Andrea Dezso

Professor
Image
a photo portrait of RISD faculty member Andrea Dezso
BFA, Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design
MFA, Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design

Andrea Dezsö is a visual artist who draws, paints and sculpts. Dezsö’s work explores women’s roles, family, authoritarianism, migration and belonging. Dezsö’s richly detailed artwork invokes nature and folk tales to tell stories, and is often masterfully hand-crafted. Dezsö’s permanent public art commissions are installed in three New York City subway stations, at the United States Embassy in Bucharest, Romania, and at CUNY BMCC’s World Trade Center location in Manhattan. Community Garden, Dezsö’s mosaic mural in the Bronx subway, was recognized as Best American Public Art in 2007 by Americans for the Arts. Dezsö was born in Transylvania, Romania, went to university in Budapest, Hungary, lives in America and exhibits in museums and galleries around the world.

Courses

Fall 2023 Courses

ILLUS 601G-01 - GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION STUDIO III: SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND AGENCY
Level Graduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2023
Credits 9
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 601G-01

GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION STUDIO III: SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND AGENCY

Level Graduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2023
Credits 9
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2023-09-06 to 2023-12-13
Times: T | 1:10 PM - 6:10 PM Instructor(s): Andrea Dezso, Dylan DeWitt, Eric Telfort Location(s): Weybosset St Studios, Room 305 Enrolled / Capacity: 12 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

This course is predicated on deep student focus on social engagement and the societal benefits attached to their studio work. Students will investigate and critique methodologies of contemporary, socially engaged artists to develop their own progressive work in order to question and shift traditionally narrow and restrictive paradigms in Illustration that preference and reward the hegemonic at the expense of the progressive, dissident, and critical work needed to advocate for the historically underrepresented. Collaborative projects with local artists, individuals and community organizations will be encouraged and supported to directly connect students with local communities. Students will be required to present self-driven work periodically in response to selected topics, readings, and community discussion.

Estimated Cost of Materials: $0.00 - $150.00

Open to Graduate Illustration Students.

Major Requirement | MFA Illustration

ILLUS 3610-01 - SKETCHBOOK STUDIO
Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 3610-01

SKETCHBOOK STUDIO

Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2023-09-06 to 2023-12-13
Times: W | 11:20 AM - 4:20 PM Instructor(s): Andrea Dezso Location(s): Weybosset St Studios, Room 305 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

Sketchbooks are places of safety and freedom, where artists can do whatever they please: play with ideas, explore unproven paths, go against the grain, experiment with unfamiliar techniques, document the world in deeply personal ways or just doodle without any pressure that out of this engagement a masterpiece will be born.  From working in sketchbooks regularly, artists develop a habit of engaging with the more experimental side of their practice, and from the lack of pressure new directions and bodies of work may be born. Using a range of materials and approaches, students will explore the creative possibilities of working with sketchbooks. Hands-on work will include binding our own sketchbooks using a number of different book forms (coptic, accordion, Hedi Kyle’s pocket and blizzard books, etc), responding to weekly prompts, experimenting with materials and processes (digital fabrication using Co-Works, experimental printmaking, sewing, embroidery, collage, papier machée, natural inks/dyes) working individually and collaboratively, visiting a local book bindery, artist visit, and proposing and executing a final independent project. We'll also examine artists' sketchbooks and notebooks including those of artists from non-Western traditions

Open to Junior or Senior Illustration Students.

Elective

ILLUS 3778-01 - MOVABLE ARTISTSBOOKS: SHAPE SHIFTERSAND TRANSFORMERS
Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 3778-01

MOVABLE ARTISTSBOOKS: SHAPE SHIFTERSAND TRANSFORMERS

Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2023
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2023-09-06 to 2023-12-13
Times: TH | 1:10 PM - 6:10 PM Instructor(s): Andrea Dezso Location(s): Weybosset St Studios, Room 305 Enrolled / Capacity: 0 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

There is something magical about opening a seemingly ordinary book only to see a gloriously three dimensional structure burst forth from its pages. Upon closing the book, the large, complex sculptural form folds seamlessly back into flatness. In this studio students will learn to create such structures: movable artists books that pop up, unfold, transform into sculptures, theaters, installations, interactive experiences. Students will learn the basics of paper engineering and experiment with various pop-up structures as they create their own original, movable artists books. Even though our exploration will begin with structural, material, and formal investigation, students will be encouraged to treat form and content as an interdependent whole, as they envision their increasingly complex independent projects. Demonstrations, hands-on in-class work and homework, independent projects, discussions, research, introduction to digital fabrication; historic and contemporary examples in the expanded field from movable books to large scale art installations; artists talks, visits to RISD CoWorks, Nature Lab, and the Special Collections of Fleet Library will be part of our inquiry.

Open to Junior, Senior or Graduate Illustration Students.

Elective

Spring 2024 Courses

ILLUS 4012-06 - SENIOR PORTFOLIO
Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Spring 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 4012-06

SENIOR PORTFOLIO

Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Spring 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-02-15 to 2024-05-24
Times: W | 11:20 AM - 4:20 PM Instructor(s): Andrea Dezso Location(s): Weybosset St Studios, Room 305 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to help students find their way to the professional marketplace utilizing the best tool available - the portfolio. Be it the freelance advertising, editorial or children's book markets, an animation or gaming studio, a publishing house, gallery or other venue, this course will introduce the components of the portfolio necessary for success. It includes development of both a traditional and online presence, discussions on specific industries, copyright issues, client contracts and pricing guidelines. Each student will create new work to augment their existing portfolio, as well as business cards, a resume, a contact list, invoice and letterhead. The course will also include visiting guest lecturers from a variety of industries. The focus will be to complete a portfolio that serves as a professional tool most suited to each individual's talent and aspirations.

Enrollment is limited to Senior Illustration Students.

Major Requirement | BFA Illustration

ILLUS 505G-01 - GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION STUDIO II: NARRATIVE STRUCTURES
Level Graduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Spring 2024
Credits 6
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 505G-01

GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION STUDIO II: NARRATIVE STRUCTURES

Level Graduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Spring 2024
Credits 6
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-02-15 to 2024-05-24
Times: T | 1:10 PM - 6:10 PM Instructor(s): Andrea Dezso, Calef Brown Location(s): Weybosset St Studios, Room 304 Enrolled / Capacity: 12 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

A defining aspect of human consciousness is creation of meaning through the construction of narrative- a particularly potent mode of communication because it conveys information in a way that allows us to empathetically imagine the lives of others. Beyond the limitations of facts, polemic or data narrative entrances, narrative entertains and enriches us. As such, it is a basic element of Illustration. This class seeks to examine why and how stories matter in the context of traditional and contemporary world culture. We will explore how story construction, narrative voice, imagery, and choice of media intersect to create meaning and reach various audiences. We will look a broad scope of narrative strategies (linear, symbolic, interactive, etc.) from the revelations of the handmade artist's book to cutting-edge technology that is shaping narrative and its reception.

Estimated Cost of Materials: $25.00 - $150.00

Open to Graduate Illustration Students.

Major Requirement | MFA Illustration

Image
a photo portrait of RISD faculty member Andrea Dezso
BFA, Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design
MFA, Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design