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What You Should Already Know

The primary goal of Art 45, Drawing is to help you gain a greater appreciation for drawing as an art form itself and for the skills needed to communicate what you see and think into visual pictures.

Learning Outcomes

You will have sufficient opportunity to practice new skills by keeping a sketchbook, drawing from imagination and observation, learning to draw from your own setups, and drawing with several different drawing tools, like pens, charcoal pencils, markers, and crayons.

After completing the course, you should be able to:

  1. Use basic drawing techniques to create drawings that are visually pleasing.
  2. Incorporate the elements and principles of art into your drawings by learning to see them and how they work in a good drawing.
  3. Create drawings that appear three-dimensional and that have objects in correct proportion to one another.
  4. Set up compositions that are interesting and recognize good composition in things around you, whether at home, at school, or in nature.
  5. Critique your drawings by learning more about the history and aesthetics of drawing.

Course Materials

There isn’t a required textbook for this course. However, there is a list of art supplies that you are required to purchase in order to complete the art projects for this course. I realize that you may live in areas that have limited supplies and you may be on a limited budget, so I will give you a few options that will hopefully help. The art supplies can be purchased at most art or craft stores.

Below is a list of links to reliable companies that sell art supplies online:

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This course is organized into six units. Each unit has the following assignments: learning activities, sketchbook activities, Self Check activities, computer-graded quizzes, and projects. There are also three instructor-graded portfolio submissions that must be mailed in hard copy to Independent Study.

Learning Activities

Most lessons contain "Learning Activity" items. These activities provide guided practice with the concepts you are learning. The activities could be a video, an animation, or an interactive item demonstrating a certain concept or skill to be learned. Although these unit activities are not graded, it is important for you to complete all of them. There will be exam questions on some of the activities.

Sketchbook Activities

Since one of the habits of an artist is to sketch and practice drawing, a sketchbook is a place for you to experiment with the different art media for this course. Also, the sketchbook allows you to keep all of your preliminary sketches and ideas together so they can be used for future art projects. You will be asked to complete sketchbook activities for each unit. Your sketchbook will be submitted with each of your portfolio submissions, so do not skip these activities.

Self Check Questions

At the conclusion of each part of the unit, there are Self Check questions. The questions are designed to help you assess your understanding of the unit material. The questions on the Self Checks focus on elements and principles of art and do not count toward your course grade. You can take them multiple times.


Quizzes consist of questions that assess your understanding of each unit. Quizzes are only available online and are computer graded, so you receive immediate scoring of your assignment and feedback for any wrong responses.


In every unit you are required to complete various art projects. Each project is based on techniques and concepts that were taught in the unit and build on each other. It is very important that you complete the required art projects for one unit before you proceed to the next unit. The unit projects (including the sketchbook) will be grouped into portfolios and submitted by mail to Independent Study for grading.

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Final Exam

The final exam allows you to demonstrate your knowledge of the principles and elements of art. The final exam is comprehensive.

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Your overall grade is based on your performance according to this weighting:

Assignment Weight
Units 1–6 Quizzes 1% each
First Drawing Portfolio 20%
Second Drawing Portfolio 30%
Third Drawing Portfolio 30%
Final Exam 14%
Grading Scale
A 100%–93%
A− 92–90
B+ 89–87
B 86–83
B− 82–80
C+ 79–77
C 76–73
C− 72–70
D+ 69–67
D 66–63
D− 62–60
E (fail) 59%–0

Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 6 computer-graded assignments and 3 instructor-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

A NOTE ABOUT PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking the work of someone else and claiming it as your own. To simply copy and paste ideas, words, or stories from the internet is stealing. This will NOT be tolerated at BYU Independent Study. If you plagiarize, you will receive an incomplete on the portfolio and must pay a fee to resubmit your own work. If you plagiarize twice, you will automatically fail the course.


In every unit you are required to complete various art projects. Each project is based on techniques and concepts that were taught in the unit and build on each other. It is very important that you complete the required art projects for one unit before you proceed to the next unit. The unit projects (including the sketchbook) will be grouped into portfolios and submitted by mail to Independent Study for grading. You'll need to keep your projects in a safe place while you are working on them and before you turn them in. After units 2, 5, and 6, you will turn in your art portfolios.

This course has three separate portfolio submissions: after unit 2, after unit 5, and after unit 6. Do not confuse portfolio submissions with unit projects. A portfolio submission is made up of unit projects.

Format of Projects

Each project must be completed on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch or 9 x 12 inch sheet of paper. This makes it easier for you to mail it in to the Independent Study office, and it will be more convenient for me to grade and mail back to you. Keep your papers clean and wrinkle free. Your drawing doesn’t have to go all the way out to the edge of the paper, but should be at least 6 x 8 inch and any leftover space should be clean and neat. Even if a drawing is smaller, it still needs to be on 8 1/2 x 11 inch or 9 x 12 inch sheets of paper.

Assessment and Grading of Projects

Each unit contains one or more projects and there is a Unit Student/Teacher Assessment sheet that goes with each unit’s projects. You have the opportunity to evaluate yourself using the student side of the assessment sheet for each unit.

Your self-evaluation on the assessment form is worth 2% out of the 10% project grade for each unit. My assessment of your projects is worth 8% out of the 10% project grade for each unit.

The final project (third portfolio) is worth 30% of your course grade. If necessary, may resubmit a drawing portfolio once for a fee. However, you will not be able to resubmit the final project if you have already requested the final exam. You must pass the final project with 70% or higher to pass the course.

How to Turn in the Portfolios

When you reach each Drawing Portfolio Submission module in the course (after units 2, 5, and 6), you will need to package your completed projects and then mail them to Independent Study. Remember to staple or paper clip everything together for each portfolio, with the exception of the sketchbook. You will send in the whole sketchbook with each portfolio submission; do not tear out individual pages.

In each Drawing Portfolio Submission module, there is an Overall Grade screen with a “Submit” are to fill out after you have mailed each portfolio. It is important to wait until you have mailed your portfolio fall out the submission box. By clicking on “Submit,” you are giving your comments and notifying the instructor that your portfolios ready to be graded.

Send each portfolio in hard copy to Independent Study by mail according to the instructions listed here. There is a Drawing Portfolio Submission coversheet for each of the three portfolios, and all assignments on the Drawing Portfolio Submission coversheet must be turned in together. An incomplete portfolio may result in a failing grade, and a fee will be required to resubmit your portfolio.

You need to take a color digital photo of your art projects before you send them in. Your original artwork will be returned to you, but it is a good idea to take photos of them in case they are lost in the mail or misplaced.

Place the projects in the portfolio as listed in the respective Drawing Portfolio Submission module in your course. Include the Independent Study Submission Coversheet with each portfolio. You will find this coversheet on the Independent Study site:

Independent Study Coversheet

Fill in the information and click submit to display the PDF, then print the coversheet. Note that the Confirmation Number field is optional; it refers to the number you received when you enrolled in the course, but you can leave it blank if you no longer know the number. For the Assignment Number field, list the portfolio number (1, 2, or 3).

NOTE: Your portfolio submissions require two different submission coversheets, so don't get confused. The Independent Study Submission Coversheet is for mailing purposes. The Drawing Portfolio Submission Coversheet (see an examle) comes from the instructor of the course and is for grading purposes. BOTH cover sheets need to be filled out per submission.

With the Independent Study Submission Coversheet on top, include the following items in the order listed:

  • The Drawing Portfolio Submission Coversheet for the portfolio for the instructor to use for grading(a link to the coversheet is found in the course resources folder)
  • The Unit Student/Teacher Assessment Sheets for that portfolio(links are found in respective unit Projects page for each unit in the course)
  • The projects for that portfolio, in order
  • Sketchbook; make sure your name is written on the front cover and the activities are individually labeled with the number of each sketchbook assignment

Important: If units are not in this order, I will take 20 percent off of your final grade because you didn’t follow the directions. Remember, an incomplete portfolio may result in a failing grade, and a fee will be required to resubmit your portfolio.

Remember, all portfolios mailed to BYU Independent Study must include the Independent Study Submission Cover sheet on top of the portfolio items. Place the collection of items in one of the large padded mailing envelopes that you purchased with your materials, write the Independent Study address on the envelope and then write “DO NOT BEND — HANDLE WITH CARE” to the side, add postage, and put the package in the mail.

You will submit your drawing portfolios by mail to the following Address:

BYU Independent Study
229 HCEB
770 E University Parkway
Provo, UT 84602, USA

You cannot fax your portfolio. Your instructor needs your portfolio in hard-copy format for it to be graded properly.

NOTE: BYU Independent Study is not responsible for items damaged in the mail.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course. 

Remember that you must take the final exam at a proctored location. Also, you must pass the exam to pass the course, Even if you pass the final project with a score of 70% or higher as required, you must also pass the final exam with a score of 60% or higher to receive credit for the course.

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course.

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

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