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Revision Date: 21-Dec-22

Spring 2023 | ART-1020-VO01 - Introduction to Studio Art

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


Sarah Pike
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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

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. Apply color media with the appropriate tools.
4. Create artwork using elements and principles of design and color theory.
5. Employ the color wheel and demonstrate basic application of color mixing.
6. Identify and discuss the medium of specific artworks by characteristic appearance.
7. Examine, discuss and critique art work, including some reference to the art historical, social, and cultural context.
8. Design and complete individual projects.
9. Create a portfolio of mixed media projects.
10. 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

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.



1. Learn concepts and techniques of drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and painting through presentations, demonstrations, and online content (Canvas, YouTube, podcasts).

2. Complete 2 assignments per week.

3. Participate in discussions.

4. Design and complete independent projects.

This course is split into 4 sections: drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and painting.

Tuesday, 12:00 am: Week Starts

  • Watch weekly announcement
  • Review module and assignments

Thursday, 11:59 pm: Assignment #1

  • Mini or preparatory assignment
  • Submit assignment (photo) online.
  • May include a discussion. Post due on Thursday and replies on Sunday, 11:49 pm.

Monday, 11:59 pm: Assignment #2

  • Larger weekly assignment
  • Submit assignment (photo) online. May include artist statement or reflection.

Sample assignments

  • Blind contour drawing
  • Turn blind contour drawings into an artist's book
  • Abstract portrait sculpture in cardboard
  • Relief printmaking
  • Landscape painting

Evaluation Criteria

In addition to the course objectives, evaluations will be made based on cooperation, willingness to explore new methods and ideas, and the student’s attitude. Grading will also be based on the individual’s growth as an artist, effort/ persistence, and the quality of the work produced.

15% Discussions

35% Assignments

50% Projects and Portfolios (mid-term, final)

I have never failed a student because they weren't talented.

The biggest contributor to low or failing grades is not submitting or completing assignments.

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


Draw your creative genius and nemesis.



Blind contour drawing and artist book.






Spontaneous sculpture



Interlocking sculpture



Abstract portrait sculpture



Introduction to relief printmaking



Relief printmaking



Relief printmaking



Relief printmaking



Introduction to watercolor












Final portfolio


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

  • Attendance: Submit at least 1 assignment per week to be marked present. This fulfills your attendance requirement but you will not pass the class if you only submit one assignment per week.
  • Modules: Read, watch, and or listen to content in weekly Modules.
  • Submit two assignments online (Thursday, 11:59 pm and Monday, 11:59 pm).

Art Supplies: Students are responsible for purchasing their own art supplies. Please order your supplies at least 2-weeks before the start of the semester. Extensions will not be given dues to supply issues. If you need help affording your supplies please contact your advisor ASAP!

Supply list: students are responsible for ordering their own supplies. Find list of materials here, Materials List

Missing & Late Work Policy

Don't wait until the last minute. Unless you want to use your 1-time extension (see below) exceptions will not be made if your supplies don't arrive in time, your internet went down at 10 pm, and you got the stomach flu the day an assignment is due, or submitted at 12:01 am.

Assignments & Projects
Late work may be submitted within 48 hrs of the due date. 10 points per day will be deducted.

5 points per day will be deducted. Discussions (post and replies) are due no later than Monday, 11:59 pm. 1-time extension cannot be used for Discussions.

Missing Work
Failure to hand in an assignment, project, or discussion will result in an automatic 0% for that assignment. Missing work cannot be submitted after the above deadlines.

Students whose grade is 70% or higher may request 1-time extension for an assignment or project, for any reason, during the semester. Use your "get out of jail free card" wisely. If you use your extension to go on vacation an additional extension will not be granted if you have a family emergency later in the semester.

Extensions must be requested 24-hours before the assignment is due.If you request an extension 24-hours ahead of time and have not heard back from me assume it will be granted.

When an extension is granted the assignment is due the following week. For example, if the assignment was due during Week 2 on Monday, the extension deadline is Week 3, Monday, 11:59 pm.

Extensions will not be granted for mid-term and final portfolios (even for those who haven't used their 1 extension).

If a truly catastrophic circumstance occurs contact your advisor first, then me. The three of us will work together to help you stay on track when possible.

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.