POD@RISD classes are free and are open by application and interview to teens attending any public or charter high school in a Rhode Island urban core city - Central Falls, Pawtucket, Providence, or Woonsocket. Classes take place in RISD studios on Saturday mornings and are taught by college faculty, supported by RISD undergraduate teaching assistants. The classes are designed for teens interested in going to college after high school and who are interested in expanding their artistic abilities and their knowledge about art and design. As a result of increasing interest in POD@RISD, we have many more applicants than there are available places, so teens wishing to secure a place in the program need to consider whether or not they are willing to make the commitment to attend Saturday classes throughout the school year. Project Open Door students are required to maintain a good GPA in their school work.
In addition to Saturday classes, Project Open Door teens also have access to Open Studios at RISD, which are scheduled on weekday afternoons from 3:00pm-5:00pm. Our teens are provided RISD IDs, which enable them to travel to and from RISD at no cost using a Rhode Island Public Transport (RIPTA) bus; further, the ID gives teens free access to the RISD Museum of Art as well as RISD's Fleet Library. In addition to Saturday classes and Open Studios, Project Open Door teens have opportunities to make college visits, attend National Portfolio Day in Boston, and make museum and gallery visits, including an annual visit to New York. Project Open Door also provides its teens with the opportunity to participate in week-long summer intensive studios.
Portfolio class (9th - 11th grade) This is Project Open Door's foundation class where the focus is the development of teens' drawing skills and especially their drawing from observation skills. Additionally, students explore aspects of printmaking, mixed-media, and construction in three-dimensions. Teens in this class begin to develop their portfolios to complement school-based work and begin to research and explore college and career opportunities in art and design.
Senior Portfolio (12th grade) This class is designed specifically for the needs of high school seniors and has a four-fold focus: (1) it builds on the work and experiences of the foundational Portfolio class, (2) it encourages the development of students' individual creative voice, (3) it guides students in the production of competitive portfolios of work, and (4) it supports students in the development of multiple successful college applications.