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ART 3D03 PRACTICAL ISSUES STUDIO ART

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Term: 1

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 10:30 - 12:30



Course Objectives:

Art 3D03 is designed to familiarize students with a wide range of topics associated with the practical aspects of art. This course focuses on professionalism.  Students will have an opportunity to conduct research and present their findings to their peers in regularly scheduled seminars.  Projects, workshops, discussion sessions and peer assessment exercises will challenge the student to consider a range of issues related to creating, exhibiting, documenting and forming opinions on works of art.  This course is for students registered in Level III or Level IV Art.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

TEXT: Information for Artists (published by CARFAC)

STUDIO FEES

This class has a studio fee of $25 that will provide you with a large capacity Fashdrive for transporting presentations, documents and photos and will provide some materials for in-class exercises.

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:

Project 1 (20%) Takeda/SOTA Art Competition

Each student will prepare a proposal for a work of art to be exhibited at the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in Oakville. The theme will be presented in class. The proposal package will include a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Artist Statement, Proposal Statement, Budget, visuals (sketches, photos, maquette) and be packaged in a professional manner. Completed packages are due for critique on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. One student will be selected to produce the work for a purchase price of $2000.00. The work will be delivered to Takeda for a public reception the first week of December.

 

Project 2 (20%) Exhibition Proposal

Each student will produce an exhibition proposal.

Packages will consist of: a Cover Letter, C.V., Artist Statement, Bio, Price List and

Visuals (five printed images with resolution of 300 dpi in jpg format labeled with title, size, media, year of execution).

Proposals will be professionally packaged and assessed according to the criteria outlined on the Proposal Assessment Criteria sheet posted on Avenue to Learn.  

This information should also be saved on your Flashdrive in electronic format. Images in the electronic version should be jpg.format (labeled with name, size, media, date) 72dpi, 1024 x 768 pixel, 500k.

The deadline for your individual package is October 21.

 

Project 3 (20%) Public Presentation 

Each student will be responsible for research on a topic related to a practical art issue.  An oral presentation will be given according to the attached presentation schedule.  A written summary of the presentation (1 -2 pages submitted electronically to girardin@mcmaster.ca) must be provided one week prior to your presentation. This summary should outline the main points of the presentation and list all sources. Presentations will be assessed according to criteria outlined on the Presentation Checklist available on Avenue to Learn. Presentations will only be rescheduled for medical excuse or equivalent.  Failure to present on scheduled date without submitting a MSAF will automatically result in a 0 grade. Due dates on Presentation are between Nov. 4 and Nov. 25 according to the schedule provided.

 

Project 4 (20%) Career Conversation

This assignment is intended to provide you with first hand information and insight into an arts related career of particular interest to you. You must identify and contact an individual associated with the profession you select. These professionals may be working artists, arts administrators, educators or people involved in creative industries such as theatre/film, commercial arts, illustration, art therapy, conservation, fashion, retail, design, etc. Well-formulated questions must be approved prior to the conversation. Remember that people have their own busy schedules and you must provide them with sufficient time to answer your questions. Last minute requests may result in failure to secure first hand information and this is not a valid excuse for lateness on this assignment. Questions and individuals you want to contact must be determined by October 7 and final report is due on November 18. The report will not name any specific individual and will not address any personal information but will focus only on aspects of the profession reported in an anonymous manner. You are reporting on the profession and not the person. You may supplement the first hand information from your conversation with other research. Consider reporting on work/life balance, required training/education, pros and cons of the profession, competitiveness in the field, part-time/full-time/contract/self-employment options, advancement opportunities, personal fulfillment in this career.

 

Participation (course engagement 20%)

This course involves discussion sessions and workshops focused on learning through group exchange. Your contributions count. Assessment in this category is based on attendance in class, engagement in workshops and discussions and completion of peer assessment exercises. All students must participate in completing a peer-assessment form for at least two presentations.  The results of these assessments will provide peer feedback to the individual(s) who have delivered the presentation.  Attendance at all presentations, workshops and critiques is mandatory. Demonstrating professionalism means meeting deadlines, being considerate of the group and attending to your obligations, arriving on time and being prepared. Arriving late disrupts the class and will impact your grade in this category. Two late arrivals or early departures will count as one missed class. Assessment for this category is ongoing.

 

 

EVALUATION/ GRADE BREAKDOWN

 

PROJECT #1 (TAKEDA/SOTA Art Competition) – 20% Proposals are due on October 7

 

PROJECT #2 (Exhibition Package) – 20% Documentation Packages due October 21

 

PROJECT # 3 (Presentation) – 20% Deadlines listed on schedule by topic (Nov. 4 through Nov. 25)

 

PROJECT # 4 (Career Conversation) – 20% questions due Oct 7 & report due Nov. 18

 

PARTICIPATION (engagement 20%) Assessed on attendance, completion of peer reviews, participation in workshops, discussions and critiques.

 

GRADE BREAKDOWN

MIDTERM = 40% will be awarded by November 4 on Project 1 (20%) and Project 2 (20%)

FINAL GRADE = midterm + Project 3 (20%), Project 4 (20%) Participation (20%)

 

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.

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

 

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF online at http://mcmaster.ca/msaf/. Please note the following stipulations.

• MSAF 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.

• The online form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class

  after your absence.

 

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/


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:

CALENDAR

 

September 9               course outline review, project intro and presentation topic selection

                                    Introduction to Curriculum Vitae and Artist Statements

                                    Presentation “Taking Risks without Losing Yourself in the Process”

  Homework                 Read Chapter 4 on C.V. and section on Artist Statements in Chapter 10

                                    Draft CV and statement and bring to class in hard copy for peer editing.

 

 September 16            Editing of CV and Artist Statements (bring your laptop if you have one)

                                   Proposal Checklist review

Homework                  Work on Takeda Proposals

                                   Read Chapter 3 “Documenting Your Artwork”

                                   and bring in work for photographing next class

 

 September 23            Photography workshop (bring art to photograph)

                                    assistance with Photoshop editing of images for Takeda Proposal

                                   review of cover letter, concept statement, concept visuals & packaging

  Homework                work on Takeda Proposal (Concept Statement, Concept Visuals,

                                   Cover Letter, Packaging, CV, Artist Statement and Photo Documentation)

 

September 30             Copyright Workshop

                                    Feedback on Takeda Proposals (bring these to class)

Homework                  Complete Takeda Proposal and draft questions for career conversation

 

October 7                   Critique for Takeda Proposals

                                   Submit Career conversation questions and confirm contact

Homework                  Revise Proposals following feedback and prepare package for                                                     

                                   adjudication

 

October 14                 Submit Takeda Packages for adjudication

                                   Presentation Checklist review        

                                   Art Organizations panel

Homework                  prepare Exhibition Package

 

October 21                 Final Submission of Exhibition Packages

Homework                 work on Career Conversation or presentation

           

October 28                Midterm Grades

                                  Packing art demo and workshop

Homework                 Work on presentation or Career Conversation

 

November 5              Public Galleries, Commercial Galleries, Artist Run Galleries,

                                 Alternative Spaces, Juried Exhibition Opportunities

 

November 11           Canadian Grad Schools Application, Foreign Grad School Application,

                                Funding for Advanced Education (scholarships, TA, Tuition Waivers, Fellowships),

                                Teachers College, Art Related Careers

 

November 18          Pricing and Selling (incl. commission, consignment), Transportation and Shipping,

                               Insurance, Taxes, Gallery Contracts

                                   

                              Career Conversation report due

 

November 25        CARFAC, OAC, Canada Council, Art Bank, Studio                                                                       

                              Considerations, Artist Residencies

Homework             Read Chapter 18 “Censorship: the Official Eye” in text

 

December 3          Controversy in the Arts Workshop

 

 

 

PRESENTATION SCHEDULE

November 4

Public Galleries –include mandate (in contrast with other types), services, benefits, examples and info. sources

Commercial Galleries – include mandate (in contrast with other types), services, benefits, examples and sources.

Artist Run Galleries – mandate (in contrast with other types), services, benefits, examples and info. sources.

Alternative Spaces – mandate (in contrast with other types), services, benefits, examples and info. sources.

Juried Exhibitions – fees, restrictions, juries, rejections, benefits, list of websites and/or local opportunities

 

November 11

Canadian Grad Schools – general application procedures and opportunities for institutional support, produce a chart of Canadian Schools with degrees, contact info, costs, sources of info.

Foreign Grad Schools – general application procedures, language proficiency or other testing, border documents, availability of institutional support, language, living and travel considerations.

Funding for Advanced Education –Scholarships, Tuition Waivers, Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships

Teachers College – general application procedures, gaining experience, employment opportunities

Art Related Careers – a list of possible employment opportunities that connect with an arts degree & salary ranges

 

November 18

Contracts – exclusivity, payment obligations, responsibilities of artist and gallery for selection, pricing and related costs of exhibiting (incl. sample contract)

Pricing and Selling – considerations (labour, materials, commission, experience, overhead costs), building a clientele

Transportation and Shipping – PACART, MuseumPros, Art Zone, UPS, Fed Ex, Truck Rentals, contact info. and customs documentation

Insurance – studio and exhibition including costs and local contacts

Taxes – basic considerations, exemptions, registering a loss, HST, accountant contacts

 

November 25

CARFAC – history, mandate, services, membership, contact info.

Ontario Arts Council   - mandate, services, brief list of grants for visual artists (deadlines), reporting, contact info.

Canada Council –briefly describe types of grants for visual artists, mandate, services, history and contact info.

Art Bank –history and mandate, services, application procedures

Studio Considerations – interview and research to obtain a list of options on locating and maintaining workspace.

Artist Residencies – types, costs/paid artist fees, samples, benefits, sources 


Other Course Information:

Academic Integrity:

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.