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ART 1MI3 MatlInvestigation&Concepts

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. John Ford


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 429A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23931

Office Hours: Wednesday Noon – 1:00 p.m. or by appointment

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to facilitate development of tacit knowledge, intuitive judgment, perception and theoretical understanding through direct material engagement with wax, Polymers, oils, alkyds, resins, and fiber-based materials. Four hours; one term (3 units)


Prerequisite(s): Registration in Studio Art 1 program

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

As such, there are no required textbooks. 

Materials for executing projects will be guided by the nature of project proposal, and are the responsibility of the students except for materials supplied by the department via studio fee.

A studio/lab fee of $75.00 must be paid to Sharon in the SOTA office, the majority of which will be devoted to the materials that are procured in volume to save money, and/or are materials that are inaccessible to students.

Additional materials you may wish to acquire:

Acrylic paints, other drawing materials, blue painter's tape

Method of Assessment:

There are five projects this term, worth a total of 80% of the final mark (16% each), due on the designated dates.

  • Inverse image drawing, due end of class on January 18th, 2017
  • Black and white monotype, due first of class on February 8, 2017
  • Colour monotype, due at first of class March 1, 2017
  • Photo image inclusion/transfer, due at first of class April 5, 2017
  • Independent work, due at first of class April 5, 2017

Each project will receive a letter/number grade following submission.  Instructor will provide written comments about each project via e.mail or hard-copy with notation of marks for each project.  If no work is submitted at deadline or time of scheduled critique, student will receive a 0.  If work is presented to instructor within one week of deadline, work will be marked and automatically reduced one full letter grade (i.e., B+ would become C+).

20% of final mark will be based on quality of course participation (engagement with course ideas and materials during class meeting time, participation in group critiques, responsible use of tools/materials, and studio etiquette).

Students in this course will have received 10% of their grade in this course by March 10, 2017.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:


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 the community of peers in this class.  The success of the course 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.  Failing to demonstrate engagement and contribute positively to the group dynamic will impact your grade.

Assignments and 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.

No work will be accepted for assessment beyond the last official day of classes on campus, April 6, 2017 at midnight.

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:

As such, there are no required readings, but on occasion instructor may recommend specific research.