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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 2

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Judy Major-Girardin


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27287


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

Course Objectives:

Art 3TS3 is designed to assist students in producing a body of independent studio work building on the foundation of research and production explored in ART 3TS3. The course will support students in developing their personal strengths, continuing their research and pursuing their individualized production of work. Critiques and reflection exercises will support students in the presentation and discussion of their work and encourage them to value diverse perspectives in feedback. The course involves artist lectures, workshops, critiques, visual documentation exercises, and a consistent commitment to studio engagement resulting in a body of studio work.

The Learning portfolio introduced in ART 3TS3 may be used to continue to track research, relevant experiences, reflection exercises, and development of work from preliminary stages through to completion for 5% bonus marks in this course.

Course Components

The course focuses on building a body of completed studio work for presentation at regularly scheduled critique sessions.  Peer reviews, reflection exercises, workshops and photo documentation sessions (camera provided) will occur throughout the term. Attendance at in-class visiting artist sessions is mandatory. Substitutions for missed lectures or workshops can be made with attendance at approved events outside of class time (consult the Visiting Artist Schedule). Attendance beyond the minimum requirements is strongly encouraged as it supports and accelerates your learning and progress in the program. At the beginning and end of the term each student will draft a proposal outlining their objectives and plan of study for future work. We will use the SMART method of outlining our objectives.







On-Line Learning Portfolio (Optional for bonus consideration)

The on-line portfolio, introduced in ART 3TS3 may continue to serve as a repository for tracking development and achievements over the term. It is comprised of separate entries (artifacts) for Research, Preliminary Concepts, Proposal, Associated Experiences, Reflections and Photo Documentation of finished work. The on-line portfolio can assist you in making connections in your studies and sharing progress with your instructor for additional feedback. You may continue to build on this LP after the course and take it with you when you graduate. 

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Studio Fees


A studio fee of $50 is required for this course. Your studio fee will provide you with a notebook that can be used for ART 3TS3, 3D03 and 3GS3. It will also provide you with a flash drive for use with the Learning Portfolio. In addition, some expendable materials such as oversized canvas, printing inks, newsprint, etc. are provided through this fee.



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

Method of Assessment:



Participation (20% of overall grade) Log/sketchbook documenting critique feedback, reflection and engagement in Visiting Artist Lectures, workshops, and other class activities. The logbook is an on-going record and will be submitted for assessment on Feb 13 (10%) and March 27 (10%).


The success of studio courses is dependent on the active engagement of all participants. Learning is accelerated in an 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 all 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. Attendance at Visiting Artist talks represents a component of this category. Evidence of participation must be in the log/sketchbook.


Studio Production (60% of overall grade with 30% due by Critique #1 and 30% due by Critique #2.)

This category includes preliminary work, completed work presented at critiques, organization and management of time including meeting deadlines and evidence of disciplined work habits involving regular and on-going studio engagement.

Written Assignments 20%

  • Proposal 1 (10% due Jan 16) – a one-page statement that describes where you are and where you want to be by the end of the course using the SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timed) method for writing objectives. This should describe your approach to content and material choices grounded in independent research. Specific references to relevant research such as artists, theories, visual inspiration, etc. should be sited. Goals for progress should be specified (i.e. By the first critique I will strive to produce…. and by the end of the course I will complete…).
  • Proposal 2 (10% due March 27) – a two-page written statement on objectives for future work with an additional section of visuals documenting work produced in Level III. This document will assist you in planning your Level IV studies and may be creative in approach incorporating sketches and innovative formatting.

Grade Breakdown


MIDTERM = 50% (10% for Proposal 1, 10% participation and 30% for work produced by the first critique). This assessment will be provided by the end of February.


FINAL  = 50% midterm + 50% final assessment (30% work presented in final portfolio, 10% for Proposal 2 and 10% for Participation (evidence in logbook of documenting critique feedback, reflections, research and Visiting Artist talks and workshops).


5% bonus for students sharing ART 3GS3 work through the Learning Portfolio by April 3.


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.

Late Assignments

Projects that are not presented by the student during their scheduled critique will receive a penalty of one full letter grade for every academic day it is late.  Work will be assessed but not be discussed if it is submitted outside of the critique session. No work will be accepted beyond the last day of classes. Exceptions to this policy will only be considered in specific instances where a student is eligible to file a McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) and follows the proper procedure online at

Office Hours

Office hours are intended to provide additional assistance and you are welcome to 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 deadline. It is important that you learn to manage your time. Of course, extenuating circumstances can sometimes occur and requests for accommodation should be discussed with the instructor a.s.a.p.

Support Services

The University provides a variety of support services to help students manage their many demands. Reference librarians can provide invaluable research assistance. The Student Accessibility Services Centre (SAS) provides assistance with personal as well as academic matters. MUSC B107 and

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:

No text is required for this course but the Critique Handbook purchased for ART 3TS3 will continue to be a resource for this course.

Additional support materials are available on Avenue to Learn.

Other Course Information:

ART 3GS3 Critique Schedule  All Critiques in TSH 114


Thursday, Jan 9 – 4th Year Group A 

Carmela Laganse Talk, 1:30 pm

Judy reviews ART 3GS3 outline with 3rd years following Carmela’s talk

Briana talk to select 3rd year students in B103 (7 students) for a one hour group discussion while Judy critiques with 4th years.

4th Years set up to photograph in 116 during the critique.


Thursday, Jan16 – 4th Year Group B

Thea Haines Talk 1:30 pm

MMA reception for John Ford Exhibition, 6 -8 pm

Thea will do a natural dye workshop in the morning for any students who sign up.

John talk to select 3rd year students in 116 (7 students) for a one hour group discussion while Judy critiques with 4th years.


Thursday, Jan 23 – 4th Year Group C

Carmela talk to select 3rd year students in 116 (7 students) for a one hour group discussion while Judy critiques with 4th years.


Thursday, Jan 30 – 3rd Year Group A  (Beattie to Ferguson)

Kai Chan Talk 1:30 pm


Thursday, Feb 6 – 3rd Year Group B (Forno to Richard)

MMA talk on M. Watkins, 12:30 – 1:30 pm


Thursday, Feb 13 – 3rd Year Group C (Skoric to Yugendranag)

Jordi Alfaro workshop in ceramics 1:30 – 5:30 pm


Thursday, Feb 20 – Winter Break


Thursday, Feb 27 – 4th Year Group A

John Ford Talk in MMA 12:30 – 1:30 pm


Thursday, Mar 6 – 4th Year Group B and Briana’s Art & Engineering Talk

Reception for the HAI Award for Distinction in Studio Art , HAI 7 pm


Thursday, Mar 13 – 4th Year Group C

Museum Talk on M Watkins 6 – 8 pm


Thursday, March 20 – 3rd Year (Beattie – Holding)

Lorna Mills Talk 1:30 pm


Thursday, March 27 – 3rd Year Group B (Kaczmarek – Yugendranag)

 Ihor Visit to 4th year studios?

Coral Animation Night in the evening with Sally’s class


Thursday, April 3 – TBA


Additional Talks not on a Thursday (optional or replacement for class time Visiting Artists)

Friday, Jan 17  Museum Talk 12:30 – 1:30 Francois Dallegret


Tuesday, February 4

Richard Hill TSH 114 6:30 pm Sponsored by Friends of Art History