The Art of Sketching: Policies & Info

ARDI1400 (3 credits), Professor Phil Lonergan

Designed for the non-art major who would like to engage in creative process and discover the joy of sketching, drawing, and close observation. Students explore the basics of sketching and drawing with a variety of materials that can be used in the studio, on the go, and outdoors. Subjects encountered are natural and manmade objects, landscapes, portraits, figures in daily activities, and using observation to inspire imagination. No previous experience in visual art is necessary. Additional course fee required. CTDI.

Course Meetings & Attendance

This is a fully online course. We meet synchronously on Zoom every Monday. You can choose to come from 9am-10:45am or from 11am-12:45pm. You can switch back and forth between these two times from week to week if that helps, or you can attend the same time every week. Attendance in these Zoom sessions will be taken, and is mandatory. You may miss one class without having it impact your grade. On Zoom, you are expected to have your camera on and actively participate; if you prefer your camera off, that’s fine with me as long as you create a profile picture to get rid of the black box and actively participate via both audio and chat.

The rest of this class will be conducted asyncronously online. Here is the university attendance policy.


Here is the university Fair Grading Policy. And here is the Academic Integrity Policy.

If you attend all classes (one miss is allowed) and complete all assignments satisfactorily (two skips are allowed) then you will receive an A in this class. For every unexcused absence (above your free one) that you have, your grade will go down by one-third; remember that we only meet once a week! For every assignment that you miss over the two free skips, your grade will go down by one-third. You can easily get an A in this course if you just join our Zooms, participate, and do your assignments! And have fun!


You will post all of your assignments on your Padlet. Assignments are due every Sunday by 11:59pm. You may miss two assignments over the course of the semester without impacting your grade (save these for when you really need them!). Late assignments will NOT be accepted except if you have COVID or other serious emergency, so if that happens, just give me a heads up generally in advance and I will work with you, no worries.


Quarantining or isolating will not affect your ability to participate in this class. If you get sick with COVID-19, please just shoot me an email to let me know and we will adjust everything to make sure you can still do well in the course.

Creative Thought Direction (CTDI)

This course fufills your CTDI General Education requirement. People need to be creative in order to thrive in our complex and changing world. People need to understand the creative processes that lead to the generation of ideas and to engage in new interpretations of existing ideas. Creative thought courses encourage students to recognize beauty in its many manifestations and to become aware of formal elements of creative expression. These courses also encourage students to view themselves as creative beings, to appreciate creativity in others, and to regard creativity as an essential component in all areas of human endeavor. In these courses, students develop and value perseverance and a tolerance for ambiguity. Students are challenged to appreciate aesthetic forms, to use their imaginations, and to develop the skills and attitudes that allow creativity to flourish: independence and non-conformity, the ability to organize and reorganize information, and the confidence to think in new ways. Creative Thought courses emphasize the skills of critical thinking, reading, writing, listening and speaking, and working with information technology.


Plymouth State University is committed to providing students with documented disabilities equal access to all university programs and facilities. If you think you have a disability requiring accommodations, you should contact Campus Accessibility Services (CAS), located in Speare (535-3300) to determine whether you are eligible for such accommodations. Academic accommodations will only be considered for students who have registered with CAS. If you have authorized CAS to electronically deliver a Letter of Accommodations for this course, please communicate with me to review your accommodations.