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Students in southern Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut can take advantage of a number of art and design courses from Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education (RISD CE) that, until now, required commuting to its Providence campus. A select group of RISD CE courses are now offered at the Westerly Education Center, giving students the opportunity to work with distinguished faculty in a range of visual arts and design disciplines. RISD CE course offerings in Westerly span a variety of creative choices in artistic mediums, but all focus on developing the key building blocks to establish a working knowledge of spatial organization and visual problem solving to further your abilities as an artist.

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RISD CE: Classes Start September 21, 2020


A Return to In-Person Courses in Westerly 
RISD Continuing Education will offer in-person and hybrid classes at Westerly Education Center this fall.

Choose from 4 hybrid courses (in-person/online) and 8 in-person courses. Keeping the health, safety and well-being of the community as a top priority, RISD CE and Westerly Education Center are following the most recent guidelines from both the RI Department of Health and the CDC. Please read and review WEC’s COVID-19 health and safety policy.

Hybrid (in-person/online) Courses

RISD CE hybrid courses are part of a low-residency, blended learning program at Westerly Education Center. They will be a mix of in-person meetings and online delivery through CE Link. 12-session classes will meet in-person six times, on alternate weeks, and the other sessions will be conducted online. 6-session classes will meet in-person three times, on the first, third and last weeks of the course, and the other sessions will be conducted online. Some classes, at the discretion of the instructor and students’ availability, may meet more often in person as needed.

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In-Person Courses

RISD CE Weekend Workshops meet on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4pm at Westerly Education Center. 

Weekend Workshops are scheduled for weekends throughout September, October and November. “Woodworking,” a 6-session course, is scheduled for six Tuesday evenings. 

Bookmaking Intensive Workshop
Collage: Technique Intensive
Drawing: Technique Intensive
Egg Tempera Painting
Experimental Printmaking: Monoprints
Not an Artist
Woodworking (6-session evening course)

Fall term begins September 21, 2020, but we will continue our recent practice of closing class registration three business days before class start dates to give students time to plan and gather supplies, so please register early to secure a spot in your preferred class this fall. 

Go to https://ce.risd.edu/online-courses/ to get more information and to register. 



One of the oldest colleges of its kind in the US, Rhode Island School of Design stands out as a leader in art and design education. RISD Continuing Education educates students of all ages in art and design with high quality, accessible programs. The division serves more than 4,000 individual students per year in its non-credit courses, six-week Pre-College program for high school artists and designers, and Summer Programs for college credit. RISD CE also offers non-credit certificate programs for adults and teens. For more information about RISD Continuing Education, visit http://ce.risd.edu