Course Description

Artwork by Grace F.

Painting is physical expressions of ideas through the use of materials like acrylic, watercolor and oil paint. Software like Photoshop and Procreate allows artists and designers to create in digital space while replicating the effects of traditional materials. Investigate ways that this digital medium can augment expressive mark making, value and form. Course prompts and exercises encourage experimentation while expanding on the building blocks of digital art. *This course requires a drawing tablet.


This course is an intensive exploration of the fundamentals of making art with the tools of digital drawing and painting. For each assignment, you’ll use intuition, close observation skills, imagination, and what's meaningful to you. Class meetings offer room to share your experiences with each project.

Example Assignment
As part of an exercise in order and chaos, you will create both mask and landscape paintings inspired by Rorschach ink blots. Join the real world with the digital by scanning watercolor and ink splotches to your computer. Then, render expressive details by using unique digital tools.


Students must be 13-17 years of age.


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Online, Asynchronous
Jul 07, 2024 to Aug 11, 2024
Online, Live Sessions
7:00PM to 8:00PM
Jul 11, 2024 to Aug 08, 2024
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $370.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 28, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 02, 2024 to Jul 03, 2024
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jul 07, 2024 to Aug 11, 2024
Necessary Supplies

This course requires a digital drawing tablet or Apple iPad and Apple pencil. Additionally, you can expect to spend up to $75 (estimate) on supplies, equipment, software subscriptions, and/or books for this course. 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.

Section Notes
  • This course requires access to Adobe Photoshop. Please visit the Adobe Photoshop website to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before registering.
  • OR This course requires access to Procreate (for iPad users).
  • While students primarily use Photoshop or Procreate in this course, students may use other digital painting software.
  • The instructor will be using a Wacom Intuos tablet with Photoshop on a Mac. 
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