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student self portrait/ Painting 1 - ART 227 & Art 228 - Mercedes McDonald

Course:ART 227 & Art 228
Professor:Mercedes McDonald
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


student self portrait/ Painting 1

Painting 1 students will start the semester with a series of quick paintings on primed surfaces. These are designed to teach basic painting techniques and observational skills while reinforcing the student’s knowledge of value and color. These will be both class and homework assignments. As the class progresses, students will transition to more open ended assignments.
Painting 2 students will complete predefined, open ended assignments. These projects are designed to broaden advanced visual and conceptual skills while encouraging self-exploration.

Course Description

Prerequisites - ART 124A Beginning Drawing or ART 140 Beginning Design 3 units - UC/CSU Transferable This course introduces beginning painting techniques, pictorial design, and composition. Includes exploration of various media such as oil and acrylic.

What to Expect in this Course

All work will be done with traditional painting mediums, photographed and uploaded to Canvas.

Class time is used to work in studio with under the guidance of your instructor via Zoom. Make sure you have the best internet connection you can get. It may be possible to get help with a weak connection by calling your provider.

Students are expected to attend class during class hours. Attendance will be taken. Students missing the first class will be dropped from the roster.

Types of Assessments

Critiques, lectures, image presentations, live ZOOM sessions, Canvas discussions, assignments and quizzes

Textbook Information

Art supplies specific to this course are required. Please see the Supply page in Canvas Modules for a detailed list with approximate prices, which run between $100. to $135. Supply list available upon request.

No textbook is required, see the class syllabus for reading recommendations.

Other Relevant Course Information

All work will be done with traditional painting mediums, photographed and uploaded to Canvas. Students are expected to attend class during class hours, attendance will be taken. Class time is used to work in studio with under the guidance of your instructor via Zoom. Be ready to do some of the required work outside of class.

If you are looking for a fun and challenging summer class, this is it.

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: 08/10/2021 Sub#: 503