Course Description

teen course: Art School Prep: Fundamentals of Design

If art is a language, formal design concepts constitute its "grammar." Through a series of projects, young artists will develop fluency in this language by learning to incorporate these concepts into their work. Through lectures and demonstrations the instructor first establishes a common vocabulary for design elements and their ruling principles, which provide the framework for the projects. Students will start each project with a series of warm up sketches that will lead them toward their final projects. Early projects include a still life, and a 2D abstract work made of cardboard and based on students’ personality traits. They’ll then dive into designing and creating two sculptures using materials that are both easy to understand and to manipulate. Students will produce 2D and 3D works that they can then use as the basis of a strong portfolio.


Students must be age 13–17 to participate.


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Online, Asynchronous
Jan 15, 2022 to Feb 19, 2022
Contact Hours
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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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