ART 3GS3 Guided Studio Practice
Academic Year: Winter 2018
Instructor: Prof. Briana Palmer
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 429A
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23155
Office Hours: by appoinment
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
- Other Course Information
Art 3GS3 is designed to assist students in producing a body of independent studio work building on the foundation of research and production to support students in developing their personal strengths and, continuing their individualized studio practice. This course will give students a strong foundation for ART4AS6, in their final year of the Studio arts program completing their BFA degree.
Critiques and reflection exercises will support students in the presentation and discussion of their work. The course involves artist lectures, workshops, critiques, visual documentation exercises, and a consistent commitment to studio engagement resulting in a body of studio work.
The course focuses on self-directed research and practice culminating in work for presentation at regularly scheduled critique sessions. In order to succeed in this studio course students must develop an intensive exploration of research and making. This means broad experimentation that integrates processes, materials and concepts.
By the end of this course students will:
- have a basic awareness and understanding of how to develop an artistic practice based on individual research, critical analysis and exploration
- develop a body of work that synthesizes the visual, technical and conceptual facets of individual creative practice
- have practiced articulating ideas in a group critique setting
- have considered their artistic practice within a broader art context that extends beyond the classroom
Four hours; one term
Beyond class contact time, students will be expected to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week independently.
The use of electronic devices will not be permitted during critique (laptops, cell phones, etc.) unless an accommodation has been approved
Students are expected to use Avenue to Learn to access information including project outlines, deadlines, general announcements and revisions and other relevant information. It is the student’s responsibility to check the site regularly.
Critique sessions empower individuals to take risks in their art practice and learn from each other. The atmosphere of the studio should facilitate a genuine support of every student’s best creative practice through: active dialogue, critical constructive feedback and mutual respect. Participating in the 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 productively in this shared space and come to class prepared, on time and ready to contribute to the activities of the day.
The objective of critique sessions is to:
- support students in presentation and discussion of their work and thus requires active participation in all critique sessions that are documented regularly in the log. (Guidelines on Avenue to Learn)
- provide a forum for presenting self-directed work to receive regular feedback from faculty and peers
- provide constructive feedback to your peers
- challenge ideas and assumptions and promote productive discussions that may not always confirm ones beliefs.
- practice skills in articulating your ideas and perceptions
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
REQUIRED FEES & MATERIALS:
Studio fees of $ 5 cover your use of expendables in the studio such as newsprint and select common studio supplies. This fee must be paid to the School of the Arts office in TSH 414 by the fall recess. Students who have not paid this fee by that date will not present or receive comments on their work until the fee has been paid. 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.
Method of Assessment:
Level 3 will have a total of 4 critiques, 2 of which will be gala style, the grading of the critiques is as follows:
Jan 11 and 18 - 15%
Feb 15th - 25% Gala Style (new space atrium and flex) **The flex space is only avablible to begin install at 12:30, the other spaces students can install from 8:30 onwards.
March 8th and 15th - 30%
April 5th - 10% Gala Style (new space atrium and flex)**The flex space is only avablible to begin install at 12:30, the other spaces students can install from 8:30 onwards.
A mid term grade will be given to you no later than Feb 29th and will include the January and Feb critiques.
Logbook - 10% (March 29) will be divided into three clear tabbed sections as follows:
Section 1 Visiting Artists (a minimum of 4 visiting artist talks, events, or gallery visits per term)
Section 2 Active Research (preliminary idea development, sketches, photo-documentation, resources and inspiration)
Section 3 Reflection on critique discussions, recorded questions that you formulate regarding work presented and reactions to broader discussions. This will be your evidence of attendance and engagement in the course
Proposal 10% due March 22: two page written statement on objectives for future work with an additional section of visuals documenting work produced in Level III. This document will assist you in planning your Level IV studies and may be creative in approach incorporating sketches and innovative formatting.
Your proposal should include the following:
Summary of materials and mediums used this year
Summary or concepts and Ideas that informed your research
Summary of Artist, writers, research, that informed your practice
Summary of what direction that you would like to continue or what direction that you would like to begin next year.
Please list some possible connections in the university or Hamilton community that might also help inform your research practices.
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. Late thesis papers and logs will be subject to penalization of 5% per day with no submission beyond one week late.
- 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.
NO WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED BEYOND THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
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:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
Other Course Information:
NO WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED BEYOND THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES.
TERM 2 Critique Schedule
Thurs Jan. 4 - 4th year students install one or two works for curator, Paul Cvetich
- present a hard copy of artist statement with image of work and self
-pot luck lunch
-sample past thesis papers available for review
Jan 11 - Level 3 Group A (Norah, Tawnia, Lucia, Jayda, Sean, Bree, Deeshani, Safiyyah, Deanna, Meghan, Bonnie)
Jan 18 - Level 3 Group B (Toni, Andjelija, Emily, Kate, Caroline, Robyn, Delaney, Audrey, Josh, Jason, Catherine)
Jan 25 - Level 4 Group A (Donna, Emerald, Ruth, Sabryna, Collin, Amanda, Emily G., Dina, Emily H., Sabrina) with Group B working in studio
- 1 - Level 4 Group B (Clara, Pricilla, Tiffany, Abby, Sheetal, Ben, Sarah, Chantelle, Christina) with Group A working in studio
Feb 8 -Working Period
Feb 15 -Gala style critique of work in progress for all level 3 students
22 break -Mid term break no classes however the studio are open, with the exception of family day.
Mar 1 - Level 4 meets with curator, Paul Cvetich (pot luck lunch)
March 8 - Level 3 Group A
March 15 - Level 3 Group B
March 22 - Level 4 Group A and B present Summa work
March 29 - Level 3 proposals due at end of class, working period,
April 5 - 3rd Year Showcase in Atrium and 114 and Flex (pot luck reception)
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF, online at http://www.mcmaster.ca/msaf/).
Centre for Student Development: Students who are experiencing (or anticipate) personal or academic difficulties (e.g., time management problems, language and / or writing challenges, undue personal stress, critical family issues, etc.) during the course of the semester are urged to consult with a disability coordinator at Student Accessibility Services (SAS) located in the McMaster University Student Centre, room B107. For further information on the SAS and its services please call (905) 525-9140 [ext. 28652], email email@example.com or go to: http://sas.mcmaster.ca
OUTSTANDING (A+ = 90–100; A = 85–89; A- = 80–84)
Work assessed at the A level consistently exceeds expectations and exhibits the following:
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
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
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
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 divergent 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 the log/sketchbook.
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.
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.
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University Lines – Ext. 88 905 522-4135 or 905 525-9140 Ext. 24281
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
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.
If a student should have an accident in any of the studios, the incident (no matter how minor) must be reported to a faculty member, or the Studio Technologist within 24 hours. If no faculty or technician is 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 medical professionals make the necessary assessments.
University line: ext 88
905 522-4135; or 905 525-9140, ext 24281
Student Walk Home Attendant Team (SWHAT)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday: 7 pm – 1 am
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 7 pm – 2 am