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ART 140-62080 - Beginning Design: 2-D Media - Carolyn Robertson, MFA

Course:Beginning Design: 2-D Media
Professor:Carolyn Robertson, MFA
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


Photo of your instructor, Carolyn Robertson

Welcome to Art 140, an introductory course on the basic fundamentals of 2-D pictorial art! This is a summer session meeting Tuesday through Thursday for 8 weeks. Art 140 is an introductory level, art studio course. I am your instructor, Carolyn Robertson.

Course Description

Art 140 is an introductory level, studio art course during which we will complete several 2-D artworks that explore different concepts and ideas about how to make an effective composition or design. You are expected to spend a minimum of 20 hours per week on classwork.

We will utilize various learning formats in this class, Canvas in particular. You will view high-resolution images and videos online. Therefore, in order to be successful in this class you should be able to navigate the internet successfully as well as being able to download  (and work with) images and files.  However, no special software (Photoshop, etc.) is required.

In addition to making art, weekly lectures and critiques will be conducted. Your ability to be articulate and a willingness to discuss your art and that of your peers is therefore essential.

We will also view and analyze works of art and design by noteworthy artists throughout the ages.

What to Expect in this Course

  • Class begins on Tuesday, June 14
  • This class is held in person but we will still use Canvas for some content instruction
  • We will use various remote platforms to conduct class: Canvas, Zoom, email, etc.
  • Class content will consist of lectures, assignments, quizzes, exams, discussion and critiques
  • If you need a laptop then contact the Admissions & Records Department who have a limited supply for student check-out
  • Check with your internet provider to see if they are giving discounts for educational use at home of internet-based learning
  • Any class comes to life based on the quality of interaction between students. A successful online class requires that you bring enthusiasm and interest to the classroom and be willing to display an interest in the learning of others at the same time
  • There is no textbook!

Types of Assessments

You will be assessed and assigned a grade through various means to include: lab assignments, written assignments, quizzes, critiques, midterm and final exams. 

Textbook Information

No textbook required.

Other Relevant Course Information


I am a practicing artist and art historian so I have lots to share with you. I am really excited to teach this class. 

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

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Last updated: 05/03/2022 Sub#: 453