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    Masha Ryskin, Nicholas Evans-Cado, David Scanivino, Carl Fasano, Victor Lara, Hollinshead, DeborahZlotsky, Clara lieu, Gwen Strahle, Norman Paris, Daniel Lefcourt, Alonso
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    Jul 09, 2017
    | Would not recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This was my least favorite class so far at RISD. Since a foundation year student may not drop this course if they are selected to take it, I will provide some advice on how to tolerate it. The reason I disliked this class so much was solely because of Professor Alonso. Throughout the semester he presented himself as unknowledgeable about the subject matter, unapproachable as a mentor, and generally disrespectful towards his students. His lessons were vague and his assignments were excessively challenging with little to no learning significance. Because he was so disrespectful and discouraging to me, I learned during the course to constantly encourage myself, and to set reasonable goals for myself in completing the work. I found that through his assignments, I taught myself a bit about drawing, and by the end of the course my drawing skills had improved.

    Course highlights:

    By taking this course, I learned which qualities in a professor are admirable and which are not. (This was beneficial to me in my consideration of pursuing a career in teaching.) I also learned how to encourage myself, and how not to get too offended by someone's insulting attitude-- (basically I learned how to deal with an adult bully.) Although I was disappointed with my professor and with the course content, I found that these other highlights taught me about life and how to be a better person.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    I highly recommend completing the assignments just enough to fulfill their requirements, so that you may finish them on time and without losing too much sleep. Professor Alonso will likely make frustrating statements and comments, but do not argue with him or let his attitude bring you down.

    • Fall 2016
    • Alonso
    • Yes
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    Mar 14, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This drawing course was highly unorthodox, at least in context with my expectations for RISD (there was no figure drawing at all!). I think that it could be more or less difficult for people depending on their drawing/art-making versatility. You have to approach this course with an open mind and be ready for some abstract and conceptual mark-making!

    Course highlights:

    Having taken this course, I feel much more comfortable with drawing in a non-traditional way. Lefcourt's course increases your awareness of figure/ground relationships, variety in mark-making, and conceptual ideas about drawing itself.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't spend too long thinking about putting meaning in your piece; Lefcourt wants you to find meaning while working. Try to be open and don't get too frustrated. Think outside the box!

    • Fall 2016
    • Daniel Lefcourt
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject
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    Jan 09, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Being a mandatory course for first year students, it really truly teaches you the essence and techniques of drawing. We started with studies of the skeleton accompanied by the cross contour technique. We learnt angle analysis, triangulation, interior studies, exterior studies, effect of light on objects study, the importance of figure model and how it's placed in an environment and many more independent projects. With 10-20 hours of homework each week, I truly learnt a lot in this class with this teacher and recommend it fully.

    Course highlights:

    Explained in the above question

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be on top of your game and you will succeed with flying colors.

    • Fall 2016
    • Norman Paris
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions

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