Anthony Ortega
Associate Professor
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Regis University
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Design Foundation

New Mexico Santo Tradition

Art and Culture

Art and Culture FAC 200

Monday and Wednesday 9:00 to 10:15 AM

Office: Claver Hall 133C
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M.
Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 A.M. to 9:25 A.M.
Phone: 303-458-4286


Please turn off your cell phone during class time
No text messaging allowed during class time
Smart/Cell phone policy: phones are to be turned off at all times, any information stored on phones needed for class should be printed prior to class time. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in lowering of grade.
Course Description:
This introductory course exposes students to the visual arts. Students will learn a visual vocabulary and critical methods for evaluation of and responding to visual art. Through the use of text and visual images, students will explore the world of art. What is art and why do artists create it? What are the functions of art? Are artists different than other people? What are the elements and principles of design? What are the criteria for critical evaluation? What is the place of art in society? Cultural aesthetics and how they shape artistic content. Students will view, discuss and evaluate various types of visual arts including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and film.

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Identify what art is and why it exists.
2. Distinguish between the fine arts and the minor arts.
3. Identify the meaning of art vocabulary used in each unit of the text.
4. Identify the basic elements of art.
5. Recognize the basic principles of design.
6. Describe the different media and techniques which the artist has to work.
7. Recognize specific works of art, the media used to produce them, and identify the artist of each work.
8. Analyze the social and political influences on art production.
9. Define major art movements and/or styles and identify artists associated with them

Required Materials (available at the campus bookstore)
Text book: Prebles’Artforms, Tenth Edition, by Patrick Frank
One foam-core board 20x30, rubber cement, and old magazines for design project.
8.5" x 11" sketch book

Attendance: Four absences will result in a one letter-grade reduction for the course, seven absences grade will be lowered two full steps, nine absences grade will be lowered to an F.

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.

Drop and 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: September 4,2012; Last Day to Withdraw from the Course
(No refund): November 2, 2012. 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.

Other Course Requirements:
• Read assigned chapters,
• Take lecture notes,
• Write a paper on “What is Art?”
• Complete a design project,
• Participate on studio days with sketch book
• Attend 2 artists lectures on campus and write 2 short response papers
• Take 4 exams,
• Visit the Denver Art Museum and write a 3-page research paper and present it to the class.

Grading System
A = 163—170
A- = 153—162
B+ = 148—152
B = 143—157
B - = 136—142
C+ = 131—135
C = 126—130
C - = 119—125
D+ = 114—118
D = 109—113
D- = 102—108
F = 0—101

Grade Percentage Spread

5 points -Short paper “What is Art?”
15 points -Principles of design—assignment
10 points 2 short response papers
20 points sketch book
25 points - Exam 1
25 points - Exam 2
25 points - Exam 3
25 points - Exam 4 (final)
20 points Museum visit, research paper and presentation
170 points total

Important Note Regarding Missed Exams or Assignments: You cannot make up an exam if you miss it. In case of a valid excuse, such as death in the family or grave personal illness or injury, (which would need to be documented and signed by at least two parties) you can make up the credit by writing a 5-page essay. You must first discuss the details with me. Late assignments (except research paper) will be accepted up to a week after the due date, but at the reduction of an entire letter grade, for example from an A to a B.

Introductory essay what makes "art" art? The text of this typed essay is to be at least 250 words. Consider what you think of as "art" and then explain what makes it art. If you do not know what you think or have never considered this before, a good starting place may be to look through your textbook and examine which pieces you respond to and why. Think about what qualities that you are looking for when you select something to hang on your wall. What do you respond to in a work of art? Is it the way it looks, or the way it makes you feel or the ideas it brings to mind? This essay on art is an introductory survey for me. There is no right and wrong answers, but please think about the question seriously. I would like an idea of what you think at the beginning of the course, prior to any instruction, you will not get these papers back. But everyone who responds seriously will receive the full 5 points.

Principles of Design Assignment On a 20X30 foam-core board you will create a composition using your knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design. You can use images in your textbook as inspiration for your composition. Use cutouts of magazines as materials to paste on the board with rubber cement or glue stick. Although you may use almost any image from the magazines, there are two exceptions; do not use human or animal figures. In a 5-minute presentation you will explain to the class the ways in which you have used the elements of art and principles of design. Your understanding of the concepts, as well as the application of these concepts to the project, will serve as criteria for grading.

Museum visit, Paper and Presentation You are required to visit the Denver Art Museum at a time that is convenient for you during the month of November. I will provide a questionnaire that will guide you through the assignment. The DAM is free to the public on the first Saturday of the month. Free general admission tickets are available to Colorado residents. Pick up your free tickets at our ticket office on Martin Plaza starting at 8:30 am. Availability is limited. It is closed on Mondays. For directions, admission, and times call (720) 865-5000 or go to the website: The paper should be 3 pages long. You will make a short (5 mins) PowerPoint presentation of your findings to the class. You are required to research a work of art and write about its formal qualities, historical context, social function, and other important issues that might be relevant to that particular work of art. Although it is necessary to know the basic facts of the artist’s lives, the focus of the paper ought to be the work. Papers will be graded for content and mechanical execution. If you have difficulty writing or need feedback before submitting papers, you can visit the writing center and ask for their help.

Exams: There will be 4 exams, worth 59% of your grade. Each exam will require you to respond to material both objectively and subjective. There are no make-up exams given in class.
Exams may include the following:
• Slide identification (title, artist, period, date, and possibly medium)
• Short answers
• Multiple-choice
• Definitions
• Compare and contrast two or more works of art
• Essay questions that relating to supplemental or textbook reading.

Response Papers There will be 2 response papers. These are 1-page typewritten responses to the visiting artist’s lectures. The objective of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to meet an artist, see their artwork and listen to them speak about their work. Here at Regis we try to make this opportunity as easy as possible. We have the O’Sullivan gallery on campus; which hosts the artist and their work. You are to attend two talks given by an artist explaining his or her work. You will then write up an essay about the artist and the art. You will want to report on what the artist had to say on his/her art, and you will want to comment upon both the presentation and the art. Your response should not focus primarily on the style of the lecture, but rather on the content. The paper should be typed, single-spaced, with standard one-inch margins and type size 12point.

O’Sullivan gallery exhibitions and gallery talks:

Jim Johnson
“Word Works”
August 28 – October 4
Opening reception: Thursday, September 6, 4:30-7 pm
Gallery talk: Thursday, September 20, 7 pm

Manuel Cordero
Matthew Couper
Jerry Vigil
October 23 – December 7
Opening reception: Thursday, October 25, 4:30-7 pm
Gallery talk: Thursday, November 8, 7 pm


August 27, Introduction/Syllabus
August 29, Chapter 1, The Nature of Art and Creativity, What is Art? Paper due

September 3, Labor Day, no class
September 5, Chapter 2, Visual Communication

September 10, Chapters 2 and 3, Visual Communication and How an Artwork is Built
September 12, Chapter 3, How an Artwork is Built

September 17, Studio day to work on design project
September 19, Design projects assignment due, Short presentation

Gallery talk: Thursday, September 20, 7 pm at the O’Sullivan gallery

September 24, Exam 1 on Chapters 1-3,
First response paper on gallery talk due.
September 26, Chapter 4, Drawing

October 1, Studio day, drawing,
October 3, Chapter 5, Painting

October 8, Studio day, Painting
October 10 Chapter 6, Printmaking

October 15 and 16, Mid-semester Break
October 17, Studio day, printmaking

October 22, Chapter 7, Photography
October 24, Chapter 10, Sculpture

October 29, Exam 2 on Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10
October 31, Chapter 14, From the Earliest Art to the Bronze Age

November 5, Chapter 15, The Classical and Medieval West
November 7, Chapter 16, Renaissance and Baroque Europ

Gallery talk: Thursday, November 8, 7 pm: at the O’Sullivan gallery

November 12, Chapter 20, Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Second response paper on gallery talk due.
November 14, Exam 3 on Chapters 14, 15, 16, 20

November 19, Chapter 21, Early Twentieth Century
November 21, Thanksgiving break

November 26, Chapter 22, Between World Wars
November 28, Chapter 23, Postwar Modern Movements in the West

December 3, Presentations DAM
December 5, Presentations DAM

FINAL EXAM December 14 at 8:00 A.M.
Chapters 21, 22, 23