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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 14-Aug-22

Fall 2022 | ART-2211-VR01 - Painting I

In Person Class

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

Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Thursday, 06:00P - 08:45P
Semester Dates: 09-08-2022 to 12-15-2022
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-26-2022 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-07-2022 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
Materials/Lab Fees: $125.00


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

In this course, students explore beginning strategies for painting in oils or acrylic. Emphasis is on process and investigation of various spatial structures in both representational and nonrepresentational modes. Material and historical concerns are integral parts of this directed investigation. Goals are the development of a formal vocabulary, visual sensitivity and manipulative skills. Recommended prior learning: Drawing I or Introduction to Studio Art.

Essential Objectives

1. Demonstrate technical skills used in creating paintings including surface preparation and the proper use of brushes and/or knives.
2. Select and employ painting techniques including but not limited to ebauche, grisalle scumbling, impasto, glaze, wash, wet-into-wet, dry brush, and spray techniques.
3. Explore color theory, as well as values, form, light and shadow relationships, perspective, composition, and design.
4. Examine, discuss, and critique art work including references to the historical, social, and cultural context.
5. Design and complete individual projects.
6. Create a portfolio of 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

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.


This Painting I course involves both studio work as well as homework assignments and is designed to introduce the basic elements of painting to students with little or no experience. Students will work with acrylic paints and explore the many ways paint can be handled. Emphasis is on the process and investigation of various spatial structures in both representational and nonrepresentational modes. Material and historical concerns are integral parts of this directed investigation. Goals are the development of a formal vocabulary, visual sensitivity, and manipulative skills. A variety of examples will be offered in demonstrations 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

What Students Can Expect From the Instructor

1. I will provide a warm, safe environment where everyone can have fun and learn together.

2. I highly value instructor-student communication! My preferred method of communication is email. I check my CCV email daily. If you have a non-emergency question, please use email. I will respond to you within 24 hours. However, text messages and/or phone calls are encouraged if you need to communicate with me sooner. If you have a question that does not require an immediate response, you can send a text message (please identify yourself in the first line: “Hi professor, this is Susannah from your Painting I class.”). I will respond to you as soon as I see the message and have an opportunity to respond. If it is an “emergency,” or something that you believe requires my immediate attention, call me. If I am away from the phone, please leave a voicemail and I will return your call as quickly as possible. While my phone is always nearby, I do not consider it an appendage, so please plan accordingly.

· Email: smc05271@ccv.vsc.edu

· Cell Phone: (802) 591-1894

1. I will make continuous evaluations as I watch your progress in this class.One of the objectives is for you to improve over the course of the semester. *Please note: Showing up to class and doing all of the assignments, without progress, does not constitute a passing grade.*

2. I will be paying close attention to your attitude on a weekly basis and provide you with verbal and written feedback frequently. All assignments must be completed to the best of your ability. Achieving an A in this class requires a level of commitment to Painting.

3. I will do my utmost best to respond to and grade assignments with feedback within a week of their due dates. If something gets in my way, I will let the class know that there will be a delay and when students can expect their grades/feedback.

4. I will treat all students with collegial respect! I believe that students have as much to contribute to the learning process as I do, and I look forward to our exchanges as colleagues.

Instructor Expectations for a Successful Course

1. This course is not self-paced and is not the “softer, easier way!” There are weekly deadlines for discussion participation, assignments, and examinations that must be met to ensure maximum credit for a student’s final grade.

2. During the semester students are required to keep a sketchbook. Many problems encountered in the painting are often drawing problems. Students should have their sketchbooks when in the studio and at site visits when they will be required to draw.

3. Participation in the student show at the end of the semester is mandatory. All students must present at least two pieces for inclusion in the show. The date for the Student Show at Café CCV is April 24th from 5-7 pm. Students will be assigned a specific task during the show. Students may invite family, friends, and loved ones to the show.

4. Have contingency plans for personal problems as well as the late arrival of art supplies. Most supplies will be handed out in class and do not need to be purchased. Students must function regardless of life’s challenges (births, deaths, travel, family emergencies, work issues, military deployment, etc.). Success is contingent upon the student’s ability to master course content while simultaneously mastering all of life’s challenges. If work is not submitted on time, the instructor will assume that an unforeseen event has occurred and that the student will be back on track as soon as possible, thus eliminating the need for an apology or excuse. Communication is vitally important! A student should always contact the instructor to let them know what’s going on in their life if the student needs to be away from the course for any reason. It is possible that suitable arrangements could be made so the student can continue in the course.

5. Students should allow at least five to ten hours per week to be successful in this course. That time includes reading and reviewing the course materials, lectures, and demonstrations, and completing assignments and examinations. If a student believes they are spending an inordinate amount of time on this course, the instructor needs to know so that the student and instructor can troubleshoot.

6. Ask questions! Open the questions up to everyone, as someone else in the class will probably have the same question. Students may answer each other’s questions, as they learn best when trying to explain something to someone else. If the class cannot answer the question, then the instructor will jump in and provide assistance.

7. Students should plan to be in class for 3 hours Thursday night from 6 PM sharp until 8:45/9 PM. Do not allow yourself to get behind. Students would be wise to plan their schedules for this course around these dates as we only meet 15 times for the entire semester.

8. “Attendance:” In order to be considered “present” for class each week, each student must arrive prior to 6:15 PM. After 6:15 students are reported as absent. Student attendance is reported to CCV and often checked by academic advisors as a way of monitoring a student’s progress throughout the semester.

9. Each response and assignment are a record of your thinking, decision-making, and time spent. Your portfolio should be a record of your progress over time. Portfolios will include all your homework assignments. A one-page description (artist statement) of yourself and your journey as an artist should be included.

Grading System

· 30% Participation in classroom critiques and studio.

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

· 20% Mid-Semester Review

· 20%Final Project, Artist Statement & 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. The 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. An effort is minimal. Attendance may have been unacceptable. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

Attendance and Participation 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 more than 3 classes. Students are expected to bring all materials necessary for each class.

· Class attendance counts as 30% of your final grade.

· Class starts promptly Thursday night at 6 PM and ends at 8:45 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, the reason for your absence, 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 15 classes together this semester. 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 immediately fail 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 (if we must go virtual) should be shut off during class when attending synchronous meetings. 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.

Due to Religious Observance:

  • Students observing a religious holiday during regularly scheduled class time are entitled to miss class without any penalty to their grades. This is for the holiday only and does not include the days of travel that may come before and/or after the holiday
  • Students must notify their professor in writing via email one week in advance before being absent for this purpose

Late Submission of Work:

· All course work must be submitted on time, in class on the date specified on the syllabus.

· To request an extension on a deadline for an assignment, students must speak to the professor one week prior to the due date

Section 504 & Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, a post-secondary student with a disability who needs academic accommodations or auxiliary aids is required to notify the College of the nature of the disability and to provide appropriate documentation which supports the request for reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids.

Please note: To receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator from their home academic center and bring documentation with them.

Plagiarism Will Not Be Tolerated In Any Form:

The presentation of another person’s words, ideas, judgment, images, or data as though they were your own, whether intentionally or unintentionally, constitutes an act of plagiarism. This includes using a photo of someone else’s painting to produce your own painted copy with the intention of passing it off to your peers and professor as your own. In the event of suspected or confirmed cases of plagiarism, the faculty member will consult first with the Assistant Director for Academic Affairs as definitions and procedures vary from school to school.

Academic Honesty and 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 something that you did not do as your own work. 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.

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.