WESTERLY — The new Westerly Education and Industry Center at 23 Friendship St. will serve as a satellite campus for Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education courses beginning with three evening classes that will begin next month.
The three evening courses will meet April 25 through May 30, and enrollment is open now. They are: Essentials of Digital Photography, Foundations of Drawing, and Introduction to Painting with Acrylics.
“We want to stretch the reach of our Continuing Education courses, and Westerly is an ideal locale for people in southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut to work with RISD|CE’s renowned faculty in a range of visual arts and design disciplines,” said Sarah Caggiano, executive director of continuing education for the Providence-based college, a longtime leader in art and design education.
Amy Grzybowski, executive director of the Westerly Education Center, said, “We’re thrilled to host RISD|CE in Westerly as we know that there is a vibrant artistic community who will welcome their presence. These first three courses are a perfect introduction for those wishing to experience personal enrichment and engage in creativity, explore a new artistic medium and refine their skills.”
The $5 million center, a private-public entity, is not an education provider itself, but it provides space for postsecondary and workforce training. The Community College of Rhode Island is the first participants, along with General Dynamics Electric Boat, which moved a portion of a submarine hull into the facility last month in preparation for classes in the shipbuilding trades. Other educational institutions and industry partners are also expected to use the space.
A press release from RISD provided details for its spring courses. Participants in the acrylics class “will work inside and outside of the studio and be inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Watch Hill. ... students are encouraged to seek their own focus and passions to paint, utilizing this course as a launch pad to a lifelong practice of painting.”
The photography course will deal with “the basics of digital workflow while sharpening your compositional eye.” Students will complete weekly assignments and their photos will be “reviewed during class time in a focused critique led by your instructor.”
The drawing course “is designed as the key building block for establishing a working knowledge of spatial organization and visual problem solving.”
To register for these courses, visit cereg.risd.edu and enter the keyword “Westerly” in the keyword field of the top navigation. For more information about RISD Continuing Education, visit http://ce.risd.edu.