Thursday, February 25, 2016


Assignment Brief:                

Create a large, wearable, neck-piece using illustrator and the vinyl cutter. Your piece must have at least two colors and must have be turned in with a photograph of it being worn, an image of the pre-cut vector art and the actual file used for the cutting. Your piece must cover at least 1/4 of your body.  (Exp: Neck + chest, Arms + hands, Legs + feet etc)

*Before next class!!!! start collecting images.  Do your research.  You will need at least 10 source images we will look at together in-class!!!  Take some photos of yourself to paint on top of.   

Learning outcomes:          

Students will learn Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and the use of the vinyl cutter to make a wearable that will then be documented through the use of digital photography. Sourced imagery will be editing/prepped using Photoshop and Illustrator. 

Skills list:                                                     
Digital photography: SLR versus point and shoot, resolution, processing RAW files.
Importing images, editing images using effects, images adjustments, re-sizing, layers and file formatting
Importing images, Image tracing, vector shapes, brushes, scatter brush, layers, re-sizing and layout tools

Operating a vinyl cutter
Preparing paper models

In our relentless consumer culture how can the temporary bring attention to the sentimental? How long does jewelry need to last to be

iconography, cultural identifiers, tattoos, branding and fashion

Alexander Calder
Art smith
Margaret de Patta
Otto Kunzli
Ashley Rebecca Hannon
Uli Rapp
Lise Lefebvre

Agnes Larsson
Kerianne Quick
Lauren Kalman Naomi Filmer
Sarah Turner
Tine De Ruysser
Alexander McQueen
Iris van herpen

Searching for high res images

Placing files
Opening files


Transform controls
Moving images
Grouping layers
Creating new layers
Locking layers

Add to selection 
Remove from selection
Magnetic lasso
Magic wand
Quick selection tool
Refine edge
Refine edge

Transform tools

Dodge and burn

Straighten layer

Color correction
Image Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast 

Assignment Brief:                         

Use digital photography, Photoshop and illustrator to create 
an announcement poster for an artist that you would want to 
see visit the metals department. Make the poster in the style
of your artist. Utilize layers, opacity, typography and
selection tools to create a dynamic presentation of their work.  
Learning outcomes: 
Students will create a poster using Adobe Photoshop

Skills list:                                          

Photoshop/illustrator:  photo editing, cropping, Text, 
selection tools, layers, opacity, rulers, guides, dodge and 
burn and refine edge.

Thursday, February 18, 2016


FIRST DAY!!!! Colorspace!


This course and all Metal Arts courses at RISD pose potential health risks to people with dust and chemical allergies, as well as to women who are pregnant.  Please consult your physician with questions as to your particular situation. If you have a medical situation in class, please inform the instructor and your doctor. Students enrolled in Metal Arts courses are expected to abide by safety rules when working in the studio. If a student is not following proper safety regulations, they may be asked to drop the course. 

Emergency Numbers: 
Police and Fire 911                  Off Campus: 401 454-6666               
On Campus: Public safety ext:6666


Whether you work with pencil and paper or create drawings on the computer, the tools of a designer are all means by which you can define an idea, create a model, and make a finished piece of jewelry. This course begins with a series of design study assignments, in-class lectures, and technical instruction in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and other layout software. Using these tools, students learn the fundamentals of image manipulation, illustration, laser cutting, vector graphics, layering, and graphic editing on the computer. Play and experimentation with materials will be expected and by the end of the course, students will have an understanding of how the use of computers combined with handwork can create exceptional pieces of jewelry.


·       Students will be proficient in photo editing, vector drawing, file formatting, color correction, laser cutting and layouts

·       Students will use on-campus facilities to better understand outsourcing file formatting standards for outsourcing to industry

·       Students will develop a digital work flow when designing and fabricating objects

·       Students will develop the ability to assess, analyze, and articulate a critical approach to digital work in a written and verbal form through research, hands-on fabrication and peer evaluation.


·       Students will be expected to work on studio problems in class and out of class.

·       The work being submitted should reveal creative solutions to the problems assigned. Just turning in the assignment does not guarantee a passing grade.

·       Students will be expected to reveal accomplishment and growth in the use of practical skills and techniques in completion of studio problems.

·       Pride in craftsmanship and personal investigation is essential.

·       Students will be expected to develop standards and criteria for objective evaluation of his or her own work as well as the work of others.

·       Students are expected to have an active involvement in class work and in-group discussions.

·       Students are expected to attend all classes and departmental lectures & critiques.

·       Students who miss a class are responsible for all missed information.

·       Students must communicate with instructor regarding any performance issues. 

·       Each student is expected to come to class with needed tools, drawings and models as required.

·       Students are expected to keep an active, ongoing sketchbook for journal entries, visual notations, along with project ideas & studies.

·       Students should plan their time wisely. Solutions should be realistic & planned in relation to each projects time frame.

·       Students are expected to follow all studio rules laid out by the instructor and the department tech.

Each student will be required to be actively involved in individual research with each project. This may include drawings, readings, models/ maquettes, written work and contemporary and historical research to further their ideas and help give context to the work produced. All forms of research should be used.  This includes but is not limited to Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr, Facebook, Instagram, scrapbook, sketchbooks, Magazines, etc.

You are expected to bring all necessary materials for each day’s assignment.  You are expected to be in class on time, stay the full time, and make the most of the class time for completing your work.  If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed and be prepared for the following class. Get to know your neighbors (phone #’s); use each other!  Call your friends!  If you need my assistance catching up on materials missed, you must meet with me outside of class.  I will not spend class time going over missed material unless it is review. Start to develop a healthy work habit but not staying up all night.  Work hours when your instructors can help you.

Attendance is mandatory.  Not only is this common courtesy, but missing a class, being late, unprepared, etc. affects your performance and my ability to conduct class and help others at the most effective level.  Only 1 absence will be excused.  Any additional absences will lower your final grade by HALF of one letter grade for each additional absence. You may work off one absence by: writing a 2-page analysis/ reaction to a show/visiting artist lecture. This is an academic and research based essay so it should be written as such with adequate importance placed upon content, structure, spelling and grammar.  This paper will be accepted no later than two weeks before the final class day. Being late twice equals one absence.

A sketchbook is required for a coherent documentation of the verbal descriptions of ideas, preparatory drawings, photocopies of source material such as art, design, nature, etc. At the end of each class, entries will be made in the sketchbooks recording problems, questions, progress and short-term goals.  The sketchbook will be reviewed during the second to last week of classes. Project evaluations and handouts should be kept as well. In summary, reflective and analytical text, several small drawings and at least three photocopies are expected for each project. The sketchbook is almost a loose project planner. Taking small notes and doing doodles in the corners is actually a good thing here. Add anything you feel helps you solve problems with your projects. The sketchbook will be averaged in with any quizzes to become another project grade. A minimum of 50 pages is required OR if in digital format such as a blog you must have at least 50 posts. If a student turns in a sketchbook with less than 50 pages they may receive a failing mark. Any medium may be used for sketches.  Recommended sketching tools are watercolor, gauche, pencil, acrylic and water based inks. All blog links must be emailed to me by the second day of class.

Critiques will be held at the end of each project.  If a student misses a critique (unexcused), there is a 40% reduction on that particular project. Late work will be reduced one letter grade. Late projects are due within one class period following the project due-date, except at the mid tern and final review. You may resubmit a project (except the final project) to improve your grade to a maximum of a B+. Be aware, turning in projects late or resubmitting them often compromises work on the next project.

Department outfitted toolboxes: If you have your own tools, you may use them.  A list will be provided with all necessary tools and you are expected to purchase what is missing. Metals and supplies that are needed throughout the semester are available for purchase at the Metcalf store.  You may also bring your own materials with the exception of lead and unidentified chemicals.

Please bring to class the following: A USB jump drive, a digital caliper, a fine tipped sharpie, xacto knife or scissors, paper, tape, writing implements, ruler, a sketchbook and materials to make your projects. These and/or related items can be purchased online or at the RISD supply store. You will be required to pay for any outsourcing that is not included in the class.

Often you will have the opportunity to use the school's tools. These tools are designed specifically for processes we will cover in class. You are responsible for maintaining these tools in excellent condition or better.  At the end of every session they must be returned in perfect order.  Any items damaged through miss-use must be repaired/replaced prior to the final critique.  If tools are damaged or missing at that time, your grades will be encumbered, until you make repairs or replacements.

Please do not use the tools for things other than metalsmithing and jewelry-making. Please keep the tools dry and free from rust and scratches. Be nice to your tools, and they will be nice to you.

Projects will be assessed by these criteria - technical accomplishment, sophistication of concept, idea engagement, problem-solving, demonstration of research, timely completion of well-executed samples. 
Technically, each project is equal to 20% of your grade (three projects, samples and a sketchbook, four total =80%). The last 20% is determined by your commitment to in-class work, your demonstrated interest in the subject, enthusiasm, and degree of artistic experimentation. Other factors include the quality of your samples and sketchbook, timely completion of projects, and attendance record.

Late projects or incomplete projects will receive reduced grades. Unfinished work will not be critiqued. A grade of Incomplete will only be awarded on the basis of circumstances delineated in the RISD student handbook.  Please refer to that document for further information regarding Incomplete grades.

Clear and complete understanding of the concepts introduced by the assignment. Creative and individual application of these concepts in problem solving. Sensitive use of materials and tools Extensive participation in class discussion and critiques.  Good work habits. 

Good understanding of the concepts introduced by the assignment. Creative and individual application of these concepts in problem solving. Good use of materials and tools Participation in class discussions and critiques.  Good work habits. 

Average understanding of the concepts introduced by the assignment. Average application of these concepts in problem solving. Some understanding of materials and tools.  Limited participation in class discussions and critiques.  Average work habits.

D or F
Incomplete understanding of the concepts introduced by the problem. Poor application of these concepts in problem solving.  Poor use of materials and tools. Little or no class participation.

A = 90-100%, B = 80-90%, C = 70-80%, D = 60-70%,  F = below 59%

You are expected to clean up after yourself during and at the end of each class, or work session. Please respect the work of others. The mess you leave on the tabletop surface will affect the next person who works in your space. I will give specific instructions on how to clean up after each medium. Some of the techniques necessary for this course are, or can be, dangerous. It is very important to keep the studio environment as clean as possible to lessen the potential for accidents. Cleanliness and safety will play a very crucial role in this course, so you will constantly be looking out for yourself, and others. As part of this class, there will be a mandatory clean up day during exam week.

As mentioned above, some of the materials and techniques we will be covering in this course are dangerous.  I will be covering the potential risks involved as the need arises.  You are expected to wear the necessary protection and take the necessary precautions to avoid injury and/or health hazards.  Every student MUST USE safety glasses, a dust-mask, and hearing protection (which will be issued to you).  Please refer to additional policies that apply to the art dept. concerning safety on the “Student Health and Safety Information” sheet provided by the department technician.

Whenever your work incorporates someone else’s research, images, words, or ideas, you must properly identify the source unless you can reasonably expect knowledgeable people to recognize it. Proper citation gives credit where it is due and enables your readers to locate sources and pursue lines of inquiry raised by your paper or work.

For more information, please see the following:

Inspiration (semester long project)

Assignment Brief:    Create an online digital “inspiration” board to organize images, thoughts and sketches.

Learning outcomes: Students will learn how to utilize online web 2.0 applications to better organize support material online.  (Pinterest, blogger, Tumblr, Squarespace)

Skills list:                 Photoshop:  formatting, file size, layers, resolution, color space



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