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ART-125A - Fundamentals of Drawing - Naomi Tarle

Course:Fundamentals of Drawing
Professor:Naomi Tarle
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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Hello! Welcome artists! I am so excited you want to draw. Whether you have years of drawing experience or none, this class is for you. Where ever you are in your artist journey you will work and push to improve over the next 4 months. And I am here to help and support you.

Course Description

Art 125A is the beginning course in drawing experiences emphasizing basic drawing techniques in a variety of media and compositional and design fundamentals.

What to Expect in this Course



  1. Compare and contrast works of drawn art.
  2. Distinguish and apply basic aesthetic theories and techniques.
  3. specific to beginning drawing.
  4. Evaluate and critique 2D works of art using appropriate beginning.
  5. drawing terminology.


  1. Demonstrate the proper use of drawing materials.
  2. Demonstrate various approaches to perspective drawing, including one and two-point perspective as well as measuring and sighting techniques.
  3. Incorporate the principles of composition to create and manipulate pictorial space.
  4. Use drawing materials to render three-dimensional space on a two- dimensional surface.

Types of Assessments

All components of the requirements listed below need to be completed and turned in to receive a passing grade for this class. In other words, don’t pick and choose what assignments you want to do and ignore others.


Zoom Meetings:

Attendance at live sessions is a required part of this course.
Sometimes we meet the entire class time, sometimes we finish early. You must be available during these times though. Do not plan to do grocery shopping or laundry during our meeting.

Drawing Exercises:

After practicing skills in your sketchbook there will assignments done on large drawing paper where you will show specific skills. These will be photographed and submitted online. There will be 8 of these exercises.

Drawing Exercises are always done on your large 18x24 inch paper. These should take approximately 3-6 hours, but may take more. Specific instructions and rubric are included for each. If you fail a drawing exercise, you can resubmit it. You will have a drawing exercise due every 2 weeks.

Sketchbook Discussions:

Every week you will be practicing, trying, failing, and learning, in your sketchbook. Practice will be photographed and discussed in small weekly discussion groups.

Practice is done in your sketchbook and submitted in a
discussion forum every week. Specific instructions for practice and discussions are included in each assignment. These are meant to be informal conversations and informal critique with a small group of your peers.


There are 3 quizzes throughout the semester on vocabulary and terms. These are done through Canvas.

We will always review what will be on a quiz. Quizzes are 10 questions with 2 extra credit questions. If you fail a quiz, you can retake it.


There are 3 critiques of Drawing Exercises that are done in small groups through discussions.

We will have 2 Zoom critiques in break out rooms and one written critique. Specific instructions will be given for each critique.

Photograph Assignment:

There will be one assignment to help you learn to photograph your work. This assignment is to help you figure out how to photograph your work, and understand the expectations I have for your documentation.

Syllabus Quiz:

After reading through the syllabus there is an open note quiz on Canvas.

Introduction Discussion:

This is a casual discussion for us to introduce ourselves and start getting to know each other.

Textbook Information


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

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 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: 09/17/2021 Sub#: 667