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ART 3GS6B Guided Studio Practice (C01)

Academic Year: Winter 2019

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Logan MacDonald



Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: By appointment

Course Objectives:


3GS6B GUIDED STUDIO PRACTICE is a lecture, critique focused, and studio-production hybrid course. The course is designed to challenge students to produce a self-guided body of studio work that is fostered out of research and studio production. Students will be mentored to develop this independent work in ways that isolate strengths and encourage experimental growth. This course is designed to provide critical foundation for entering into ART4AS6, by organizing creative focus in preparation for the final year of the Studio arts program of the BFA degree. Students will be engaged through a dynamic critiques environment, and activities that will provide students with the critical framework and analytic skills to presentation and discussion of their work. The course is further supported by artist lectures, workshops, and readings that will encourage research groundwork and an expansive exposure to studio and material engagement. Central to the course is mentored and peer-to-peer studio evaluation in an aim to explore and enhance studio outcomes. Students are expected to demonstrate self-direction with research, studio-development, and a comprehensive ability to present on their own work, as well as the work of peers.




  • Complete a body of work derived from exploration of hybrid media investigations, focusing specifically on the intersections of painting, drawing and print media
  • Given opportunity for further enhancement and experimentation of material investigations (tools, process and skills) and expansion of self-guided research, with focused mentorship to prompt mature scholarship
  • Research and connect your work within the context of contemporary art practices and theory
  • To communicate ideas that support your work through dynamic course work that includes critical analysis, observational skills, and the presentation of work via critiques
  • Gain knowledge of contemporary and historical artists and the ideas related to specific material and visual exploration

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

All studio production materials and modes of creative output are to the discretion of each students in consultation with the course instructor.

There is a $25 course fee associated with this course. 

Method of Assessment:

(organized by date)




CRITIQUE 1:  25% (JAN 24 / JAN 31)


CRITQUE 2: 25% (MAR 21 / MAR 28)



Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Students who fail to meet project due dates or miss exams risk facing the following penalties:

All late papers, projects, and end of term assignments will be subject to penalization of 5% per day marks being docked off the final awarded grade, with no submission accepted after 7 days. Failure to not submit projects 7 days after the deadline, will then result in a 0% grade awarded for the particular project or assignment. Critiques are treated as exams. Missing 2 critiques will result in a FAILING GRADE.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF, available online at

Extensions or other accommodations will be determined by the instructor(s) 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 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


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 or go to:

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:




Jan 10

In class:  Introduction & syllabus overview & lecture

Jan 17

Working Period

Jan 25

3rd year critique – Group A

Jan 31

3rd year critique – Group B

Feb 7

4th year critique

Feb 14

4th year critique

Feb 21


Feb 28

Working Period

Mar 7

Working Period

Mar 14

4th Year Gala

Mar 21

3rd year critique – Group A

Mar 28

3rd year critique – Group B

Apr 4

Last day of class