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ART 2PM3 Contemp Appr To Print Media

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Briana Palmer

Email: palmebr@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 429A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23155

Website:

Office Hours: at request of students



Course Objectives:

Course Description

  1. course develops techniques and aesthetic tactics of print media utilizing woodblock, sintra, collagraph, photo lithography and stencils.

Due to the nature of this course it is mandatory that students attend every class. There are demonstrations/ lab instruction regarding materials, and techniques used in the studios environment.

If a student is absent from class they must follow McMaster’s policy for missed classes. Students missing classes due to team sports, work or other will not be able to proceed with the technique demonstrated. Missing classes with out good reason will result in a failing grade as demonstrations are not repeated. Fellow students are not able to give demonstrations. If a student is unclear on how to use a piece of equipment or material they must ask the instructor or the studio art technologist.

Please leave your friends, pets, families at that the door.

Project Criteria

Students must utilize the techniques learned during the duration of the course.

Educational Objectives/Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of materials and techniques acquired through the duration of this course through the completion of image making for projects as well as in the learning portfolio.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of studio etiquette and health and safety in the studio environment, students must demonstrate how to use the equipment and procedures during class time.

3. Demonstrate independent study and creative thinking through development of ideas and materials. The above mentioned should be clearly demonstrated in projects and learning portfolio.

4. Demonstrate a willingness to explore new techniques/processes, undertake challenges in order to expand personal boundaries and creative outcomes.

5. Demonstrate research practices both historical and contemporary, which inform the artwork(s) from various sources, such as: the museum collections, galleries, sketchbook, library, and journals.

6. Participation in in-class discussions and critiques.

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

REQUIRED FEES & MATERIALS:

The studio fee of $120.00 provides students with the basic materials necessary for this class as well as expendables used in the studios such as newsprint, and select common studio supplies. Materials will be given to each student at the beginning of term. Students must pay the SOTA office by the end of fall recess, failure to pay studio fees will result in loss of after hour studio privileges, as well as, materials for any courses the following semester. Please note the studio fees only covers the basics and is an introduction to the materials so students can sample various materials/ mediums. The school is able to purchase the supplies in bulk, which reduces the cost. Students should be aware that these supplies do not cover all cost and materials and it is the responsibility of the student to replenish if needed. If materials have been given and lost they will be replaced at the students own expense.

Tuition covers instruction, technical and administrative support, equipment, tools, facilities/utility costs, models, visiting artists, and resources such as McMaster Museum, Library, and Anatomy Lab.

A list of what your studio fees cover that is communal in the studio

 

Newsprint

Baby oil

Rags

Inks (each can of ink ranges from 20.00 to 30.00)

Tarletan

Towels for blotting

Scrapers

Platte knives

Inking cards

Rollers

Hand cleaner

Cleaning supplies

Wood

Sintra

Collograph materials

Gel medium

Grit

Rice paste

Tape fiber

The cost of the above mentioned would be significantly more than the studio fee for each student if students had to purchase their own supplies. Please use the communal supplies responsibly.

 


Method of Assessment:

Evaluation: The criteria for grading is as follows:

Resolution/completion of project(s), the development of work(s) through explorations of materials and ideas express through drawing, plans and/or the reworking of the works in progress, a full development of ideas and investigation.

Innovation/creativity: the work must exhibit an exploration of visual language through the visual imagery as well as the concepts that are expressed in the work(s).

Conceptual Knowledge: an understanding of the imagery and why it was created. This has to be more that I just like it. Why?

Technical skill: students must demonstrate the ability to execute works that they have learned through technical demonstrations of this course.

Project Outlines Requirements and Due Dates

A Mid term grade will be given before Nov 10th

Learning Portfolio 20%

Due: Dec 5th

The learning portfolio is a way for students to quantify what they have learned through the duration of this course. There is no standard format or content for the learning portfolio, however, the size of wood cut plates (matrixes) student will use is 5x 5” or 10 x 10”, keeping the paper size to 10 x 10” will be easier for students to create prints that correlates to the portfolio requirements.

The creative aesthetics of this learning portfolio is entirely up to the students, however it must contain weekly records of class activity such as: documentation of research relevant to the students practice, critical reflection on technical and creative works that students have created, evidence of each process demonstrated with thorough exploration of the mediums demonstrated.

Each week students will be given a demonstration on a technique and students must create print(s) using this technique. The demonstrations on the various printing techniques will be throughout the term. Students must keep each matrix they make, as they are able to re-use these matrixes to create a variations of imagery by simply printing various matrixes together i.e. a wood block plate can be printed with a collagraph plate.

Please note that most of the supplies used such as collagraph plates are given to the student at no cost, please do not create a number of plates (matrixes), start with one and continue if more is required.

wood cut

wood cut reduction

Wood cut with stencils

Collagraph printing

Printing with overlays etc.

Photo lithograpy using photoshop and hand drawn plates

Chine Colllé or Wheat Pasting 

Please note:

The quantity of exploration parallels the potential for learning. If a student demonstrates the technique taught, they have met the requirement for a pass in the course. However, if one would like to exceed the basic requirements, an intensive exploration of image making must occur. This means multiple printings, broad experimentation, imagery that explores ideas as well as technique, an integration of processes and complexity of approach.

STENCILS FOR PRINTING 10%

Due: Sept 19th

Each student will create a print using on full sheet of honen paper utilizing  a variety stencils and colour inks, this project will printed in the first 2 weeks of class and will be used as the for the colour field wheat pasting project that students will complete at the end of the term. Please do not create stencils that are representational. The print must be a bleed print or continuous field which means that the stencils are printed edge to edge of the paper.

Really Large wood Cut! 25%

Due October 17th

This project student will create a large wood 4x 4’ cut based on the theme of botany. Students are required to work out their compositions for this project in their learning portfolio, before cutting. If students would like to trace their imagery on to the wood, rather than transfer freehand, please see Agata or myself, for the overhead projectors to enlarge your images. Please create all composition using the same dimensions 4x 4” = 4 x4’

 

Wood cut print in combination with Chine collè 25%

Due Nov 14th

 

Print Portfolio:

Critique date: Nov 7th

Completed edition: Nov 28th 20%

Student are required to make an edition of prints for the 2017 class print portfolio, students will give 1 print to each class member and in return they receive1 print from each classmate, thus creating the class edition. The edition number will be dependent on how many students are in the in the class. Student may also choose to print two extra prints (Artist Proofs), to be included in this edition.

The imagery and process is up to the student, and will be developed in tandum with the learning portfolio. The paper dimensions for the learning portfolio must be 10 x 10 inches and printed on somerset satin, somerset velvet or BFK. The placement, colour(s), imagery is up to the student, or the class may choose a theme.

Please note when creating a bleed print students must create their matrix 1/8’ bigger on each side as the paper will expand when soaked.

  1.  Students will have a critique on the print(s) that they may want use for the edition print portfolio, the prints for this critique will be from the various exploration students have created in tandem wit the learning portfolio. These prints should be completed or very near completion (95%) in order for suggestions of colour, content, image, composition etc, before the printing of edition. Failure to have the prints completed students will loose the opportunity to receive feedback.

Please note I will not spend class time nor office time to offer feedback on prints that are not presented during critique.

Assessment for Edition using traditional mediums:

The 20% for the edition will be graded on the following:

5% - Complexity of image – is it more than one colour, does it require registration and if so how difficult is the registration, is it a single T-mark or multiple plate registration

5% Consistency, is the printing, do all the prints look the same? There should not be any difference in any of the prints with regards to registration, colour, value and image.

5% Presentation of the print is the paper square, are the edges clean, is the print edition correctly. Is the print flat and not buckled.

5% Visual Aesthetics, is the print cohesive, unified and visually interesting, is the imagery used express what the artist is portraying, dose the imagery take the view beyond the expected and mundane?

Please note if students choose to create digital images, they will be graded according for their editions.

Assessment for Digital Print

15% Visual Aesthetics, is the print cohesive, unified and visually interesting, is the imagery used express what the artist is portraying, dose the imagery take the view beyond the expected and mundane?

5% Presentation of the print is the paper square, the edges are clean, is the print edition correctly. Is the print flat and not buckled.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

ASSIGNMENTS & LATE PENALTIES: Late Assignments, Extensions, and Accommodations

Scheduled critiques for the presentation of your work are the equivalent of exams. Projects that are not presented by the student during their scheduled critique or on the deadline day will result in an automatic 0. In cases where a MSAF has been submitted, late assignments will be graded but not discussed at an alternative critique session. No assignment will be accepted beyond one week past the deadline without communication from the Dean of Humanities’ office.

  1. or other accommodations will be determined by the instructor(s) and will only be considered if supported by appropriate documentation. Absences of less than 5 days may be reported using the McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) at http://www.mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you are unable to use the MSAF, you should document the absence with your faculty office. In all cases, it is your responsibility to follow up with the instructor immediately to see if an extension or other accommodation will be granted, and what form it will take. There are no automatic extensions or accommodations.
  2. NO WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED BEYOND THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES.


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:

There are no reading required for this course.


Other Course Information:

Office Hours

Office hours are intended to provide additional assistance. 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 may sometimes occur, and requests for accommodation should be discussed with the instructor a.s.a.p.

Incident reports:

If a student should have an accident in any of the studio, the incident, (no matter how minor) must be reported to a faculty member, or the studio technologist within 24 hours. If there is no faculty or technician available, and immediate attention is needed please call 88 for all emergencies. Do not hesitate to call 88 in any circumstance, please do not make medical judgments for yourself or others, let a medical professional make the assessment.

Emergency Response

Fire, First Aid, Crimes in Progress Personal Safety Bomb Threats Alarm Systems Vehicle Accidents Maintenance Emergencies (off hours)

University Lines – Ext. 88 905 522-4135 or
905 525-9140 Ext. 24281

Academic Integrity

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 may 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 http://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

McMaster University Student Code of Conduct:

All students must familiarize themselves with the McMaster University Student Code of Conduct.http://studentconduct.mcmaster.ca/student_code_of_conduct.html. Students are expected to adhere to the principles outlined in this code at all times. In particular, the following section should be noted:

Behaviour dealt with under this Code includes any action that allegedly violate the Responsibilities of Students or negatively affects any member of the University community, and arises;

a) on University property;

b) at a University sanctioned event or when representing the University;
c) through electronic media, where there is a clear connection to the University community; and/or
d) off University property and where there is a clear connection to the University community.

Email Communication

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 the 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. The instructor may take up to 48 hours to read and or respond to student emails.

Avenue to Learn

In this course we will be using Avenue to Learn. Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure, please discuss this with the course instructor.

Modifications to Course Outline

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility students to check their McMaster email and Avenue to Learn weekly during the term and to note any changes.

STUDIO FACILITY, CONDUCT, HEALTH AND SAFETY

Working in the Studios

It is mandatory for all studio art students to have read the Studio Safety Art Manual for Students available on

http://sota.humanities.mcmaster.ca/undergrad/art_student.html

The studios are only for art students in the program. If you have a special program requiring involvement from someone outside the program you must seek permission from your instructor. Volunteer forms are on Avenue to Learn and require Director’s signature. There is no food or drink permitted in studio spaces. Exceptions to the food policy may occur in the flex studio, 114 or Atrium when art materials are not present. Steel toed shoes must be worn with the exception of 114, flex and atrium. If the policies are violated, loss of studio access will result as a consequence. Do not bring any chemicals or hazardous materials into the studios without the permission of your instructor. Do not decant any materials into food containers. All materials not in original containers must be labeled according to WHMIS regulations.

Appointments must be made with the Studio Technologist in regards to consulting and/or executing specific projects requiring the use of wood shop, metal, or ceramics facilities. Please ensure appointments and arrangements are made well in advance of deadlines and critiques.

Studios are accessible through access cards and are open from 7 am to 11 pm, seven days a week. Students are not permitted to work in the studios alone. Please arrange to work in the studio with a peer when working after hours.

McMaster University Grading scale

Grade Equivalent Grade

Point Equivalent Percentages

A+ 12 90-100, A 11 85-89, A- 10 80-84

B+ 9 77-79, B 8 73-76, B- 7 70-72

C+ 6 67-69, C 5 63-66, C- 4 60-62

D+ 3 57-59, D 2 53-56, D- 1 50-52

F 0 0-49

GRADING ACHIVEMENT 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.