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ART 3IM3 Integrated Media Concentratn

Academic Year: Winter 2016

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Judy Major-Girardin


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27287


Office Hours: By appointment

Course Objectives:

This course advances concepts and approaches that integrate painting, drawing and print media. Students will gain experience and proficiency in combining diverse media, understanding their compatibilities and exploring new creative potential through 2D hybrid practices. Environmentally responsible methods and materials will be promoted in in this course.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

A Studio Fee of $100 per student will enable cost effective purchasing of many materials for the course and will ensure that they are readily accessible for course projects. Materials include: birch ply for wood lithography, birch ply for large-scale relief matrix, canvas, paint set, printing inks, paper, general studio shared supplies for processing and clean up. Students will independently purchase some materials.


Tuition covers course instruction, technical and administrative support, equipment, tools, facilities, utilities, models, visiting artists and campus resources such as the McMaster Museum of Art, Library and Anatomy Lab.

Method of Assessment:

Project # 1 Wood Lithography Edition (20%) Due February 2nd in Critique

An edition of 8 prints will be generated using the wood lithography process on a piece of birch ply that is provided. One print will be preserved in its original printed state for Project #1 while the remaining seven prints will be modified to complete Project #2.


Project #2 Integrated Media Series on Paper (20%) Due February 2nd in Critique

Using additional print techniques (photo-lithography, silkscreen, Dremel-engraving, etc.) or painting and drawing media, seven of the wood lithography prints from Project # 1 will be developed into a varied series of works. While some works may evolve with an economical addition of new information and media, others should be worked more aggressively to exploit the full potential of hybrid approaches.


Project #3 Large-scale Relief Panel (20%) Due March 29th in Critique

A 4’x4’ relief matrix will be created using the panel provided. This panel will be printed on canvas on Feb 9th and 16th, as a base for Project #4 while the wood panel itself will be used as a support for a mixed-media panel painting. Once printed, the block may be further carved or altered in any way with collage, relief additions, painting, further printing, etc. Areas may be sanded back or primed to edit information. Through a process of addition and subtraction, the panel will be developed into a hybrid work.


Project #4 Canvas Support (20%) Due March 29th in Critique

Printed canvas from the wood matrix in Project #3 will be stretched on a painting support and developed as a hybrid work using a combination of compatible media from class demos. The work may be developed with further printed elements, primed with clear gesso and painted or evolved with sewn and applique methods.


Class Attendance and Participation (20%)

It is expected that students will arrive on time and prepared to work for each class period. Class demos will provide opportunities for demonstrating exploration in a variety of processes. Participation in the Feb 26th Print Symposium will be a component of this course. Students with scheduling conflicts may contribute with set up prior to the day.


Midterm: Project # 1 (20%) + Project #2 (20%) = 40% awarded by February 9, 2016

Final: 40% midterm grade + Project #3 (20%) + Project #4 (20%) + Participation (20%)


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:

All work is due during class time when critiques are scheduled. Failure to present during class will result in a late penalty. Late work will automatically drop a letter grade (A becomes B). Work submitted late will not receive written or oral feedback and no work will be accepted beyond one week from the deadline.

It is expected that students will arrive on time and prepared to work for each class period. Class demos will provide opportunities for demonstrating exploration in a variety of processes. Failure to participate will impact your grade.

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


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.

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

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 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 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.

Other Course Information:

ART 3IM3 Calendar

January          5          course outline review

                                    Wood litho demo

Homework                 Draw image on board (provided)


                        12       Printing Wood Lithos (Group A)

                                    Group B sponging and assisting

Homework                 Prep any other print matrix components (Xante, screens, stencils, etc.)


                        19       Printing Wood Lithos (Group B)

                                     Group A sponging and assisting


Homework                 Adding flats, stencils or Xante images to prints

                                    Painting/drawing on prints -Series of 7   


                        26       Watercolour silkscreen demo

Homework                 Complete paper series (minimum 7)


February        2          Critique Paper Series

Homework                 Carving birch ply for relief printing


                        9          Printing large blocks on canvas Group A (assisted by Group B)

Homework                 Prepare stretcher for canvas


                        16       Winter Recess


                        23       Printing large blocks on canvas Group B (assisted by Group A)

Homework                 Prepare stretcher for canvas


Fri. Feb.           26       Participation in print symposium / Printing large blocks 


March             1          Screen-printing, Xante printing or stencils printed on canvas

Homework                 Continue any printed additions on canvas before stretching


                        8          Stretching canvas print and priming (transparent/opaque/coloured gesso, transfers) 

                                    Sanding and prepping birch ply for painting

                                    Oil painting without solvents demo


                        15       Painting on blocks and canvas

Homework                 Continue to evolve canvas and panel paintings                           


                        22       Painting on blocks and canvas

Homework                 Complete canvas and panel painting


                        29       Critique of 2 integrated media paintings


April                5          TBA






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.




Working in the studio:

All new studio art students are required to complete an online WHMIS test to access all studio equipment and facility. This test must be completed within the first 4 weeks of the fall semester. All students must familiarize themselves with the Studio Art Safety Manual for Students. Be aware of the rules and regulations for studio and equipment usage. Any questions regarding these issues should be directed towards Michael Syms, Studio Technologist for the Studio Arts program or the course Instructor. You are required to wear your steel-toed boots in all of the studios and workshops. Failure to do so will result in the removal of your studio access and privileges.


Appointments must be made with the studio technologist in regards to consulting and/or executing specific projects requiring the use of wood shop, metal and 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 7am -10pm, 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.


Guests (people not enrolled in studio art courses) are not permitted in the studios unless proper permission and documentation is provided.


There is no food or drink permitted in the studios. Please do not bring any chemicals or other materials into the drawing studio with out the permission of the studio technologist or instructor.



Incident reports:

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 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 and do not make medical judgments for yourself or others. Let medical professionals make the necessary assessments.


Emergency Response (88 from campus phone)

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

905 522-4135 or

905 525-9140 Ext. 24281