Course Description

RISD CE Painting from Nature course

This asynchronous online class is the first of two courses, and begins the groundwork for observational rendering of natural subject matter in color media. Step-by-step instructions, demonstrations and hands-on exercises provide the framework to explore the principles of color and rendering techniques in colored pencil and watercolor as they can be applied in the depiction of a natural subject’s form, structure, texture and pattern. Lighting is emphasized as a means of heightening the realistic qualities of a specimen. Plants, birds, insects and other animals are the subjects, but the objectives may include creating visuals for children's books and commissioned paintings, as well as publication in scientific journals. Students will need to supply their own natural subjects and specimens, similar to what are shown in demonstrations. Note: Successful completion of "Painting from Nature, Part A" (0626) and "Painting from Nature, Part B" (0627) satisfies the "Painting from Nature" (2286) requirement for the Natural Science Illustration certificate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Sep 12, 2022 to Oct 24, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $440.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 03, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 05, 2022
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Sep 12, 2022 to Oct 24, 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 $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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