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Revision Date: 22-Dec-23

Spring 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: 01-23-2024 to 05-06-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-11-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-24-2024 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Lauren Watrous
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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 is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


For this online class we will have weekly:

  • Sharing discussions looking together at each other's work, process and progress.
  • Instructional video demos which will also be explained through written description and still images.
  • Exercises or activitiesfrom the instructional video
  • Individual projects (which you will have proposed) for homework
  • Videos highlighting individual artists working in diverse fields throughout the world. *All videos are intended to have closed caption options so if you have trouble viewing the way you need to please let me know.

During the semester we will have four writing opportunities that are meant to be part of the creative process, do not require formal writing, and can be done by hand (and photo documented) or typed.

  • Beginning of semester planning for independent projects, submitted to teacher
  • A short observational writing exercise called ekphrastic writing, submitted to the class discussion
  • Midterm reflection, contemplating the semester mid-way, submitted to teacher
  • End term reflection, contemplating your whole semester experience, submitted to teacher

Evaluation Criteria

This Course uses a total points system to calculate grades

  • ReadCourse Resources:Welcome Letter, Class info, Syllabus, Supplies
  • Online Attendance, calculated through posts and participation 15 weeks, 10 points each class = 150 points
  • Class participation,15 weeks, sharing, discussion, exercises, and independent work, 10 points each week = 150 points
  • Final presentation of independent project work which you've accumulated throughout the semester = 100 points

Total: 400 points for an A+ grade

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

  • Read/watch my info on class materials and structure
  • Post and Read introductions from everyone
  • write a plan for your semester long independent study/project
  • do a simple drawing exercise
  • Drawing exercise video
  • Artist highlight video
  • Start independent project
  • watch and try specified drawing exercise from a video (also available in photo and written form)
  • watch specified video about an artist in their studio and write down one or two things that stick with you about their thoughts, work or process.
  • Post work
  • briefly comment on other people's posts with encouragement and observations


·Sharing due before or on Tuesdays

·Do “in-class” demo, exercise


Specified or chosen drawing exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project determined by you, in which you share progress and present the whole project at the end of the semester.



Sharing, discussion, exercise


Specified or chosen drawing exercise


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, exercise like exploring ink, artist highlight likeThe Hiroshima Panels


Specified or chosen Still Life in Ink Washexercise video and artist highlight video likeThe Hiroshima Panels


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, charcoal exercise, artist highlight


Specified or chosen charcoal exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, drawing, artist highlight


Specified or chosen exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Midterm reflection


Something entertaining like"A Handy Tip for the Easily Distracted" by Miranda July


Midterm break from homework



Sharing, discussion, ideas, exercise, artist highlight


Specified or chosen exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, creative writing exercise, artist highlight


Specified or chosen creative writing exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, multi-media exercise, artist highlight like


Specified or chosen multi-media exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, artist highlight


Specified or chosen exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, exercise, artist highlight


Specified or chosen drawing exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Final week to prepare independent work to be viewed as a cohesive body of work


Something entertaining


Last week to work on Independent project



Final presentation of independent work.




View and comment on all final presentations of work.

Write and submit to teacher Final Reflections

Any makeup work can be submitted by the end of the semester



All comments on final work presented and Final Reflections should be submitted by this date.


Any extra resources I want to pass along


Any makeup work should be in by this date


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.

Participation Expectations

Full participation in class means that you will:

  • Be present at all online classes by submitting work and participating in discussion by leaving encouraging observations or thoughts on other people’s posts.
  • Participate in online sharing / discussion
  • Watch tutorial videos exercises
  • Participate in a weekly exercise from the video tutorials (you will post image examples of your work)
  • Watch videos posted about artists working in a diversity of mediums throughout the world and be able to comment on something memorable about what you watched.
  • Participate in four short creative or reflective writing activities
  • And most importantly, conceive of an independent project for the semester and work on this for your weekly homework. You will post progress on this project every other week and present this as a body of work or portfolio at the end of the semester, in our final week of classes.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Late assignments are not encouraged because participation is the main focus of this class and discussions benefit from everyone present having work to share. Please submit whatever you have by the due date. All bi-weekly art posts are due on Tuesdays and discussion participation is due by Friday of that week.
  • If you do have a late assignment it can be submitted anytime before midterm for the first half of the semester's work and before end term for the second half of the semester's work, to get full credit.
  • Please inform me if you are submitting late work so I know to look for it. This is very important so I can give you credit.
  • Students who know that they will not have course access for any given week should make arrangements to complete assignments and participation, preferably before the absence so others can see and comment on your work.
  • Communication via email or text is key.Please make it a priority to have my contact infooffline in case you need to let me know about anabsence or late work

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.