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ART 3BA3 ConcentratedStudy-BookArts

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Judy Major-Girardin

Email: girardin@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27287

Website:

Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30 – 1:30 in TSH 430 or Tuesday 5:30 – 6:30 (by appointment with advance email required).



Course Objectives:

Students will develop artistic concepts in this course through the format of the artist book. They will acquire book construction and stitching skills and learn to integrate traditional techniques with contemporary approaches utilizing a variety of materials. Sustainable art practices will be promoted.

Four hours; one term

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III or IV Honours Studio Art program

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Creation of one-of-a-kind, artist books as a format to present artistic concepts
  • Build technical skills in stitching, folding and construction of books
  • Experiment with various papers, formats and media considering environmentally responsible approaches


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

TEXTBOOK 

How to Make Books by Esther K. Smith

 

STUDIO FEES

This class has a studio fee of $50 that will provide you with a bookmaking kit containing a cutting matte, matte knife, metal ruler, bone folder, methyl cellulose adhesive, sewing needle, waxed thread, book board & some paper (Up-cycled booklet papers & accordion book page).

 

You will need to purchase materials for other book projects including paper, materials for book construction and drawing/printing/painting supplies as needed.

PROVIDED BY TUITION

Instruction

Teaching Assistants

Technicians

Visiting Artists

Life Models

Program Administrators

Student Support Offices

Physical Studio and exhibition space (including utilities)

Specialized equipment (woodshop, presses, kilns, foundry, welding, computers/printers, etc.)

Shared hand tools, brushes, palettes, felting needles for in class work

Studio furniture and props

Access to campus resources (Library, McMaster Museum of Art, Anatomy Lab)

 

 

 


Method of Assessment:

Project #1 Hamilton Accordion Book (10%) Due January 25

Each student will create a multi-panel accordion book for an observation based drawing session on the 21st floor of Stelco Tower in downtown Hamilton. From this vantage point we will observe a 360-degree view of the city and record it on two sides of a fold out book panel. The project may be further developed with photolithography, transfers, drawing or selective colouring. A simple cover will be glued to the first and last pages to create the book. All materials are provided in your book kit.

 

Project #2 Simple Folded Book (10%) Due January 25

Each student will design a book on two sides of a single large sheet that is folded according to one of three patterns available in your textbook. Choose a high quality piece of paper (Somerset, Arches, Rives BFK or equivalent). The simple folded book design must consider the orientation and layout of the images on each folded section so that they create the desired flow and sequencing once folded. Select a simple theme for this project that may recycle past images, old drawings or prints, photographic material or found images as well as newly generated ideas. Consider concepts related to your individual interests/research and gain folding experience and accuracy using your bone folder through this project. A sewn folded book may substitute for a paper folded book.

 

Project #3 Upcycled Booklet (10%) Due March 29

This upcycled booklet will be created during an in-class workshop with materials provided. This project introduces stitch techniques and utilizes a variety of paper options. This will be a blank book that we will create to record class notes and book research and concepts throughout the course.

 

Project #4 Stab Binding Book (20%) Due February 15

This project provides an opportunity for further development of stitching and book construction skills. Choice of stab binding pattern is open but should not repeat the option explored with the Upcycled Booklet. Concepts should respond to individual student research on a topic or theme of their choice. Image production may explore any media related to individual interest/research.

 

Project #5 Coptic Stitch Book (20%) Due March 22

This project introduces more complex approaches to stitching. Concept is open and should be linked with individual interests.

 

Modified Book or 3D Book (20%) Due March 22

Concept should be deliberately linked to book format with this project. Consider how your choices (format, binding, construction and materials) can create meaning. This book should present a cohesive idea and a unified visual approach. This project demands an ambitious and complex approach to concept and construction and may utilize either one of the following approaches: 

Option A) Modified Book

Select a used book and modify its’ content or form to create new meaning. You can layer text and image on top of existing pages, remove material or edit text, fold or reshape to alter the book from its original state.

Option B) 3D Book

This project utilizes a sculptural or pop up approach that activates space or is interactive. Structural integrity is an important consideration with this option.

 

Participation & Course Engagement (10%)

This course involves demonstration sessions and workshops focused on learning through hands-on engagement and group exchange. Your contributions count. Assessment in this category is based on attendance in class, practice exercises, participation in trips to Books Conservation and Stelco Tower and engagement in workshops. Attendance at all classes is mandatory. Arriving late or unprepared will impact your grade in this category. Two late arrivals or early departures will count as one missed class.

 

 

EVALUATION/ GRADE BREAKDOWN

 

Midterm Grade (Folded, and Accordion Book) 20% due on Jan 25 with midterm grade returned by February 15, 2017.

 

2nd Assessment (Stab Binding 20%, Coptic Stitch Book 20%, 3D or Modified (20%) and Up-cycled Booklet notes (10%)

 

PARTICIPATION (engagement 10%) Assessed on attendance, participation in workshops class trips, critiques and other related class activities.

 

 

The following scale of percent equivalences is used for calculating final grades:

A+  = 90-100; A = 85-89; A- = 80-84; B+ = 77-79; B = 73-76; B- = 70-72; C+ = 67-69; C = 63-66; C- = 60-62; D+ = 57-59; D = 53-56; D- = 50-52; F = 0-49

 


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

ATTENDANCE AND LATE ASSIGNMENTS

The success of studio courses is dependent on the active engagement of all participants. Learning is accelerated in a hands-on environment where work and ideas can be discussed as they evolve, and challenges and successes can be shared. Important health and safety information and safe operating procedures are communicated during class time. You must receive this information to work independently in the studio, and you may not operate any equipment or use any process that you have not received safety training for.

 

Class discussions and critiques empower individuals to take risks in their art practice and learn from each other. It is of utmost importance that all students participate fully by attending all classes and remaining welcoming and open to all points of view.

 

The atmosphere of the studio should be characterized by courtesy and mutual respect. Participating in group critiques is an important part of providing constructive feedback for your peers. Active questioning and differences of opinion, respectfully expressed in a spirit of collaboration and mutual exchange, contribute to a positive and supportive group dynamic. It is your responsibility to contribute positively in this shared space and come to class prepared, on time and ready to contribute to the activities of the day

 

Arriving on time and making efficient use of class time is crucial for your success in this course. Late assignments will automatically result in a letter drop in grade (A becomes B). Late assignments will be graded but not discussed outside of critique session deadlines. Assignments that are not received within 1 week of the due date will no longer be accepted and no projects may be submitted beyond the last day of classes.

 

Achievement Levels

 

OUTSTANDING

A+ = 90–100; A = 85–89; A- = 80–84

Work assessed at the A level consistently exceeds expectations and exhibits the following:

Conceptual rigour

Deep critical engagement

Complex, ambitious and prolific production

Meets deadlines with time for reflection before presentation

Advanced technical proficiency and risk taking

Comprehensively researched responses linked to focused goals, personal interests and artistic vision

Independent and self-directed approaches

Highly professional presentations

Engagement with all aspects of the course (requires promptness and stellar attendance)

 

GOOD

B+ = 77–79; B = 73–76; B- = 70–72

Work assessed at the B level consistently meets expectations and exhibits the following:

Good grasp of concepts

Evidence of developing critical skills

Meets deadlines

Technically sound, demonstrating sensitivity to materials and their connection to ideas

Evolving research skills and good understanding of personal goals and interests

Some independence, self-motivation and risk-taking evident

Satisfactory presentation

Engaged with most aspects of the course

 

ADEQUATE

C+ = 67–69; C = 63–66; C- = 60–62

Work assessed at the C level fails to meet some expectations and exhibits some or all the following:

Inconsistent grasp of concepts

Little evidence of critical skills

Work is regularly late or presented in an undeveloped state

Struggling with technical skills, and conservative approach to exploration and risk

Requires regular assistance to understand assignments

Unsatisfactory presentation (unprepared, late)

Minimal engagement with course (poor attendance, few contributions evident)

 

MARGINAL

D+ = 57–59; D = 53–56; D- = 50–52

Work assessed at the D level consistently falls short of expectations and exhibits some or all of the following:

Significant struggle with concepts and objectives

No evidence of critical skills

Missed deadlines

Simplistic technical approach with little sensitivity to materials

Arbitrary or no research evidence

Unacceptable presentation (inappropriate or wastes the time of the group)

Unsatisfactory engagement with course

 

UNACCEPTABLE

F = 0–49

Work assessed at the F level fails to meet enough of the course requirements to obtain credit. Studio Art is a hands-on learning experience. Students who miss more than 3 classes or 25% of the course risk a failing grade due to the impact of this percentage on their ability to demonstrate abilities during in-class activities.

 

The success of studio courses is dependent on the active engagement of all participants. Learning is accelerated in a hands-on environment where work and ideas can be discussed as they evolve, and challenges and successes can be shared. Important health and safety information and safe operating procedures are communicated during class time. You must receive this information to work independently in the studio, and you may not operate any equipment or use any process that you have not received safety training for.

 

Class discussions and critiques empower individuals to take risks in their art practice and learn from each other. It is of utmost importance that all students participate fully by attending all classes and remaining welcoming and open to all points of view.

 

The atmosphere of the studio should be characterized by courtesy and mutual respect. Participating in group critiques is an important part of providing constructive feedback for your peers. Active questioning and differences of opinion, respectfully expressed in a spirit of collaboration and mutual exchange, contribute to a positive and supportive group dynamic. It is your responsibility to contribute positively in this shared space and come to class prepared, on time and ready to contribute to the activities of the day. Attendance at visiting artist talks represents a component of this category. Evidence of participation must be in your log/sketchbook.

 


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Topics and Readings:

Instructions in textbook will assist with techiques utilized in projects and expand on demonstrations provided in class. Review relevant sections prior to beginning projects.


Other Course Information:

Support Services

The University provides a variety of support services to help students manage their many demands. Reference librarians can provide invaluable research assistance. The Student Accessibility Services Centre (SAS) provides assistance with personal as well as academic matters. MUSC B107 and http://sas.mcmaster.ca/

 

Office Hours

 

Office hours are intended to provide additional assistance and you are welcome to visit often to discuss course projects or seek assistance on difficulties you may be experiencing. It is always better to deal with an issue while there is still time remaining in the term to seek solutions. Office hours are not a replacement class for those opting to miss class time without valid excuse. Office hours will not provide feedback sessions if you miss a critique deadline. It is important that you learn to manage your time. Of course, extenuating circumstances can sometimes occur and requests for accommodation should be discussed with the instructor a.s.a.p.

 

 

 

ART 3BA3 Calendar

 

Wednesday, January 4            Course outline PowerPoint presentation

                                                In-class construction of Up-cycled Booklet with simple stitch)

                                                Construct pages and cover for Hamilton Accordion Book

Homework                               Design/create Folded Book page (front and back)

 

Wednesday, January 11          Visit to 21st floor Stelco Tower to draw in accordion book

                                                Bring accordion page, clipboard, materials and camera

                                                Bring water and a snack

                                                Meet at King Street doors across from AGH at 8:45 sharp

Homework                              Work on accordion book (front, back and cover)

                                                Prepare photos for paper lithography next class.

 

Wednesday, January 18          Paper lithography demo and printing assistance

                                                Paper folding demo/introduction for Simple Folded Book

Homework                               Complete Folded Book and Accordion Book

 

Wednesday, January 25          Accordion & Folded Book due (20%)

Homework                              Work on stab binding book page construction/collection

                                                Remember to record critique notes in your up-cycled booklet

 

Wednesday, February 1          Assistance and work period for Stab Binding Book

                                                Bring all materials for assistance with printing or construction

                                                Access to Vandercook press available at this time only

Homework                              Complete Stab Binding Book

 

Wednesday, February 8          Intro to the Modified Book, Coptic Stitch and 3D book

                                                Visit to Mills Library Book Conservator

Homework                              Complete Stab Binding Book

                                                Visit Bookbinding Links (Avenue to Learn) for inspiration              

Wednesday, February 15        Stab Binding Book due (20%)

                                                Coptic Stitch demo and practice session

Homework                              Practice Coptic stitching

                                                Remember to record critique notes in your up-cycled booklet                  

                                               

Wednesday, February 22        Break (no classes)       

 

Wednesday, March 1              Coptic Stitch book work session                                           

                                                Bring progress to class for discussion/feedback/assistance

Homework                              Work on Coptic Book project

 

Wednesday, March 8              Coptic, Modified or 3D book work session

Homework                              Work on Coptic, Modified or 3D Book project

 

Wednesday, March 15            Coptic and 3D Book or Modified Book Review

Homework                              Work on Coptic, Modified or 3D Book to refine after feedback

 

Wednesday, March 22            Coptic-stitched (20%) and Modified or 3D Book due (20%)

                                                Remember to record research and critique notes           

Homework                              Compile Up-cycled Booklet notes, drawings and photos     

 

Wednesday, March 29            Submission of Up-cycled book notes (10%)

                                                Final Showcase for all book projects

 

Wednesday, April 5                Revised projects presented and considered for upgrading

                                                No work accepted beyond this date