Course Description

Artwork by Matt Steinke

Explore the ways that science and art overlap by combining engineering principles with traditional sculpture and 3D design. Investigate ways to use readily available technology like hobby motors, desk fans and clip lights to produce new works that spin, whir, sway, stagger, cast shadows, and scatter light. We will use easily accessible materials like foam core, wire, cardboard, string, water, plastic containers, wood and acrylic paint. Playfully experiment with technology and gain confidence integrating it into your creative practice. At the end of this course, you will have gained a broad knowledge of kinetic art history while exploring basic engineering that will help you consider the technical and aesthetic components of your future projects. 


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


Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Online, Asynchronous
Oct 30, 2023 to Dec 10, 2023
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $455.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Nov 20, 2023
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 01, 2023 to Oct 25, 2023
Withdrawal Request Deadline
Oct 30, 2023 to Dec 10, 2023
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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