ART 1OS3 Observational Studies
Academic Year: Fall 2016
Instructor: Prof. Briana Palmer
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 429A
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23155
Office Hours: Tuesdays 10 to 12pm
- 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
This course focuses on observation-based studio activities and development of critical perception to deepen understanding of visual information and phenomena related to art practice.
Through in-class exercises, independent assignments, class discussion and group critique, students will gain basic knowledge of various media practices related to the fundamentals of visual art, learn research methods that apply to the production of studio projects, learn to maintain safe practices in the studio, learn to develop critical dialogue through group discussions and begin to envision their practice from a globally informed perspective.
Due to the nature of this course it is mandatory that students attend every class. There are demonstrations/ lab instruction, life modeling that can not be repeated. 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 excused, missing classes with out good reason will result in a failing grade as projects will not be repeated nor made up.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
The studio fee 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, and come to prepared with paper and drawing media. If materials have been given and lost will not be replaced. You may also choose to add to your drawing materials with your own choices of paper wet/dry media.
There are no required text books for this course.
Method of Assessment:
Demonstrate knowledge of materials and techniques acquired through the duration of this course
Demonstrate independent study and creative thinking through development of ideas and materials.
Demonstrate a willingness to explore new techniques/processes and undertake challenges in order to expand personal boundaries and creative outcomes.
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.
Participation in-class discussions and critiques.
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, 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.
Weekly take home assignments 2% for 5 take home projects: 10%
2% will be given for take home exercises, these observational exercise are to aid the development of concepts, as well as, hone students observational skills. Students must be in class to receive oral instruction of the home assignments in order to receive the 2%. Projects must meet the grading criteria in order to received the full two percent.
Sustained weekly assignment in class 5% for 10 classes 50%
Each week students will be given a sustained drawing project during class, and must be handed in the following week for grading, failure to hand in projects the following week, will result in loss of marks. Please hand in projects with a clean sheet of newsprint folded over the back side and taped lightly to the back, please ensure your name is clearly written on projects, failure to do so will result in a 0.
Project Outlines: Due Dates
Please see project description in Avenue to learn as well as presentation groups for each date.
Critique dates - Each project is worth 10% each
Project 1 and 2 October 17&24 20%
Project 3 and 4 November 21&28 20%
A mid term grade will be given no later than Nov 4th depending on critique schedule.
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 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.
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.
Extensions or Accommodations
Extensions or other accommodations will be determined by the instructor 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 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
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 email@example.com. 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 required readings for this course
Other Course Information:
Office Hours - Tuesday 10 to 12 pm, TSH 430.
First come, first serve, will be given unless students have made an appointment ahead to of time.
Working in the studio
It is mandatory for the studio arts students to have read this manual.
Studio Safety Art Manual for Students website:
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.
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
Clean up of studios at year end- Thursday Dec 8th at 9am
Students must participate with the cleaning of the studios; if a student cannot attend they are to see the technologist or instructor for a clean up task before hand.
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
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)
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
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)
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
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.