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ART 3PD3 New Directns In Paint/Drawing

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Judy Major-Girardin


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27287


Office Hours: By appointment

Course Objectives:

Course Description


This course explores new directions and technologies that expand definitions of painting and drawing and may incorporate digital technologies, installations, integrated media, and alternative materials.


Course Objectives


By the end of the course the student is expected to:

Explore a range of approaches and demonstrate that decisions regarding support, materials, application, concept and presentation contribute meaning to a work 

Communicate ideas through the language of painting and articulate ideas and opinions orally during critique 

Understand how diverse approaches contribute to the field of painting/drawing and contribute to broader contemporary issues and discourse

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Materials and Fees


A Studio Fee of $75 per student will enable cost effective purchasing of many materials for the course and will ensure that they are readily accessible for course projects.
Your studio fee will provide the following:

4 pieces select pine 1 x 3 x 8 @$10.58 each = $42.00

3 pieces Quarter round for stretcher @ $5.36 each = $16.08

Canvas for Mixed media Ptg. ( 2 yards of 72 inch heavy weight)= $40 value

Hardware/ glue/ staples $5.00

Transparent Gesso (approx.. 6.4 oz) @ $6.50

Liquitex Matte medium - $10.00

Expendables $2.00 per student (newsprint, misc)

Recycled digital print for cut out

Total Value: $111.58 (savings of $36.58 per student plus convenience)


Tuition covers instruction, technical and administrative support, equipment, tools, facilities/utility costs, models, visiting artists, and resources such as McMaster Museum, Library, and Anatomy Lab.

Method of Assessment:



1. Mixed media work on canvas 25%

Size: maximum 42 inches (length #1) x maximum 54 inches (length #2)

Constructed with one cross bar (you will have three 8 foot pieces of wood)

Imagery and concept: selected individually


  • To build a complex support using lap joints and a cross-bar
  • To utilize strategies for image making that develop a work prior to, during and post priming
  • To broaden strategies for creating a work through the integration a range of drawing, print and painting approaches


  • Ink for stencil monoprinting (provided by student fees)
  • Canvas (provided by student fees)
  • 1x3 pine for support frame (provided by student fees)
  • Finger-jointed pine quarter round for support frame (provided by student fees)
  • Transparent, white and coloured gesso (provided by student fees)
  • Drawing and painting media (provided by student)
  • Brushes, palette (provided by student)


Construction of strainer bar with lap joints, pre-priming development of imagery (printing, drawing, transfers) and canvas stretching to be completed by Sept 27-10%

Completion of finished work due October 18 -15%


3. Alternative Support 20%

Size and support: variable and selected individually

Imagery and concept: selected individually as it relates conceptually to alternative support


  • To consider unconventional supports for painting and drawing that can contribute to meaning in a work
  • To problem solve challenging surfaces, shapes and presentation options


  • Support and media selected individually (provided by student)


  • Research/sketches or preliminary work presented at October 4 in-progress critique -5%
  • Completed work presented at October 18 critique – 15%


3. Cut-out Composition 20%

Size: determined by the digital print provided

Concept: individual concept integrated with found image


  • Integrate found/existing imagery your own image using cut-out strategies
  • Use knives/scissors as instruments to create an image


  • Due Nov 8


4. Independent Project 25%

A series of small body of work (5 minimum)


  • Explore a self-directed idea through a series of related works to advance an idea beyond a singular exploration


  • Due Nov 29


5. In-class Projects/ Engagement/Participation 10%

  • Painting/drawing with alternative tools (Nov 15)
  • Painting/drawing on a found image (Nov 22)
  • Regular prompt attendance and preparedness for class (on-going)


  • Assessed Nov 29



Midterm Assessment: 25% Project 1 (Mixed-media Painting) + 20% Project 2 (Alternative Support) due Oct 18 at 1:30 pm = 45%. Students in this course will have received 10% of their grade in this course by November 10th

Second Assessment: 20% Project 3 (Cut out) + 25% Project 4 (Independent Series) + 10% in class projects and class engagement/participation 10%

Final Grade: Midterm 45% + Second Assessment (55%) = 100%


The following scale of percent equivalences is used for calculating final grades:

A+ = 90–100; A = 85–89; A- = 80–84; B+ = 77–79; B = 73–76; B- = 70–72;

C+ = 67–69; C = 63–66; C- = 60-–62; D+ = 57–59; D = 53–56; D- = 50–52; F = 0–49


Achievement Levels

OUTSTANDING (A+ = 90–100; A = 85–89; A- = 80–84)

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

Conceptual rigour

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



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 divergent 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. 


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late Assignments, Extensions, and Accommodations

Scheduled critiques for the presentation of your work are the equivalent of exams. Projects that are not presented by the student during their scheduled critique or on the deadline day will result in an automatic 0. 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.



Support Services

Centre for Student Development: Students who are experiencing (or anticipate) personal or academic difficulties (e.g., time management problems, language and / or writing challenges, undue personal stress, critical family issues, etc.) during the course of the semester are urged to consult with a disability coordinator at Student Accessibility Services (SAS) located in the McMaster University Student Centre, room B107. For further information on the SAS and its services please call (905) 525-9140 [ext. 28652], email or go to:


Office Hours

Office hours are intended to provide additional assistance. You are welcome to make appointments and visit often to discuss course projects or seek assistance on difficulties you may be experiencing. It is always better to deal with an issue while there is still time remaining in the term to seek solutions. Office hours are not a replacement class for those opting to miss class time without valid excuse. Office hours will not provide feedback sessions if you miss a critique deadline. It is important that you learn to manage your time. Of course, extenuating circumstances may sometimes occur, and requests for accommodation should be discussed with the instructor a.s.a.p.


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:

Calendar Wednesdays 1:30 – 5:20

Week 1 Sept 6

  • Introduction to course (Powerpoint)
  • Lap joint demonstration in woodshop
  • Stencil/relief printing demo in 101 (Akua ink)

Week 1 homework

  • Plan imagery for Project 1 and cut acetate stencils (acetate provided)
  • Group A book time with Mike to cut lap joints / Group B cut stencils


Week 2 Sept 13

  • Stretcher construction (Group A) printing stencils/relief (Group B)

Week 2 homework

  • Group B book time with Mike to cut lap joints / Group A cut stencils


Sept 20

  • Stretcher construction (Group B) printing stencils/relief (Group A)

Week 3 homework

  • Complete building or printing tasks, add media that needs to be applied before priming (sewing, drawing, staining, rubbings, etc.) and stretch canvas


Sept 27

  • Priming with transparent gesso and coloured gesso

Week 4 homework

  • Develop work with painting medium of your choice
  • Planning for Project 2 (Alternative Support)


Oct 4

  • All work on Project 1 presented for individual in-progress critique with discussion of Project 2 research & sketches or progress on actual piece
  • Work period for Project #2

Week 5 homework

  • Completion of Project 1 and Project 2


Oct 11 – break


Oct 18

  • Critique for Project #1 and #2 (midterm grade)

Week 6 homework

  • Project or draw an image onto a “found” digital image provided to you that will be developed as a cut-out integrating the two images


Oct 25

  • Midterm grades provided to students with comments and PC Show
  • Work session for Project 3 involving cutting/up-cycling digital images (bring cutting knife and scissors, etc.)

Week 7 homework

Complete Project 3 cut-out and plan body of work in a series (Project 4)


Nov 1

  • Work period for Project 4 (5 related small scale works on panel, canvas or paper)

Week 8 homework

  • Complete work on Project 4 (series)


Nov 8

  • Cut outs presented for critique

Week 9 homework

  • Continue to work on Project 4 (series)
  • Bring in an alternative mark-making tool and paper for next class


Nov 15

  • In-class workshop drawing/painting with alternative tools

Week 10 homework

  • Continue on Project 4 (series) and bring in a found image(s) suitable to paint on


Nov 22

  • In-class workshop painting/drawing on a found image (postcard, advertisement, book cover, etc.)


Nov 29

  • Critique of Project 4 (Series of 5 small-scale paintings)
  • Present alternative tool piece and found image piece for assessment


Dec 6 assessment ban

  • In class activity TBA
  • Take down PC show

Other Course Information:



Working in the Studios

It is mandatory for all studio art students to have read the Studio Safety Art Manual for Students available on

The studios are only for art students in the program. If you have a special program requiring involvement from someone outside the program you must seek permission from your instructor. Volunteer forms are on Avenue to Learn and require Director’s signature. There is no food or drink permitted in studio spaces. Exceptions to the food policy may occur in the flex studio, 114 or Atrium when art materials are not present. Steel toed shoes must be worn with the exception of 114, flex and atrium. If the policies are violated, loss of studio access will result as a consequence. Do not bring any chemicals or hazardous materials into the studios without the permission of your instructor. Do not decant any materials into food containers. All materials not in original containers must be labeled according to WHMIS regulations.



Appointments must be made with the Studio Technologist in regards to consulting and/or executing specific projects requiring the use of wood shop, metal, or 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 7 am to 11 pm, 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.


Steel toe shoes are not required and eating/drinking are permitted in the following public studio spaces as long as art materials are not present:

Flex Studio 105


New Space 114

Food and drink are prohibited and steel toe shoes are required in all other studio spaces.


Non-art students are only permitted in 105, 114 and Atrium spaces unless accompanied by their class or with special permission of their instructor.


McMaster University Student Code of Conduct:

All students must familiarize themselves with the McMaster University Student Code of Conduct. Students are expected to adhere to the 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.


Incident Reports

If a student should have an accident in any of the studios, the incident (no matter how minor) must be reported to a faculty member, or the Studio Technologist within 24 hours. If 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 medical professionals make the necessary assessments.


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