Course Description

RISD Summer Programs course: Experimental Painting

Painting by Molly Kaderka

How do you find new ways of exploring the relationship between drawing and painting? Given that we often approach our work with particular expectations, this course will help you invent creative ways of approaching your work. Emphasis in this course is to flip the script so that the process of making and material exploration leads to the development of concept. This process-based, mixed-media course will examine the visual relationships between various drawing and printmaking practices and painting. Investigations of nontraditional surfaces and reductive techniques further push imaginative play and experimentation. Lectures highlight historical examples of processes, as well as a focus on contemporary artists whose transformative work challenges classical viewpoints while conveying critical meaning. Demonstrations, research and homework assignments provide students the opportunity to delve into an immersive practice that develops a rich visual toolkit of painting processes and direction for new work. Students will not be required to use oil paint for this course. Some painting experience is helpful, but not required.

3 credits


This credit-bearing course is part of RISD Summer Programs, and is open to matriculating students, art and design professionals and those considering a degree in the visual arts.

RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the "Transfer Credit Prior Approval for Major/Non Major Credit" form, found on the Registrar's Office Forms page. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

In this intensive course, students should expect to spend approximately 20 hours per week engaging in coursework. Students should plan their schedule accordingly to keep up with class.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Live Sessions
M, T
10:00AM to 1:00PM
Jun 21, 2021 to Jul 27, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $2,300.00 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
3 units
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 12, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 14, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 21, 2021 to Jul 27, 2021
Required Software/Technology
This course requires access to a digital camera or smartphone.
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • Canvas Pad 16" x 20, Canson canvas paper 16 " x 20"
  • Palette knife (metal is best), 11/16" x 3 9/16"
  • Acrylic paint, titanium white 5 oz (Golden is recommended)
  • Acrylic paint, Set of black, primary & secondary colors) heavy body 2 oz
  • Paper, palette pad, rectangle (40 sheets per pad) 12" x 16", white 
  • Ink, Sumi 2 oz 
  • Tape, white artist 1/4"
  • 2 Glue, Nori Paste, 1.84 oz. 
  • Paper, pad white, (Strathmore Bristol Smooth) 20 sheets11" x 14" (must be able to handle wet medium)
  • 2 sheets Paper, individual sheet, 18" x 24" -White Reves BFK, Smooth Surface, will be used for suminagashi (will be dipped in water)
  • 2 sheets Board, illustration hot press 15" x 20", smooth surface, thick for acrylic paint
  • Brush, painting, acrylic, size 0 script
  • Brush, painting, acrylic, #6 round
  • Brush, painting, acrylic, #6 bright
  • Brush, painting, acrylic, #2 round
  • Brush, painting, acrylic, 1/2 " flat foot
  • Brush, painting, acrylic, 1/4" one-stroke
  • 2 Brushes, ink bamboo round, #6 and #8 (individual brushes only, no sets)
  • Mat, cutting 9" x 12"
  • Knife, Exacto (or Similar) #1 recular with cap and extra #11 blades)
  • Golden Acrylic Retarder 8 oz
  • Fluid matt medium 8 oz
  • Clear gesso 8 oz. liquitex brand 
  • Crayola crayons 64 pack (wax based crayons) 
  • 16" x 20" sheet durlar or acetate 
  • 3" foam brush 
  • Needle Tip Bottle 2 oz
Household Items:
  • 10 sheets Average printer paper (most cheap paper will work)
  • Sea Salt (corse and fine)
  • 1 Bottle Dish Soap (colorless is best but any will do)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Sponge
  • 5 or more Plastic cups for paint and ink. (I use old food containers with lids)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Material to collage with (old calendars, newspaper, ect.)
  • Sandpaper (3 different grits)
  • Plastic sheeting (recommended for covering the space/table your work on)
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Water tray (You can use a storage container, a pyrex baking pan, or anything water tight (over 10"x10")
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