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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Art School(ed): RISD Quickies

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As Brunonians ween themselves off of their committed relationship with Netflix enjoy a briefly noncommittal relationship with their course load during shopping period, “RISDians” approach the final stretch of Wintersession, a required mini-term between fall and spring semester when students take one or two classes on campus, intern somewhere for credit, or study abroad. Wintersession offers RISD kids a welcome change of pace from their usual workload, and the students take the time to kick back, relax, or experiment with different mediums.

In the spirit of RISD’s tendency to label all they hold dear with a borderline NSFW moniker, enterprising RISD-ites have organized RISD Quickies, a forum where students teach workshops to their peers on a topic of their choice or expertise. RISD Quickies are not RISD exclusive: Brown students are encouraged to attend workshops, and in the past few weeks, Brunonians have led Quickies on how to maintain leather goods and how to create neon signs. Quickie season is not over yet: several workshops will be offered before Wintersession comes to a close. Check the schedule and come on down the hill to learn how to fly a drone, sew with LEDs, or make GIFs.

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