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Revision Date: 19-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | ART-1011-VO03 - 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
Open Seats: 12 (as of 07-21-24 3:05 PM)
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David Southwick
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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 only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.

Evaluation Criteria

The total of your weekly assignments will count for 60% of your grade. Your weekly assignments are graded according to A) how well you met the objectives of the assignment - 80%, and B) your critique of at least two other students' work - 20%.

Your midterm and final project will each count for 20% of your grade. I will provide a rubric that corresponds to the objectives of these projects.

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


Subject: Introduction to Drawing:


Course Introductions & Questions


Assignment One: Diagnostic



Subject: Blind Contour


Reading Assignment – Observation


Assignment Two: 10 blind contour drawings



Subject: Contour


Reading Assignment – Contour and blind contour


Assignment Three – Make a fully realized contour drawing of an object.



Subject: Value – hatching, cross hatching, tonal, eraser


Reading Assignment – Characteristics of hard and soft drawing media


Assignment Four – Value scale; 4 eggs – hatching, cross, tonal, eraser



Subject: Value: Egg still life


Reading Assignment – Composition


Assignment Five – Draw a still life of three eggs and two other objects on a surface



Subject: Perspective: 1 point


Reading Assignment – Perspective history


Assignment Six – draw 3 sketches of a box-like object on a table in one-point perspective. Then create one final version of your best sketch using value



Subject: Perspective: 2 point


Reading Assignment – Perspective as focal point


Assignment Seven – draw 3 sketches of a box-like object on a table in two point perspective. Then create one final version of your best sketch using value.



Subject: Midterm: Value drawing of a still life in your bathroom


Discussion forum: Questions about the Mid-term


Assignment Eight – Find an interesting view of your bathroom. Make two sketches. Sketches are due this week. Then make a final drawing of your bathroom that includes the space rendered in two-point perspective with all objects drawn using value. The final drawing is due next week.



Subject: Midterm:Value drawing of a still life in your bathroom


Reading Assignment – Interiors


Continue to finish final mid-term drawing



Subject: Value and drapery


Reading Assignment: Drawing fabric


Assignment Nine - Draw a wrinkled piece of fabric or clothing on gray paper using black and white charcoal / charcoal pencils



Subject: Anatomy: Full figure


Reading Assignment – Posture and meaning


Assignment Ten gesture drawings of full figures



Subject: Anatomy: hands


Reading Assignment – Expression


Assignment Eleven– draw one hand holding an object



Subject: Portraiture / Proportion


Reading Assignment –Self portrait analysis


Assignment Twelve: Drawing heads in proportion



Subject:Final Project: Self Portrait with a hat


Reading Assignment – Questions about Final Project


Final Project – 3 self portrait sketches from different angles due this week



Subject: Final Project: Self Portrait with a hat


Reading Assignment - Semester Reflection


Turn in and critique Self Portraits


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

Discussion Forum Guidelines

1. There will be two discussion forums each week – the Assignment Discussion Forum and the Reading Discussion Forum. You must post at least ONE response in EACH forum by the assigned due date. You are also expected to reply to at least TWO of your colleagues’ responses in EACH forum. This brings your total number of required posts for the week to six, which includes your drawing assignment. Your first response to the reading discussion forum is due each Thursday. Your replies to other students in the reading discussion forum are due by Saturday. Your weekly drawing assignments are also due on Saturday, and your critiques of two other students’ assignments are due by Monday.

2. Weekly drawing assignments will be marked down 10% if they are turned in on Sunday and 20% if they are turned in on Monday. Posts made to the reading discussion forum must be made on time to receive full credit. Late posts and replies to the reading discussion forums will be marked down by 10% per day until they are submitted. No assignments or posts will be accepted after Monday of each week.

3. You are highly encouraged to type your responses and replies in a word document before posting them. This will ensure that your hard work does not disappear if the CCV site should timeout. We’ve all been there.

4. Proofread your responses and replies for clarity, grammatical errors, etc. The goal of the discussion forums is to create a space for meaningful dialogue. Coherence is the key. And, for the sake of everyone’s sanity, please refrain from using all caps and text-speak.

5. It is almost certain that you will encounter opinions that challenge your ideas of taste, design, life, etc. If you do not agree with someone, politely articulate your position, but try not to shut down the conversation. We are all here to learn from each other.

6. Although it should go without saying, purposefully offensive postings are not tolerated and will be removed immediately.

7. The way to get the most out of critiques and discussions is to be as honest about your process as you can be. It’s the most direct path towards recognizing your strengths, weaknesses, and how you can improve.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Posts to the Assignment Discussion Forum are due by Saturday. Work turned in on Sunday will be marked down 10%. Work turned in on Monday will be marked down 20%. No work will be accepted after Monday of each week. You must reply to two of your colleagues’ posts by Monday night.

Posts to the Reading Discussion Forums must be made by Thursday of each week. You must reply to two of your colleagues by Saturday of each week. Late posts and replies will be marked down by 10% each day until they are posted. No posts or replies will be counted after Monday of each week.

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.