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Revision Date: 02-Nov-21

Spring 2022 | ART-1011-VO02 - 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: 01-25-2022 to 05-09-2022
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-13-2022 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-27-2022 - Refund Policy
This section is waitlisted. Please contact your nearest center for availability.


Sarah Pike
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Dana Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
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

An introduction to the use of pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and other drawing media. Focuses on technical skills in drawing as well as the nature of drawing as a way of seeing and of organizing ideas and perceptions.

Essential Objectives

1. Demonstrate the use of mediums such as: charcoal, pastels, markers, graphite, charcoal pencil, pen and ink.
2. Explore and describe how drawing materials can be used on various types and sizes of paper.
3. Draw a variety of subjects such as still life, landscape and human forms.
4. Apply elements of design and composition in one's own drawing as well as other artwork.
5. Explain the meaning of such terms as space, form, value, texture, rhythm, balance line, scale, etc., in discussing works of art and demonstrate how these concepts can contribute to aesthetic judgment.
6. Examine, discuss and critique art work, including some reference to the art historical, social, and cultural context.
7. Design and complete individual projects.
8. Create a portfolio of drawings.
9. 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 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

ART-1011-VO02 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information 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.



1. Learn concepts and techniques of drawing through written online content, slides, demo videos, podcast, and more.

2. Complete 2 drawing assignments per week.

3. Participate in Discussion forums every other week.

4. Design and develop independent projects

This course is split into 3 Units. In each unit students will cycle through differentmediums, primarily ink, pencil, and charcoal, developing their skills in those mediums over the course of the semester. At the end of Units 2 and 3 students will revisit a previous project of their choice. It can be a project they want to do over or expand upon because they enjoyed the medium/subject or want to further develop skills or concepts.

Unit 1 Schedule

Thursdays by 11:59 pm: submit drawing assignment (smaller or in-progress assignments)

Fridays by 11:59 pm: submit Discussion post

Sundays by 11:59 pm: submit Discussion replies

Mondays by 11:59 pm: submit drawing assignment (finished assignments or projects)

Sample assignments

  • Develop basic drawing skills using 2 point perspective and line drawing (pencil, vine charcoal)
  • Create an optical illusion portrait drawing using line variation (brush pen)
  • Learn about negative space and how to create dynamic compositions (colored pencil, pencil, vine charcoal)
  • Learn about light and further your basic drawing skills using tone/value/shading (vine charcoal)
  • Create a tonal portrait drawing of yourself or someone else. Feeling intimidated? Have no fear, I have a trick or two to share with you that will make the portrait less intimidating. (rubber stamp)
  • Create a landscape that explores mood and history (vine charcoal)

Evaluation Criteria

In addition to the course objectives, evaluations will be made based on cooperation, willingness to explore new methods and ideas, and the students’ attitude. Grading will also be based on the individual’s growth as an artist, effort/ persistence, and the quality of the work produced.

20% Discussion boards and class participation

35% Weekly Assignments

45% Projects

I have never failed a student because they weren't talented.

The biggest contributor to low or failing grades is not submitting or completing assignments.

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

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

  • Read, watch, and or listen to content connected to that week's learning objectives. Most weeks include video demonstrations.
  • Participate in a Discussion forum every other week by posting an original response to the weekly prompts (Friday, 11:59 pm) and responding to 1 or 2 peer posts (Monday, 11:59 pm).
  • Complete two drawing assignments (Thursday, 11:59 pm and Monday, 11:59 pm). Thursday's assignments are preparatory or in-progress assignments that support the larger assignment due on Monday.

Art Supplies

  • Students are required to purchase their own art supplies ($70-90 estimate).
  • A list of supplies will be given before the semester starts.
  • Supplies should be ordered at least 2-weeks before the start of the semester. While alternative supply suggestions are given for Week 1 and 2 to accommodate shipping issues, access to the correct supplies is important to achieving the course objectives.
  • Please contact financial aid if you are concerned about affording the supplies or if you can only afford the class if you buy supplies piecemeal. Due to shipping issues waiting to buy them until you need them will affect your ability to fully participate in the class.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Don't wait until the last minute. Unless you want to use your 1 extension (see below) exceptions will not be made if your supplies don't arrive in time, your internet went down at 10 pm, you got the stomach flu the day an assignment is due or submitted at 12:01 am.

Assignments & Projects
Late work may be submitted within 48 hrs of the due date. 10 points per day will be deducted.

Participation(Discussion Forums)
10 points are deduced for later posts. 20 points are deduced if both the post and replies are late. Late work will not be accepted after Monday, 11:59.

Missing Work
Failure to hand in an assignment, project, or discussion will result in an automatic 20% for that assignment. Missing work cannot be submitted after the above deadlines.

Students whosegrade is 70% or highermay request1 extension for drawing assignments, for any reason, during the semester. Use your "get out of jail free card" wisely. If you use your extension to go on vacation an additional extension will not be granted if you have a family emergency later in the semester.

Extensions must be requested 24-hours before the assignment is due.

Extensions apply only to assignments due on Thursdays and Mondays. Extensions will not be given for Discussions.

When an extension is granted the assignment is due the following Monday. For example, if the assignment was due during Week 2, the extension deadline is the last day of Week 3 (Monday, 11:59 pm).

Extensions will not be granted during Week 15(even for those who haven't used their 1 extension).

If a trulycatastrophic circumstanceoccurscontact your advisorfirst, then me. The three of us will work together to help you stay on track when possible.

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.

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