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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:


Course Description

Art 3GS3 is designed to assist students in producing a body of independent studio work building on the foundation of research and production explored in ART 3TS3. The course will support students in developing their personal strengths, continuing their research and pursuing their individualized production of work. Critiques and reflection exercises will support students in the presentation and discussion of their work. The course involves artist lectures, workshops, critiques, visual documentation exercises, and a consistent commitment to studio engagement resulting in a body of studio work.

Course Components

The course focuses on building a body of completed studio work for presentation at regularly scheduled critique sessions.  Peer reviews, reflection exercises, workshops, will occur throughout the term. Attendance at in-class visiting artist sessions is mandatory. Substitutions for missed lectures or workshops can be made with attendance at approved events outside of class time (consult the Visiting Artist Schedule). Attendance beyond the minimum requirements is strongly encouraged as it supports and accelerates your learning and progress in the program. At the beginning of the term each student will draft a proposal outlining their objectives and plan of study for future work. We will use the SMART method of outlining our objectives.








The success of studio courses is dependent on the active engagement of all participants to develop their skills and engage in the art community . Learning is accelerated in an environment where work and ideas can be discussed as they evolve and challenges and successes can be shared.

In order to succeed in this studio course students must develop an intensive exploration of image making.  This means broad experimentation, imagery that explores ideas as well as technique, an integration of processes and complexity of approaches and concepts. 

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 the group critiques 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. Attendance at Visiting Artist talks represents a component of this category. Evidence of participation must be in the log/sketchbook.


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Material Fee 

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
Research Objectives written assignment:    10%     January 29  

A one-page statement that describes where you are and where you want to be by the end of the course using the SMART (Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic and Timed) method for writing objectives. This should describe your approach to content and material choices grounded in independent research. Specific references to relevant research such as artists, theories, visual inspiration, etc. should be sited. Goals for progress should be specified (i.e. By the first critique I will strive to produce…. and by the end of the course I will complete…).

Log book 30% of final Grade February 12  - 15% and April 2 15%
Documenting critique feedback, reflection and engagement in Visiting Artist Lectures, workshops, and group exhibition, as well as readings or assignments given throughout the term.  The logbook is an on-going record and will be submitted for assessment through out the term.  

Critiques 60% of final Grade  
Each student must present a body of work that they have been working on through out the term during.  The critique schedule is given to student in advance please make sure you know what date you are presenting your work. Works that are in progress must  clearly demonstrates the time given for the project: well manage time, complexity and progression.  All works must be completed by March 26.

Critique 1 30% 
Feb 5Group A 
Feb 12  Group B 
Critique 2 30%
March 19    Group A and B (Guest Curator) Please have one piece to present 
March 26    Group And B 
April  2        Group A and B  show case


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:

A list of readings will be given througout the term.  

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.