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Revision Date: 17-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | 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: 01-24-2023 to 05-08-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Misoo Bang
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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

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.


In this course, most class time will be spent actively drawing. Emphasis will be placed on drawing directly from an observed still life or object, as well as some self-portrait, and field exercises.The student will also gain hands-on experience with a wide variety of drawing materials and drawing techniques.Students are encouraged to see all their works as part of a learning process, and to not cling to specific successes and failures.In- and out-of-class studio work, independent work in a sketchbook, group critiques, and gallery visits will be among the activities in which all students are expected to participate.


Seeing and Drawing:

Blind Contour, Contour and Cross countour

Quick and Sustained Gesture Drawing

Using Line Sensitivity and Variation to Define Forms

Simplification of Forms, Sighting, Using Axis Lines

Basic Proportional Relationships

The Different types of Perspective

Light, Value and Mass:Modeling the Form, Chiaroscuro, Silhouette, Simplified Value Structures

Composition:Organizing the Picture Plane, Drawing as expression

Evaluation Criteria


In class and at home exercises are to be completed in a timely manner.It is a requirement for this class that the student consistently keep a sketchbook in which to complete sketchbook assignments as well to draw independently.Sketches should be dated and the whole book turned with the final portfolio.

Outside work #1: 10%
Outside work #2: 10%

Outside work #3: 10%

Outside work #4: 10%
In-class work: 60%

Also review the attendance grading policy.

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




Ice Breaker Game (1pt)



Blind and Semi-blind contour drawing


Blind contour (2pts)

Semi-blind contour (2pts)



Line and gesture


Line practice (1pt)

Line gesture (2pts)

Mass gesture (2pts)





Project #1 (10pts)

Angling (2pts)





Proportion (5pts)





Scanning (5pts)



Perspective 1


Perspective (5pts)



Perspective 2


Perspective: room (5pts)



Cross contour


Project #2 (10pts)

Cross contour: flag (5pts)



Cross contour: chair 1



Cross contour: chair 2


Cross contour: chair (10pts)

Project #3 (10pts)



Value 1


Value 1 (3pts)



Value 2


Value 2 (5pts)



Value 3


Value 3: subtract value (5pts)



Final critique


Project #4: self portrait (10pts)


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


It is important to note that this is an online studio art class, in which the majority of the required work is done drawing.Please expect 6-8 hours of working time a week for this course. Participation is mandatory and will be carefully recorded weekly. If you did not turn in the week’s assignment and did not participate in any class discussion before the deadline, you will be counted as an absent for the week. You are permitted 1 absence without immediate consequences.A greater number will result in the automatic lowering of your final grade by ten points (one letter grade) for each absence. Students will be excused from class with appropriate documentation, for medical and family emergencies, cultural holidays, and for representing CCV at official events. You are responsible for the work that you miss when you are absent. Please email me as soon as you encounter special or emergency circumstances so we can discuss and accommodate in advance.

Preparedness is essential in studio classes.Students are responsible to obtain all supplies in material list before the indicated timeline. Attending classes without the appropriate supplies will make it difficult for you to participate fully and will lower the quality of your work.

If your life is influenced by a set of special circumstances that may affect your performance, please let me know during the first week of classes, or as soon as these circumstances develop during the semester.If you are a student athlete, a student with a learning difference or a developmental difference, or if there is some other aspect of your life that may affect your ability to meet the expectations of this class, then please talk to me.It is your responsibility to take the initiative and set up a meeting with me.I will be as accommodating as possible if we deal with these issues in advance.

Using Class Discussion board, we will have formal critiques periodically throughout the semester, typically when major projects are turned in.Each student must demonstratescritical looking and thinking through extensive, active participation in both the art making process and in the group critique process.It is important that you become comfortable with looking at, thinking about, and discussing art in an informed, and specific way. Comments without supporting evidence, such as, “I like it”, “That’s beautiful”, “Great job”, will not be counted as a participation.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Prompt completion of projects is essential for academic and professional success.It is essential that all assignments be turned in on or before the due date.Late work will be accepted at my discretion.The minimum deduction for late work will be one full letter grade per day unless it was discussed and resolved a solution in advance.

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.