Anthony Ortega
Associate Professor
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Regis University
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Course Listings:

Intro to Drawing

Introduction to Painting

Advanced Painting

Painting Studio

Drawing Studio

Life Drawing


Design Foundation

New Mexico Santo Tradition

Art and Culture

Life Drawing FAA 475 E-W

Wednesday 6:00 PM to 8:50 P.M.

Office: Claver Hall 133C
Office Hours:
Monday at 3:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Wednesday at 5:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00 A.M. to 9:25 A.M.
Phone: 303-458-4286


No I pod or MP3 or text messaging allowed during class time
Please turn off your cell phone during class time.

The purpose of this course is to help students develop the basic skill of drawing the human figure.  Working from a model, students will examine the methods of drawing the human figure which will include fundamental exercises in gesture, contour, outline, and tonal modeling. Students will learn and use the principles of composition: unity, balance, variety, emphasis, dominance, etc. Students will develop observational drawing skills by examining size, proportion, scale, anatomy and placement. Charcoal, graphite, pastel and various other media will be used.

1. To impart basic drawing skills while using the human figure as the subject.
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 media.
4. To introduce students to terminology relevant to two dimensional art forms.
5. To provide you with a positive environment that supports and challenges the student.
6. To facilitate the development of student’s personal imagery.
7. To provide an atmosphere where students can gain the confidence and enthusiasm to continue to figure draw ing after this course is over.

Assignments: You will be creating drawings based on the human figure. You will be creating drawings that include gesture, contour, value, anatomy, space etc.

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 you practice your drawing skill with the human figure. You will create 100 short drawings (gesture) of the human figure. These drawing will include studies of the hands, feet and other body parts. You can ask your friends and or relatives to do short gesture poses for you to create these drawings. Please number the drawing in your sketch book. 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.


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. Two absences, final grade will be lowered one whole grade. Four absences, final grade will be lowered two whole grades. Six 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.  

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: September 3, 2013; last Day to withdraw from the Course (No refund): November 1, 2013. THESES DEADLINES ARE NOT FLEXIBLE.


Presentation and craftsmanship
Sketch book
In-class work time is utilized well

Two portfolios will be submitted for evaluation. The first portfolio will be submitted on October 9 and second (final) portfolio on December 4. The first portfolio will consist of 10 figure drawings created in class. The second portfolio will consist of 10 figure drawings created in class. I would like to see a combination of gesture drawings, 5 to 10 minute drawings as well as longer drawings.

Two exams will be presented for evaluation. The first exam will be given on October 12 and second (final) exam on December 11 at 6:00 PM. You will be drawing from the model for these two exams.

First portfolio = 20 points maximum

Second portfolio = 20 points maximum

First exam = 20 points maximum

Final exam= 20 points maximum

Sketch book= 20 points maximum

Total points 100 



























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.

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.


Sketch book
Compressed charcoal stick, hard and medium
Ebony pencil
Graphite sticks, 2b and 4b
2H, 2B, and 4B pencils
Strathmore 500 series charcoal pad 18” x 24”
18 “x 24” news print pad
Conte crayons, brown, black and white
Kneaded eraser and Gum eraser
Vine charcoal sticks
Workable spray fixative
1 roll paper towels
Prismaclolor nupastel set, 24 colors
˝ stick set of Rembrandt pastels (about 15 in a set)
One hand made portfolio
White artist tape
Drawing board (masonite)

Materials can be purchased at:

Kozo Fine Art Materials
10 E. Ellsworth Ave
Denver, CO 80209
Directions- between Broadway and Lincoln, just south of 1st Ave., north of Bayaud Ave.

Regis Book Store will carry packages with all the required materials.
H.R. Meininger CO., 499 Broadway, Denver, 303-698-3838
Guiry”s Art & Office, 2245 Market St., Denver, 303-292-0444
Hobby Lobby, 7815 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, 303-933-0558


Assignments, critiques and portfolios

August 28

Introduction syllabus presented

September 4

Studio time

September 11

Studio time

September 18

Studio time

September 25

Studio time

October 2

Studio time

October 9

Mid-term and 1st portfolio  and sketch book due

October 14-15

Studio time

October 16

Studio time

October 23

Studio time

October 30

Studio time

November 6

Studio time

November 13

Studio time

November 20

Studio time

December 4

Last day of class, 2nd portfolio due and sketch book due

December, 11 Final exam (critique) 6:00 PM

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 is appropriate for studio work. Wear clothes that you will not mind staining with charcoal and paint.