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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 21-Dec-23

Spring 2024 | ART-1011-VU02 - Drawing I

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Winooski
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Wednesday, 03:00P - 05:45P
Semester Dates: 01-24-2024 to 05-01-2024
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
Materials/Lab Fees: $40.00


Jean Cannon
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cindy Swanson

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 low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class. ***

ART-1011-VU02 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.


There is no textbook for this class.

Class sessions will include demonstrations, studio work, critiques, two short vocabulary quizzes, and discussions. A field trip to a museum or gallery will be scheduled and paired with a short writing assignment. Students will be required to keep a drawing book for in-class exercises and homework assignments. Three to five hours of homework is expected from each student each week.

Evaluation Criteria

Class Projects: 45%

Homework: 45%

Final project: 10%

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


Introductions and interaction. Experimentation with materials and explorations of LINE, and practice with CONTOURS. Vocabulary: The Elements of Design.


The Elements of Design

Modified Contour Drawing


Go outside, or look out a window, and make three MODIFIED CONTOUR LINE drawings, using a different pencil for each. Place one on each page of your sketchbook. You can choose any outdoor subject you like, but please fill the page with drawing. Refer to the handout on Modified Contour Drawing. Memorize the Elements of Design.



Quiz: The Elements of Design. Review and critique of homework. Critique of homework and discussion of critique parameters. Value studies in pencil. Bring pencils, erasers, & sketchbook.


The Elements of Design

Modified Contour Drawing


1) 15 minutes of modified contour drawing.

2) Go outside and draw a landscape or cityscape using both line and shading. Full page, lots of detail.



Introduction to Ellipses, round forms in space and charcoal. Bring pencils, sketchbook erasers to class


1) 15 minutes of modified contour drawing of the still life you set up

2) Set up a still life with cylindrical forms and draw it, using either charcoal or pencil with full shading. If you choose charcoal, please use charcoal paper. A minimum of 5 cylinders, please – all arranged on one page



Introduction to the Principles of Design. Introduction to portraiture. Bring pencils, erasers and sketchbook to class.


The Principles of Design


1) 15 minutes of modified contour drawing

2) Draw the face of a person from a photograph with full shading and detail.



Quiz: The Principles of Design. Portraiture continued. Bring to class: pencils, erasers and sketchbook.


1) Make a modified contour drawing of your face

2) A self-portrait from the mirror.



Introduction to Pen and ink.


1) Finish Van Gogh copy; 2) Bring a sketch of an idea for your own landscape to class. It can be imaginary or from life or from a photograph or a combination of all three. You may bring reference photographs



Introduction to the Museum writing project. Work on your own landscape in the style of Van Gogh in class. Bring ink and pens and pencils and your sketchbook and all reference materials.


Directions for the Museum essay.


Homework for Oct. 26: 1) Finish Your landscape in the style of Van Gogh.



Class will take place at the Fleming Museum: a guided tour, drawing, and writing.


Homework for Nov. 2: 1) Type up your written analysis of a 2D artwork from the Fleming Museum. Refer to the handout for further instructions.



One-point perspective introduction.


Consult the handout, "Creating the Illusion of Depth".


Draw one wall of a room in your house. Do not set up a vanishing point or use a ruler. Just be observant of the principle of lines converging upon a point.



Two point perspective exteriors. Introduction to final project.


Draw a corner of a room, complete with furniture, etc. Do not set up a vanishing point or use a ruler. Observe the principle of two-point perspective.



Two point perspective interiors. Introduction to final project.


Brainstorm ideas for your final project: 3 ideas on 3 different pages, experiment with composition.



Figure drawing from the live model. We will work with charcoal.


1)1) three views of your hand on one page. Consider placement of shapes and composition as well as expression. You may use pencil, charcoal or ink.



Figure drawing from the model.


A drawing with a subject of your choice.



Work on your final project in class. Bring all photographs or still life objects or anything you might need to class.


Finish final project.

There is one more week in the semester -week 15. You will present your project to the class and there will be a final critique on Week 15.



Presentation of final projects.


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

  • Attend class regularly, on-time and for the full session. Arriving in class 15 minutes past the start, or leaving 15 minutes prior to the end of class equals one-half an absence.
  • There are only two absences allowed in this class. It is a hands-on class and each assignment builds upon the previous assignments.
  • Listen to others attentively and with an open mind.
  • Positively contribute to discussions and critiques.
  • Ask questions and seek help when you need it.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Three to five hours of homework is expected each week of the semester.
  • Late assignments can be submitted up to one week past the deadline. You will lose 10 points for turning in work late. Plan to complete homework for the next class meeting on time. Being absent is not an excuse for not completing homework.
  • Extensions will be granted only in extenuating circumstances. If a lengthy medical problem or other emergent personal issue will result in missing assignments, please contact your instructor as soon as possible via email .
  • Students who know that they will not have course access for any given week should make arrangements with their instructor to complete assignments.

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.