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ART 4CL3 Concentrated Study - Litho

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Briana Palmer

Email: palmebr@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 429A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23155

Office Hours: Tuesday 10-12



Course Objectives:

Course Description

This course provides in-depth advanced concentration on lithography processes without the use of Volatile Organic Compounds. It includes stone lithography multiple colour printing, printing large stones, as well as, using alternative methods such as photographic image transfers stone transfers, Estisol, Computer-to-Plate photolithography using a Xante Plate-maker and other planographic methods.

The images that are creating using the methods above stated must be printed and created in manner that demonstrates a sophisticated use of techniques and artist skills in lithography. 

Due to the nature of this course it is mandatory that students attend every class. There are demonstrations/ lab instruction regarding materials, and techniques used in the studios environment. Office hours are not intended for the above mentioned if students miss or leave class early.

When 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 able to proceed with the technique demonstrated during their absents. Missing classes with out good reason will result in a failing grade as demonstrations are not repeated.  Fellow students are not able to give demonstrations. If a student is unclear on how to use a piece of equipment or material they must ask the instructor or the studio art technologist.

Please leave your friends, pets, families at that the door. 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Studio Fees

The studio fee of 110.00 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 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 they will not be replaced.  You may also choose to add to your drawing materials with your own choices of paper wet/dry media.

 


Method of Assessment:

 

Project Criteria

Students must utilize the techniques learned during the duration of the course.

Educational Objectives/Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of materials and techniques acquired through the duration of this course through the completion of image making for projects.

2.  Demonstrate knowledge of studio etiquette and health and safety in the studio environment, students must demonstrate how to use the equipment and procedures during class time.

3.  Demonstrate independent study and creative thinking through development of ideas and materials.  The above mentioned should be clearly demonstrated in projects.

4.  Demonstrate a willingness to explore new techniques/processes, undertake challenges in order to expand personal boundaries and creative outcomes.

5.  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.

6. Participation in 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, a 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.

Assignment Percentage Breakdown and Due Dates 

Individual projects can be tailored for student during the course of the term if students require further advanced projects than that listed below and percentage breakdowns can be adjusted.    

Project 1             Two- colour print                                            Oct 3rd            25%

Project 2            Printing on alternative surface                        Nov 7th            35%

Project 3             Photographic or open                                    Nov 28th             35%

Process drawings                                                                     Nov 28 th               5%

Mid term: A mid term grade will be given end no later than Nov 4 th

On dates proved above students will have a critique of each project, please make sure you have your prints ready to install either in the TSH 114, or the presentation board in the lithography studio 


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. 

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:

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:

None


Other Course Information:

Office Hours

Please make an appointment ahead of time if possible; I will be in my office Tuesday 10-12, TSH 430.   

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 studios 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, and 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

 

Clean up of studios at year end-THURSDAY DEC 8that 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

 

OUTSTANDING

A+ = 90–100; A = 85–89; A- = 80–84

Work assessed at the A level consistently exceeds expectations and exhibits the following:

Conceptual rigor

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.