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ART 3D03 Practical Issues Studio Art

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: MTA

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Judy Major-Girardin


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 27287


Office Hours: Thursdays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Course Objectives:

Tuesdays  8 ;30 am - 12:30 pm

Art 3D03 is designed to familiarize students with a wide range of topics associated with the practical aspects of art. This course focuses on professionalism.  Students will have an opportunity to submit proposals for paid commissions, conduct research and present their findings to their peers in regularly scheduled seminars.  Projects, workshops, discussion sessions and peer assessment exercises will challenge the student to consider a range of issues related to creating, exhibiting, documenting and forming opinions on works of art.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

TEXT:  Information for Artists (published by CARFAC)


This class has a studio fee of $25 that will provide you with a Flashdrive for saving and transporting presentations, documents and photos and will provide a notebook for logging activities and information for all level III classes.

Tuition covers instruction, technical and administrative support, equipment, tools, facilities/utility costs, models, visiting artists, and resources such as McMaster Museum of Art, Library, Anatomy Lab, etc.

Method of Assessment:

Project 1 (20%) Takeda/SOTA Art Competition

Each student will prepare a proposal for a work of art to be exhibited at the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company in Oakville. The theme will be Transformation. The proposal package will include a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, Artist Statement, Concept Statement, Budget, Visuals (sketches, photos, maquette) and will be packaged in a professional manner. Completed packages are due for critique on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. One student will be selected to produce the work for a purchase price of $2000.00. The work will be delivered to Takeda for a public reception the first week of December.


Project 2 (10%) Matting and Packaging Assignment

Each student will matt and package a small-scale work (12”x 12” max size). A matting demonstration will be held on September 15 and a packaging demonstration will take place on September 22. All packaged works must be mailed to the instructor (postmarked by September 28, 2015. This project will be assessed on quality of matting and professionalism/care in packaging. The art itself will not be evaluated.


Project 3 (5%) Reflection on Career Conversation

This assignment is intended to provide you with first hand information and insight into an arts related career. You will report on the panel discussion held in class on October 6. You may supplement the first hand information with other research. Consider reporting on work/life balance, required training/education, pros and cons of the profession, competitiveness in the field(s), part-time/full-time/contract/self-employment options, advancement opportunities, and personal fulfillment in the career(s). Each student must come prepared with questions for the October 6 panel.


Project 4 (20%) Library Proposal

Each student will produce a proposal for a commissioned work for either the Innis or Mills Library Call for Submissions (posted on Avenue to Learn)

Packages will consist of a Cover Letter, C.V., Artist Statement/ Bio, Concept Statement, budget and Visuals. Proposals must be professionally packaged and will be assessed according to the criteria outlined on the Proposal Assessment Criteria sheet posted on Avenue to Learn.  

The deadline for your Library package is October 27, 2015.


Project 5 (20%) Public Presentation 

Each student will be responsible for research on a topic related to a practical art issue.  An oral presentation will be given according to the presentation schedule on the calendar.  A written summary of the presentation (1 -2 pages submitted electronically to must be provided one week prior to your presentation. 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. 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 Nov. 3 and Dec. 1 according to the schedule provided. Be prepared and on time for your date!


Project #6 (5%) Peer Assessment

Each student will complete a peer assessment for two presentations using the presentation checklist sheet provided during class presentations. The results of these assessments will provide peer feedback to the individual(s) who have delivered presentations.  Attendance at all presentations, workshops and critiques is mandatory.


Project #7 Logbook (course engagement/ participation (20%)

This course involves critiques, discussion sessions and workshops focused on learning through group exchange. Your contributions count. Assessment in this category is based on attendance in class, engagement in workshops and discussions. Demonstrating professionalism means meeting deadlines, being considerate of the group, attending to your obligations, and arriving on time and being prepared. Arriving late disrupts the class and will impact your grade in this category. Two late arrivals or early departures will count as one missed class. Assessment for this category is ongoing.





PROJECT #1 (TAKEDA/SOTA Art Competition) – 20% Proposals are due on September 29


PROJECT #2 (Matting and Packaging) – 10% Proof of postmark September 28


PROJECT # 3 (Reflection on Career Panel) – 5% Due October 6


PROJECT #4 (Library Competition) – 20% Due October 27


PROJECT #5 (Presentation) – 20% Deadlines listed on schedule by topic (Nov. 3 - Dec. 1)


PROJECT # 6 (Peer Reviews) – 5% due in class on day of presentation


PROJECT #7  (Logbook) -20% Assessed on attendance, participation in workshops, engagement with discussions and critiques. Due Dec 1



MIDTERM (end of Oct.) = 35% for Project 1 (20%) + Project 2 (10%) + Project 3 (5%)

FINAL GRADE = 35% midterm + Project 4 (20%) + Project 5 (20%) + Project #6 (5%) + Project #7 (20%) = 100%


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:

Please see calendar at the end of this document for readings that will prepare you for class discussions and will assist you in completing projects.

Other Course Information:

ART 3D03 Calendar Fall 2015


September 8    Instructor presentation introducing assignments, course objectives and logbook expectations

                        Small group workshop on CV and Artist Statements

Homework       Bring in a small work to matt (max 12 inches) for next class

                        Read Chapter 4 on C.V. and section on Artist Statements in Chapter 10

                        Draft CV & Artist Statements to Avenue to Learn for feedback (optional)


September 15 Matting demonstration/workshop

                        Work on Cover Letters for Takeda

Homework       Takeda Package – continue with Concept Statement, Visuals and Budget


September 22 Art Careers Panel (Laura Marotta, Stephanie Vegh, Dan Banko)

                        Remember to bring in matted work for packaging demo    

                        Packaging Demo including crates, cylinders and flat pack mailing of matted work (keep receipt)                           

Homework       Complete Takeda Package

                        Mail matted work to instructor (postmarked by September 28, 2015)


September 29 Takeda package due for Critique (20%)

                        Discussion of Innis and Mills Competitions

                        Hand in receipt for mailed work (postmarked by September 28, 2015)

Homework       Write/submit 1 page reflection on Art Career Panel


October 6        Reflection on Art Career Panel due on Avenue to Learn (5%)

                        Revised Takeda packages accepted for adjudication

                        Instructor presentation - Taking Risks without Loosing Your Self in the Process

Homework       Work on Mills or Innis Library Submission or Oral Presentation


October 13      Midterm Recess. All mailings of matted work to be received (10%)


October 20      Midterm grade (Matting/Pkg.) 10% + Takeda Pkg. 20% + Career Reflection 5%)

                        Instructor presentation/workshop - Copyright and Appropriation

Homework       Complete Library Proposal Package


October 27      Mills Library or Innis Library Package due for Critique (20%)

Homework       Work on presentations (use textbook + two other sources for information incl. 1st hand info)


November 3     Presentations 1-6 (20%)

Public Galleries, Commercial Galleries, Artist Run Galleries, Alternative Spaces, Juried Exhibition Opportunities, On-line Opportunities


November 10  Presentations 7 – 12

Canadian Grad Schools Application, Foreign Grad School Application, Funding for Advanced Education (scholarships, TA, Tuition Waivers, Fellowships), Teachers College, Art Related Careers, Residencies


November 17  Presentations 13 – 18

Pricing and Selling (incl. commission, consignment), Transportation and Shipping, Insurance, Taxes, Gallery Contracts, Studio considerations


November 24   Presentations 19 – 24

CARFAC, OAC, Canada Council, Art Bank, Hamilton Arts Council, Social Media and Arts


December 1     Presentations 25 – 30

Promoting your art, Considerations in photo documenting your art, website options for the artist, Art Galleries in Hamilton, Exhibition Planning: a timeline of obligations, Health considerations and the arts

                        Logbooks due 20%

Homework       Read Chapter 18 “Censorship: the Official Eye” in textbook


December 8     Instructor presentation – Copyright and Controversy in the Arts

                        Peer reviews of presentations distributed (5%)



November 3

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

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

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

On-line Opportunities – Internet exhibitions, publications, exposure (not social media)


November 10

Canadian Grad Schools – general application procedures and opportunities for institutional support, produce 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.

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

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

Art Related Careers – a list of possible employment opportunities that connect with an arts degree & salary ranges

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



November 17

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

Pricing and Selling – considerations (labour, materials, commission, experience, overhead costs), building a clientele, consignment.

Transportation and Shipping – PACART, Museum Pros, Art Zone, UPS, Fed Ex, Truck Rentals, contact info. and customs documentation

Insurance – studio and exhibition including costs, local contacts and group artist packages

Taxes – basic considerations, exemptions, registering a loss, HST, accountant contacts

Studio Considerations –listing of options on locating and maintaining workspace (location, pricing, special needs, health and safety, accessibility)


November 24

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

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

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

Art Bank - history and mandate, services, application procedures

Hamilton Arts Council - mandate, awards, advocacy, networking

Social Media -benefits, risks of Twitter, FACEBOOK, groups and other platforms


December 1

Promoting your art - contact lists, printed material, Internet (Akimbo, Instant Coffee, other)

Considerations in Photo Documenting your art - Dos and Don’ts

Galleries in Hamilton - listings, locations, contacts with brief description

Exhibition Planning - a timeline of what to do and when to do it

Website options for the artist - samples, prices, technical difficulty, getting it seen