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ART 3D03 Practical Issues Studio Art

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Sally McKay


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 417

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23675

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30, TSH 417

Course Objectives:

Art 3D03 is designed to familiarize students with a wide range of topics associated with the practical aspects of art. This course focuses on professionalism.  Students will have an opportunity to conduct research and present their findings to their peers in regularly scheduled seminars.  Projects, workshops, discussion sessions and peer assessment exercises will challenge the student to consider a range of issues related to creating, exhibiting, documenting and forming opinions on works of art.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

This course has a studio fee of $25 that will provide you with a personal usb stick and a notebook, to be used exclusively for this course.  

For several classes, students will be required to bring their laptops for in-class workshops. Laptops should be equipped with Photoshop (or GIMP, which is free to download), Microsoft Office (or Open Office, which is free to download) and Adobe Acrobrat reader (which is free to download).

NOTE: This course will include at least one class trip to downtown Hamilton. Students will be expected to provide their own transportation.

Method of Assessment:

Detailed guidelines for each assignment will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.

Library Art Commission Proposal                 due Oct. 5                                                        20%

(this assignment will be graded prior to Nov. 4th)

Studio Visit Reflection                                    due Oct. 19                                                        5%

Fantasy Public Art Proposal                          due Oct. 26 (installation Nov. 2)                       15%

Practical Issues Presentation                        due Nov. 9 (presentations Nov. 9 & 16)           20%

OAC Emerging Artist Application                  due Nov. 23                                                     20%

OAC Jury Duty                                                 juries meet Nov. 30 & present Dec. 7              10%

Notebook Reflections                                     due Dec. 7                                                       10%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

It is the responsibility of each student to attend all classes and exams and meet the requirements of submission for coursework. Missed assignments and exams will automatically be assigned a grade of 0. A penalty of one full letter grade will be imposed for every academic day assignments are late.

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.

Topics and Readings:

1. Sept. 7 - Introduction and Foundations


2. Sept. 14 - Effective Applications and Proposals 1

NOTE: bring your laptop to class, equipped with the required software


3. Sept. 21 - Effective Applications and Proposals 2

NOTE: bring your laptop to class, equipped with the required software


4. Sept. 28 - Field Trip

NOTE: class will meet downtown, exact time and location TBA. This class will end downtown by 11:45.

NOTE: Bring your notebook for reflections.


5. Oct. 5 - Barriers and Opportunities

***** Library Art Commission proposal due in class on usb stick

NOTE: bring your notebook for reflections

NOTE: There are 3 required readings for this class

  •  Merray Gerges, “Notes Toward an In(con)clusive Identity Politics,” Canadian Art (August, 2016):
  • Jeanna Reid, “Cripping the Arts: It’s About Time,” Canadian Art (May 2016):
  • Leah Sandals, “8 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Art and Disability,” Canadian Art, (March 2016):


Oct. 12 - No Class – Mid-Term Recess


6. Oct. 19 - Promotion  

***** Studio Visit Reflection due in dropbox on Avenue to Learn

NOTE: bring your laptop to class, equipped with the required software

NOTE: usb sticks will be returned


7. Oct. 26 - Fantasy Commission Critique and Exhibition Planning

***** Fantasy Public Art Project due in class


8. Nov. 2 - Exhibition Installation, OAC Application Discussion

NOTE: bring your laptop to class, equipped with the required software, the OAC application form and your OAC work-in-progress


9.  Nov. 9 - Student Practical Issues Presentations 1

***** All student presentations are due in class on usb stick, half the class will present this week, and half the class will present next week. Selection will be random and will be announced at the beginning of class.

NOTE: bring your notebook to class for reflections on presentations

NOTE: bring your laptop to class, equipped with the required software and your OAC work-in-progress


10. Nov. 16 - Student Practical Issues Presentations 2

***** Half the class will present this week.

NOTE: bring your notebook to class for reflections on presentations

NOTE: bring your laptop to class, equipped with the required software and your OAC work-in-progress


11. Nov. 23 - Introduction and Preparation for Jury process

***** OAC Emerging Artist Applications due in dropbox on Avenue to Learn AND due in class on usb stick

NOTE: bring your laptop to class


12. Nov. 30 - Juries meet

NOTE: bring your laptop to class, with all the application packages that your jury is considering


13. Dec. 7 - Juries present awards

***** Notebook reflections are due in class.