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ART 124A - Drawing 1 - Rebecca Edwards

Course:Drawing 1
Professor:Rebecca Edwards
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


Welcome to Drawing 1!  Whether you are an art major or not you will be able to succeed and do well in this class!  I think you will also enjoy it and you will learn things that you will be surprised to find connect to your daily life.  You will learn to, "see", differently which is what drawing is about.  This is a college level course and will involve critical thinking and problem solving.  Art is problem solving!  Every assignment will be some new problem or problems you will find creative solutions to.  Don't worry if you can't draw a straight line as you will never be asked to draw a straight line except when we use a ruler in perspective.  Don't worry if you can't even draw a stick figure because you don't draw stick figures in this class.  I am looking forward to getting to know you!

Course Description

In depth introduction to freehand drawing using both traditional and non-traditional approaches.  The use of both black and white and color media. Investigation of rendering, composition, line quality, value and expressive mark making.  Emphasis on techniques of visual thinking and creative manipulation of media.

What to Expect in this Course

Canvas: We will be using Canvas for class information, to receive and turn in assignments and to participate in forum discussions with classmates. If you have never used Canvas or have not taken an online course, consider watching some of the Canvas video tutorials.

Your Canvas course site will be available the morning of the first day of class.

If you need help with Canvas: email: or phone: (877) 889-9052. Look for the Help?  link on the college home page under online learning.


Requirements:  You must have a computer with a working camera and mike for this is a VISUAL arts class.  You must be live during class time with your mike muted.  No black screens or photos of you if you want to receive your participation credit for the day.  If you do not have a computer with a working camera and mike you can check it out from the college at no charge but it is up to you to do so.  If you need help learning how to use Zoom go to the campus home page and click on online education.  You will find help there.

Important things to know

  • Check your grades online periodically throughout the semester. Please do NOT email me after the semester ends to ask me to reconsider your grade unless I have made an error on the final exam/project grade.


  • Back up all of your work on the computer. I am not responsible for computer or printer malfunctions or loss of electricity.  Save all of your graded work until your grade for this class is posted to your record


  • I am not responsible for your computer or internet malfunctions.  If CANVAS has malfunctions, please try contacting CANVAS help at: for students. You can also reach general Canvas support after hours (5pm-8am and weekends) at (884) 698-7484. I strongly suggest you complete the weekly requirements early in case of technical malfunctions.  All modules will be available for an ample amount of time given the constraints of the semester in which you’re taking this class.

Types of Assessments

Time Management
• Late assignments will not be accepted–don’t ask me to make an exception for you.
• Unfinished work for projects will result in a zero. I will not imagine how you intended it to look.
• Plan for those unforeseen problems by starting on your assignments early–I will gladly accept any assignment early.
• Double check that your upload was successful in Canvas grades after you receive the confetti. Canvas glitches are not a reason for missing work.

Grading Scale
I strongly suggest that all students check their grade progress regularly during the semester. A=100-90 B=89-80 C=79-70 D=69-65 F= 64 and below

Everything is due on the date specified unless stated otherwise.

Changes in Class Schedule and/or Syllabus The instructor reserves the right to make any adjustments to this outline if needed. Students will be informed of any change. NOTE: This is a flexible schedule

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

You will be using art supplies in lieu of a textbook. There is a list of supplies you will be given the first day of class that are required in lieu of a textbook. You must have or purchase required supplies by second class in order to take this course.

Other Relevant Course Information

Non Progress/Attendance in Class

  • If you are not making progress in this class you will need to drop yourself in MyCanyons.  Check the drop and withdrawal deadlines on the course calendar and make sure you drop yourself before the deadline.
  • In the online environment failing to meet deadlines represents an absence from class.
  • As per college policy I can also drop you for failing to attend class during the drop period.
  • Please refer to the college drop and withdrawal policies:


Academic Dishonesty

Students are expected to do their own work as assigned. At College of the Canyons, we believe that academic integrity and honesty are some of the most important qualities college students need to develop and maintain. To facilitate a culture of academic integrity, College of the Canyons has defined plagiarism and academic dishonesty. Due process procedures have been established when plagiarism or academic dishonesty is suspected. 

 At COC, we define plagiarism as follows: Plagiarism is the submission of someone else’s work or ideas as one’s own, without adequate attribution. When a student submits work for a class assignment that includes the words, ideas or data of others, without acknowledging the source of the information through complete, accurate, and specific references, plagiarism is involved. This may include dual submissions of a similar work for credit for more than one class, without the current instructor’s knowledge and approval. 


To be specific, below are some of the situations that will be considered plagiarism at COC:

  • Use information from any source, online or in print, in one’s own writing without acknowledging the source in the content and in the reference page of the assignment;
  • Simply list the sources in the reference page, without parenthetical citations in the body of the essay;
  • Take more than one printed line of words consecutively from the source without putting quotation marks around them, even though the student has put the author’s name in the parentheses or in the reference page;
  • Turn in work done for other classes, regardless how large or small the assignment may be, without the current instructor’s approval, this is considered “self-plagiarism,” which is a form of academic dishonesty; or, Turn in work by another student, even by accident.


Cases of alleged academic dishonesty, such as plagiarism or cheating, will be referred to the Dean of Student Services for investigation.  

CANVAS & Student Accountability Online

Use of online programs such as CANVAS is strictly limited to the students who are enrolled in that particular course. Individual login information is provided to each student and all activity within an online course is monitored and recorded.  To insure the highest level of integrity of student data, user login and password information must never be shared. It is your responsibility as a student to take every measure possible to safeguard your individual login information and never allow other persons (whether a student or not) to have access to this information. Each student must submit his or her own work.  Sharing login information or submitting work under another user’s identification is a violation of College policy and may result in a formal report of the incident to the Dean of Students. If you feel another person has obtained your unique login information or has accessed your account, contact me and the Distance Learning technology support team immediately.  

Changes in Class Schedule and/or Syllabus The instructor reserves the right to make any adjustments to this outline if needed. Students will be informed of any change. NOTE: This is a flexible schedule

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 05/25/2021 Sub#: 23