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ART 1MI3 MATL INVESTIGATION & CONCEPTS

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 2

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. John Ford

Email: jwford@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 429A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23931

Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-2 p.m., Thursdays 1-2 p.m.



Course Objectives:

Course Description

This course is designed to facilitate development of tacit knowledge, intuitive judgment, perception and theoretical understanding through direct material engagement with wax, Polymers, oils, alkyds, resins, and fiber-based materials. Four hours; one term Prerequisite(s): Registration in Studio Art 1 program Antirequisite(s): ART 1F03 and 1FF3

Course Components

The course includes demonstrations, discussions, critique, and the production of preliminary work, a body of completed studio work, presentation, critical reflections, research.

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Studio Fees

A studio fee is required for this course. Your studio fee will provide you with many of the basic materials to create traditional paintings, such as canvas, gesso, newsprint, some other papers, some paints/inks, screws, staples, etc. It will also provide for some alternative materials to execute photo transfers and other alternate methods of contemporary painting. 

Tuition

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:

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT:

80% of final mark based on assessment of creative projects:

There are six projects this term, worth a total of 80% of the final mark, each due at the beginning of class on the following dates:

January 22nd Project 1                        Due beginning of class (approximately 13.33%)

January 29th Project 2                        Due beginning of class (approximately 13.33%)

February 5th Project 3                        Due beginning of class (approximately 13.33%)

February 12th                                     Mid-term assessments given to students

March 5th Project 4                        Due beginning of class (approximately 13.33%)

March 12th Project 5                        Due beginning of class (approximately 13.33%)

March 19th Project 6                         Due beginning of class (approximately 13.33%)

During term, each project will receive a letter/number grade after work is submitted on the due date.  If no work is submitted, student will receive an F letter grade.  Marks will then be posted on Avenue to Learn

Instructor will write comments about each project as mark is assigned, to be given to students for purposes of feed-back via e.mail or hard-copy with notation of marks for each project.  Criteria used by instructor to evaluate each project:

  • Is the project turned in when required; how complete is it, is it unfinished, is it poorly presented?
  • Does it complete the minimum requirements of the assignment, fall short, or go well beyond the             limitations of assignment?
  • Does the work demonstrate competence with media, fall short of competence, or demonstrate the             beginnings of mastery?
  • Do the works demonstrate a serious intent, does it appear to go beyond comfort zone, demonstrate             ambition and risk-taking?
  • Does the work contain intent, content, and if so, how complex or insightful is the result?
  • Does the work demonstrate, where applicable, a knowledge of historical context?

20% of final mark is based on assessment of class participation:

Each student is expected to fully participate in class, arrive to class on time, bringing assigned materials to class and be prepared to work or observe demonstration, participate in general class discussions and group activities, and contribute to critical commentary in group critiques.  Instructor will compose a summative commentary/evaluation regarding participation for each student, at mid-term and final assessment.

Mid-term marks:

At mid-term assessment, student will receive mathematic tabulation of project average to that point in term, equal to three project marks, totaled and divided by 3, which will be 40% of mid-term mark.  10% class participation will also be assigned at mid-term, and mid-term mark will represent 50% of total final mark.

Instructor will write comments and observations about the students’ projects and class participation at mid-term, to accompany the mid-term average.

Instructor will meet with each student at or around mid-term to discuss overall progress in class or address specific questions students may have.

Final assessments:

Final course marks will be based on the final portfolio submission (80% overall grade, including projects 1-3 at 40%, projects 4-6 at 40%), and overall participation in the course (20% overall grade, including 10% mark from mid-term plus 10% mark after mid-term).

If at any point a student is dissatisfied with an individual project evaluation, they may redo or improve upon project for reassessment at time of final portfolio.

The following scale of percent equivalences is used for calculating final grades, based on portfolio and any additional:

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:

Late Assignments

Projects that are not presented by the student during their scheduled critique will be marked as 0. Work that is handed in late will receive a penalty of one full letter grade for every academic day it is late. 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 http://mcmaster.ca/msaf/

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. 

Attendance is Mandatory

Failure to attend class can result in failure for the course even if assignments are complete. There are 12 classes per term each four hours in length so an absence is a significant loss of time.  Each student is entitled to one absence if reported with the McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF). This system is in place to accommodate illness and other extenuating circumstances that warrant a missed class. However, students who miss 4 classes (33% of the course) or more may not receive credit for the course. 

It is mandatory that you come to class on time, with materials and resources prepared to work during the entire four-hour session.  Coming to class late three times will equal 1 absence, leaving class early will result in ½ absence. 

Please come to class prepared to work on the assigned projects, bring materials to execute the work, and please remain the entire period of the course.  Failure to do so will adversely affect the final mark and there will be no way the instructor can accommodate poor participation at the end of term.   

* NO WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED BEYOND THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES *

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:

ADDITIONAL POLICIES AND STATEMENTS

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:

  • 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 must be sent from the student’s McMaster 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

McMaster University reserves the right to change or revise information contained in course outlines in extreme circumstances. 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. It is the responsibility of students to check regularly their primary email account via their @mcmaster.ca alias and course websites.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

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 http://sas.mcmaster.ca/