Course Description

RISD CE teen course: Cryptozooerrific

Deep in the blackness of the ocean trenches lies a monstrous creature that sailors report can sink a ship with its writhing tentacles. A continent away is another strange beast that native Tibetans claim hunts the snowy crags of the Himalayas. As different as the Giant Squid and the Yeti are, both are united by their reluctance to be seen and examined by human eyes. In this course, students step into the role of cryptozoologist as they unleash their imaginations while learning about animal design, size and shape. In this course, students will learn to find their own reference, and make their own mythical creatures based on the animals they have discovered. We’ll review different approaches to making chimeras and beasts with the world at our fingertips. Students refine their draftsmanship skills in an illustration course that asks them to reconsider the existence of animals that might lurk in hidden lairs. At the end of this course, students will have the experience of taking inspiration from multiple sources and letting their imagination create some truly amazing creatures!


  • This course requires access to one or more applications that are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. Please visit the Adobe website to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before registering.


Students must be age 13-17 to participate.


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Online, Asynchronous
Jan 15, 2022 to Feb 19, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $340.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Feb 05, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
Jan 08, 2022
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jan 15, 2022 to Feb 19, 2022
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. For most classes, the cost is under $75 (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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