Course Description

Artwork by Polly Wu

Watercolor painting can be both compelling and at times mystifying. In this introductory course, students will learn how to create well-designed and dynamic watercolors. We will go step by step, learning techniques for controlling the paint, gaining an understanding of the transparent qualities of the medium, and reviewing the planning process needed to create successful artworks. We will discuss value, composition and color theory as we explore the subtleties and complexities of this medium. Both wet and dry techniques will be introduced, along with washes, color lifting, glazing, use of mediums, masking and paper preparation techniques. Demonstrations and class exercises will help you build an understanding of watercolor's possibilities and the skills and experience to use this medium to achieve lively, vibrant and creative artworks.


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


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jan 08, 2024 to Feb 18, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $455.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jan 29, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Nov 07, 2023 to Jan 03, 2024
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jan 08, 2024 to Feb 18, 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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