Course Description

RISD Advanced Program for High School Students: Experiential Drawing

Drawing by Joseph G.

Drawing is a thinking process and a way to explore and broaden creative passages. In this class principles and elements essential to drawing are explored through a variety of media and methods. Students may use materials such as charcoal, graphite, markers, collage and water-based paint—as well as found materials and invented tools—in order to explore different processes. Students learn about a range of compositional strategies; tonal studies, volume, weight and contour, line, and form are pursued through observation and interpretation. Emphasis is placed on developing an active sketchbook practice that serves as the reference for larger projects and allows others to understand your process.


  • In this intensive course, students should expect to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week engaging in coursework. Students should plan their schedule accordingly to keep up with class.


This course is part of RISD's Advanced Program Online, a pre-collegiate program for students ages 15–18 in grades 10–12.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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