Course Description

RISD CE Painting from Nature course

Building on skills developed in "Painting from Nature, Part A" (0626), students in this asynchronous online course take on more complex challenges while honing their technical skills, including learning to work with water media and acrylic paint. The structure of the course involves following step-by-step instructions, viewing demonstrations and doing hands-on exercises to provide the framework to explore the principles of color and rendering techniques in acrylic paint. Lighting is emphasized as a means of enhancing the volume and form of a specimen. Plants, leaves, shells, and other natural objects are the subjects for observation and study. Objectives may include creating realistic visuals as fine art, illustration, for children’s books and scientific publication. 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
Nov 07, 2022 to Dec 19, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $440.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 28, 2022
Transfer Request Deadline
Oct 31, 2022
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Nov 07, 2022 to Dec 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 $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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