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ART 3J03 Conc Study-Community Projects

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2016

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Carmela Laganse

Email: laganse@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23926

Office Hours: Tues. and Thurs. 4:00- 4:30



Course Objectives:

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

The objective of this course is to utilize a team-based approach that connects student learning with community through the process of collaborative creation and production in the sculpture studio. The work produced in the studio will be informed by art practice relating to the idea of propaganda in both historical and contemporary contexts as well as art activism. Critical explorations into the idea of propaganda and it’s relationship to social movements and culture will question the impact of visual rhetoric on our immediate and global communities.

Throughout the week, students will be engaged in working intensely with each other to explore visual strategies employed in visual propaganda to design and produce a collective work that will impact their immediate community. Throughout this process, students will acquire and practice basic skills in design, ceramics and printmaking. At the end the course, students will have built partnerships that foster an exchange of ideas though experiential, tactile learning that is beyond the classroom.

By the end of this course, students will:

  • Have a basic knowledge of ceramic slip casting and associated skills specific to the medium
  • Develop visual literacy though topics introduced in class as well as through the design and production in the studio
  • Work collaboratively with each other through studio learning and practice
  • Acquire an awareness and understanding of the mediums as it relates to the ideas and history surrounding visual art , activism and propaganda within various cultures and communities
  • Consider and exercise alternative, environmentally responsible approaches to ceramic production.
  • Be aware of the aesthetics and formal visual language as it relates to visual objects
  • Produce a series of objects that demonstrate an understanding of visual rhetoric, visual literacy as well as aesthetic and function.

 

 

 

Course Expectations:

Students taking this course will be expected to arrive on-time at the start of each class, and be sufficiently prepared to work on projects and participate in class activities. Each unexcused absence without proper medical documentation will be reflected in the evaluation.

 

Although a certain amount of time will be allotted for in-class project work, students will also be required to spend a minimum of 2 hours/day developing techniques and strategies introduced in the course, conducting independent research, completing assigned projects, and preparing for discussions and presentations. 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

COURSE REQUIREMENTS & MATERIALS:

A lab/studio fee of $100.00 must be paid to Sharon in the SOTA office as soon as possible. This studio fee will provide you with an access card to the studios as well as expendable materials needed for the course and studio facilities which can include paper specific to projects or materials to cumbersome for public transport , printing costs, primer etc. This studio fee subsidizes general costs related to the course. You are resposible for acquiring personal materials such as  brushes, drawing tools or materials specific to your individual projects.

Steel toe boots must be work in the sculpture studio.

 

Other tools and/ or materials you will need for class:

  • Sketchbook/file folder for idea generation, notes etc.
  • Basic studio tool box that should include: various drawing tools (pencils, graphite etc.)Tape, sissors, blades, exacto knives, coloured pencils, gum eraser, black or brown conté, pencil sharpener

All of your materials can be located and available at:

  • McMaster Bookstore
  • Curry’s
  • Mixed Media
  • Dollar store


Method of Assessment:

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT:

Your performance and evaluations will be based on the following:

60%                 In-class work and participation indicated in sketchbooks

10%                 Assignment 1, Due: Tues. May 17, 9:00 am

40%                 Assignment 2, Due: Tues. May 24, 4:00 pm

 

 

PROJECTS/ ASSIGNMENTS:

Due to the nature of this one- week intensive workshop course, perfect attendance is expected. Missed class will be reflected in your evaluation and missed demonstrations cannot be repeated. There will be demonstrations everyday and you are required to keep notes on demonstrations and lectures.  

*Your progress will be indicated with a mid-course grade on Wed. May 18.

 

 

 

 

 

Each assignment has its own array of assessment criteria, and student performance will be evaluated in terms of:

 

  • Technical proficiency: how you demonstrate a command of technical skills to communicate visually

 

  • Conceptual development and focus: how you generate, put together and employ ideas/concepts which can be demonstrated through research and planning

 

  • Synthesis/presentation: how you bring all your skills together, how you choose to communicate your ideas/concepts and how you present and/or reflect these ideas. Synthesis also includes how you refine, resolve and choose to present your ideas/concept through visual language

 

  • Work ethic/ personal investment: how effectively you engage and work in your studio practice, using course content as a method of learning as well as a point of departure for creative exploration (includes experimentation and problem solving)

 

 

 

PARTICIPATION:

You will be expected to fully engage in all studio activity. This means arriving on time, and actively participating through the duration of the class. Participation requires the student’s attention and joining in discussion to provide constructive criticism for your peers. The success of the class is largely dependent on each student’s engagement with the course work, each other and our studio community.

You are expected to interact with each other collegially and with respect, mindful of how you will contribute to each other’s learning experience in a positive and challenging way. Because much of the course work is on various sites, you are expected to arrive to class on time and fully prepared. Failing to contribute positively to the group dynamic will impact your grade.

 

 

University grade scale or percent equivalences used to calculate final grades:

A+ = 90-100; A = 85-90; 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

 

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.
 


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

ASSIGNMENTS & LATE PENALTIES:

Assignments are designed as frameworks for creative investigation, and will incorporate the techniques and content learned and discussed in class. Students are encouraged to personalize, explore, and expand on the expressive and communicative potential of these skills.

 

A penalty of 5% per day will be deducted from assignments submitted late, or those not presented in the required format. You must make arrangements to submit late assignments with the instructor. Assignments will not be accepted after seven days without official documentation (see the MSAF section for details), and will receive a grade of zero. Studio work will be considered late and incomplete if not accompanied by required written work (i.e. project proposals, etc). Late studio and/or written work will not receive the benefit of detailed verbal/written feedback from the instructor or other members of the class.

 

Due to the concentrated and accelerated nature of this course late submissions for class assignments or absences will severely impact your success in this course  


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:

TOPICS and READINGS:

Readings, sources and links relevant to specific topics and projects will be provided in class through project outlines.

May 16

Monday

a.m.:

  • Course introduction
  • Image lecture
  • Assignment 1
  • Visit to McMaster Museum

p.m.:

  • In studio demonstration: slip casting, press moulds

May 17

Tuesday

a.m.:

  • Studio work
  • Decal designs due

p.m.

  • Studio work

May 18

Wednesday

a.m.:

  • Work period

p.m.:

  • Load kiln for bisque
  • Progress grades

May 19

Thursday

a.m.:

  • Demonstration: surfaces, glazing and applying decals
  • Work period

p.m.:

  • Work period
  • Load upcycled work for decal firing

 

May 20

Friday

a.m.:

  • Work period
  • Glaze bisque ware

p.m.:

  • Load kiln for glaze fire

May 21, 22, 23- long weekend

 

 

May 24

Tuesday

a.m.:

  • Studio work
  • Apply decals to fired work

p.m.:

  • load decal fire

May 26

Wednesday

Pick up finished work

 


Other Course Information:

STUDIO FACILITY, CONDUCT, HEALTH AND SAFETY:

Working in the studio:

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 drawing studio. Please do not bring any chemicals or other materials into the studios with out the permission of the studio technologist or instructor.

 

 

Appointments must be made with the studio technologist in regards to consulting and/ or executing specific projects requiring the use of woodshop, print studios, metal and ceramics facilities. Please ensure appointments and arrangements are made well in advance of deadlines and critiques.

 

 

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.

 

 

University Lines – Ext. 88

Emergency Response

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

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF):  http://mcmaster.ca/msaf/

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 2 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

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 sas@mcmaster.ca or go to: http://sas.mcmaster.ca

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 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.

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.

Note on Correspondence: The instructor will use Avenue to Learn as a communication forum for general  announcements, changes to the course schedule and relevent class news. For personal correspondence between instructor and student, you are required to use the McMaster email as listed above. Please do not communicate with instructor through the Avenue email.

 

Instructors emails are checked on weekdays only. Students will receive responses to relevant inquiries within 48 hours. A response not received within this timeframe indicates that the message was not received. It is the student’s responsibility to follow-up with subsequent attempts.

Modification of course outlines: McMaster University reserves the right to change or revise information contained in course outlines in extreme circumstances. 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. It is the responsibility of students to check regularly their primary email account via their @mcmaster.ca alias and course websites (Avenue to Learn).