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Revision Date: 03-May-23

Summer 2023 | ART-2020-VO01 - Color Theory

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: 05-23-2023 to 08-14-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-10-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


Susannah Gravel
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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 will explore color theory as related to painting, printing, design, film, and other visual media. The interactions of color and their effect on visual perception will be discussed. Using pure colors in juxtaposition, students will investigate color action and color relatedness.

Essential Objectives

1. Explore the changeable nature of color, color illusions, and color vibrations.
2. Employ and identify color theories, terminology, and vocabulary such as hue, temperature, tint, shade, and value.
3. Discuss color interaction.
4. Apply color theory in the creation of a body of color work.
5. Examine, discuss and critique art work, including some reference to the art historical, social, and cultural context.
6. Design and complete individual projects.
7. Create a color portfolio.
8. 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 no cost textbook or resource class ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


This Color Theory course involves both studio work as well as homework assignments. Students are expected to spend three hours watching the demos, practicing the studio assignment, participating in the online forum, and reading through any additional materials. Nine hours of homework each week is expected and is the minimum amount of time necessary to see development. A variety of examples will be offered in video demonstrations in an attempt to illustrate a range of approaches and techniques. Students will be expected to participate in critique, offering constructive feedback to their peers. A virtual field trip to a museum or gallery, live model, or guest artist presentations may be scheduled.

Evaluation Criteria

Grading System

· 30% Participation in classroom critiques and studio (online discussions).

· 30% Weekly development of portfolio (typically a minimum of 9 hours of homework) completed on time with evidence of effort

· 20% Midterm

· 20%Final Project, Artist Statement & Online Portfolio of Work

A: Superior to excellent work. The student has completed all assignments in a thoughtful, creative, and dedicated manner. The outstanding amount of skill and care put into work.The student has created an extensive body of work. Strong voice during discussions. Creative and sensitive feedback during critique. Overall effort and attitude are superb.

B: Good to excellent work. All assignments have been completed and show a significant amount of effort and care. Student grasps most of the concepts introduced in class and has applied them to their work in a thoughtful manner. The student is a willing and active participant in class discussions and critiques.

C: Partial to good work. The student does not exhibit the amount of care required for this medium. Student grasps some ideas but does not put forth full effort in practicing them.

D: Marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. Minimal comprehension of concepts. Critical thinking and attention to detail are poor. The student has difficulty articulating their learning.

F: Did not meet the expectations of this class. Incomplete assignments. Irregular attendance. Little or no growth. Lack of participation in discussions and critiques. The effort is minimal. Attendance may have been unacceptable. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

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.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Class attendance, participation, and preparedness are essential to success in this course. Unexcused absences will not be tolerated. Students can make up excused absences by doing extra homework. Students cannot pass the class if they miss 3 classes. Students are expected to bring all materials necessary to each class.

· Class attendance counts as 30% of your final grade. A record of your logins is documented each week in Canvas.

· The class starts promptly Sunday morning at 10 am. All assignments for the corresponding week will be posted and available for review at that time. Each class runs until the following Saturday and ends at 11:45 PM.

· All absences must be excused prior to the start of the week. Please email me at smc05271@ccv.vsc.edu. If it is an emergency call or text my phone at 802-591-1894. Leave your name, what class you are enrolled in, what the reason for your absence is, and any support you will need.

· No more than three absences are allowed per semester. More than two absences will result in the lowering of your final grade.

· We only have 12 classes together this semester (summer courses are shorter) therefore, we will pack more into a shorter amount of time. Each class covers a significant amount of learning scaffolded intentionally to strengthen your skills for each additional course. Three absences, or 25% of missed class time, will result in immediate failure of this course. Please reach out often and early when you are having difficulty with anything in this class. I am here to support your success.

· Cell phones, media devices, and your sound on Zoom should be shut off during class when attending synchronous meetings (not required). In the event of a personal emergency please alert me prior to the start of class and you may keep your phone on vibrate. Everyone has the right to a respectful,distraction-freelearning environment.

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.