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Revision Date: 04-Apr-23

Landscape in Art

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
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Comments: Meets online and at CCV Montpelier in-person on Thursdays: 5/25, 6/1, 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, and 7/27, from 9AM-12:30PM.


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Course Description

Students will explore elements of design in nature, utilize efficient outdoor sketching techniques, and then translate and expand their sketches into media such as pastels, watercolor, painting, drawing, and collage. Prerequisite: Drawing I or Introduction to Studio Art.

Essential Objectives

1. Observe and depict elements of design in nature.
2. Experiment with space, form, value, texture, scale, and balance in an outdoor setting.
3. Translate and expand outdoor sketches in mediums such as pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and oil.
4. Examine, discuss and critique art work, including some reference to the art historical, social, and cultural context.
5. Design and complete individual projects.
6. Create a portfolio of drawings/paintings.
7. 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.


Syllabus ART-1160

Semester Begins 5/23/2023

  • Introductions (online in Canvas)

First Meeting 5/25/2023

  • On-site and studio paintings
  • Group Critique
  • Online Discussion

Second Meeting 6/1/2023

  • On-site and studio paintings.
  • Group Critique
  • Online Discussion

Third Meeting 6/15/2023

  • On-site and studio paintings
  • Group Critique
  • Online Discussion

Fourth Meeting 6/29/2023

  • On-site and studio paintings
  • Group Critique
  • Online Discussion

Fifth Meeting 7/13/2023

  • On-site and studio paintings
  • Group Critique
  • Online Discussion

Sixth Meeting 7/27/2023

  • Final Group Critique
  • Final Reflection (online in Canvas)
  • Final Portfolio (online in Canvas)
  • Art Exhibit (TBD)

Evaluation Criteria

This is a hybrid course meeting six times at the CCV Montpelier location. We will be painting on location at the North Branch Nature Center and other locations near the Montpelier campus. We will be taking a deep dive into landscape painting outside and in the studio.

Students are expected to work in class and at home in-between the in-person meetings. We will share our work in the Canvas classroom and have online discussions about the work done in class and at home.

Students will be graded on attendance and participation. All levels of artist experience welcomed.

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.

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.