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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 29-Oct-23

Spring 2024 | ART-1011-VO04 - 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


Susannah Gravel
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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.


This drawing I course involves both studio work as well as homework assignments. Students can expect to spend three hours watching demos, practicing the studio assignment in their sketchbook, participating in the online forum, and reading through any additional materials. Nine hours of homework each week is expected, and the minimum time necessary to see development. A variety of examples will be offered in video demonstrations to illustrate a range of approaches and techniques. Students will be expected to participate in critique by posting in the online forum and offering constructive feedback to their peers. Professionally working artists will be presented during the week to reinforce learned skills.

Evaluation Criteria

30% Participation in classroom critiques, studio & sketchbooks.

30% Weekly development of portfolio (typically a minimum of 9 hours of homework) completed on time with evidence of effort.

20% Midterm

20% Final Project, Artist Statement & Portfolio of Work

A: Superior to excellent work. The student has completed all assignments thoughtfully, creatively, and diligently. An outstanding amount of skill and care put into work. The student has created an extensive body of work. Strong voice during discussions. Creative and sensitive feedback during critique. Overall, effort and attitude are superb.

B: Good to excellent work. All assignments have been completed and show significant effort and care. Student grasps most of the concepts introduced in class and has thoughtfully applied them to their work. The student is a willing and active participant in class discussions and critiques.

C: Partial to good work. The student does not exhibit the amount of care required for this medium. Student grasps some ideas but does not put forth full effort in practicing them.

D: Marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. Minimal comprehension of concepts. Critical thinking and attention to detail are poor. The student has difficulty articulating their learning. F: Did not meet the expectations of this class. Incomplete assignments. Irregular attendance.

Little or no growth. Lack of participation in discussions and critiques. The effort is minimal. Attendance may have been unacceptable. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

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

  1. This course is designed to let me work at my own pace with the same level of professionalism expected. It is not the softer, easier way. Please remember that weekly deadlines for discussion participation, assignments, and examinations must be met to ensure maximum credit for a student’s final grade.
  2. Online learning happens in real-time. The online student must function regardless of life’s challenges (births, deaths, travel, family emergencies, work issues, military deployment, etc.). Communication is vitally important! A student should always contact the instructor to let them know what’s going on in their life if the student needs to be away from the course for any reason. It is possible that suitable arrangements could be made so the student can continue in the course. Success is contingent upon the student’s ability to master course content while simultaneously mastering life’s challenges. If work is not submitted on time, the instructor will assume that an unforeseen event has occurred and that the student will be back on track as soon as possible, thus eliminating the need for an apology or excuse.
  3. Students should allow at least five to ten hours per week to be successful in this course. That time includes reading and reviewing the course materials, lectures, and demonstrations, participating in the discussion forums, and completing assignments and examinations. If a student believes they are spending an inordinate amount of time on this course, the instructor needs to know so that the student and instructor can troubleshoot.
  4. Ask questions! Open the questions up to everyone, as someone else in the class will probably have the same question. Students may answer each other’s questions, as they learn best when trying to explain something to someone else. If the class cannot answer the question, the instructor will jump in and assist.
  5. Practice good “netiquette” and treat classmates with respect. Discussion forums are a
  6. A place where students are expected to be vulnerable, ask for feedback on unfinished work, and give peer feedback to grow as an artist. DO NOT TYPE IN ALL CAPS.
  7. Students should plan to be online at least three times per week. Discussion forum posts are due Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday each week. Some students may benefit from being online more often. It is important that students log in so that they can read course announcements, read the postings of other students, and check for email messages from the instructor. Do not allow yourself to get behind. Dates for the start and end of each week are clearly posted. Students would be wise to plan their schedules for this course around these dates.
  8. “Attendance:” To be considered “present” for class each week, each student must post in the discussion forum, provide feedback for at least two of your classmates, and acknowledge the feedback your peers gave you in a final post. Student attendance is reported to CCV and often checked by academic advisors to monitor a student’s progress throughout the semester.
  9. Photographing Your Work: It is imperative that you take quality photographs of your work since I will not have an opportunity to see your work in person. A poorly photographed homework assignment could result in the deduction of one or two letter grades. See Canvas for more details about how to photograph your work correctly.
  10. Each response and assignment is a record of your thinking, decision-making, and time spent. Your portfolio should be a record of your progress over time. Portfolios will include your best work and an artist statement of yourself and your journey as an artist.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  1. Assignments are expected to be completed by the due date. AFTER TWO WEEKS, late assignments will not be accepted for credit.Each summative assignment is graded by a rubric.
  2. I will do my utmost best to respond to and grade assignments with feedback within a week of their due date. If something gets in my way, I will let the class know there will be a delay and when students can expect their grades/feedback. Late assignments will be graded after all on-time assignments are graded (with consideration of my time). Please understand that on-time assignments turned in take priority over late assignments and you may be waiting more than a week from your turn-in date for feedback and grades. I will do my best to get everyone’s work back to them as timely as possible.
  3. The course week opens on Sunday at 10 AM and closes on Saturday at 11:59 PM each week. The discussion forums are critical to the course dynamic (and your grade), so please stay current. Forum posts count as student attendance. Late arrivals to the forum will count as a tardy. A best practice would be for students to create and share their original posts by Tuesday of each week. Students are expected to respond to their colleagues three times a week during the scheduled discussion forum.
  4. Have a contingency plan for computer problems and late arrival of art supplies. Somesuggestionsincludetakinganinventoryofartsuppliesyoualreadyhave.Reach out to family or friends who may have extra supplies you can borrow. It is suggested that students seek out friends, family, and even coworkers who have internet services in the event of a computer crash to stay current with weekly responsibilities. In the event of a severe storm, Professor Gravel will send out alternative plans when power arrives back for everyone.

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.