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ART 2ER3 ENVIROMENTALLY RESP STUDIO

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 2

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Judy Major-Girardin

Email: girardin@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27287

Website

Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm



Course Objectives:

This course focuses on environmentally sustainable studio production and promotes understanding of materials and processes including the impact of their manufacturing, varied use, health and safety implications, disposal considerations and the capacity for materials and practice to create meaning. Students will have an opportunity to examine a broad range of alternatives (themes, approaches, strategies and genres) related to environmentally responsible studio production. 

Students will be encouraged to value the McMaster Sustainability Pledge and the University Sustainability Policy:

“I will strive to take an active role in understanding the social, economic, and environmental consequences of my decisions and actions in order to effectively contribute to the development of a culture of sustainability at McMaster University and within the communities which I am a part."

"McMaster University will apply its immense potential and use its creative and innovative campus community to advance sustainable operations and growth. McMaster is helping to shape the minds and values of new generations of leaders and decision makers by integrating an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable consciousness into all aspects of the university lifecycle through innovation, communication, community engagement and implementation."


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Text: To Life: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet (Linda Weintraub)

Avenue to Learn: Grading checklists and support materials.

A Studio Fee of $50.00 povides bamboo for Project #1, book binding adhesive and some materials for Projet #2, felt and papermaking supplies for Project #3 and general studio consumables (i.e. newsprint, alternative products demonstrated during class time).


Method of Assessment:

Projects

#1 Bamboo (due January 20 and worth 20%)

Each student will create a linear drawing in space that explores the potential of bamboo as an alternative, lightweight, durable and sustainable material. The structure will be made entirely from bamboo slates that are bound with twine or joined together without the use of glue. The piece must be structurally stable and inventive in its use of material and exploration of line and form. Materials for this project are provided with your studio fee. This project may be displayed in the President’s Corridor.

 

# 2 Book Project (due Feb 10 and worth 20%)

This project may up-cycle existing books into new creations or fabricate with reclaimed materials destined for waste disposal. You may also use materials that occur naturally and are raw or non-manufactured. The book can be 2D or 3D in its presentation. The theme for this project is open and material choices should be complementary to the concept of the book.

 

#3 Natural Fibers - Hand made Paper, Felting, Natural Dyes (Due Mar 10 and worth 20%)

Each student will produce a work using natural materials introduced during class workshops. Materials for this project are provided with your studio fees. Collaborations are welcome but remember that a collaborative approach must be twice as ambitious as an individual project.

 

#3 ERA Project (due March 26 and worth 20%)

This project is open and should relate to your specific interests. Use your text to help you analyze how your approach fits within a broader framework of environmentally responsible studio practice. An in-class reflective exercise will be a component of this project. This project may be submitted to the Innis Library Competition. Space available in the library is 14’ x 6’. The theme of the competition is “Collaborate” and collaborative submissions will be accepted for this project if responding to the competition. A $1000.00 honorarium is available for the work selected for the Library.

 

#4 Ambassador Project

(Deadlines February 10 (5%) and March 26 (5%)

Each student will select an initiative that engages with the theme of environmental responsibility and positively impacts the studio environment or campus community.  Use the Archetypes presented in class lectures to assist you in identifying your position and focusing your approach. Projects may focus on building awareness, improving information access, proposing alternative ways of doing things or they can explore models that result in improvements to energy consumption, waste reduction, health & safety, water consumption, air quality, policy change or other. Considering the impact of your initiative will be a component of this project. All results must be photographed and hours recorded. Remember to incorporate your artistic abilities in this initiative as well as your political/philosophical viewpoints.

Potential ambassador initiatives may include:

  • Volunteer for campus litter pick up organized by your TA Alana Petrella.
  • Volunteer with OPRIG (Ontario Public Research Group).
  • Research and design signage for the McMarsh Project (reclaiming Parking Lot M)
  • Research and design a versatile interdisciplinary workshop for the Mac Forest site.
  • Potting cuttings from the studio plants and distributing to offices on campus to promote improved air quality. Creative labels or tags should contain information and statistics on the ability of plants to filter toxins and produce oxygen.
  • Organize and manage a composting centre and educational campaign in the TSH lobby (linked with the Student Centre bins). Consult with custodian to collect anecdotal information on impact of the initiative.
  • Organize an event to raise money for the Environmentally Responsible Print exhibition planned for the MMA next year (Group Ambassador Project).
  • Manage an information/awareness campaign to decrease coffee cup use and promote the availability of our own cups as an alternative.

 

#4 Alternative Assignment

Produce and submit an image for the University Annual Report responding to the theme “Mosaic”. Photos, drawings, paintings, prints and other media must respond to the guidelines of the Call (See Avenue to Learn). The work will be photographed and reduced in size for publication. A $50 honorarium is awarded for use of any images selected for publication.

 

Participation (10% awarded at the end of the course)

Students are required to attend all lectures, critique sessions and workshops and will be asked to share information on topics and artists that they are researching independently.  Arriving on time and making efficient use of class time is crucial for your success in this course. Late assignments will automatically result in a letter drop in grade (A becomes B). Late assignments will be graded but not discussed outside of critique session deadlines. Assignments that are not received within 3 weeks of the due date will no longer be accepted and no projects may be submitted beyond the last day of classes.

GRADE BREAKDOWN  

MIDTERM = 45% (based on Projects # 1 (20%), Project #2 (20%.) and Ambassador Project (5%). This assessment will be provided by February 24, 2014.

FINAL  = midterm + Project #3 (20%) and Project #4 (20%), Ambassador Project (5%) plus Participation (10%).

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

 


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation. This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

 

Students are required to attend all lectures, critique sessions and workshops and will be asked to share information on topics and artists that they are researching independently.  Arriving on time and making efficient use of class time is crucial for your success in this course. Late assignments will automatically result in a letter drop in grade (A becomes B). Late assignments will be graded but not discussed outside of critique session deadlines. Assignments that are not received within 3 weeks of the due date will no longer be accepted and no projects may be submitted beyond the last day of classes.

 


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:

Read pgs. 33-50 To Life: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet and write a short reflection (Jan 6 homework).

Read section in text on Eco Art Genres, Strategies, Issues and Approaches and write a one page reflection on how these may relate to ideas you are considering for your Individual Project (Jan 13 homework).

Kai Chan artist talk notes or independent reseach on the artist (Jan 27 homework).


Other Course Information:

 

CALENDAR

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Week 1                      Course outline and review of assignments.

January 6                   Introductory lecture on Environmentally Responsible Studio  

                                 Materials and Aesthetics lecture

                                 Begin Bamboo Project

 

Homework                  Read pgs. 33-50 To Life: Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet          

                                  and write a short reflection (1 page due for submission next class)

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Week 2                      Class time to work on Bamboo project (materials provided)

January 13                 Sign up for Thea Haines Natural Dyes Workshop (optional)

                                 Randy Kay visit

                                                           

Homework                   Review section in text on Eco Art Genres, Strategies, Issues and Approaches and write a one page               reflection on how these may relate to ideas you are considering for your Individual Project.

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Week 3                      Critique for Bamboo Project #1

January 20                 Commit to Ambassador Task

 

Homework                   Work on Book Project #2 and commit time to Ambassador Task

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Week #4                     Eco Art Genres, Strategies, Issues and Approaches discussion

January 27                  Papermaking Workshop (all materials provided)

                                  Assistance with book making

                          

Homework                  Attend Kai Chan talk Thursday, Jan 30 at 1:30 in TSH 114 or hand in a one page independent research 

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Week #5                    Felting Workshop (all materials provided)

February 3                

Homework                 Complete Book Project #2 and commit time to Ambassador Task

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Week #6                    Critique for Book Project #2

February 10               1st Report on Ambassador Task

 

Homework                   Read text 21st Century Eco Art Explorers

                                  Have a great reading week

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Week #7                     READING WEEK

February 17

 

Week #8                   Class time for project #3 Natural Materials

February 24               Midterm grades returned

 

Homework                 Ambassador Task and ERA Project preliminary work

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Week #9                    Class time for Natural Materials Project

March 3                      Preliminary work for ERA Project #4 discussed

                       

Homework                  Work on ERA Project & Ambassador Task

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Week #10                   Critique on Natural Materials Project

March 10

 

Homework                  Work on ERA Project & Ambassador Task                 

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Week #11                  Review of Individual Projects for feedback

March 17

                                Complete ERA Project

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Week # 12   

March 24                    Critique of ERA Project

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Week # 13                  Hand in Ambassador Task Report

March 31                    Review what we have learned