Teen In-Person Courses
(Ages 13–17)

RISD campus, summer only

Artistic exploration is one of the best ways for teens to build confidence in expressing themselves, learn to solve problems and think critically. Teens can maximize their summer by gaining a foundation in art and design fundamentals, experimenting with a new medium and building technical skills.

Summer 2024 class schedule

Monday–Friday, 9 am–noon or 1–4 pm

  • Week 1: July 8–12
  • Week 2: July 15–19
  • Week 3: July 22–26
  • Week 4: July 29–August 2
  • Week 5: August 5–9
Teenage boy holding a taxidermy reptile specimen for drawing.


Summer teen in-person courses are held on RISD’s Main Campus in Providence, Rhode Island, with many taking advantage of resources including the RISD Museum and Nature Lab. There is no residential/overnight option for these courses.

Classes might take place in a location accessible only by stairs. If you/your student require an accessibility accommodation, contact RISD Disability Support Services at disabilitysupportservices@risd.edu as early as possible prior to the start of the course.


Our instructors are not only amazing teachers but have successful artistic practices themselves. Each course is led by one instructor plus a teaching assistant.

Evaluation and feedback

Students receive feedback throughout each day of class. On the last day, instructors will meet briefly with each student to review their progress and performance during the week.


If you have any questions about whether your teen will thrive in in-person courses, contact RISD CE: risdce@risd.edu or 401 454-6200.

Important teen course information

Bring a snack* and a water bottle each day, and lunch if taking both a morning and an afternoon course. Students will sometimes visit campus spaces outside of their designated classroom, so they should wear comfortable and appropriate clothing for their class. All art supplies will be provided.

*Due to severe allergic reactions, we ask that our students and parents/guardians not bring peanut or tree nut-based foods.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shifts toward the endemic stage of COVID-19, RISD has adjusted our protocols to stay consistent with sustainable health practices.

Visit RISD’s COVID-19 page for information and protocols pertinent to in-person Continuing Education programs. Topics include respiratory illness guidelines, isolation protocol, missing class, testing and vaccination. For the purposes of these protocols, non-residential students are regarded as campus visitors.

Refer to our Policies page for a complete list of RISD CE’s policies, including our drop/withdrawal and refund policy.

RISD’s attendance policy requires students to attend all classes regularly and promptly. Absences and tardiness are recorded daily on each student’s record and are considered by instructors when reviewing end-of-course feedback. Students missing a class should contact the instructor prior to the class being missed, for information on how best to keep up to date with assignments.

All Youth Program students are required to have emergency contact information included on their student profile. Students will not be able to participate in their class unless this is complete.

We are excited for students to safely enjoy their learning experience this summer. Review the following information and contact the Continuing Education office at risdce@risd.edu or 401 454-6200 if you have any questions.

RISD Campus
RISD Public Safety will respond and contact further emergency services as needed in case of an emergency.
We do not administer, hold or store any form of medicine during Youth Program classes or camps, including prescriptions.

RISD is dedicated to the welfare and safety of all persons who participate in college-sponsored events. The majority of Minors take part in programs through the RISD Museum, Continuing Education and Project Open Door; however, there are also opportunities for third parties to run programs and camps with Minor participants on campus and under the authority and direction of the college at other locations. All staff, faculty, volunteers, student employees, and independent contractors who may interact with Minors on campus are governed by this policy. This reporting obligation also extends to information about suspected abuse, neglect, or inadequate care provided by a parent, guardian, or custodian/caretaker. Any Responsible Adult who violates this policy will be held accountable, personally and professionally, without exception and regardless of their status at RISD For more information, refer to Protection of Minors and Vulnerable Adults in RISD Programs.

RISD Public Safety is staffed 24 hours a day and is the office to call for all emergencies. From RISD phones, dial ext. 6666 or, from the outdoor blue emergency phones, pick up the receiver to be connected to Public Safety. In an emergency on campus, a call to 401 454-6666 initiates a faster response than a call to 911. In an emergency off campus only, dial 911. Public Safety’s non-emergency extension is 6376 (from standard phones, 401 454-6376).

30 Waterman Street, Providence, RI
Emergency Services: 401 454-6666
Non-Emergency Line: 401 454-6376

RISD complies with all applicable state and federal statutes, including Title IX of the federal Higher Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal financial aid. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. For more information, refer to Title IX at RISD.

Teen student and instructor working at an easel in a drawing studio.
Teen students and instructor drawing a taxidermy animal model in the RISD Nature Lab.
Student working on drawing board.
Mini dress form with paper garment.
Teen student working on a drawing in art studio with projects on wall.
Teen students working with easels in drawing studio.
Teen student drawing a comic illustration.
Teen student working on anatomical drawing.
Student and instructor in illustration course.