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Out of Line / an open studio space for all

Daily prompts, demonstrations, collaborations, and other creative experiments offer hands-on drawing opportunities. Try a drawing prompt inspired by artists from the past and present.

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Altered States: Etching in Late 19th-Century Paris

A scholarly digital publication produced by the RISD Museum, Altered States uses videos and images to tie the contemporary practice of etching to its history.

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"Bringing Home Rome, Piece by Piece"

Decorative arts curator Elizabeth Williams introduces an object that was among the most prized souvenirs available to 19th-century tourists.

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Pledges of Allegiance

A nationwide art project organized by the New York–based public arts nonprofit Creative Time.
On view September 13, 2017–July 31, 2018.

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More than 100 artists, scholars, designers, and students offer their perspectives on objects

Artist Programs

Explore how art and design can provoke fresh ideas and stimulate creativity

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Double Take

Two specialists offer their views on a single object.

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Manual: Out of Line

This issue of Manual—themed Out of Line—is a collection about the way that lines disrupt, point outward. In poetry, the attention to detail one takes in crafting a line is all about making the line disappear, making something it holds to take front stage. . . . The space between the lines creating the image . . . the space around that argues for the importance of all that the lines hold. Out of line—or you got me fucked up, as someone might have said in my youth. A way to say, the thing you think you know, ain't right. The thing said, done, imagined: a crossed line. These lines we draw are all about history. —Reginald Dwayne Betts, from the introduction to Issue 9: Out of Line

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