ART 1OS3 OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES
Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015
Instructor: Prof. Carmela Laganse
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23926
Office Hours: Tues 9am- 12pm
- 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
This course focuses on observation-based studio activities and development of critical perception to deepen understanding of visual information and phenomena related to art practice.
By the end of this course, students will:
- Acquire and demonstrate a basic understanding of various media practices related to the fundamentals of visual art, spatial understanding as it relates to the production of art
- Acquire and demonstrate a good understanding of a variety of research methods, practices and applying this collected knowledge to the production of work through studio projects
- Begin to build a foundation of knowledge and resources that will serve their course work and practice
- learn to develop and practice the application of personal research methods demonstrating application of the research
- Learn to maintain safe practices in studio and production of work
- Learn to develop a critical dialogue through group discussions; students will be able to envision their work from a globally informed perspective.
- Understand the historical and contemporary practice of drawing in order to contextualize and locate their own contemporary art production
Students will be expected to:
- Take notes on content in class and visiting artist’s lectures
- make a serious and thoughtful effort in applying various ideas and approaches introduced in class
- will be expected to think critically and respond to the issues and content presented in class
- will be expected to consistently and professionally invest, engage and contribute to the overall studio environment/community
Due to the studio production focus of this course, perfect attendance is expected. Missed classes and lack of participation will be reflected in your evaluation and missed demonstrations cannot be repeated. Every class will include valuable information requiring you to keep notes on demonstrations and lectures.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
A lab/studio fee of $75.00 must be paid to Sharon in the SOTA office as soon as possible. This studio fee will provide you with an access card to the studios as well as expendable materials needed for the course and studio facilities which can include paper specific to projects or materials to cumbersome for public transport , printing costs, primer etc. This studio fee subsidizes general costs related to the course. You are resposible for acquiring personal materials such as brushes, drawing tools or materials specific to your individual projects.
Other tools and/ or materials you will need for class:
- Steel toe boots/shoes
- Sketchbook/file folder for idea generation, notes etc.
- USB flash drive or external hard drive for research or image collection
- Basic studio tool box that should include: various drawing tools (pencils, graphite etc.)Tape, sissors, blades, exacto knives
Your instructor will advise further in regards to additional tools and materials needed.
All of your materials can be located and available at:
- McMaster Bookstore
- Mixed Media
- Dollar store
- TT Liquid (steel toe boots/shoes)
* You are required to have your own safety gear for the duration of your program. In the event you are not prepared for class or work in the studio, communal steel toe foot ware is available for students and located in the lobby area of the TSH studios. They are available on a first come first serve basis and can be used during your class. They may not be taken from they studios.
Method of Assessment:
Unless otherwise stated, each class will meet in TSH 116 prior to working in other production and/or seminar spaces. There will be the opportunity for fieldwork on and off campus. The instructor will indicate meeting places and dates in advance of the activity.
Although a certain amount of time will be allotted for in-class project work, students will also be required to spend a minimum of 4 hours/week developing techniques and strategies introduced in the course, conducting independent research, completing assigned projects, and preparing for discussions and presentations. Prior to midterm, we will focus on developing research skills and concepts through projects, lectures and exercises. After midterm, you will concentrate on the application and practice of these skills through the independent project, critiques and discussion. Final critiques will be conducted with the whole class over a period of 2 classes.
Students taking this course will be expected to arrive on-time at the start of each class, and be sufficiently prepared to work on projects and participate in class activities. Each unexcused absence without proper medical documentation will be reflected in the evaluation.
Assignments are designed as frameworks for creative investigation, and will incorporate the techniques and content learned and discussed in class. Students are encouraged to personalize, explore, and expand on the expressive and communicative potential of these skill sets.
A penalty of 5% per day will be deducted from assignments submitted late, or those not presented in the required format. You must make arrangements to submit late assignments with the instructor. Assignments will not be accepted after seven days without official documentation (see the MSAF section for details), and will receive a grade of zero. Studio work will be considered late and incomplete if not accompanied by required written work (i.e. project proposals, etc). Late studio and/or written work will not receive the benefit of detailed verbal/written feedback from the instructor or other members of the class.
The instructor will determine the student’s grade by evaluating projects, which should be indicative of the student’s creative sensibility (visually, technically and conceptually), investment and a willingness to explore, innovate and problem solve. Students will be evaluated on the degree of rigor to which efforts have been made to personalize, explore, and expand on the expressive and communicative potential of these skills. The instructor will take into consideration the students’ active participation in the discussion and critique sessions, their commitment to the collective project and their willingness to exceed the basic requirements of the course.
Your performance and evaluations will be based on the following:
60% 3 Projects/Assignments:
- (10%) Project 1A- drawing DUE: Oct.22
- (10%) Project 1B- drawing DUE: Oct.22
- (20%) Scaling and rendering DUE: Nov.5
- (20%) Diorama- drawing DUE: Nov.26
20% Class exercises- in-class work
- (10%) sketchbooks DUE: Nov.26: research/planning, thumbnail sketches of images from artist talks and lectures
- (10%) critiques, investment and engagement with studio community and peers
PROJECTS/ ASSIGNMENTS: Assignments are designed to incorporate techniques, ideas, and contexts learned and discussed in class throughout the semester. Each assigned project will include a project description that will outline the educational objectives, considerations, expectations and deadlines. Each assignment has its own array of assessment criteria, and student performance will be evaluated in terms of:
- Technical proficiency: how you demonstrate a command of technical skills to communicate visually
- Conceptual development and focus: how you generate, put together and employ ideas/concepts which can be demonstrated through research and planning
- Synthesis/presentation: how you bring all your skills together, how you choose to communicate your ideas/concepts and how you present and/or reflect these ideas. Synthesis also includes how you refine, resolve and choose to present your ideas/concept through visual language
- Work ethic/ personal investment: includes experimentation and problem solving
University grade scale or percent equivalences used to calculate final grades:
A+ = 90-100; A = 85-90; 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
90-100 (Outstanding, A+) The studio work/ practice shows significant originality and exhibits a high degree of critical engagement. Sophisticated analysis and synthesis involving complex theoretical and conceptual thinking are demonstrated. Mastery of complex ideas is immediately evident. The studio work has originality, clarity and ambition. The ability to work and problem solve independently is outstanding. The project is treated with sensitivity and subtlety of thought. The quality of the background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is exemplary. Personal and class community engagement are outstanding.
85-89 (Exceptional, A) The studio work/ practice shows originality and exhibits a high degree of critical engagement. The work is clearly focused and intelligently presented. Mastery of complex ideas is demonstrated. The studio work has clarity and ambition. The quality of the studio production immediately engages the viewer. The studio work has been sufficiently developed and demonstrates mastery of techniques so that results are compelling. Problem solving abilities are exceptional and independent. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is impressive. Personal and class community engagement are excellent.
80-84 ( Excellent, A-) The studio work/ practice shows very good analysis, critical thinking and independent thought. It demonstrates a good awareness of the parameters of the assignment and a very good attempt to respond creatively to them. Problem solving abilities are excellent and independent. The work demonstrates a thought provoking depth and/or breadth and engages in a production that communicates well and is appropriate to the level of the course. The quality of studio work engages the viewer and demonstrates above-average mastery of techniques. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is very good. Personal and class community engagement are very good
77-79 (Very Good, B+) The studio work/ practice shows above average analysis, critical thinking and independent thought. It demonstrates a clear awareness of the parameters of the assignment and a very good attempt to respond creatively to them. Problem solving abilities are very good and usually independent. The work demonstrates reasonable depth and/or breadth and engages in a production that attempts clear visual communication and is appropriate to the level of the course. The quality of studio work engages the viewer and demonstrates a very good command of techniques. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is good. Personal and class community engagement are very good.
73-76 (Good, B) The studio work/ practice shows a satisfactory attempt at analysis and critical thinking. It shows a good attempt to respond to assignment parameters. The work demonstrates some depth and/or breadth, making references to appropriate course material/art context. Problem solving abilities are good and occasionally independent. The studio production engages the viewer and demonstrates a sufficient mastery of techniques. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is satisfactory. Personal and class community engagement are satisfactory.
70-72 (Satisfactory, B) The studio work/ practice shows a reasonable attempt at analysis and critical thinking. It shows a suitable attempt to respond to assignment parameters. The work demonstrates some depth and/or breadth, making references to appropriate course material/art context. Problem solving abilities are average with occasional consultation. The studio production somewhat engages the viewer and demonstrates a sufficient command of techniques. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is satisfactory. Personal and class community engagement are satisfactory.
67-69 (Competent, C+) The studio work/practice demonstrates adequate engagement with the project. It shows an attempt to respond to assignment parameters but does so at a basic level that lacks creativity. Ability to problem solve is competent with regular consultation. Engagement with studio production demonstrates basic command and use of techniques. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is competent. Personal and class community engagement are mostly evident.
63-66 (Somewhat Competent, C) The studio work/practice somewhat demonstrates adequate engagement with the project. It shows an occasionally strained attempt to respond to assignment parameters and does so at a very basic level that lacks creativity or consideration. Ability to problem solve is strained with regular consultation. Engagement with studio production demonstrates a very basic command and use of techniques. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is somewhat competent. Personal and class community engagement are sometimes evident.
60-63 ( Adequate, C-) The studio work/practice somewhat demonstrates adequate engagement with the project. It shows a difficult and strained attempt to respond to assignment parameters and does so at a very basic level that lacks creativity, consideration or demonstrated attempts at problem solving. Ability to problem solve is difficult even with regular consultation. Engagement with studio production demonstrates a minimal command and use of techniques. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is barely competent. Personal and class community engagement are very occasional.
57-59 (Negligible, D+) The studio work/ practice shows a deficit engagement with the topic and with the material covered by the course. The studio work waivers in its attempt to respond to assignment parameters and tends to be simplistic and lacking consideration. Engagement with studio production demonstrates a minimal command and lack of understanding of techniques. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is negligible. Personal and class community engagement are minimal.
53-56 (Inadequate, D) The studio work/ practice shows a deficit engagement with the topic and with the material covered by the course. The studio work waivers in its attempt to respond to assignment parameters and tends to be simplistic. There are minimal attempts to problem solve and requires constant supervision and consultation. Engagement with studio production demonstrates less than a basic mastery of techniques. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is inadequate. Personal and class community engagement are barely minimal.
50-52 ( Marginal, D-) The studio work/ practice shows almost no engagement with the topic and with the material covered by the course. The studio work barely attempts to respond to assignment parameters, lacks consideration, personal investment and is simplistic in execution. There are superficial attempts to problem solve and a requirement of constant supervision and consultation. Engagement with studio production demonstrates discomfort or disinterest. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is marginal. Personal and class community engagement are deficit.
Below 50 (Unacceptable, F) The studio work/ practice demonstrates a failure to comprehend/engage the topic. The studio work is incomplete and lacks redeeming creative merit. The work clearly does not meet the minimal requirements of the assignment. Background preparation and research, engagement with process and outcome of the studio production is unacceptable. Personal and class community engagement are not evident.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
TOPICS and READINGS:
Readings, sources and links relevant to specific topics and projects will be provided on project outlines and/or Avenue to Learn.
Other Course Information:
Working in the studio:
All new studio art students are required to complete an online WHMIS test to access all studio equipment and facility. This test must be completed within the first 4 weeks of the fall semester. 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 Michael Syms, Studio Technologist for the Studio Arts program or the course Instructor. 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.
Guests (people not enrolled in studio art courses) are not permitted in the studios unless proper permission and documentation is provided.
There is no food or drink permitted in the studios. Please do not bring any chemicals or other materials into the drawing studio with out the permission of the studio technologist or instructor.
Centre for Student Development: Students who are experiencing (or anticipate) personal or academic difficulties (e.g., time management problems, language and / or writing challenges, undue personal stress, critical family issues, etc.) during the course of the semester are urged to consult with a disability coordinator at Student Accessibility Services (SAS) located in the McMaster University Student Centre, room B107. For further information on the SAS and its services please call (905) 525-9140 [ext. 28652], email email@example.com or go to: http://sas.mcmaster.ca
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, let a medical professional make the decisions necessary.
University Lines – Ext. 88
Fire, First Aid, Crimes in Progressâ€¨Personal Safetyâ€¨Bomb Threatsâ€¨Alarm Systemsâ€¨Vehicle Accidentsâ€¨Maintenance Emergencies (off hours)
905 522-4135 or
905 525-9140 Ext. 24281