Experimental Painting, RISD Summer Programs course

Experimental Painting

How do you find new ways of exploring the relationship between drawing and painting? Given that we often approach our work with particular expectations, this course will help you invent creative ways of approaching your work. Emphasis in this course is to flip the script so that the process of making and material exploration leads to the development of concept. This process-based, mixed-media course will examine the visual relationships between various drawing and printmaking practices and painting. Investigations of nontraditional surfaces and reductive techniques further push imaginative play and experimentation. Lectures highlight historical examples of processes, as well as a focus on contemporary artists whose transformative work challenges classical viewpoints while conveying critical meaning. Demonstrations, research and homework assignments provide students the opportunity to delve into an immersive practice that develops a rich visual toolkit of painting processes and direction for new work. Note: Students will not be required to use oil paint for this course.

Prerequisite: Some painting experience is helpful, but not required.

Artwork (detail) by Molly Kaderka

RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head or major advisor using the Prior Approval for Transfer Credit Form. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

Technology Requirements:

  • This class will be taught through our online course management platform (CE Link).
  • This course requires access to a digital camera or smartphone.
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Course #3265
Molly Kaderka

Online Course
June 22–July 31, 2020

Tuition $2,200
3 Credits


Molly Kaderka

Molly Kaderka holds a BFA in painting and art history from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in painting from RISD. Her work has been exhibited nationally, most recently at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s exhibition “Desire Lines,” as well as Morgan Lehman Gallery (NY), First Street Gallery (NY), Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), and The Contemporary Austin-Jones Center (TX). She has received numerous awards, grants and scholarships for visual arts, including a two-year artist residency from the Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project, and the 2011 recipient of the Lester Goldman Drawing Competition. Molly is an adjunct instructor at RISD, and taught drawing and painting courses for continuing professional studies and precollege students at the Kansas City Art Institute.