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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Briana Palmer


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 429A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23155

Office Hours: Thursday 9am

Course Objectives:

Student-centered concepts will direct investigations where print, drawing and paint media interweave to create hybrid practices. Environmental compatible materials and processes such as non-toxic mediums/pigments/dyes, water-colour silkscreen, excavated screening, dremel-engraving, computer-to-plate photolithography and reclaimed material use will be promoted.

Due to the nature of this course it is mandatory that students attend every class. There are demonstrations/ lab instruction regarding materials, and techniques used in the studios environment. 

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 are not able to give demonstrations. If a student is unclear on how to use a piece of equipment or material they must ask the instructor or the studio art technologist.

Please leave your friends, pets, families at that the door.



Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

A studio material fee for this must be paid to the School of the Arts office in TSH 414 within the first two weeks of classes. This fee enables SOTA to supply some of the basic communal materials in a cost effective and convenient manner to our students as well as communal consumable materials used in the workshops and exhibition spaces.

While we attempt to cover most basics students will be required to augment this list by purchasing certain items according to individual choices pertinent to the resolution of particular assignments.

Method of Assessment:

Assignment Percentage Breakdown and Due Dates.

All projects due on these dates.

Mid term: Feb 9th 

Year End: March 30th

Demonstrations notes and Explorations materials: 20% ( 10% at Midterm and 10% at Year end) 

Self directed project 80% (Mid term 35% Year End 45%)

Students will create a self-directed body of work with the materials provided in this course. This body of work will be given a grade at mid term as well as at year end. Depending on the complexity of the work student may have works in progress at mid term, however works that are in progress must demonstrate well manage time/ complexity and progression.  All works must be completed by March 30th.

Evaluation: The criteria for grading is as follows:

Resolution/completion of project(s), the development of work(s) through explorations of materials and ideas express through drawing, plans and/or the reworking of the works in progress, a full development of ideas and investigation.

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).

Conceptual Knowledge:  an understanding of the imagery and why it was created. This has to be more that I just like it. Why?

Technical skill: students must demonstrate the ability to execute works that they have learned through technical demonstrations of this course.

Educational Objectives/Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of materials and techniques acquired through the duration of this course through the completion of image making.

2.  Demonstrate knowledge of studio etiquette and health and safety in the studio environment, and clearly demonstrate how to use the equipment and procedures taught throughout this course.

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

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

5.  Demonstrate research practices both historical and contemporary, which inform the artwork(s) from various sources, such as: the museum collections, galleries, sketchbook, library, and journals.

6. Participation in in-class discussions and critiques.

Please Note:

The quantity and quality of exploration parallels the potential for learning.  If a student demonstrates the technique taught, they have met the requirement for a pass in the course. However, if one would like to exceed the basic requirements, an intensive exploration of image making must occur.  This means broad experimentation, imagery that explores ideas as well as technique, an integration of processes and complexity of approaches. 


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late Admissions

Projects /portfolios that are handed in late will receive one full letter grade deduction each day up to a week; after a week students will receive a 0.  Feed back on projects will not be given to late projects, nor will feedback be given if a students is more than 1 hour late to class on the projects due date. 

If students are experiencing difficulty executing the work, they should contact me prior to the due date and the project must be underway at this point. Extensions are only granted with the appropriate paper work from MSFA.   It is up to the students to familiarize their selves with policies and procedures of illness and absence during class, failure to do so will result in loss of marks. 

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

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:

There are no required readings however students should 

Other Course Information:


The studio are for art students in the BFA program, if you have a special project that requires someone from outside the BFA program you must see the technologists or a professor for permission. 

There is no food or drink permitted in any of the studio spaces, and steel-toed shoes must be worn in the studios at all times.  If a student is not wearing steel -toed boots they will be asked to leave.

Do not bring any chemicals or other materials into the studios with out the permission of the studio technologist or instructor.  Do not decant any materials into food containers, please make sure all materials are label. Clean up after you are finished. 

Continual occurrence of disregard for health and safety will result in loss of studio access.

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, let a medical professional make the decisions necessary.

Projects and Technical Demonstrations

Each week students will be given a new demo on a technique in printmaking, it is the student’s responsibility to take demonstration notes as well as create images using this technique taught.  This will be apart of the students learning portfolio.