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ART 4EP3 Exhibition Prep/Documentation

Academic Year: Winter 2018

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: by appoinment



Course Objectives:

Course Description

This advanced course provides hands-on experience in exhibition preparation, including: catalogue and invitation design, development of advertising/publicity, fundraising strategies, and project documentation.

Attendance is mandatory. You will be formalizing important decisions regarding catalogue, photography, reception, presentation of studio works, etc., for the year-end culminating exhibition at the McMaster Museum of Art.

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 may not operate any equipment or use any process that you have not received safety training for.

Class format: 4 hours; one term

 

Educational Objectives/Outcomes:

Students will develop skill to:

write various applications that will aid in the development of their professional art practice upon graduation, student will learn how to present, document, and apply to various art agencies such as galley exhibitions, granting agencies, and artist residencies.

Students will develop to skills to:

Archive and document their art, as well as, professionally pack /create two and 3 dimensional artworks to facilitate shipping nationally and internationally.

Students will develop to skills to:

Market and publish their art practice by designing and producing an exhibition catalogue, exhibition cards, as well as using various social media to promote their graduating exhibition.

The criteria for grading is as follows:

Resolution/completion of project(s)

Innovation/creativity

Conceptual Knowledge

Technical skill

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

 

Studio Fees

 

The studio fee of $ 80.00 provides students with the basic materials necessary for this class. Materials will be given to each student at the beginning of term. Students must pay the SOTA office before receiving the drawing materials. 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.

 

 


Method of Assessment:

Assignment Percentages and Due Dates

See Project details on Avenue to learn

4 Gallery Views 10 x10” 5% each

Jan 25/ Feb 1st

March 1st

March 22nd

March 26th (McMaster Museum)

Grant, residency proposal 25% March 1st end of class

USB no email copies please

Matting and Framing 25% March 29

Show cards 15% March 29

Packing 10% March 29

Visiting artist Introductions and research group project 5%

Mid term: A mid term grade will be given end no later than March 3rd

SUMMA Information Curator: Paul Cvetich

Drop off of works Monday March 26th, 8 am – 3 pm

March 28th Paul Cvetich (the curator) will place the exhibition

March 29th - April 4th Installation of works, students who have complex installs might be asked to help install their work, please leave these dates free.

Artist talks Wed April 11th 12 pm

SUMMA Reception: Saturday April 14, 2 to 4pm

SUMMA Closing: April 28

Pick UP – Monday April 30, 8 am – 3 pm

Late Admissions

Projects that are not presented by the student during their scheduled critique or on the deadline day will receive one full letter grade deduction each day it is late, after one week a 0 will be given for the project, i.e. A = B, B+ = C+. 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.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late Admissions

Projects that are not presented by the student during their scheduled critique or on the deadline day will receive one full letter grade deduction each day it is late, after one week a 0 will be given for the project, i.e. A = B, B+ = C+. 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.


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:

Not 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.

 

Working in the studio

Studios are open from 7am to 11pm, after hour requires students to use the buddy system and work with someone from the studio program. Students must leave the studio's by 11pm, misuse of studio regulations will result in loss of privileges.

It is mandatory for the studio arts students to have read this manual.

Studio Safety Art Manual for Students website:

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

The studio are for art students in the program, if you have a special project that requires someone from outside of the program to be in the studios, you must see the technologist or a professor for permission. There is no food or drink permitted in any of the studio spaces, and steel-toed shoes must be worn in the studios at all times. If a student is not wearing steel -toed boots they will be asked to leave, continual occurrence of no steel toes will result in loss of studio access. Do not bring any chemicals or other materials into the studios with out the permission of the studio technologist or instructor. Do not decant any materials into food containers, use a sealable container and re- label the container to reflect what is in the container. Each year the studio has to take unlabeled containers to hazardous waste which is very costly and is direct loss of studio funding for other material or equipment.

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 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 a medical professional make the decisions necessary.

Clean up after you are finished.

Emergency Response

University line: ext. 88

905 522-4135; or 905 525-9140, ext. 24281

Student Walk Home Attendant Team (SWHAT)

Ext 27500

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday: 7 pm – 1 am

Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 7 pm – 2 am

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 FOR STUDIO ARTS

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 the log/sketchbook.