Course Description

RISD Summer Programs course- Illustration: The Assembled Image

Artwork by Polly Becker

Collage, assemblage and montage are related approaches to creative expression that include mixing, combining and reassembling images and objects, removing them from an original context in order to explore new expressive possibilities. Surrealists used collage and assemblage to liberate the hidden meaning in everyday things. In this course students experiment with found objects, two- and three-dimensional pieces, pattern, texture, color, mixed media, appropriated imagery and other visual fragments to explore visual narrative and conceptual problem solving. Students come away with surprising and unique work that has something of its own to say even while borrowing from other many different sources for its visual language.

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
M, T
10:00AM to 1:00PM
Jun 21, 2021 to Jul 27, 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 12, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 14, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 21, 2021 to Jul 27, 2021
Required Software/Technology
This course requires access to Adobe Creative Cloud. Monthly subscriptions can be purchased from a variety of pricing plans directly from Adobe. Be sure to check "minimum system requirements" for your computer before purchasing. This course requires access to a digital camera or smartphone.
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
Please review the entire list below before collecting supplies. This is not a purchase-driven list, but rather it’s to help you use items you already have, can easily find or are inexpensive. To start, you’ll need some traditional artmaking and mixed-media supplies that you would like to work with such as: 
  • Paints, drawing supplies, brushes, canvas, paper, acrylic mediums, etc. Paints can be acrylic-based house paints such as pre-mixed and left-over samples from the hardware store. 
  • Elmer’s (type) Glue, Acrylic Matte Medium
  • X-acto Knife and Scissors
  • Cheap flat brushes for applying mediums and glues
Most importantly, the foundation of this class and your ability to craft unique imagery will be based on your creation of a collection of alternative 2-D and 3-D materials. Start collecting items right away so you come to the class with a wide variety. The most obvious and easily obtained materials are 2-D images and text such as old photographs, newspapers, magazines, stickers, signs, etc. Gather as many as possible. 
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