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ART 1SI3 StudioInvestigations

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Sally McKay

Email: smckay@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 417

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23675

Office Hours: Wednesdays, 11:30-12:30, TSH 417



Course Objectives:

Working individually and in groups, students will be introduced to concepts, questions, research strategies and contexts related to art production. An integrated approach will combine dialogue, production and information gathering utilizing sketchbooks, digital technologies and University collections. The course will prepare students with a foundation in independent research-creation practices in the studio. 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

A lab/studio fee of $25.00 for this course must be paid in the SOTA office as soon as possible. Full payment of all studio fees will provide you with an access card to the studios as well as expendable materials needed for your courses and general studio facilities. The studio fee has been kept to the minimum for this course because students will be chosing their own media on an individual basis. Students are expected to supply all the materials they need to realize their projects for the course.

For several classes, students will be required to bring their cameras (phone cameras are acceptable) and laptops for in-class workshops. Laptops should be equipped with Photoshop (or GIMP, which is free to download). Students should also be prepared with a system for transfering images from their cameras to their laptops during these classes.

This course will include local trips to galleries and museums. Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs.

 


Method of Assessment:

Participation 15%

Participation includes participating fully in all in-class exercises, making positive contributions to class discussions and critiques, attending classes, being on time, treating classmates with respect and helping to maintain a positive atmosphere for collective learning. 

 

Sketchbook    15%

due on April 7 (Studio  Clean-Up day) (location TBA)   

Detailed guidelines will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn

 

Brain map      25%

due for 1st evaluation Feb 16 (10%)

due for 2nd evaluation March 30 (15%)

This is a term-long project that will be added to ever week.  It will be evaluated once at mid-term, and once again at term end. Detailed guidelines will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.

 

Research presentation          20%

due on Feb. 9

Half of the class will present on Feb. 9, and all students must come prepared to present that day. Half the students will be randomly selected to present on Feb. 16. This selection will be announced in class on Feb. 9th. Detailed guidelines will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.

 

Final research-creation project        25%

due on March 30

Half of the class will present their final projects for critique on March 30, and all students must come prepared to present that day. Half the students will be randomly selected to present on April 6. This selection will be announced via email on March 29. Detailed guidelines will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.

 

At least 10% of the final grade will be returned to students prior to March 10"


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

It is the responsibility of each student to attend all classes and meet the requirements of submission for coursework. Missed assignments 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 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:

Topics include:

• hands-on research-creation strategies for independent studio practice

• using the library as a studio research resource

• using Art History as a studio research resource

• using online contemporary art publications as a studio research resource

• using museums and galleries as studio research resources

• using visiting artists as studio research resources

• making effective presentations

• introduction to digital image editing for artists

 

Schedule (*note some dates and locations may be subject to change)

January 5: meet in TSH 105 (Flex Studio)

1:30-5:20         introductions, discussion, in-class exercises

 

January 12:  meet in TSH 105 (Flex Studio)

1:30-5:20         discussion, in-class exercises, visit to McMaster Museum of Art

 

January 19: meet in TSH 114 (The New Space), 2:45pm reconvene in TSH 105 (Flex Studio)

1:30-2:30         Visiting Artist: Amanda McCavour, TSH 114

2:30-5:20         discussion, in-class exercises

 

January 26: meet downtown at 2:00 pm, location to be announced

2:00-4:45         field trip to downtown museums and galleries

 

February 2:  meet in TSH 105 (Flex Studio)

NOTE: bring lap tops with required sofware and cameras

1:30-5:20         discussion, in-class exercises

 

February 9: meet in TSH 114 (The New Space), 2:45pm reconvene in TSH 206

NOTE: Research Presentations due

1:30 – 2:30      Artist Talk: Judy Major-Girardin, TSH 114

2:45 – 5:20      Research presentations by Group A

 

February 16: meet in TSH 114 (The New Space), 2:45pm reconvene in TSH 206

Note: Brain Maps due for mid-term evaluation (place in your drawer in 110, at the top of the pile)

1:30 – 2:30      Visiting Artist: Julia Kjelgaard, TSH 114

2:45 – 5:20      Research presentations by Group B

 

February 23 – NO CLASS – Mid-term Recess

 

March 2: meet in TSH 114 (The New Space), 2:45pm reconvene in TSH 105 (Flex Studio)

1:30 – 2:30      Visiting Artist: Peter Flemming, TSH 114

2:45 – 5:20      discussion, in-class exercises

 

March 9:  meet in TSH 105 (Flex Studio)

1:30-5:20         discussion, in-class exercises

 

March 16: meet in TSH 105 (Flex Studio)

1:30-5:20         discussion, in-class exercises

 

March 23: meet in TSH 105 (Flex Studio)

1:30-5:20         discussion, in-class exercises

 

March 30: meet in TSH 105 (Flex Studio)

Note: Final Projects Due

Note: Brain Maps due for term-end evaluation (place in your drawer in 110, at the top of the pile)

1:30-5:20         Group A Final Project Critiques

 

April 6:  meet in TSH 105 (Flex Studio)

1:30-5:20         Group B Final Project Critiques

NOTE: *Sketchbooks due on Studio Clean-Up day. Location TBA

 


Other Course Information:

McMaster University Student Code of Conduct:

All students must familiarize themselves with the McMaster University Student Code of Conduct. http://studentconduct.mcmaster.ca/student_code_of_conduct.html. Students are expected to adhere to these principles outlined in this code at all times. In particular, the following section should be noted:

Behaviour dealt with under this Code includes any action that allegedly violate the Responsibilities of Students or negatively affects any member of the University community, and arises; 

a) on University property; 

b) at a University sanctioned event or when representing the University; 

c) through electronic media, where there is a clear connection to the University community; and/or 

d) off University property and where there is a clear connection to the University community.

 

Working in the studio:

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 Studio Technologists Michael Syms or Agata Derda, 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 woodshop, 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 without the permission of the studio technologist or instructor.