Course Description

RISD Advanced Program for High School Students- Sculpture: Assemblage of Ideas

Artwork by Qinzhi W.

Sculpture serves as a means to honor, reflect and challenge society. In this course students focus on exploring materials and objects in 3D as a means of injecting theme and content into their work. Students learn best practices for a well-rounded approach to making sculptural works within the context of home and community. Process of ideation includes reengineering everyday objects and images as well as creating works from the ground up. Through sketches, color studies and small prototypes, students learn how to develop large-scale works. This course is for students who like working with their hands and are interested in further expanding their portfolio to include dimensional works.


  • In this intensive course and Visual + Critical Language, students should expect to spend a combined minimum of 20 hours per week engaging in coursework across both courses. Students should plan their schedule accordingly to keep up with class.
  • In conjunction with your Featured Topics course(s), you are also required to enroll in Visual + Critical Language. When you register for this Featured Topics course, you will also be charged for the tuition of Visual + Critical Language. You will see this enrollment reflected in your Student Portal before the start date of the course. Visual + Critical Language will meet live two times: during the first and final live sessions of your Featured Topics course.


This course is part of RISD's Advanced Program Online, a pre-collegiate program for students ages 15–18 in grades 10–12.

Students who have completed or are currently enrolled in a prerequisite Essential Fundamentals course are eligible to enroll in the Advanced Program Concentration, which includes a Featured Topics course. If you have not yet completed an Essential Fundamentals course, you will receive an Enrollment Warning at checkout, and will be required to submit a Prerequisite Override Request for review.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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