Product Design Course at RISD

Sketching + Rendering for Design Thinking

The ability to visualize and communicate ideas both rapidly and convincingly on any platform (analog or digital) begins with the development of strong hand-drawing skills. In fact, hand drawing is one of the most valuable skills needed in design work; it is critical for thinking through ideas, and for expressing design ideas to oneself, one’s colleagues and one’s clients. Accordingly, this course explores a wide range of tools, materials, processes and techniques that help hone drawing and visual communication skills, from very simple working sketches to full-color professional presentation renderings. Topics covered include rapid visualization drawing, ideation, basic and advanced perspective, blocking out shapes, appropriate point of view, composition, tonal contrast, light and shadow, textures and details, and presentation. Students receive instruction in the use of assorted media, including pen, pencil, markers and a variety of drawing papers. Participants should possess some drawing skills to gain full advantage from the course. Note: While not required, a laptop or tablet computer is recommended.

Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.

Students looking for a full Industrial Design immersion may take this course in combination with Introduction to Industrial Design.

Course #0824
Amy Leidtke

Schedule A
June 22–July 28, 2020
Mondays + Tuesdays
9 am–4 pm

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Amy Leidtke

Amy Leidtke is an industrial designer, artist and educator who combines the disciplines of research, strategic and master planning, ideation and design development, and participatory design workshops in an inclusive professional design practice, Leidtke Design. For more than 20 years, she has designed toys, activities and interactive play and learning environments for families and children. She is a faculty member for the RISD graduate and undergraduate programs, and holds a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and an MID from Rhode Island School of Design. Photo Credit: Marybeth Meehan