ART 1SI3 Studio Investigations
Academic Year: Winter 2018
Instructor: Prof. Sally McKay
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 417
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23675
Office Hours: Mondays 11:00- 12:00, TSH 41
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
- Other Course Information
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:
All required readings will be available online, in the library, or distributed in class.
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.
This course will include local trips to galleries and museums. Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs.
Method of Assessment:
Note: more than 10% of the grade will be given before March 16th.
Participation in class exercises and discussions 14%
Participation includes participating fully in all in-class exercises, making positive contributions to class discussions and critiques, attending all classes including field trips, being on time, not leaving early, treating classmates with respect and helping to maintain a positive atmosphere for collective learning.
8 weekly reading reflections (2 points each) 16%
A list of weekly readings and assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn. Reading reflections will be due every week except for January 4, February 8, February 15th, March 29 and April 5th. Students will post reflections into assignment folders on Avenue to Learn. Assignment folders will close at 8 pm the night before class each week. Reading reflections will not be accepted in hard copy or over email. The professor will not respond to any requests for late submissions after the deadline unless they have received an official MSAF form. Readings and detailed assignment guidelines for the reflections will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.
Sketchbooks (due on Studio Clean-Up Day) 15%
Detailed assignment guidelines will be dicussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.
Gallery visit reflection (due Jan. 31st, 7:59pm) 5%
Students will post reflections into a designated assignment folder on Avenue to Learn. Assignment folder will close at 8 pm the night before class. Detailed assignment guidelines will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.
Research presentation (due Feb.8) 20%
All research presentations will be due on Feb. 8 and everyone must come to class prepared to present that day. By random selection, half of the students will present on Feb. 8th, and the other half will present on Feb. 15th. These dates will be announced at the beginning of class on Feb. 8th. Detailed assignment guidelines will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.
Final project proposal (due April 5) 30%
The final project will demonstrate an ongoing commitment to studio-based research practices in the form of amassed research materials, notes, process work and a large series of small works. Detailed assignment guidelines will be discussed in class and posted on Avenue to Learn.
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.
Reading reflections will only be accepted on Avenue to Learn and must be submitted before the folders close. Reading reflections will not be accepted in hard copy or over email. The professor will not respond to any requests for late submissions after the deadline unless they have received an official MSAF form.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
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:
- Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- Improper collaboration in group work.
- 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 email@example.com. 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:
• research-creation strategies for independent studio practice
• using the library as a studio research resource
• using Art History as a studio research resource
• using contemporary art publications as a studio research resource
• using museums and galleries as studio research resources
• using visiting artists as studio research resources
A list of weekly readings and assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue to Learn.
Schedule (*note: dates may be subject to change)
reading reflections due on January 10, before 7:59 pm, on Avenue to Learn
Visiting Artist: Jessica Vallenga
reading reflections due on January 17, before 7:59 pm, on Avenue to Learn
Visiting Artist: Kiera Boult
reading reflections due on January 24, before 7:59 pm, on Avenue to Learn
Field trip to James St. North – meeting time & location TBA
reading reflections due on January 31, before 7:59 pm, on Avenue to Learn
gallery visit reflections due on January 31, before 7:59 pm, on Avenue to Learn
visit to McMaster Museum of Art
All Student Research Presentations due at the beginning of class
Research Presentations Part 1
Visiting Artist: Melanie Authier
Research Presentations Part 2
February 22 – NO CLASS – Mid-term Recess
reading reflections due on Feb.28, before 7:59 pm, on Avenue to Learn
Visiting Artist: Rajan Falari
reading reflections due on March 7, before 7:59 pm, on Avenue to Learn
Field Trip on Campus TBA
reading reflections due on March 14, before 7:59 pm, on Avenue to Learn
Field Trip on Campus TBA
reading reflections due on March 21 before 7:59 pm, on Avenue to Learn
Field Trip on Campus TBA
March 29: work period
final project due in class (final critique)
Studio Clean-Up day (date TBA): sketchbooks due
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.
Working in the studio:
Steel-toed boots are required in the studios. Eating and drinking are not permitted in the studios. The following exceptions apply: eating and drinking are permitted and steel toed boots are not required in our public spaces, which include TSH 105- Flex Studio, TSH 114- New Space and Atrium when art materials and processes are not present.
Non-art students are permitted to be in TSH 105, TSH 114 and Atrium spaces. All other studio spaces are only accessible to non- art students when accompanied by their class or by special permission from their instructor.
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 or course Instructors.
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.