Course Description

RISD CE acrylic painting course

Acrylic colors are rich and true to nature, allowing for amazingly accurate representation and has long been a popular medium for illustrators, fine artists, decorative artists, and muralists. In this course, students explore this versatile water-based, fast-drying, and nontoxic medium. The course will start with an emphasis on introductory painting skills, tools and techniques, and build from the foundation laid in drawing classes. Demonstrations will cover basic color theory, mixing color, light and shadow, glazing, priming, composition and content. Work will be done from direct observation that will give you the foundation to explore other paint mediums as well as the confidence to explore more poetic visual languages such as abstraction.


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


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Apr 17, 2023 to May 28, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $440.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
May 08, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 10, 2023
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Apr 17, 2023 to May 28, 2023
Necessary Supplies

Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books. Students can expect to spend up to $200 on paints and other supplies for this course. 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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