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RISD Continuing Education Launches Winter Term With 100% Online Courses and Certificates

November 16, 2020


Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education announces more than 60 online courses for adults and teens this winter, as well as eight certificate programs, that are offered 100% online.

Any RISD CE online course can be taken for personal or professional enrichment, and many qualify for the Online Certificate Program. Designed for students who are looking to accelerate their creative lives and work, subjects range from interior design, product development, and graphic design to painting, photography, and animation.

“Moving forward, we will be offering our adult certificate programs 100% online,” says Mariah Doren, director of program planning and development. “We are excited about the new opportunities and benefits online instruction offers; we found people really appreciate the flexibility it affords, and we have been able to expand our audience to include students from all around the world.”

Continuing Education students at Rhode Island School of Design can take online classes from anywhere, at any time of day or night. From courses like Acrylic Painting, Introduction to Illustration, and Thinking Visually to Adobe Photoshop, Jewelry Rendering, and Lighting for Interior Design, join RISD for flexible and immersive online learning experiences this winter.

While some teens may attend RISD CE Online Teen Courses for fun and enrichment, others may have a more academic goal in mind. Online courses like animation, video game design, fashion design, and art school prep provide a strong grounding in the visual arts, encouraging creative and personal growth through self-expression.

The winter term starts January 11, 2021.

For more information on RISD CE online winter courses, visit ce.risd.edu.



Join Pratt SCPS For a Series of Online Floral Design Workshops

September 14, 2020

Grace Ebert

Image courtesy of Shane Connolly, florist and Pratt SCPS instructor for summer 2020

This fall, study floral design online with world-famous master florists working in diverse styles in the Floral Art for Interiors certificate program at Pratt Institute’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). Every week, you can join a different floral design workshop and create beautiful designs with locally sourced flowers delivered right to your home.

Instructors include Ariella Chezar and Bella Meyer. Chezar, the author of Seasonal Flower Arranging: Fill Your Home With Blooms, Branches, and Foraged Materials All Year Round, will lead a workshop using flowers sourced from her farm in the Berkshires, highlighting her “nature-first” style. Meyer, the founder and creative director of fleursBELLA, will teach a session focusing on points of inspiration and a formal structure for avant-garde floral designs, using classical music and her grandfather Marc Chagall’s work as examples.

While courses can be taken individually, participants can earn a Floral Art Certificate by successfully completing any three of the workshops listed below:

  • Sustainable Floral Design
  • Seasonal Flower Arranging
  • A Wild Duet: A Celebration of the Arts via Foraged Materials
  • Floral Art Through the Eyes of Master Artists
  • From Ordinary to Extraordinary: Transform Store-Bought Bouquets

Pratt SCPS provides high-quality credit and non-credit courses and programs to adult learners in a variety of subjects for educational advancement, career change, and enrichment. Visit the Pratt Institute School of Continuing and Professional Studies website to learn more and register for upcoming workshops.



SVA’s Fall 2020 Continuing Education Courses Begin September 28

September 8, 2020


By Olena Shmahalo, SVA CE Student

Whether it’s to advance your career or try something new, SVA CE offers more than 100 online courses to choose from. Visit sva.edu/ce to view all current offerings.

Online courses are available in:

Virtual Events and Information Sessions

Registration Details

Course Advice
If you need advice or have questions please email [email protected] to connect with one of our course advisors. For more information, visit sva.edu/ce.

About the School of Visual Arts

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the college, please visit sva.edu.

Division of Continuing Education
E-mail: [email protected]



Explore 110+ Online Courses This Fall With RISD Continuing Education

August 6, 2020


RISD CE Online is excited to announce 110+ online courses for adults and teens, which can be taken from anywhere in the world at any time.

Creative adventures in a range of visual arts and design disciplines await Continuing Education students at Rhode Island School of Design. Join us for accessible, flexible, and immersive online learning experiences through courses like The Home Jewelry Studio, Painting from Nature, Walking as Creative Practice, Adobe Photoshop, Textiles 101 for Interiors, and Domestic Still Life Photography.

From animation and moviemaking to fashion design and art school prep, some teens attend RISD CE Online Teen Courses for fun and enrichment, while others have a more academic goal in mind. These online courses provide a strong grounding in the visual arts and encourage creative and personal growth through self-expression.

RISD’s Advanced Program for High School Students continues this term, offering students in grades 10-12 the opportunity to access intensive, collegiate-level classes as they work toward a college application portfolio. This online program provides an immersive and expressive curriculum informed by our rapidly changing world.

Will you be in Rhode Island or Eastern Connecticut this fall? We are thrilled to return to in-person weekend workshops and hybrid classes at the Westerly Education Center.

Join us for online courses and workshops for personal enrichment and professional development, and apply to one of our certificate programs. We’re open admission—we welcome everyone!

The fall term starts on September 19, 2020. For more information on RISD CE Online Fall Courses, visit ce.risd.edu.



Richard Clarkson Studio's New Aurora Collection Captures the Elegance of the Southern Lights

July 29, 2020


Aurora is a story of a celestial voyage: inspired by NASA satellite footage, Richard Clarkson Studio sought to create a collection that captures the feeling of flying through space and witnessing the Aurora Australis as it dances above the earth. Drawing from a palette of delicate greens, fuchsia, and blues, the design mimics the elegant melange of colors emitted during the phenomenon through translucent lights, opaque blacks, and clouded resin panels. Comprised of a chandelier, linear suspension, pendants, sconces, and desk stand, the new Aurora Collection is Richard Clarkson’s most ambitious lighting endeavor yet, allowing for use in a multitude of settings that range from residences to museums and large-scale event installations.

Released ahead of the rest of the collection, the sconce, pendant, and tabletop iterations each consist of two flowing shapes of resin, a dynamically animated LED light source, and an aluminum, matte, black reflector. With six different shapes and four color options, both the sconce and the pendant are adaptable to a number of different contexts.

For those interested in a minimal design, the studio offers a clear version of the resin panels, along with the standard options. It recommends overlapping differently hued panels or requesting custom colors for those who want a more vibrant and unique piece. The flowing shapes of each panel also are able to be rotated independently of each other, allowing them to take on subtle changes in form. When installed in larger spaces, the lights should be placed in clusters of three or more. 

Shop the full collection on Richard Clarkson Studio’s site.




Bunch Auctions Offers 20th- and 21st-Century Fine Art From the Stephen Heighton Collection

June 15, 2020


Nina Chanel Abney’s “Untitled” (2007), acrylic on canvas

On June 30, Bunch Auctions20th- and 21st-Century Fine Art Auction draws together a remarkable selection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and media art by influential contemporary artists. The 278-lot sale is derived from two private collections and offers a variety of American, European, and South Asian works.

The headliner of the auction, Nina Chanel Abney’s “Untitled (Black Soap),” is a massive, 19-foot triptych and was the first the artist sold in a gallery. The piece comes from Stephen Heighton, the noted collector of American Maximalism who was the co-founding pioneer of some of New York City’s most iconic queer hotspots, including Barracuda, Elmo, and Industry. He was a prolific collector and curated several Manhattan gallery exhibitions, in which he revisited themes of sexuality and sexism, along with the history and perceptions of race. In a 2009 interview, Heighton described “Untitled (Black Soap)” as “the most politically charged work (Abney’s) ever done. She depicts white people washing themselves with black soap to atone for their guilt over slavery.”

The collection also includes Abney’s “Brothers in Blood,” which depicts a young gang member alongside his two canine companions. He has a 187’ tattoo on his arm, representative of Section 187 of California’s penal code defining the crime of murder. Like many of Abney’s other works, it carries political, racial, and religious undertones.

Other works available are Brooklyn-based artist Eddie Martinez’s “Voluptuoso Plant,” which is lively and raw, applying a bold use of color and texture by use of oil, acrylic, and enamel elements. Teetering between abstraction and representation, Martinez expressionist techniques are reminiscent of his earlier dabblings in graffiti and street art. An 18-panel assemblage titled “War in Motion While Systems Intensify, In Chaos We Become,” Andrew Schoultz’s work is dense with political and social commentary, illustrating the confusion and turbulence of our era. The piece is heavily layered with representations of natural disasters, war, and impending destruction.

The second collection of the auction is a robust assortment of international art, with a particular focus on South Asian works, from Albert Lawrence Borden. Having traveled the world as a purchaser in the textile industry, the collector has lived in Brazil, Egypt, and Hong Kong and has been a frequent visitor to Pakistan.  One striking piece from Borden’s collection is Dominique Salvador’s hyperrealist portrait titled “Ecuador Anonymous.” Salvador not only excels at creating a photo-realistic representation but also at capturing her subjects’ personality, spirit, and soul through her imagery.

Bunch Auctions’ 20th- and 21st-Century Fine Art Auction will be online starting at 12 p.m. EST on June 30. Learn more and register to bid at bunchauctions.com.


Nina Chanel Abney’s “Untitled” (2007), acrylic on canvas, triptych, 64 x 229 inches

Nina Chanel Abney’s “Brothers in Blood”(2008), acrylic on canvas, 44 x 34.5 inches

Dominique Salvador’s “Ecuador Anonymous,” oil on canvas, 51 x 39.25 inches

Andrew Schoultz’s “War in Motion While Systems Intensify, In Chaos We Become” (2008), acrylic on wood panels, 10 x 28 feet

Iona Rozeal Brown’s “Browndemics: Lessons From Us?” (2007), acrylic on plywood, 50 x 38 inches

Eddie Martinez’s “Voluptuoso Plant” (2008), oil, acrylic, and enamel on board, 40 x 30 inches