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Revision Date: 23-Mar-24

Fall 2024 | ART-1011-VO01 - Drawing I

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted (0). Please contact your nearest center for availability.


Lynn Berry
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Arts & Aesthetics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the use of pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and other drawing mediums with a focus on observational drawing skills. Students develop a deeper understanding of drawing as a way of seeing, organizing ideas, and recording perceptions of the world around them.

Essential Objectives

1. Explore the use of a variety of drawing mediums and different drawing surfaces including a variety of paper types and sizes.
2. Draw a variety of subjects such as still life, landscape, and human forms.
3. Develop a drawing vocabulary that includes elements of art (line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space) and principles of design (balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity/ variety) through discussion and critique.
4. Apply elements of art and principles of design in one's own drawing.
5. Examine, discuss and critique artwork that includes the art/design historical, social, and cultural context with emphasis on the impact of global and/or cultural diversity on the development of drawing as an art form.
6. Design and complete individual projects.
7. Create a portfolio of drawings and display finished works in a professional manner.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

ART-1011-VO01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


How this Course Works:

Each Week runs from Tuesday through Monday Midnight.

Each week there will be a reading assignment, drawing exercises, and web resources links to articles and instructional videos. There will also be a Weekly Gallery featuring Masters of Drawing: artists who provide inspiration.

In the A Forum, you answer questions related to the weekly reading usually from the text by Betty Edwards, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain". 40 Points

In the B Forum, you post your drawing exercises for the week. You also provide a reflective evaluation of your progress for that week. 60 Points

There is a midterm and final showcase, critique and reflection. 100 points each.

All work needs to be completed for the week by Monday Midnight. New week starts Tuesday.

Important Textbook and Workbook Information

There are two books you will need for this course.

Textbook: "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards ISBN: 978-1-58542-920-2

Workbook: "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook by Betty Edwards ISBN 978-1-58542-922-6

The course will follow the reading in the text and the companion exercises in the workbook. This is the basis for the syllabus. We will be following the 4th edition textbook, but older editions contain much of the same content and can be used. The workbook accompanies the textbook and is needed to complete weekly assignments for skill building. You must purchase an unused copy of the workbook because you will be drawing in the workbook and photographing or scanning your completed assignments for me to assess your skills. You will also be completing other assignments on drawing paper (see the Materials List).Order the textbook and workbook as soon as possible so that you will be ready to complete the week 1 assignments during the first week of the semester.

Here is the direct link to the bookstore:


Materials needed for Drawing I are as follows:

Digital camera or Flatbed Scanner or a phone that photographs

11" x 14" white drawing paper suitable for wet or dry media

9" x 12" drawing paper

Masking Tape

Drawing pencils (different sizes are the best but be sure to have 2B pencils)

Drawing Charcoal (vine or compressed)

Pink Pearl and Kneaded Eraser

India Ink

Dip Pen and # 56 pen nib

Blending sticks or tissue

Pitt Pens or any washable felt tip or razor point pen

Optional: Pastels and Colored Pencils.

And any other art supplies you would like to add.

If you want to find all of these in one place and you don't have a store near you, I would suggest ordering online from Dick Blick. They have it all and you can have it in a week or so.

Evaluation Criteria

A Forum: 40 points x 13 Lesson weeks = 520

B Forum: 60 points x 13 Lesson weeks = 780

Midterm Week: 100 points for student showcase, critique, and reflection

Final Week: 100 points for student showcase, critique, and reflection

Total Course points = 1500

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Week 1- “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” Introduction. “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: Workbook” Forward, Materials and Glossary. Exercises: 1, 2 and 3. Pre-Instruction Drawings; Chapter 1: Drawing and the Art of Bicycle Riding. Workbook Exercise: 4 (Warm up and Free Drawing) and 5 (The “Vase/Faces” Drawing)



Week 2- Chapter 2: First Steps in Drawing. Workbook Exercises: 6 (Upside-Down Drawing) and 7(Pure Contour Drawing)



Week 3- Chapter 3: Your Brain, the Right and Left of It. Workbook Exercises: 8 (Drawing Your Hand on the Plastic Picture Plane), 9 (Setting a Ground), and 10 (Transferring Your Hand Drawing from Picture Plane to Paper)



Week 4 -Chapter 4: Crossing Over from Left to Right. Workbook Exercises: 11 (Drawing Your Hand Holding an Object) and 12 (Drawing a Flower)



Week 5 -Chapter 5: Drawing on Your Childhood Artistry Workbook Exercises: 13 (Drawing an Orange) and 14 (Drawing Leaves in Negative Space)



Week 6- Chapter 6: Perceiving Edges Workbook Exercises: 15 (Drawing a Chair in Negative Space) and 16 (Drawing a Household Object)



Week 7- Chapter 7: Perceiving Spaces. Workbook Exercises: 17 (Negative-Space Drawing of a Photograph) and 18 (Negative Space Drawing of an Actual Chair); Midterm student showcase, critique, and reflection



Week 8 -Midterm - Student Showcase, Critique, and Reflection



Week 9- Perceiving Relationships. Workbook Exercises: 19 (Copying a Master Drawing by Vincent Van Gogh), 20 (Sighting a Room Corner), and 21 (Sighting an Open Doorway)



Week 10 -Chapter 9: Drawing a Profile Portrait. Workbook Exercises: Exercises 26 (Proportions of the Head in Profile), 27 (Copying a Master Drawing of a Profile Portrait), and 28 (Drawing a Profile Portrait).



Week 11- Chapter 10: Perceiving Light, Shadow and the Gestalt. Workbook Exercises: 30 (Drawing Eggs Lighted from Above) and 31 (Charlie Chaplain: Light and Shadow)



Week 12- Chapter 11: Using Your New Perceptual Skills for Creative Problem Solving. Workbook Exercises: 32 (Proportions of the Head in Full Face View), 33 (A Full Face Portrait), 34 (Drawing your Self Portrait in Lights and Shadows).



Week 13- Chapter 12: Drawing on the Artist in You. Workbook Exercise: Choose one from exercises 35-40.



Week 14- Special Topics



Week 15- Final student showcase, critique, and reflection


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.