Week 1 - Sept. 14

The Creative Process

Idea 2

Welcome to Week 1! At this point, you have visited the welcome page to gather a basic introduction to the course. If you have not done this yet, please pause here and return to the Welcome page now. 


Module 1 is titled "The Creative Process" and it is designed to be a gentle entry into the pattern and flow of the course. The goal of this week is to get you familiar with the external class website (this website) as well as Blackboard, where you will frequently post and respond to your peers and professor, take tests and submit work for the duration of the term. See if you can get your post on the forums by Wednesday, this week. It will be a softer deadline as we all get used to the forums process, but going forward Wednesday becomes a hard deadline (see Forums Guide under assignments). 

Take a moment to note the layout of the module page. You will see that there are clearly laid out tasks for you to complete. At the beginning of the week, read through your assignments and forums to ensure you can schedule your work accordingly in the week. It is important that you follow each task and fully read or watch every resource each week. Your tests, community posts, and assignments will be graded with the expectation that you have accessed these resources.


You will see that every module contains contact information at the bottom of the page should you need to get in touch with me. Please ensure that you have checked the weekly module AND the detailed course outline for answers to common questions before contacting me. I am available to discuss any questions or concerns for which answers are not already clearly provided through the course material. As per the course outline, when emailing, please identify yourself clearly, and write "Introduction to Drawing” in the subject heading. Email messages will be responded to within 24 hrs Mon.-Fri.    

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Office C1402B

Candace Couse

Assistant Professor

School of Creative Arts

University of the Fraser Valley

Module 1 Tasks

  1. Watch: Ira Glass on the Creative Process. To access the transcript, click on the "more actions" button (3 horizontal dots) located next to the Share button. Click "open transcript"

  2. Read: Lecture on The Elements and Principles of Design

  3. Watch: How to do a formal assessment of an artwork "How to do Visual (Formal) Analysis in Art History" Khan Academy 

  4. Watch: Introduction to materials 

  5. Read: Major Assignment #1 (MA1)

  6. Do: Exercise #1 (E1)

  7. Do: Module 1 Forum Post (On Blackboard)

Optional Additional Resources