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ART 2PG3 CONTEMP APPR TO PAINTING

Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2014/2015

Term: 2

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Chris Myhr

Email: myhrch@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 328

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23930

Website

Office Hours: Tuesday 9:00 -12:00 noon (or by appointment), TSH 328



Course Objectives:

This is a 2nd level course that deals with issues in Contemporary painting.  Students will be introduced to a range of artists and artworks, and will be asked to create their own work. Using traditional and non-traditional methods in combination with other self-determined media, students should develop a portfolio of works demonstrating technical skills and strong aesthetic qualities.

Emphasis will be placed on: 

  • Learning the various techniques introduced
  • Developing sensitivity to the physicality of the process, its subtleties and possibilities
  • Aesthetic and conceptual development of the work
  • Defining a personal direction within the genre
  • Demonstrate an ability and passion for working independently outside of class time


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Studio Fees

Studio fee is $50 per student, which will cover a portion of materials you will need for this course.  
Additional supplies are required, including the procurement of ones own paint, brushes, palette knives, and other sundry materials based on required/recommended list (please see list below). Tuition covers instruction, technical and administrative support, equipment, tools, facilities/utility costs, models, visiting artists, and resources such as McMaster Museum, Library, Anatomy Lab.

Required and recommended supplies:
 

  • Acrylic paints (required materials, student must purchase)
  • Brushes: natural bristle and both soft and stiff synthetic bristle brushes (required student purchase) 
  • Ghetto-style palette (student must find and modify)
  • Soft, absorbent paper towels for cleaning up (Viva or Bounty, buy at least a two-pack)
  • Blue painter's masking tape
  • Pencils, rulers, and other miscellaneous drawing materials and tools
  • X-acto knife or retractable razor knife
  • Lightweight rubber/latex gloves like surgical gloves
  • Plastic containers with lids for storing paint
  • Painter’s smock, coveralls, apron, etc.
  • USB flash drive or external hard drive (minimum 5GB)


Method of Assessment:

Grade Breakdown

Hand-made and digital collages/Colour-matched paintings (20%)
Photo-realistic painting on paper/Chuck Close paintings (30%)
Independent body of work, mixed-method paintings (35%)
Overall engagement and participation with the course content and your peers (15%)


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

Achievement Levels

OUTSTANDING  (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)

GOOD  (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

ADEQUATE  (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)

MARGINAL  (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
UNACCEPTABLE  (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 your ability to demonstrate your abilities during in-class activities.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Projects that are not presented by the student during their scheduled critique or on the deadline day will result in an automatic 0.  In cases where a MSAF has been submitted, late assignments will be graded but not discussed at an alternative critique session and no assignment will be accepted beyond one week past the deadline without communication from the Dean of Humanities office.  

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 www.mcmaster.ca/msaf/.  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.    
 
NO WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED BEYOND LAST DAY OF CLASSES.


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 www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

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 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 sas@mcmaster.ca. 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:

Main topics in the course will include:

  • Hand-made material and digital approaches to collage
  • Adobe Photoshop selections and colour treatment
  • Colour-matched painting
  • Photo-realistic painting on paper
  • Large-scale portrait painting and canvas construction
  • Expressive portrait lighting and digital photography
  • Mixed-media and low relief painting
  • Analysis and critique startegies and participation

​There are no required readings for this course. Any optional/supplemental content will be uploaded to Avenue to Learn.


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Other Course Information:

MODIFICATIONS TO COURSE OUTLINE
The instructor(s) 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 Avenue to Learn weekly during the term and to note any changes.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Academic dishonesty 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 information on the various kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, specifically Appendix 3, located at: http://www.mcmaster.ca/senate/academic/ac_integrity.htm
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. (Taking credit if your partner does all the work)
Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR 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 sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

EMAIL
It is the policy of the Department that all email communication between students and instructors (including TAs) must originate from their official McMaster University email accounts. This policy protects the confidentiality and sensitivity of information and confirms the identities of both the student and instructor.

ONLINE ACCESS
In this course we will be using Avenue to Learn for weekly communication, the posting of project descriptions and updated syllabus material, as well as any required digital project materials (i.e. Adobe Photoshop files, etc). Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor. 

STUDIO FACILITY, CONDUCT, HEALTH AND SAFETY

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 wood shop, 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 studio without the permission of the studio technologist or 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 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 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