Adult Courses

Even if you’re not an artist or full-on creator, there’s a course that meets you where you are.

  • We’re open admission – we welcome everyone!
  • Courses are designed especially for people with busy schedules and active lives
  • Courses are taught by professional artists, designers and makers
  • We’re a community of makers – critique, peer networks, mentoring, advising and excellent teaching are all part of the RISD CE student experience

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, most of our programming has moved online, but we have started programming weekend workshops and hybrid courses that combine online learning with studio sessions at the Westerly Education Center in Westerly, Rhode Island.

Whatever your goal – personal enrichment or professional development – RISD CE has a course to suit your needs.

Note: While many courses are open to all levels, some do have prerequisites. Check a course’s description to determine if a prerequisite course or skill level is indicated.

Fine Art includes drawing, printmaking, illustration, painting (including watercolor, acrylic, gouache and oil), color theory, collage, papermaking, woodworking and sculpture — processes that focus on the aesthetic rather than the functional. Applied Art includes jewelry and light metals, textile, apparel and fashion design, bookmaking, furniture and glass — art processes that have functional applications.

A successful design presents a solution to a problem that connects directly to a market, client or end user in fields like interior, graphic, interactive, architecture or product design. The solution depends upon a comprehensive understanding of the elements and principles of design, but also upon the technology that is utilized in specific fields. Design is driven by digital workflow, but also by the hand-building tradition that was in place well before computer-based “making.”

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RISD Continuing Education online courses in art and design

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Online Courses

Learn from anywhere! You’ll have access to RISD’s acclaimed curricular concept from anywhere, collaborate with like-minded creatives, and learn from faculty who are experts in their fields.

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Painting Certificate Program

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Foundation Courses

Foundation courses in art and design lay the groundwork for future intermediate- and advanced-level studies. Foundation courses include “Drawing I,” “Design,” “Applied Color” and “Digital Design Techniques.”

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Not an Artist, Not a Designer

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Not An Artist? Not A Designer?

If you’re new to art and design, try the aptly titled “Not an Artist” and “Not a Designer.” You don’t need to know how to draw or be an artist or designer to take these courses — in fact, the less you know, the better!

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