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ART 3CC3 CONCENTRATED STUDY-CERAMICS

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 2

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Briana Palmer

Email: palmebr@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 429A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23155

Office Hours: Thursday 11am to 12 pm



Course Objectives:

The Focus of this course is on contemporary applications and concepts of 2D and 3D ceramics, this course fuses traditional techniques and alternative methods incorporating a range from hand building. Students will learn the various methods hand building such as the pinch, coil and slab technique.  Student will be able to build with a variety of clays to understand the different properties of the clay body as well as glaze application.

The class will be dedicated to the technical aspects of hand building glaze application and other ceramic techniques if time permits. If there is time remaining after demonstrations class time it will be used for independent study and it is required that students work in the studios during independent study as it is imperative that students understand the equipment and processes, lending opportunity for any assistance needed and feed back on their pieces.

Educational Objectives/Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate technical skills in the processes introduced in the class.                                                                                                                                2.  Demonstrate knowledge of safe handling materials and equipment.

3.  Demonstrate knowledge of studio etiquette and safe operating procedures.                                    

4.  Demonstrate independent study and creative thinking through development of ideas and materials.                                                                                                                                

5.  Demonstrate a willingness to explore new techniques/processes and undertake challenges in order to expand personal boundaries and creative outcomes.

6.  Demonstrate research practices both historical and contemporary, which inform the artwork(s) from various sources.

7. Participation in in-class discussions and critiques

Evaluation: The criteria for grading is as follows

  1. Resolution/completion of project(s): the development of work(s) object through explorations of materials and ideas express through drawing, plans and/or the reworking of the works in progress, full development of ideas and investigation.
  2. Innovation/creativity: the work must exhibit an exploration of visual language through the visual imagery as well as the concepts that are expressed in the work(s).
  3. Conceptual Knowledge:  an understanding of the imagery and why it was created. This has to be more that I just like it. Why?

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

There is a 100.00 fee for materials that will cover students clay and glazes and use of the kiln.  Some studio tools are provided, however it is recommended that students purchase their own tools.  Please make sure to pay Sharon in the SOTA office 411.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Method of Assessment:

Students must come to class on time and attened all classes, please do not ask me if you can leave early, miss class, for any reason, if you must miss class due to illness religious observation, you need to fill out an MSFA form.  

Project Due Date Information

All work must be ready to fire on it’s due date, works that is not ready will receive one full letter grade deduction each day it is late. Due to the high demand of the kiln projects that miss the firing date may be forced to wait until the kiln is free. 

A Mid term grade will be given to students Feb 24 12:20pm, please hand in project one with you name clearly marked.  P  

Project One: Pinch, coil slab, and test tiles  - 30%

Due for bisque fire Feb 3th

Glaze date Feb 10th 

Students are required to hand build three objects using coil pinch and slab, students must bring in a bowl, that they like to reproduce using a pinch coil and slab, students will also create a serving tray, as well as, 10+ pinch pots 2 inch by 3 inch maximum size to use test tiles.

Due to the nature of this class it is mandatory that students attend class. There are demonstrations regarding the equipment and materials used in the studios and it is imperative for students to be trained properly to ensure safe handling of the equipment and materials.  If a student is absent from class they must follow McMaster’s policy for missed classes.  Students missing classes due to team sports, work or other will not be able to proceed with the technique demonstrated during their absents. Missing classes with out good reason will result in a failing grade as demonstrations are not repeated.  Fellow students or TA’s are not able to give demonstrations. If a student is unclear on how to use a piece of equipment or material they must ask an instructor or the studio art technologist.

Project Two: Architectural Structure -30%

Due for bisque fire Feb 24th 

Glaze date March 10th- 20%

Students are required to build an architectural structure, which makes reference to something in their everyday surroundings that is overlooked or unworthy of such grandeur.  Students should keep away from the cliché, the objects of cuteness, romance or gore unless one can do great things with sophomoric and over sentimental objects. The ceramic piece cannot to be smaller that 12” squared and must incorporate different material in the final presentation. Over the next weeks gather images both found, photographed, objects them selves or drawings of structures that may be used.   More than one object can inform the piece. 

Project Three: Open choice 30% 

Due for bisque fire March 24th  

Glaze date March 31st 
This project is open for students however the project must align is it self with your critique work in 3C06 or 4C06/4E12, using the same concepts and/ or theories. Other materials may be used to support this piece and the presentation of this art work must be well thought out. 

A final critique of all works will be April 7th.

Demonstration Notes 10% – Due April 7th

Students must keep a record of demonstration in a journal.  The notes should be in order of the weeks and clearly marked as to the week, as well as the demonstrations.  Please make sure all notes are legible and in order failure to do so will result in marks lost.   If a students should miss a demonstration it will not be repeated and the completion of the project will be compromised and the grade clearly effected.  


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late Admissions

Projects /portfolios that are handed in late will receive one full letter deduction each day it is late.  If students are experiencing difficulty executing the work, they should contact me at least 4 days prior to the due date and the project must be underway by at this point.  Extensions are only granted with good reason.

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.


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.


Other Course Information:

Office Hours

Please make an appointment ahead of time if at all possible I will be in my office Thursday 11am to 12pm.

Incident Reports:

If a student should have an accident in any of the studio, the incident, (no matter how minor) must be reported to a faculty member, or the studio technologist within 24 hours.  If there is 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, and let a medical professional make the decisions necessary.

Academic Integrity Language:

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 http://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 Communication

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 the 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.

Avenue to Learn

In this course we will be using Avenue to Learn.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course.  The available information is dependent on the technology used.  Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure.  If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.

Modifications to Course Outline

The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check their McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.

Extensions or Accommodations

Extensions or other accommodations will be determined by the instructor and will only be considered if supported by appropriate documentation.  Absences of less than 5 days may be reported using the McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) at www.mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you are unable to use the MSAF, you should document the absence with your faculty office.  In all cases, it is YOUR responsibility to follow up with the instructor immediately to see if an extension or other accommodation will be granted, and what form it will take. There are NO automatic extensions or accommodations.

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

McMaster University Grading scale

Grade Equivalent Grade 

Point Equivalent Percentages

A+ 12 90-100, A 11 85-89, A- 10 80-84

B+ 9 77-79, B 8 73-76, B- 7 70-72

C+ 6 67-69, C 5 63-66, C- 4 60-62

D+ 3 57-59, D 2 53-56, D- 1 50-52