Course Description

RISD Summer Programs course: Creative Practices: Traditional Drawing and 3D Digital Modeling

Artwork by Kyle Hittmeier

This interdisciplinary course explores how physical drawings are imported into the digital world as aids for 3D creation and how 3D digital models are exported into the physical world for 2D drawing. At a time when digital, three-dimensional space has entered our visual vocabulary in everything from commercial and social interfacing, game design, and entertainment, now more than ever it is important to understand its potential and how it works. Students will be introduced to 3D modeling in both geometric and organic forms, as well as pursue physical drawing methods conducive for digital integration. Emphasis will be placed on experimentation in navigating between the digital and physical processes. Exercises and assignments will be contextualized with lectures, readings and critiques.

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.


Students must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Live Sessions
Th, F
10:00AM to 1:00PM
Jun 24, 2021 to Jul 30, 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 15, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 17, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 24, 2021 to Jul 30, 2021
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • 1 Glue, stick medium (Uhu or similar)
  • 1 Tape, white artist 1"
  • 1 Knife, Exacto (or similar) #2 Large with cap and extra #2 blades
  • 1 Mat, cutting 12" x 18" (green or black - not clear)
  • 1 Scissors, 7" standard quality (3M or similar)
  • 1 Charcoal, vine box of 12 medium
  • 2 Eraser, Kneaded large
  • 1 Ink, India 2oz
  • 1 Pencil, graphite, medium degree set of 12 (6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, HB, F, H, 2H, 3H, 4H)
  • 1 Brush, chip 1"
  • 1 Brush, ink bamboo round, #2 (individual brushes only, no sets)
  • 1 Brush, ink bamboo round, #6 (individual brushes only, no sets)
  • 1 Brush, painting, Watercolor (1 -5 round, flat, bright flat, filbert)
  • 1 Mylar, individual sheet 18" x 24" (Single)
  • 1 Paper, pad mixed-media 11" x 14"
  • 1 Paper, pad newsprint smooth, 18" x 24" (50 sheets) only size available
  • 4 Paper, construction, individual sheet 18" x 24" (Black and White (2 sheets each)
  • 1 Ruler, metal cork-back 12"
  • Watercolor Block, Hot Press, 9 x 12"
  • Yupo Watercolor Pad, 11 x 14"
  • Citrasolv (8oz)
  • Golden Fluid Matte Medium (8 oz)
  • Foam Brushes (set)
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