    Major requirement; Glass majors only
    Open to non-majors with permission of Department Head.
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
    Juniors register for GLASS-4316 (Fall) and GLASS-4318 (Spring).
    Seniors register for GLASS-4320 (Fall) and GLASS-4322 (Spring).
  7. This semester is directed towards defining and organizing an evolved artistic viewpoint that incorporates glass in a visual imagery. At the beginning of this semester, students are required to present a slide "source" presentation to a department assembly that is a compilation of the previous three semesters' visual research. Each student is also expected to further develop his/her artistic association with a designated "outside" advisor(s) and involve this professional artist in critique and consultation. Artistic premise and intention are comprehensively presented in a senior thesis exhibition. A complete portfolio is presented to the department at the completion of this semester.
    Estimated Materials Cost: $500.00
    Major requirement; Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  8. All Glass junior, senior and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.
    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
    First-year grads register for GLASS-435G (Fall) and GLASS-436G (Spring).
    Second-year grads register for GLASS-437G (Fall) and GLASS-438G (Spring).
  9. All Glass junior, senior and graduate degree program students meet together to engage both practical and theoretical issues of a glass career through: field trips, technical demonstrations, visitor presentations, and direct exchange with visiting professionals from relevant disciplines through student/professional collaborations, artist residencies, individual consultations, critique, and organized group discussion. Class will require reading, active participation in weekly discussions, and prepared student presentations.
    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
    First-year grads register for GLASS-435G (Fall) and GLASS-436G (Spring).
    Second-year grads register for GLASS-437G (Fall) and GLASS-438G (Spring).
  10. With assistance from department and outside faculty, the graduate student defines and organizes an evolved artistic viewpoint presented in both a comprehensive written thesis and a thesis exhibition. At the beginning of this semester, students are also required to present a slide "source" presentation to a department assembly that is a compilation of the previous three semesters' visual research. A professional portfolio is presented to the department at the completion of the student's graduate study.
    Estimated Materials Cost: $500.00
    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  11. Graduate Glass II continues with the objectives of the preceding semester. It is expected that students continue artistic experimentation and individual growth at an increasingly professional level.
    Estimated Materials Cost: $500.00
    Graduate major requirement; Glass majors only.
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  12. This primarily technical course builds on basic, traditional glassblowing skills - and challenges students to move toward more complex, technical proficiency. Demonstrations and supervised practice will introduce alternative methods, refinement and new techniques. Also, student innovation with traditional process is encouraged. Students improve both individual and team skills, maintain a technical notebook, and develop an "idea" sketchbook.
    Estimated Materials Cost: $300.00
    Major requirement; Glass majors only
    Registration by Glass Department, course not available via web registration.
  13. The professional Internship provides valuable exposure to a professional setting, enabling students to better establish a career path and define practical aspirations. Internship proposals are carefully vetted to determine legitimacy and must meet the contact hour requirements listed in the RISD Course Announcement.
  14. Transparent Matter is an interdisciplinary studio focused on materials and processes that engage transparency and light. Specifically, this course invites students to engage in hands-on experimentation that will push the boundaries between glass and film. The collaborative work practices, material agency, and time-based thinking (often catalyzed through a transparent medium) that is present in both the disciplines of Glass and Film will inform explorations into optical phenomenon and various forms of projection. The hands-on approach of working between the black studio, the optics lab and the hot shop will re-imagine studio processes and generate interdisciplinary thinking and making. Relationships between physical material, quantum theory, philosophy will be explored through handling glass, lights, film, optics, cameras, lenses, and projectors. Through guided studio practice, readings, research, lectures, screenings, demos, and discussions, students will learn conceptual, technical, and performative principles that intersect in the disciplines of glass and film. Lectures based on the use of transparency in contemporary art and film will contextualize various ways material and metaphor inform one another.
    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00
    The course is open to all students, sophomore-level through graduate, from all disciplines across RISD.
    There are no pre-requisite courses required.
    Also offered as FAV-2140; Register in the course for which credit is desired.