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ART 2DG3 Contemp Appr To Drawing

Academic Year: Fall 2015

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Briana Palmer

Email: palmebr@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 429A

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23155

Office Hours: Wed 11:30 to 1:30



Course Objectives:

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course provides insight into the varied functions of drawing including expressive purpose, communication, information organization, idea synthesis and drawing as a form of thinking. A variety of media including graphite, charcoal, conte, wet media, collage, digital media, mixed media and hybrid approaches are included.

Due to the nature of this course it is mandatory that students attend every class. There are demonstrations/ lab instruction, life modeling that can not be repeated.  If a student is absent from class they must follow McMaster’s policy for missed classes.  Students missing classes due to team sports, work or other will not be excused, missing classes with out good reason will result in a failing grade as projects will not be repeated nor made up. 

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES/OUTCOMES

Demonstrate knowledge of materials and techniques acquired through the duration of this course

Demonstrate independent study and creative thinking through development of ideas and materials.                                                                                                                               

Demonstrate a willingness to explore new techniques/processes and undertake challenges in order to expand personal boundaries and creative outcomes.

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.

Participation in-class discussions and critiques.

EVALUATION: THE CRITERIA FOR GRADING IS 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, 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.

 


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

 

Studio Fees

The studio fee of 75.00 provides students with the basic materials necessary for this class. Materials will be given to each student at the beginning of term.  Students must pay the SOTA office before receiving the drawing materials. Please note the studio fees only covers the basics and is an introduction to the materials so students can sample various materials/ mediums. The school is able to purchase the supplies in bulk, which reduces the cost.  Students should be aware that these supplies do not cover all cost and materials and it is the responsibility of the student to replenish if needed, and come to prepared with paper and drawing media.  If materials have been given and  lost  they will not be replaced.  You may also choose to add to your drawing materials with your own choices of paper wet/dry media.


Method of Assessment:

 

Assignment Percentage Breakdown and Due Dates

Weekly 1hour in class assignments - 2% for 5 classes total of 10%

2% will be given for the first hour of the class in the participation of a 1hour drawing exercise.  These drawing exercises are time bound to aid, the development and hone students drawing skills. Students must be present to receive the 2% failure to do so will result in the loss of 2%.

Sustained weekly assignments - 5% for 8 classes total of 40%

Each week students will be given a sustained drawing project during class.  Students will have the opportunity to complete this project out side of class time and hand the project in the following week.  The project must be handed in weekly in order to be graded, failure to do so will result in loss of marks Please see late Admissions in the course outline. 

Project 1  - Group A Oct 22            Group B Oct 29                        20%           

Objects of Importance 

Create a series of small objects (minimum of 4), which have some significance, or relevance to you, that you use everyday. The objects can be anything, however, each of the drawn item(s) must convey, transcend a static object to create ans image that moves beyond the sentimental, iconic or utilitarian function of the object.  i.e. an adorable cat, flowers from a first love etc, wine bottle, cork screw etc.  Presentation, media, image/ paper size are up to the individual and must be considered with the concepts behind the image.   A lecture and images will be given during class to help with the above stated. 

Project 2 - Group B Nov 26            Group A Dec 3                                    20%            

Self Portrait

Create a self -portrait which challenges the traditional notions of  “self – portraits,” how can one change or alter the ideals of this concept to execute the idea of a portrait without the immediate response of a head-shot.  Presentation, media, image/ paper size are up to the individual an must be considered with the concepts behind the image. .   A lecture and images will be given during class to help with the above stated. 

Sketch books - Dec 3rd                                     10%

Students for all classes will document all demonstrations research, projects ideas and other weekly.  I will not grade the content of materials assignments of other classes but rather the documentation of research, information, and other content that has been recorded, such as: artist (not just names but information that is relevant to your practice), explorations of materials, concepts, through drawing, writing and image sourcing, technical demonstrations that are given in any classes.  A sketch- book is a great learning resource for ideas concepts and information that is pertinent to your studio practice.  Information that is recorded in this book has to be important and thoughtful, filling a book to meet the requirements is not helpful to your research or your goals.

Sketch Book Readings (4) Please watch and take notes of the following:

Henry Dager – In the realms of the Unreal ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mbyc3aaw8ps

Mark Bradford:  Art 21 http://www.pbs.org/art21/watch-now/segment-mark-bradford-in-paradox

Joan Jonas: Art 21      http://www.pbs.org/art21/watch-now/segment-joan-jonas-in-fiction

William Kentridge Anything is Possible, Art 21 http://video.pbs.org/video/1619754531\

please choose One artist from Art 21, museum, library`, art journals whom you are influenced by and write a few paragraphs that are of importance to you and your research. 

Mid term

A mid term grade will be given Oct 22 and Oct 29 depending on critique schedule. 

 

 


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.


Other Course Information:

Working in the studio

It is mandatory for the studio arts students to have read this manual.

Studio Safety Art Manual for Students website:

http://sota.humanities.mcmaster.ca/undergrad/art_student.html

The studio are for art students in the program, if you have a special project that requires someone from outside of the program to be in 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, use a sealable container and re- label the container to reflect what is in the container.  Each year the studio has to take unlabeled containers to hazardous waste which is very costly and is direct loss of studio funding for other material or equipment. 

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.

Clean up after you are finished. 

 

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

 

 

Clean up of studios at year end- Wed Dec 9th at 9am

Students must participate with the cleaning of the studios; if a student cannot attend they are to see the technologist or instructor for a clean up task before hand.

 

McMaster University Grading scale

Grade Equivalent Grade 

Point Equivalent Percentages

A+ 12 90-100, A 11 85-89, A- 10 80-84

B+ 9 77-79, B 8 73-76, B- 7 70-72

C+ 6 67-69, C 5 63-66, C- 4 60-62

D+ 3 57-59, D 2 53-56, D- 1 50-52

F 0 0-49

GRADING ACHIVEMENT LEVELS FOR STUDIO ARTS

 

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 their ability to demonstrate abilities during in-class activities.

The success of studio courses is dependent on the active engagement of all participants. Learning is accelerated in a hands-on environment where work and ideas can be discussed as they evolve and challenges and successes can be shared. 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 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.

 

 

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 a zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of an 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 works that is not one’s own for which other credit has been obtained.  (Insert specific course information, e.g. style guide).

Improper collaboration in-group work.  (Insert specific course information).

Coping or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations. 

(If applicable) In this course, we will be using a web-based service (turnitin.com) to reveal plagiarism.  Students will be required to submit their work electronically to turnitin.com and in hard copy so it can be checked for academic dishonesty.  Students who do not wish to submit work to turnitin.com must still submit a copy to the instructor.  No penalty will be assigned to a student who dose not submit work to turnitin.com. All submitted work is subjected to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., Google search, etc.)  To see Guidelines for the use of Turnitin.com, please go to www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

Avenue to Learn

In this course we will be using Avenue to Learn.  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.

Modifications to Course Outline

The instructor 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 course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.

 

Support Services

The University provides a variety of support services to help students manage their many demands. Reference librarians can provide invaluable research assistance. The Student Accessibility Services Centre (SAS) provides assistance with personal as well as academic matters. MUSC B107 and http://sas.mcmaster.ca/

Email

“It is policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all emails communication sent from student to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from the students own McMaster University email account.  This policy confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.”