The Emerging Artist Program

Open to High School students interested in developing strong visual arts skills in a college-level environment.

In a partnership between Roger Williams University and area high schools, we offer current high school students the opportunity to study drawing, painting, sculpture or photography at RWU for college credit. Students will build foundational skills under the guidance of RWU Visual Arts faculty. Students will also be advised on portfolio development for the college application process.

Seats are available to a limited number of students on a space-available basis. Materials are not included and there is a $99 registration fee.

Interested students or parents should contact Michael Rich, Chair of Visual Arts at

Emerging Artist Student Work

Schedule of courses, Fall 2018

VARTS 101 - Foundations of Drawing, Mondays and Thursdays 4:00PM - 5:50 PM

Using various drawing materials, basic drawing methods will be introduced including composition, the effective use of positive and negative space, the relationship of image to page, methods of controlling spatial illusion, and various means to creating images. (3 credits)

VARTS 201 – Drawing the Figure, Mondays and Thursdays 6:30PM – 8:20 PM

This course continues to investigate the visual possibilities introduced in Foundations of Drawing. The student explores the visual impact and significance of the figure as a central subject of drawing. Inherent in this exploration is an understanding of its anatomical and expressive complexities. (3 credits)