Anthony Ortega
Associate Professor
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Regis University
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Intro to Drawing

Introduction to Painting

Advanced Painting

Painting Studio

Drawing Studio

Life Drawing


Design Foundation

New Mexico Santo Tradition

Art and Culture

Introduction to Drawing      (FAA270)

Monday & Wednesday 2:30 to 3:45 PM

Office: Claver Hall 133C
Office Hours:
Monday and Wednesday at 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 smart/cell phone and I pod during class time
No text messaging allowed during class time

This course introduces students to drawing applications, processes and skills. Students learn the basics of line, contour, value, texture, perspective, composition, and action drawing. Students will create several original works of art and compile a portfolio of their artwork. This course teaches the student that drawing is an expressive language that creates a dialogue for personal content and imagery. Students learn that both the concept and the technique of drawing are important to the development of an artist. The drawing classes consist of students working together in the same studio, sharing ideas and resources. At the core of instruction are individual and group critiques conducted by the professor. The introductory drawing course builds a basic foundation, and no previous experience is necessary.

1. To impart basic drawing skills.
2. To present the formal elements of drawing in a way this is helpful and useful to beginning students.
3. To encourage experimentation with various drawing mediums.
4. To introduce students to terminology relevant to two dimensional art forms.
5. To provide slide presentations, class discussions and critiques that presents a wealth of fundamental information for contemplation, exploration, and experimentation.
6. To provide 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 draw after this course is over.
Assignments: You will be creating 6 basic drawing projects. You will be creating drawings that include gesture, contour, value, texture, grids, space etc.
Critiques: There will be a group critique at the end of each 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 drawing as a response the assignment.  There will be a final critique schedule on the classes' final attendance is mandatory.
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. Drawings, 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 may give you specific (short) assignments which you need to include in your sketch book. Bring your sketchbook to every class meeting. I’ll want to see it at midterm portfolio and final portfolio. Please place your name and date on first page of your sketchbook. Do not use an old sketchbook and use only one sketchbook during semester.
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.  Failure to adhere to this policy will result in lowering of grade.

Twp portfolios will be submitted for evaluation. The first portfolio will be submitted on October 5, the second portfolio on November 30. The first portfolio will consist of assignments 1, 2, 3 and sketchbook. The second portfolio will consist of assignments 4, 5, 6 and sketch book. Following each critique, drawing assignments may be revised or re-attempted before being submitted for assignments 1,2,3,4 and

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: August 29, 2016; last Day to withdraw from the Course (No refund): November 13, 2016. 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 critiques and class critiques.

·Demonstrate an attitude of willingness to learn and drive to reach potential

·Demonstrate a willingness to experiment with previously untried methods of drawing.

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 of the 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 drawing/assignment is worth =20points

Assignments 1, 2 and 3 = 60 points maximum in first portfolio

Assignments 4, 5 and 6 = 60 points maximum in second portfolio

Sketch book =30 points maximum

 Total points 150 points

 The FINAL GRADE will be determined by totaling all grades: 



























Compressed charcoal stick, hard and medium
Ebony pencil
Graphite sticks, 2b and 4b
4H, 2H, B, 2B, 3B and 6B pencils
14” x 17” Canson drawing pad
14 “x 17” news print pad
Charcoal pad
Conte crayons, brown, black and white
Kneaded eraser and Gum eraser
Vine charcoal sticks
Vis-a vis pen
1 roll white artist tape
Workable spray fixative
Blending stump
One hand made portfolio 16” x 20” (1 corrugated cardboard 24” x 36”)
Materials can be purchased at the following locations:
Regis Book Store will carry art materials. 
H.R. Meininger CO., 499 Broadway, Denver, 303-698-3838;
Guiry’s Art & Office, 2245 Market St., Denver, 303-292-0444


Assignments, critiques and portfolios

August 22

Introduction syllabus presented

August 24 and 29

Assignment 1, gesture drawing

August 31

Critique1 assignment one

September 7, 12 and 14

Assignment 2, Line types, Style and effect

September 19

Critique 2, assignment two

September 21, 26 and 28

Assignment 3, Positive and negative space drawing

October 3

Critique, assignment three

October 5

First portfolio due

October 10 and 11

Fall break

October 12, 17, 19 and 24

Assignment 4, Value drawing

October 26

Critique, assignment 4

October 31, November 2,  7 and 9

Assignment 5, Texture drawing

November 14

Critique, assignment 5

November 16, 21, 28 and 30

Assignment 6, Grids or Squaring up drawing

December 30

Last day of class, final portfolio due, sketch book and final paper due

December 11, at 10:10 AM final exam (critique)

Attendance is mandatory! Missed final will result in lowing final grade a full step!

 CARE OF THE FACILITY, SAFETY CONCERNS AND CONDUCT 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 is appropriate for studio work. Wear clothes that you will not mind staining with charcoal and paint.