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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Briana Palmer


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 429A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23155

Office Hours: Tuesday 2-4pm

Course Objectives:

Course Description

This course develops techniques and aesthetic tactics of print media utilizing woodblock, sintra, linoleum, collagraph, image transfers and embossing. 

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 she/he 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 absences. 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 students are 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.

Project Criteria

Students must utilize the techniques learned during the duration of the course.

Educational Objectives/Outcomes

1.  Demonstrate knowledge of materials and techniques acquired through the duration of this course through the completion of image making for projects as well as in the learning portfolio

2.  Demonstrate knowledge of studio etiquette and health and safety in the studio environment, students must demonstrate how to use the equipment and procedures during class time.

3.  Demonstrate independent study and creative thinking through development of ideas and materials.  The above mentioned should be clearly demonstrated in projects and learning portfolio                                                                                                                               

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.


The studios are only for art students in the program, if you have a special project that requires someone from outside of the program to come into the studios you must see the technologist 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, continual occurrence of no steel toes will result in loss of studio access.

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 and re- label. Clean up after you are finished. 

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 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 a part of the students learning portfolio.

Clean up of studios

Students must participate with the cleaning of the studios; if students cannot attend they are to see the technologist or instructor for other arrangements a date will be set for last day of classes.

Office Hours

Please make an appointment ahead of time if at all possible I will be in my office Tuesday 2- 4pm

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:



Method of Assessment:

Evaluation: The criteria for grading are 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.


Assignment Percentage Breakdown and Due Dates

Learning Portfolio – 45% visual imagery 10% for demonstrations notes –


Learning Portfolio                                                                   Nov 26


Project 1- 10% Jim Reed                                                        Sept 26


Project 2- 20% Wheat Pasting                                                October 8


Print Portfolio Edition - 15%                                                  November 26th


*Notes on Demonstrations will be due at end of each demonstration students must have me sign off on the notes before they can proceed with the technique.


Mid Term

October 29th 12:20 please make sure your learning portfolio has your name clearly marked as well as project 1 & 2

All work must be handed in for a mid term grade.  Work not handed in at mid term will not be considered at year-end and will receive a 0.


Late Submissions

Projects /portfolios that are handed in late will receive one full letter deduction each day it is late.  If students are experiencing difficulty executing the work, they should contact me at least 4 days prior to the due date and the project must be underway by at this point.  Extensions are only granted with good reason.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

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:

Project Outlines and Requirements

Learning Portfolio 

The learning portfolio is a way for students to quantify what they have learned through the duration of this course. There is no standard format for the learning portfolio, the creative aesthetics of this learning portfolio is entirely up to the students, however it must contain weekly records of class activity (demonstration notes) documentation of research relevant to the students practice, critical reflection, evidence of each process demonstrated with thorough exploration of the mediums demonstrated. 

The quantity of exploration parallels the potential for learning.  If a student demonstrates the technique taught, she/he has 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 multiple printings, broad experimentation, imagery that explores ideas as well as technique, an integration of processes and complexity of approach.

Edition – your gonna cry, cry, cry and cry some more….Johnny Cash

Each student is required to make an edition of prints, the edition number will depend on how many students are in the class, with an addition of 3 extra prints. The imagery and process is up to the student, which will be developed as part of the learning portfolio. Dimensions and edition number will be given during the course.

Project One – A day out with Jim Reed

Students will be working with Jim Reed artist in Residency for the spotlight of the arts during class Sept 24.  The prints created in this class are due  Sept 26 at 4pm in the print studio some projects will be exhibited  in the New Space Sept 27th along side other works that will be show cased for spot light for the arts festival.  

Project Two 10 to 90  

This project will be in two parts creating a very layered textured surface of transparent and opaque, through the exploration of mark making utilizing the technique of a reduction wood cut or referred to as “the suicide block”. The minimum requirement is five layers of colour and the full sheet of honen must be used. The creation of the block and printing of this project will be shown

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