Course Description

RISD Summer Programs course: Contemporary Drawing: Intercultural Approaches

Drawing by Yo Ahn Han

What does it mean to be a practicing artist in today’s intercultural world? In this course students explore classical and contemporary approaches to drawing. Students navigate the lineage of Greco-Roman traditions and learn where they intersect, converge and diverge from Eastern traditions and other alternative subcultural artistic movements. Students are exposed to a diverse range of mark-making solutions and develop skills in visual research with emphasis on personal memoirs and socio-cultural factors that shape their own individual experience. Topics traverse historical events to current issues and how artists have responded. Lectures, demonstrations and in-depth critique support students in their visual and conceptual research in response to weekly assignments. From thumbnail concepts to fully-realized larger works, projects encompass multiple ways of seeing your surroundings and interpreting ideas into myriad pictorial languages. Individual guidance is provided to accommodate varying levels of ability, from beginning to advanced. Previous drawing experience helpful, but not required. 


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
Th, F
10:00AM to 1:00PM
Jun 24, 2021 to Jul 30, 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 15, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Jun 17, 2021
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Jun 24, 2021 to Jul 30, 2021
Necessary Supplies/Text(s)
  • 1 Paper, pad mixed-media 18" x 24"
  • 1 Glue, white all purpose (Elmers or similar) 8 oz
  • 1 Tape, masking 1"
  • 1 Knife, Exacto (or similar) #1 Regular with cap and extra #11 blades
  • 1 Pencil, graphite, set of 6 (8B, 7B, 6B, 4B, 2B, HB)
  • 1 Eraser, kneaded small
  • 1 Eraser, white vinyl (Staedtler Mars, Alvin or similar)
  • 1 Ink, India 2oz
  • 1 Pastels, oil (Sakura Brand or similar expressionist grade)box of 12
  • 1 Pencil, colored (Prismacolor or similar quality) set of 24
  • 1 Scissors, 7" better quality (Fiskars or similar)
  • 1 Pencil, charcoal 2B
  • 1 Pencil, charcoal 4B (aka Soft)
  • 1 Brush, painting, Watercolor (round 4/1 inch , 2/1 inch, flat 1 inch, and Synthetic)
  • 1 Palette, plastic well type, rectangle
  • 1 Paint, watercolor individual tube (2 colors) - (Vandyke brown (Holbein or Winsor&Newton), Ultramarine Blue (Holbein or Winsor&Newton)
  • 1 Paint, watercolor set (Cotman or similar), tubes
  • 1 Paper, individual sheet, watercolor, 300lb 22" x 30", cold press
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