Course Description

Photo and drawing by Heidi O’Donnell Eastman 

Would you like to explore world history through your local history? Would you like to unfold the story of your city or town and become a steward of its story? Using a journal to record your observations through photographs, sketches, drawings, watercolors and writing, you will become a storyteller of your place. Learn the skill of creative map drawing to capture the flow of ideas, people and things that have touched your place. Recognizing that all places are “ports” of learning, we will take an interdisciplinary approach to examining art and culture, science and economics, food and politics. You will come to understand the interconnectedness of it all and discover the innate pull of the human soul to seek, to learn, and to wholeheartedly experience all the world has to offer. You will produce a unique handmade book with your observations, your story and an annotated hand-drawn map.


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

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $475.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Jul 08, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 02, 2024 to Jun 12, 2024
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 17, 2024 to Jul 28, 2024
Necessary Supplies

This course requires a digital camera of the student's choosing. This includes DSLR, Mirrorless, Point and Shoot, or phone camera. Additionally, you can expect to spend up to $125 (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.

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