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Art 222 - Illustration 1 - Mercedes McDonald

Course:Illustration 1
Professor:Mercedes McDonald
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


art by student Taylor De la Cerda

Welcome! I’m Mercedes McDonald, your instructor. I am a commercial illustrator / fine artist with degrees in painting and drawing.

I’ve designed assignments that emphasize concept development, style, and visual communication for use in advertising, editorial print media, and various publications. Projects are designed to meet professional standards.
I’m looking forward to seeing how your art develops over the semester.

Course Description

This beginning illustration class Introduces materials and techniques used by commercial illustrators. Projects emphasize concept development, style, imagery, and illustrative communication for use in and in combination with advertising, editorial

What to Expect in this Course

This 16 week 3 unit Online Live Distance Learning/ Remote Instruction course with mandatory Zoom meetings. 

Access to a computer/tablet with a camera, scanner, printer and reliable internet are all requirements for this class.
Students are expected to spend a minimum of 6 hours outside of class on assignments.

There are 4 main assignments and a sketchbook with weekly entries required.
Each assignment is broken down into sections with specific due dates.
All work will be uploaded to Canvas.
Class time is used to work in studio with under the guidance of your instructor via Zoom.
Students are expected to attend class during class hours.
Attendance will be taken.

Types of Assessments

assignments in various mediums, discussion boards

Textbook Information

Specific supplies will be required for this class.

Other Relevant Course Information

This is a visual art class. Students will need a computer/pad with a camera and full access to a printer during class hours.

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:

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Last updated: 08/19/2021 Sub#: 545