Art School(ed): RISD Wintersession 2016 Course Superlatives

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After a brief hiatus, Art School(ed) returns with another round of Course Superlatives! While BlogDailyHerald has already released Brown’s Spring 2016 course superlatives, registration period for Wintersession at the Rhode Island School of Design is now upon us. For one month, Wintersession allows students to enroll in only one intensive studio course and encourages them to explore areas outside of their major without the distraction of a full course load. This mini-term is a mandatory program for those enrolled at RISD, although course credit can also be earned by completing a five or six week internship.

If you’ve taken VISA 0100, you know the drill: you are free to peruse the artsy course selections available at RISD. While the ritziest classes fill up first (don’t set your sights on Beginning Hot Glass or Digital Embroidery), there are sure to be spots available elsewhere for a Brunonian’s first foray into five hour studio classes. Acknowledging the classic obstacles RISD will set before you (notoriously small class sizes, a neurotic premium on quality control, etc.), Course Superlatives are here, in a format reminiscent of your cherished high school yearbook, to help you navigate the art school’s course catalog. Please refer to page 299 for the Wintersession spread. If you’re serious about pursuing a January abroad at the westward art school, befriend a RISD kid and use their student login to see which classes are full and how to contact teachers of the classes that appeal to you. If you’re looking to get your hands dirty at RISD this winter without logging all those hours or coming back to school early, consider attending a RISD Quickie (more on that over here).  

Without further ado, Art School(ed) presents this year’s RISD Wintersession Course Superlatives:

Most likely to be the premise of the next Mary Kate and Ashley movie…

APPAREL 3052: ITALY: SHOE DESIGN PERCEPTION, HISTORY & PROTOTYPING

Most likely to teach you how to produce viral content of Hotline Bling caliber…

GRAPHIC DESIGN 3260: MUSIC VIDEO

Most ambitious…

HISTORY OF ART AND VISUAL CULTURE H757: COLLECTING THE WORLD

Most uninspired riff off of Hamlet

ILLUSTRATION 3768: 2-D OR NOT 2-D

Most nudity per tuition dollar…

INTERDISCPILINARY STUDIES 1510: FIGURE MODELING MARATHON

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Stay, thou art so beautiful: A review of, and rumination on, Whiplash

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I was enrolled in a RISD drawing class last semester. The professor had told me that Brown students in his course usually dropped out by midway through the semester; he described it as a sort of drawing boot camp. I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember, and while I wouldn’t say I’m particularly talented, it’s peculiar how lost I can get in the work; hours might go by while I’m working on a few details, and I’d be none the wiser. I figured that I ought to take advantage of RISD being right down the hill, and signed up for this apparently brutal slog as a fifth class. I love drawing, after all.

I dropped the class in mid-October. I regret it. J.K. Simmons’ character in Whiplash, Terence Fletcher, would say that I just “don’t have it.”

The film follows 19 year-old Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) as he studies under Fletcher at Schaffer Music conservatory in New York City, the most prestigious music school in the country. Andrew wants to ascend to the heights of the all-time great jazz drummers, like Buddy Rich, and Fletcher’s ambition is to mold the next great jazz musician, a new Charlie Parker, by whatever means can forge such a talent. Fletcher takes Andrew under his tutelage, to the latter’s initial delight, but the consequences of Fletcher’s drive soon become apparent.

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Did you really read Morning Mail?: Draw a unicorn!

BlogDailyHerald rescued this gem from Sunday’s Morning Mail:

“Teams from CSCI 1320 and GISP 011 are working together to make the best interspecies love site on the World Wide Web today. We are holding a contest for the best graphic design (we’ll also accept hand-drawn sketches) of a unicorn and Bruno the Bear in bed together (the morning after). The contest winner will receive: 3 hugs, a chance to join our team, $50 cash, and other prizes not appropriate for us to list.”

Sounds promising. Submissions are due this Thursday at 11:59 PM to brumantic@gmail.com. You know you want them prizes…