Course Description

RISD CE pastels course

Explore the vibrancy, expressiveness and immediacy of soft pastel. While this is a dry medium, it is often referred to as painting due to its richness in color. This makes pastel an ideal medium for in-home studios and en plein air, and anyone who equally loves painting and drawing. Learn about surface choices, pastel brands, techniques, and framing practices as well as notable pastel artists. Topics covered include underpainting, building layers of color, planning for a successful composition, and achieving luminous tones. Classes will include a mix of demonstrations, experimentation and practice.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $475.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 02, 2024 to Jun 12, 2024
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $125 (estimate). A supply list will be available on the course site in Canvas at least 30 days prior to the first day of class.

Once you have received your enrollment confirmation and logged in to Canvas, navigate to Upcoming Courses on the left-hand side of your dashboard. Supplies will be listed on your course homepage under the supplies heading. Some or all of your course supplies are available at the RISD Store.

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