Course Description

"Cottages at North Truro" by Edward Hopper

During the middle of the 20th century, Abstract Expressionism became the art movement that defined the US. Despite the overwhelming popularity of this movement, several artists chose to go against the grain and create paintings that were more representational than abstract. This class will explore the lives and work of some of these artists and the blurred lines between realism and abstraction. Each week you will create compositions and color harmonies influenced by the works we study, before going on to paint your own ideas. You may choose a painting medium based on your experience and interest, as this course emphasizes experimentation rather than technical painting skills.


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


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Apr 17, 2023 to May 28, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $440.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
May 08, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 10, 2023
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Apr 17, 2023 to May 28, 2023
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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