Contact a Humanities Office or Academic unit.
Find your course outlines.

ART 3D03 Practical Issues Studio Art (C01)

Academic Year: Fall 2018

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Judy Major-Girardin


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27287


Office Hours: BY appointment (

Course Objectives:

Course Description

This course is designed to familiarize students with an extensive range of topics associated with creative careers and the professional infrastructure that supports and advocates for the Arts. Three hours; one term

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III of Honours Studio Art program



By the end of the course students will have gained experience in:

  • Presenting to a group using a range of strategies (oral, written, visual)
  • Discussing career options with community professionals in the field and volunteering time in an arts organization in the community
  • Self and peer assessment exercises to build critical skills
  • Exhibiting work that is linked with an interdisciplinary local initiative
  • Understanding practical issues associated with arts practice (funding, advanced education options, arts organizations, residency opportunities, options for exhibiting in public, commercial, artist run and alternative spaces, etc.)

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Studio Fees ($25)

Provides materials for workshops

Method of Assessment:



Project 1 (20%) - Presentation:

Each student will research and prepare a short (15 minute) presentation on a topic selected from the list below. This is an opportunity to practice research and formatting of content, oral delivery and visual organizational skills. A written summary of the presentation (1 -2 pages submitted electronically to may be provided one week prior to your presentation as an optional feedback opportunity. 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. Impress is part of the free suite of business software and is a free platform if you do not have PowerPoint and wish to use an electronic presentation. Please bring your presentation on a USB rather than trying to locate it using the Internet on the day of your presentation. Presentations will only be rescheduled for medical excuse or equivalent. Failure to present on scheduled date without submitting a MSAF may result in a 0 grade. Due dates on Presentation are between Oct. 30 and Nov. 20 according to the schedule provided. Be prepared and on time for your date!


Each student will complete assessments for 2 peers (checklist provided).


If you have an accommodation regarding ability to present orally, please see me a.s.a.p. for discussion of alternative strategies for completing this assignment.



Presentation Topics, Guidelines and Due Dates

October 30 Learning Beyond the BFA

Canadian Grad Schools – general application procedures and 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.

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

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


November 6 Funding and Support

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

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

Regional / City and Municipality – City Enrichment Fund, Arts Awards, etc.

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

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


November 13 Exhibiting

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

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

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


November 20 Opportunities and Advocacy

CARFAC - history, mandate, services, membership, and contact info.

Centre 3 –community studios and their mandate, services and costs.

Hamilton Arts Council – history, mandate, advocacy and membership



Project 2 (20%) - Art Placement/Reflection:

Each student will contact an art organization to secure a short volunteer placement opportunity (10 hours). A list of community organizations and contacts is provided with guidelines for approaching these contacts. Students may opt to assist with an event such as SuperCrawl with a James Street North arts organization or assist at a public gallery or arts council. Emails going out into the community must be sent to for approval prior to sending to the organization. Students should attach a CV with their request to volunteer. Please be advised that only students holding a valid Police Check may work with children. A one-page reflection on this experience is due on November 20, 2018.


Project 3 (20%) – MacMarsh Map-based Studio Project

Each student will visually respond to the MacMarsh initiative using maps as inspiration for work of art in the medium of your choice. A visit to McMaster Map Collection and a lecture on Map-based artists will help inform this work and students are encouraged to participate in lectures, panel discussion and field trips associated with MacMarsh: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. These events are focused on McMaster natural lands and are free and scheduled throughout the term.


Project 4 (10%) –President’s Corridor Exhibition

A selection of pieces from this project will be exhibited in the President’s Corridor with a public reception on Tuesday, October 23, at 10:30 am. This project contributes to an interdisciplinary Socrates Project. We will collaborate as a group to select the work and organize this event with students contributing by loaning work, advertising, managing the reception, installing, labeling and documenting through reviews and photos. This collaborative exhibition is worth 10%


Project 5 (10%) – Matting

Each student will matt a small-scale work (4 – 10 inches in size) using matt board donated to the school. A checklist is provided with a demonstration and this checklist will be used for assessment of the project.


Project 6 (20%) – Participation/Engagement

Every student is expected to contribute to the group by practicing professionalism. This means arriving on time and being an attentive and engaged audience for peer presentations, contributing to peer assessment exercises, participating with workshops, panel discussion, lectures and field trips and responsibly contributing to collaborative activities.




MIDTERM = 20% (based on Project #3 MacMarsh. This assessment will be provided by October 30, 2018.

FINAL = 80% midterm + Project #1 Presentation (20%), Project #2 Volunteer Placement and Reflection (20 %), Project 4 President’s Corridor Exhibition (10%), Project 5 Matting (10%) + Participation /Class Engagement (20%) = 100%


Bonus Mark (up to 5%) for reflection on one or both of:

Patricia Johanson Lecture, October 23 at 3 pm Wilson Theatre

MacMarsh Panel Discussion, October 25 at 10 am Wilson Theatre

One page reflection must be submitted by November 6 for consideration for this bonus opportunity.


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:

Attendance and late Assignments


Arriving on time and making efficient use of class time is crucial for your success in this course. Late assignments will automatically result in a letter drop in grade (A becomes B). Late assignments will be graded but not discussed outside of critique session deadlines. Assignments that are not received within 1 week of the due date will no longer be accepted and no projects may be submitted beyond the last day of classes.


The success of studio courses is dependent on the active engagement of all participants. Learning is accelerated in an environment where work and ideas can be regularly discussed and challenges and successes can be shared. Important health and safety information and safe operating procedures are communicated during class time. You must receive this information to work independently in the studio, and you may not operate any equipment or use any process that you have not received safety training for.


Class discussions and critiques empower individuals to take risks in their art practice and learn from each other. It is of utmost importance that all students participate fully by attending all classes and remaining welcoming and open to all points of view.


The atmosphere of the studio should be characterized by courtesy and mutual respect. Participating in group critiques and presentations is an important part of providing constructive feedback for your peers. Active questioning and differences of opinion, respectfully expressed in a spirit of collaboration and mutual exchange, contribute to a positive and supportive group dynamic. It is your responsibility to contribute positively in this shared space and come to class prepared, on time and ready to contribute to the activities of the day.

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

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 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 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:

Schedule of Activities


Tuesday, Sept. 4 Introduction to course and assignment overview (select topics)

CV workshop

15 minute break

Lecture on Erased DeKooning drawing and Rauschenberg as a model for studio learning


Homework: CV formatting and draft email for volunteer placement sent to


Tuesday, Sept. 11 Careers Panel Discussion


Group work - Review of CV

Homework: Optional field trip Coldwater Creek Valley Tour with Randy Kay and Dan Coleman in afternoon at 1:30 p.m..

Outreach to volunteer organization to secure placement (save confirmation email)


Tuesday, Sept. 18 Copyright workshop and lecture


Visit Map Collection in Mills Library

Homework: Work on presentation and draft ideas for MacMarsh


Tuesday Sept. 25 Lecture on map-based artists

Work session for MacMarsh project (collaborative/individual)

Homework: Map-based work on MacMarsh project


Tuesday, Oct. 2 Work Session for MacMarsh project

Publicity Strategy and commitments for poster, social media, morning reception plans and labels for Corridor exhibition

Homework: Complete MacMarsh project


Tuesday Oct. 9 Fall Break


Tuesday, Oct. 16 Critique MacMarsh project/submit half page written explanation that can be used as your show card.

Selection or work and preparation for exhibition

Teresa Ascencao vegetable dye photography workshop in afternoon (all welcome if schedule allows)

Homework: Tasks for exhibition completed and reported (participation)


Tuesday, Oct. 23 MacMarsh Map Project Exhibition mounted in President’s Corridor with Public Reception

Homework: Public Lecture by Patricia Johanson (3 p.m. in Wilson Hall)

Coldwater Creek Tour with Tys Theysmeyer and Wayne Terryberry on Wednesday, Oct 24 at 9 a.m.

Panel Discussion on MacMarsh Thursday, Oct. 25 at 10 a.m.


Tuesday, Oct. 30 Student presentations Learning beyond the BFA (20%)

Peer assessment exercises in class

Homework: Volunteer placement hours


Tuesday, Nov. 6 Student presentations on Funding Options (20%)

Peer Assessment exercises in class

Assessments for Beyond BFA presentations returned

Homework: Volunteer placement hours

Bus trip to Mac Forest Wednesday Nov 7 if schedule allows


Tuesday, Nov. 13 Student presentations on Exhibiting (20%)

Peer assessment exercises in class

Assessments for Funding presentations returned

Homework: Complete Volunteer hours and one to two page reflection


Tuesday, Nov. 20 Student presentations on Opportunities and Advocacy

Reflection on volunteer placement due (20%)

Exhibiting presentations assessments returned

Homework: Bring in a small work to Matt (under 12 inches)


Tuesday, Nov. 27 Matting demo (bring a small scale 2D item to matt)

Assessment of Opportunities presentations returned

No Homework


Tuesday Dec. 4 Matted work due for assessment (10%)

Placement reflections returned

Last class and test ban week – activity TBA


Other Course Information:

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


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 critique 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.


Achievement Levels



A+ = 90–100; A = 85–89; A- = 80–84

Work assessed at the A level consistently exceeds expectations and exhibits the following:

Conceptual rigour

Deep critical engagement

Complex, ambitious and prolific production

Meets deadlines with time for reflection before presentation

Advanced technical proficiency and risk taking

Comprehensively researched responses linked to focused goals, personal interests and artistic vision

Independent and self-directed approaches

Highly professional presentations

Engagement with all aspects of the course (requires promptness and stellar attendance)



B+ = 77–79; B = 73–76; B- = 70–72

Work assessed at the B level consistently meets expectations and exhibits the following:

Good grasp of concepts

Evidence of developing critical skills

Meets deadlines

Technically sound, demonstrating sensitivity to materials and their connection to ideas

Evolving research skills and good understanding of personal goals and interests

Some independence, self-motivation and risk-taking evident

Satisfactory presentation

Engaged with most aspects of the course



C+ = 67–69; C = 63–66; C- = 60–62

Work assessed at the C level fails to meet some expectations and exhibits some or all the following:

Inconsistent grasp of concepts

Little evidence of critical skills

Work is regularly late or presented in an undeveloped state

Struggling with technical skills, and conservative approach to exploration and risk

Requires regular assistance to understand assignments

Unsatisfactory presentation (unprepared, late)

Minimal engagement with course (poor attendance, few contributions evident)



D+ = 57–59; D = 53–56; D- = 50–52

Work assessed at the D level consistently falls short of expectations and exhibits some or all of the following:

Significant struggle with concepts and objectives

No evidence of critical skills

Missed deadlines

Simplistic technical approach with little sensitivity to materials

Arbitrary or no research evidence

Unacceptable presentation (inappropriate or wastes the time of the group)

Unsatisfactory engagement with course



F = 0–49

Work assessed at the F level fails to meet enough of the course requirements to obtain credit. Studio Art is a hands-on learning experience. Students who miss more than 3 classes or 25% of the course risk a failing grade due to the impact of this percentage on their ability to demonstrate abilities during in-class activities.




Students should be aware of the Academic Integrity Policy of the University. Academic dishonest consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and 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 more information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at


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 previous credit has been obtained. (Insert specific course information, e.g. style guide)
  2. Improper collaboration in group work, (Insert specific course information)
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations. (If applicable) In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism. Students will be required to submit their work electronically to and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to their instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g. Google search, etc.). To see guidelines for the Use of, please go to


"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.


"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."



Working in the Studios


It is mandatory for all studio art students to have read the Studio Safety Art Manual for Students available on

The art studios are only for art students in the program or those enrolled in an art course. If you have a special project requiring involvement from someone outside the program you must seek permission from your instructor. Volunteer forms are on Avenue to Learn and require Director’s signature. There is no food or drink permitted in studio spaces. Exceptions to the food policy may occur in the flex studio, 114 or Atrium when art materials are not present. Steel toed shoes must be worn with the exception of 114, flex and atrium. If the policies are violated, loss of studio access will result as a consequence. Do not bring any chemicals or hazardous materials into the studios without the permission of your instructor. Do not decant any materials into food containers. All materials not in original containers must be labeled according to WHMIS regulations.



Appointments must be made with the Studio Technologist in regards to consulting and/or executing specific projects requiring the use of wood shop, metal, or 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 7 am to 11 pm, 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.


Steel toe shoes are not required and eating/drinking are permitted in the following public studio spaces as long as art materials are not present:

Flex Studio 105


New Space 114

Non-art students are only permitted in 105, 114 and Atrium spaces unless accompanied by their class or with special permission of their instructor.


Incident Reports


If a student should have an accident in any of the studios, the incident (no matter how minor) must be reported to a faculty member, or the Studio Technologist within 24 hours. If 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 medical professionals make the necessary assessments.


Emergency Response

University line: ext. 88

905 522-4135; or 905 525-9140, ext. 24281


Student Walk Home Attendant Team (SWHAT)

Ext 27500

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday: 7 pm – 1 am

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 7 pm – 2 am