Anthony Ortega
Associate Professor
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Regis University
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Advanced Painting FAA450
Tuesday and Thursday  10:50 A.M. to 12:05 P.M.Office: Claver Hall 133 C

Office Hours:
Monday at 8:00 9:00 A.M.
Wednesday at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 A.M. to 9:25 A.M.
Phone: 303-458-4286

Please turn off your smart/cell phone and I pod during class time
No text messaging allowed during class time

This course teaches the student that painting is an expressive language that creates a dialogue for personal content and imagery. Students learn that both the concept and the technique of painting are important to the development of an artist. This course is designed to develop painting practices introduced in beginning level courses. The advance painting course offer more specialized studies, building upon the experiences of the creative process. The course will pursue a portfolio development, advanced techniques, and personal style development. The painting classes consist of students who work together in the same studio area, sharing ideas and resources. At the core of instruction are individual and group critiques conducted by the professor.

1. To impart advance painting skills and techniques.
2. To present the formal elements of painting in a way that is helpful and useful to students.
3. To encourage experimentation with acrylic paint medium.
4. To introduce students to terminology relevant to two dimensional art forms.
5. To provide presentations, class discussions and critiques that present a wealth of fundamental information for contemplation, exploration, and experimentation.
6. To provie a positive environment that supports and challenges the student.
7. To facilitate the development of student’s personal imagery.
8. To provide an atmosphere where students can gain the confidence and enthusiasm to continue to paint after this course is over.
Assignments: You will be creating 5 painting projects, 1 sketch book and a final paper. 
Studio/class time and work out side of class: Studio time will be built into this class. This is time for you to work under my supervision. This is the best time to ask me specific questions about your work, get feedback on your work in progress. It is expected that you will have enough work to occupy the full class period. It is also expected that students put in adequate studio time outside of class. It will be necessary to ensure a quality outcome in your work. Students are expected to spend time working outside of class to complete paintings for critiques and portfolios. The painting studio is available to students when no classes are in session.

Critiques: There will be a group critique at the end of each painting assignment.  The group critique is an important learning tool and the entire class will be expected to participate. During critiques, each assignment will be discussed and assessed and an evaluation will be made. Among other things, the merits of techniques employed, sensitivity with media, compositional strength and weaknesses, and the effectiveness and or ineffectiveness of the painting as a response to the assignment. Following each critique assignments may be revised or re-attempted before being submitted in the first or second portfolios. In order for your painting to be properly critiqued, it should be 80% to 100% complete, in other words we will need enough information on the painting to give you effective feedback. Failure to complete this requirement will result in a lower grade on your painting.

Sketch Book: Your sketchbook is a valuable tool to work out ideas and problems with your art. However, in this class, I also want you to use your sketchbook to help define what it is that influences and inspires you. Sketches, photographs, photocopies, poems, quotes… put everything you look at and think about in this book. Think of this as a book you are making (as opposed to filling), a visual catalog of images you can look at when you are low on ideas. For each assignment I will give you specific (short) assignments which you need to include (glue) in your sketchbook. For each painting you will create two small sketches which you need to include (glue) in your sketchbook. You will also document (photograph and paragraphs) your finished paintings and glue them into you sketch book. Take a 4” x 6” color digital image of each painting and place into the sketch book. Make sure your digital image is in focus, squared off as well as color and value that are comparable to original painting. Bring your sketchbook to every class meeting. I’ll want to see it at the two midterm portfolios and final portfolio. Please place your name and date on first page of your sketchbook.  Use only one sketchbook during semester and glue all loose material into sketchbook. Loose items in sketchbook will not be graded.

Portfolios: Three portfolios will be submitted for evaluation. The first portfolio will be submitted on February 23, the second portfolio on April 11, and the third portfolio on April 27. The first portfolio will consist of assignments 1, 2 and sketchbook. The second portfolio will consist of assignments 3, 4 and sketch book. The final portfolio will consist of assignment 5, one written paper and sketchbook. Following each critique, painting assignments may be revised or re-attempted before being submitted for the first and second portfolio.

I take attendance very seriously. Information is given throughout the class; therefore, it is essential that you remain present for the entire time. Missed reviews, lectures or group critiques may also affect your grade. You are responsible to notify me if you will be absent, late, or need to leave before the class ends. Tardiness will not be tolerated. Five absences, final grade will be lowered one whole grade. Seven absences, final grade will be lowered two whole grades. 9 absences, final grade will be lowered to an F.
The four ways to be marked absent are:
·Miss class
·Attend class without the required supplies and or reference materials.
·Attend class but do not work as required
·Leave, without returning, without explanation prior to leaving.

Smart/Cell phone policy: phones are to be turned off at all times, any information (photographs/text) stored on phones needed for class should be printed prior to class time. Class participation also means that you are fully present in class, not texting or looking at your cell phone. I expect that cell phones and other electronic devices will be put away and not sitting out in view. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in lowering of grade. I reserve the right to deduct points from your grade for each such instance without notice.

Course Withdraw Policy: Students are expected to know and observe the published deadlines for (a) dropping the course and (b) Withdrawing from the course. These deadlines are published on the University’s Academic Calendar, which is available in the Bulletin, the course schedule, and is in the Dean’s Office? Please observe the following dates: Last Day to Drop the Course: January 24, 2017; last Day to withdraw from the Course (No refund): April 9, 2017. THESES DEADLINES ARE NOT FLEXIBLE.

Learning Support:  If you have a documented disability requiring academic adjustments for this class, please contact the Director of Disability Services, Joie Williams, (303-458-4941, who will review your documentation with you and help determine appropriate, reasonable accommodations. Following this meeting, please make an appointment with me, as your instructor, to discuss your accommodation request in light of the course requirements. You may self-disclose and request an academic adjustment any time during the term. However, I strongly recommend that you do so as soon as possible because accommodations are not provided retroactively and adequate lead-time is required.
Regis Writing Center:
The Writing Center is a free resource for Regis College undergraduates.  All writers, no matter how proficient, benefit from working with a writing consultant.  These peer consultants will help you at any point in your writing process, from brainstorming for ideas to organizing a draft to polishing the final version.  You get immediate and personal feedback about your writing as well as answers to your questions.  Appointments are recommended.  Drop by the Writing Center in Loyola 1 or call (303) 458-4039 for more information.
Academic Integrity: Acts of plagiarism will result in a failing grade for this course. Consistent with the College’s Academic Integrity Policy, I will report all violation of this course’s academic integrity policy to the Dean’s office. Students who have committed multiple instances of academic dishonesty can be subject to institutional penalties like probation, suspension, or expulsion, in addition to the penalties for this course. The Academic Integrity policy is described in the Bulletin; detailed information about the policy and the appeals process can be found in the Dean’s office.
Grading will include:
·Good attendance in class and critiques
·Prompt arrival to class
·Good work ethic in prompt and timely preparation for class (prior to class time students should be prepare with required art materials, subject matter and have read assignment)
·Amount of diligence the student has demonstrated in the creation of his/her work.
·Sustained engagement and sustained effort
·How in-class work time is utilized
·Project solutions
·Successful completion of all assigned problems
·Meeting project due dates
·Care and neatness in the presentation of his/her work during class critiques.
·Rigor in how the student has challenged his/her self in the creation of their work.
·Involved Critique Participation demonstrated during class critiques.
·Display a positive attitude towards constructive criticism by participating in and responding to individual (instructor) critiques and class (peer) critiques.
·Demonstrate an attitude of willingness to learn and drive to reach potential
·Demonstrate a willingness to experiment with previously untried methods of painting.
A range: All work is represented, there are no missing assignments. All artwork is superior and shows deliberate conscious effort towards excellence. All assignments are done correctly. Attendance and effort are outstanding. No missed critiques.
B range: Most of the work is represented and few are unfinished. Almost all of the artwork shows an effort towards excellence. Almost all of the assignments are correctly. Attendance is regular and effort is very good. Missed some critiques.
C range: Some of the assignments are missing, some unfinished. Some of the artwork shows an effort while some appears to hastily complete. Only some of the assignments are done correctly. Attendance is irregular and effort is average. Missed some critiques.
D range: Many pieces are missing, many are unfinished. Only a few show an effort towards excellence.
Each painting/assignment is worth 25 points each. 
Assignments 1 and 2 = 50 points maximum in first portfolio
Assignments 3 and 4 = 50 points maximum in second portfolio
Assignment 5=25 points maximum in third portfolio points                                                        

Sketch book =25 points maximum = 10 points first two portfolios each and 5 points last portfolio
Written paper = 10 points
Total points 160 points

The FINAL GRADE will be determined by totaling all grades:



























Sketchbook 9” x 12”
2B pencil
Color wheel
Kneaded eraser and Gum eraser
Vine charcoal sticks
1 roll of white artist tape
Workable spray fixative
Acrylic Matt Medium
Wet premier palette with disposable pallet paper
Small sponge
Small bottle of gesso
Small bottle of liquid frisket
Supports: one each of the following
14” x 17” water color paper,
16” x 20”canvas board,
16” x 20”masonite board,
Two pairs of stretcher bars one @ 16” and one @ 20”
1 yard duck canvas
Acrylic Paint:
Titanium white large tube
Hansa Yellow light
Cadmium red light
Alizarin Crimson
Phthalo Green
Phthalo Blue
Ultramarine blue
Burnt sienna
Mars black
Dioxazine Purple
Pyrrole Orange
# 6, 10 filberts (hog hair)
# 2, 4 brights (hog hair)
#4, 8 filberts (nylon)
#2, 6 brights (nylon)
Materials can be purchased at the follow locations:
Regis Book Store
H.R. Meininger CO., 499 Broadway, Denver, 303-698-3838
Guiry’s Art & Office, 2245 Market St., Denver, 303-292-0444

Assignments, critiques and porfolios
January 17 Introduction syllabus presented
January 19, 24, 26 and 31 Assignment 1 Portrait with complementary colors
February 2 critique assignment 1
February 7, 9, 14 and 16 Assignment 2 Genre painting with Overlapping Color
February 21 critique assignment 2
February 23 first portfolio due, first and second paintings
February 28, March 2, 14 and 16 Assignment 3 Expressionism and Abstraction with Dry Brush
March 4- March 12 Mid Semester break
March 21  critique assignment 3
March 23, 28, 30 and April  4 Assignment 4 Landscape with Impressionism and Pointillism
April 6 critique assignment 4
April 11 second portfolio due, third and forth paintings
April 13, 18, 20 and 25 Assignment 5 Current or Historical event with Alternative Applications
April 27 Last day of class, assignment 5, sketch book and final paper due
May 2, 10:10 A.M. final exam (critique) Attendance is mandatory! Missed final will result in lowing final grade a full step!

 Everyone enrolled in this class will participate in cleaning and maintenance of the equipment, tools and working surfaces in the studio classroom. This is not only the necessary chore that we must share; it is also the important part of the artist’s education. By participating directly in the care and upkeep of the shop, you will learn about practical aspects of the medium. Do not eat in the shop (it is not healthy—too many chemicals and dust).  Always be considerate toward your classmates and aim to leave your working area in a shape better than you have found it.

A NOTE REGARDING CLOTHES: Wear the kind of clothes that are appropriate for studio work. Wear clothes that you will not mind staining with charcoal and paint.