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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 22-Dec-23

Spring 2024 | ART-1020-VM01H - Introduction to Studio Art

Hybrid Class

Hybrid courses combine online instruction with limited in-person meetings throughout the semester. Hybrid courses can take place in standard or accelerated formats.

Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Hybrid Section: This course meets both online and at the site office. See below or consult Self Service - Search for Courses and Sections for specific dates and times.
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
Comments: This hybrid course meets in person at the Montpelier academic center on the following dates: 1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30; and Online.


Lauren Watrous
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jennifer Gundy

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

Students explore a variety of art materials that may include but are not limited to pencil, charcoal, watercolor, tempera, clay, papier-mâché, pastels, and ink. Covers techniques for handling various media. Elements of design and color theory will be explored and used in making two- and three-dimensional works of art.

Essential Objectives

1. Sketch landscape, still life, and figure from observation in at least three different dry media.
2. Produce a variety of two- or three-dimensional artworks, using specific and/or combined media.
3. Create artwork using elements and principles of design.
4. Employ color theory and demonstrate basic application of the color wheel.
5. Apply color media with the appropriate tools.
6. Identify and discuss the medium of specific artworks.
7. Examine and discuss the historical, social, and cultural context of a variety of artwork, with an emphasis on global or cultural diversity.
8. Create a portfolio of mixed media projects and display them 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.


For this class we will have bi-weekly meetings in person:

  • Sharing discussions looking together at each other's work, process and progress.
  • Instructional demos which will also be explained through written description and still images.
  • Exercises or activities from the instructional demos
  • Individual projects (which you will have proposed) for homework
  • Videos spotlighting individual artists working in diverse fields throughout the world. *All videos are intended to have closed caption options so if you have trouble viewing the way you need to please let me know.

During the semester we will have four writing opportunities that are meant to be part of the creative process, do not require formal writing, and can be done by hand (and photo documented) or typed.

  • Beginning of semester planning for independent projects, submitted to teacher
  • A short observational writing exercise called ekphrastic writing, submitted to the class discussion
  • Midterm reflection, contemplating the semester mid-way, submitted to teacher
  • End term reflection, contemplating your whole semester experience, submitted to teacher

Evaluation Criteria

This Course uses a total points systemto calculate grades

  • ReadCourse Resources:Welcome Letter
  • Attendance, 15 weeks, 10 points each class =150points
  • Class participation exercises, sharing work, discussion,15 weeks, 10 points each class=150points
  • Homework, 6 weeks, independent projects, 10 points bi-weekly =60points
  • Final presentationof final independent work (which you've accumulated throughout the semester) during our last week of the semester =100points

Total:460points for an A+ grade

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

  • Info on class materials and structure
  • Introductions from everyone
  • Write a plan for your semester long independent study/project
  • Do a simple drawing exercise
  • Drawing exercise
  • Artist highlight video
  • Start independent project
  • watch and try specified drawing exercise
  • watch specified video about an artist in their studio and write down one or two things that stick with you about their thoughts, work or process.


·Sharing when we meet every other Tuesday

·Do “in-class” demo, exercise


Specified or chosen drawing exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project determined by you, in which you share progress and present the whole project at the end of the semester.



Sharing, discussion, exercise


Specified or chosen drawing exercise


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, exercise like exploring ink, artist highlight likeThe Hiroshima Panels


Specified or chosen Still Life in Ink Washexercise video and artist highlight video likeThe Hiroshima Panels


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, charcoal exercise, artist highlight


Specified or chosen charcoal exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, drawing, artist highlight


Specified or chosen exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Midterm reflection


Something entertaining like"A Handy Tip for the Easily Distracted" by Miranda July


Midterm break from homework



Sharing, discussion, ideas, exercise, artist highlight


Specified or chosen exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, creative writing exercise, artist highlight


Specified or chosen creative writing exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, multi-media exercise, artist highlight like


Specified or chosen multi-media exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, artist highlight


Specified or chosen exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Sharing, discussion, exercise, artist highlight


Specified or chosen drawing exercise video and artist highlight video


Independent project



Final week to prepare independent work to be viewed as a cohesive body of work


Something entertaining


Last week to work on Independent project



Final presentation of independent work.




View and comment on all final presentations of work.

Write and submit to teacher Final Reflections

Any makeup work can be submitted by the end of the semester



All comments on final work presented and Final Reflections should be submitted by this date.


Any extra resources I want to pass along


Any makeup work should be in by this date


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

Full participation in class means that you will:

  • Be present at all in-person classes, submitting and participating in discussion encouraging observations or thoughts on other people’s work.
  • Participating in class exercises
  • Watching videos about artists working in a diversity of mediums throughout the world and be able to comment on something memorable about what you watched.
  • Participate in four short creative or reflective writing activities
  • And most importantly, conceive of an independent project for the semester and work on this for your weekly homework. You will post progress on this project every other week and present this as a body of work or portfolio at the end of the semester, in our final week of classes.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • Late assignments are not encouraged because participation is the main focus of this class and discussions benefit from everyone present having work to share. Please submit whatever you have by the due date. All bi-weekly art posts are due on Tuesdays on the weeks we meet together.
  • If you do have a late assignment it can be submitted anytime before midterm for the first half of the semester's work and before end term for the second half of the semester's work, to get full credit.
  • Please inform me if you are submitting late work so I know to look for it. This is very important so I can give you credit.
  • Students who know that they will not have course access for any given week should make arrangements to complete assignments and participation, preferably before the absence so others can see and comment on your work.
  • Communication via email or text is key.Please make it a priority to have my contact infooffline in case you need to let me know about anabsence or late work

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.