Course Description

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Colored pencil is a fun and easy medium that requires minimal studio setup. Like Dorothy stepping into Oz for the first time, this course is for students who have foundational skills in grayscale drawing and are ready to step into the world of color. Lessons will emphasize color theory concepts like value and saturation to add rhythm and unity to your drawings. In addition to color theory, there will be an emphasis on how to compose your drawings so you can focus the viewer's eye on what's most important. Along the way, discover how historical and contemporary artists use color theory and colored pencil to make their works stand out. While foundational drawing skills are encouraged, this course is open to students of all skill levels.


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

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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