Remembering Our Long Time TASA Colleague Darold Dean Smith

Darold Dean Smith: 1942-2013

TASA member, friend, and colleague Darold Dean Smith, 71, of Canyon died Saturday, November 23, 2013. Darold served on the TASA Board from 1991-1997 and served as TASA Recorder on the Board from 1993-1997. Darold faithfully attended TASA conferences for many years to reconnect with old friends and colleagues.

Darold was born Oct. 24, 1942, in Council Grove, Kan., to Alvis and Doris Smith. He served his country honorably in the Army Special Forces as a Green Beret. He married Janet K. Harms in 1963. In 1970, Darold joined the faculty at West Texas A&M University as a professor of art, retiring in 2008 after 38 dedicated years. Survivors include two daughters, Heather Johnson and husband Mike of Canyon and Dawn Tangri and husband David Groneck of Orlando, Fla.; and six grandchildren. His obituary is here .

Creative Arts Core Component Area and Studio Art Courses

The below link is to Amarillo College’s 2013 core submissions and can be used as an example for your upcoming core proposals.  (Check with your institutional Curriculum Office for deadlines to the THECB.  South Texas College has a Nov. 15 deadline so it is coming up very soon.)  As you know, Amarillo College was the only institution that had studio courses accepted into the core by the THECB last year.  Please notice the use of key words and the amount of detail that seems to be required for an acceptable application.  To increase your chances for a successful application include an explanation of how each of the four core objectives will be covered and assessed and how each course fulfills the core objectives using a grading rubric.  We are no longer using Exemplarily Educational Objectives (EEO’s) so those along with the ACGM page number can be omitted from the application.  You should use the new CLO’s and course descriptions listed on the ACGM link below.  Lastly, please also find a letter of support from the TASA Board (link below) that you can print and include with your core inclusion requests when submitting through your college’s Curriculum Office in November.  We hope it will help explain how studio courses do belong in the Creative Arts Core Component Area.

Amarillo College Core Submissions:

Downloadable grading rubrics for core objectives and team member critique sheet.  Click on the “Competencies and Rubrics” link to download the general rubric form and modify for your department if needed.

ACGM Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual:
Select “Studio Art & Art History” in the discipline areas and then click on “run”

Notice that several courses have revised course descriptions and Course Learning Outcomes (CLO’s).  Your Fall 2015 Master Syllabi should be updated with this new information when submitting your core inclusion justifications.  The staff member reviewing your core justifications will likely review your Master Syllabi when making his or her decision regarding approve or denial to the core.

TASA Letter to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Subject: Creative Arts Core Component Area and Studio Art Courses
PDF file
Microsoft Word Document

TASA Core Survey Results (three survey summaries) -

Richard Lubben
Board Member (2011-2017) 
South Texas College
Art Dept., 3201 W. Pecan Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501

Welcome to TASA!

TASA welcomes all artists/educators and students to be part of an organization created at the request of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in 1970.  It has been, and continues to be, a forum for art department faculty members at two-year and four-year public and private higher education institutions.

TASA has tackled important issues such as transfer credit between institutions and common numbering of art courses throughout the state’s institutions. Some of the most recent issues have included the dilemma facing photography programs regarding wet versus digital processing. In the past TASA made recommendations to the Coordinating Board concerning the 124-hour rule, mandated by the state legislature, for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. As the future of higher education evolves and expands, TASA looks to continue addressing important issues that have a significant impact on students and curriculum. Membership in TASA provides a unique opportunity to be involved in these discussions and have an active role in Texas art education.

Annual TASA conferences are occasions for artists to exchange ideas ranging from higher education to artistic processes and theory. Conferences are held in different cities and colleges throughout Texas. Conferences feature a variety of lectures from artists, gallery representatives, and art historians discussing cutting edge ideas and relevant issues from today’s global art community. Hands on workshops ranging from instructional planning and organization to experimenting with various 2d and 3d studio media are showcased and open to all attendees. The TASA conference experience also provides time for members to network on many levels ranging from exhibition opportunities, employment opportunities, and professional collaborations. TASA invites you to join and participate in a unique organization that opens the lines of communication between art educators, students, and departments across the state!

-TASA Past President Omar Hernandez of El Centro College, Dallas TX

Long Time TASA Member and Professor of Art Gary Frields has Passed Away after a Long Battle with Cancer

For more than 26 years, former Professor of Art Gary Frields inspired and guided his art students at Stephen F. Austin State University. Gary Frields is survived by his loving wife Tamara Robertson, endeared brothers Ed & Roy Frields and cherished nieces and nephews, Alisha Webre, Jennifer Schweizer, Ryan, Roger, & Chad Frields and Wesley, Patrick, Anthony & Daniel Newman. He is also survived by his esteemed father and mother in-law, Mike and Annette Robertson, brother in-law Scott Newman, sisters in-laws Carrie Newman, Bev Frields, and Pat Frields. Read More...

The Beautiful Gary Q. Frields Memorial

Gary lived an original life, full of imagination and creativity, devoid of self-imposed limitations and conventional thinking. On August 30, 2013 at 6 p.m., celebrate his life less ordinary at the premiere showing of The Beautiful Gary Q. Frields Memorial at the Pines Theater, 113 South 1st Street, Lufkin, Texas. Read More...


HOLLIS HAMMONDS' DRAWING BOOK: Drawing Structure: Conceptual & Observational Techniques

Dear Friends & Colleagues,
I apologize for the following self-promotion, but I wanted to let you know that the price of my beginning drawing textbook
has been lowered to a more reasonable $40.00. See more information below.
Drawing Structure: Conceptual & Observational Techniques

This book provides an introduction to the technical aspects of representational drawing. Whether you have little to no experience with drawing, or have been drawing all of your life, this text is structured so that every student will leave with a set of analytic drawing tools, which will enable them to render almost any form realistically. As beginners, it is essential to learn the language of drawing through the study of representation. We will practice both conceptual and observational drawing techniques. We will first establish the conceptual rules of linear perspective, eye level, convergence and ideal volumes. Then, we will practice observing and recording the real world through perceptual tools and techniques. Once we begin to combine our observational skills with our conceptual knowledge, we will be able to embrace the limitless potential of drawing as an essential form of creation and expression.

Author(s): Hollis Hammonds
ISBN: 978-0-7575-6310-2
Edition: 1
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 154
Reduced Price: $40.00
Request a review copy or buy the book here:
Drawing Structure: Conceptual & Observational Techniques

TASA HEROES / BOB HEXT: 1948 - 2007

TASA HEROES / BOB HEXT: 1948 - 2007

NOTE from Linda Fawcett, TASA Past President:

Former TASA Board member and Sul Ross State University art professor Robert Charles "Bob" Hext, 58, passed away on February 11, 2007 of an apparent heart attack.

Hext, a native of Canadian, had taught at Sul Ross since 1974. He joined the faculty as an instructor and was subsequently promoted to assistant professor, associate professor and to his present rank. He was named chair of the Art Department in 1989. "Bob Hext's presence extended far beyond the campus," said Sul Ross President R. Vic Morgan. "He was a talented artist and extremely committed teacher. He will be sorely missed as a colleague and friend."

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From Me to You: Foundation Question for TASA

The Texas Association of Schools of Art was initially formed in 1968 as a response to a request from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) for the visual arts departments in Texas to meet, discuss, and compromise on an agreement for the transfer of credits between the 2-year, 4-year, public and private institutions. An agreement was reached and adopted on December 1, 1972 . It was reviewed and updated January 29,1982 , and again revised by the TASA membership in April 2000. (See TASA web site for this revised edition).

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