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Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014

Term: 1

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Carmela Laganse


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 430

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23926

Office Hours: Wed. 1:30- 3:30 p.m.

Course Objectives:


Course Description:

This course explores new directions and technologies that expand definitions of painting and drawing incorporating digital technologies, installations, urban interventions, sculptural approaches and alternative materials.


Projects are designed to consider individual conceptual concerns, interests and creative strengths while applying new approaches to an integrated practice.


Educational Expectations, Objectives/ Outcome:

The objectives of this course are to expand the language of painting and drawing in conjunction with applied critical thinking and the independent development of personal and artistic practice.

By the end of this course, students will be expected to:

  • Integrate traditional 2D processes with other mediums as an additional expression of their practice
  • Animate 2D works to convey the conceptual concerns of their work
  • Demonstrate the use of non-traditional materials applied visually and conceptually to existing practice
  • Apply integrated skills to larger scale or collaborative works
  •   Demonstrate a solid understanding of a wide variety of medias and conceptual implications while developing a greater symbiotic relationship with their potential as it relates to the individual artistic practice
  • Demonstrate a solid awareness of spatial visual phenomena as a result of completing projects designed to cross link medias and fulfill specific expectations.
  • Produce a portfolio of work, which demonstrates clear personal creative strategies, investigates appropriate medias and develops clarity of inter-media relationships.
  • Further develop sources and references that can be applied to work and conceptually contextualize individual practice

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Supplies, facility and Material Fees:

A studio material fee of $50.00 must be paid to the School of the Arts office in TSH414 within the first two weeks of classes. This fee enables SOTA to supply some of the basic communal materials in a cost effective and convenient manner to our students. The Instructor, at the commencement of each project, will provide a list of the materials supplied and quantities available for specific projects. While we attempt to cover most basics, students will be required to augment this list by purchasing certain items according to individual choices pertinent to the resolution of particular assignments.


The student is expected to show mature respect, and maintain a professional attitude to towards the safe use of studio equipment, space and machinery.

Method of Assessment:

Projects, Critiques and Evaluation:

At the commencement of each project the instructor will provide a Project Outline. The instructor will explain relevant and particular objectives and media combinations, developing the relationship between course content and the requirements of individual projects. Evaluation information will also be indicated on the Project Outline.


Critiques and Evaluation:

Group interaction and discussion are an integral part of this course, formal critiques to review all students’ portfolios will be held on October 16, 2013, and November 27, 2013 in the New Space (TSH114).


Critiques are intended to develop self-evaluation faculties and promote self-confidence in the public arena. Students will be expected to discuss and explain particular objectives, successes, problems encountered and attempt to place their works within a contemporary or historic framework. During these critiques the Instructor will actively encourage an open and free flowing exchange of opinions. The Instructor will provide feedback on works presented and the student should take full advantage of peer comments and observations. It is mandatory for all students to participate in all critique sessions.


Because ART 3PD3 is an upper level course, the instructor, may on occasion, invite external reviewers to participate and evaluate student works through the critique format. This pedagogical practice provides the students alternative perspectives of their practice and work as well as connecting them to the greater artistic community of Hamilton. The instructor will notify the students of any external guests participating in reviews/critiques.


All projects and allied material (sketchbooks) will constitute a final portfolio; this portfolio is due on the last day of classes, December 4, 2013. Incomplete portfolios will be penalized accordingly. A grade indicative of the student’s progress will be provided on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.


The final portfolio must include a list with the following items of information about each work:

Title, Media, Dimensions and Date of completion. Each list will be headed with the student’s name, the course number, the Instructor’s name and the date the work was submitted.



Submitted by: Jane Doe

Dimensional Material Investigations, Art1DM3

For: Carmela Laganse

Date submitted: Oct. 18/2013


Title: “Big, Black Beetle”, 2013

Video, Format: mov

3 mins.


All works, research notations, preparatory notes, photographs, written documentation, videos, photocopies, CD or DVD files will be considered part of the final portfolio and should be submitted in your sketchbooks. Sketchbooks will be evaluated based on personal investment, problem solving, artistic activity and creative exploration.


The Instructor will determine the student’s grade by evaluating the work presented at the critique and the student’s portfolio, which should display the student’s creative sensitivity and sensibilities and a willingness to explore and embrace innovation. The portfolio should also demonstrate clarity and complexity of ideas represented by the works, the students’ conceptual strengths and their application and technical understanding of media manipulation. The instructor will take into consideration the students’ active participation in the discussion and critique sessions, their commitment and willingness to exceed the basic requirements of the course.


University grade scale or percent equivalences used to calculate final grades.

A+ = 90-100; A = 85-90; 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.


In the Project Outline, each project will be evaluated based on the following considerations and weighted according to the objectives of the project:

  • Creativity/ exploration/ experimentation/ innovation              
  • Craftsmanship/ presentation                                               
  • Problem solving                                                                  
  • Your use of technique, material and technical skill to convey your concept
  • Personal investment in your work, participation in critiques and studio community/ environment   



Your grades will be comprised of the following:

Project 1: Due Oct. 16                                    20%

Special Project: Due Oct.16                           10%

Project 2: Due Oct. 16                                     20%

Project 3: Due Nov.27                                     20%

Project 4: Due Nov.27                                     20%

Sketchbooks: Due Dec.4                                10%

Portfolios/Total                                              100%

Due Dec. 4



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 is Mandatory:

There are 12 classes per term each four hours in length so an absence is a significant loss of time.  Each student is entitled to one absence if reported with the McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF). This system is in place to accommodate illness and other extenuating circumstances that warrant a missed class. However, missed classes affect the shared dynamic of our studio/learning environment. Your presence/absence will be noted and reflected in your participation grades.


Late Projects/Assignments:

Projects that are not presented by the student during their scheduled critique will be marked as 0. Work that is handed in late will receive a penalty of one full letter grade for every academic day it is late. Exceptions to this policy will only be considered in specific instances where a student is eligible to file a McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF) and follows the proper procedure online at 


Course Schedule



Week 1: September 11

Introduction, Studio layout, safety information.

Workshop/ Media lecture: Work and Process

Project One: “Your Tools, Your Body, Your Work”, 20%of final grade.


Week 2: September 18

Workshop: Brush/Tool making

Project Two: “2D, 3D, 2D, 2D”, 20% of final grade

Brushes/Tools should be made by next week (Sept. 25) and work continued on Projects One and Two


Week 3: September 25

Special Project: visiting artist Jim Reed. Shuttle bus to site for open air paint/draw session.

Special Project: 10% of final grade. Students are expected to complete this project by the end of class. This Special project will be presented for critiques (Oct. 16)


Week 4: October 2

Workshop/Media Lecture: New approaches to acrylic media, transfers

Continued work on Projects


Week 5: October 9

Workshop/Media Lecture: Sets, Paper and Light

Continued work on Projects


Week 6: October 16

Projects One and Two due today. Critique of work to date. All work should be set up and ready to present in the New Space before the critique.


Week 7: October 23

Midterm progress grades

Workshop: Time based 2D- Media Lecture, Stop motion animation

Project three: “Animate in Space”, 25%of final grade

Project four: “Media Translation”, 25%of final grade


Week 8: October 30

Workshop/Media lecture: Site Specific and Installed works


Week 9: November 6

Workshop/ Media lecture: Playing with Materials, Implied Content through Material


Week 10: November 13

Continued work on projects


Week 11: November 20

Continued work on projects


Week 12: November 27

Projects 3 and 4 due today for final critiques. All work should be set up and ready to present in the New Space before the critique.


December 4- Last day of classes

Absolute deadline, as all portfolio works are due. Portfolio submissions and studio clean up will be explained.


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:

Recommended Resources:

Students should take full advantage of the McMaster Library holdings, the McMaster Art Museum, all public, alternate and private art galleries or spaces in the Hamilton and Toronto region.


The Library, in particular, has an extensive collection of Art books a wonderful source of material that students should take advantage of when researching their assignments.


This year, there are a variety of events, visiting artist talks, and exhibitions programmed in our artistic community. It is strongly suggested you attend as many of these events and document a response in your sketchbooks. Your engagement is beneficial to your education, personal experience and community.

Other Course Information:

Office Hours:

Office hours are intended to provide additional assistance and you are welcome to visit often to discuss course projects or seek assistance on difficulties you may be experiencing. It is always better to deal with an issue while there is still time remaining in the term to seek solutions. Office hours are not a replacement class for those opting to miss class time without valid excuse. Office hours will not provide feedback sessions if you miss a deadline. It is important that you learn to manage your time. Of course, extenuating circumstances can sometimes occur and requests for accommodation should be discussed with the instructor a.s.a.p.


Extensions or Accommodations:

Extensions or other accommodations will be determined by the instructor 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. NO WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED BEYOND THE LAST DAY OF CLASSES.

Safety in the Studio :

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.


A Friendly Reminder…

  • It is very good practice to keep an image bank and sketchbook. Your interests and visual environment are partly what informs your work.
  • We are a close community, the Instructor would appreciate being notified of any problems the student may encounter with the coursework, absence due to illness etc. The instructor is available to discuss issues individually if the need arises- please email to schedule an appointment
  • Your participation, insight, feed back, response and constructive criticism is valuable and can be a great tool in our shared studio environment.
  • The studios are shared environments-please clean up after yourselves and treat your facility, equipment and each other with respect.
  • Be fearless with learning and your art practice, feel free to ask questions and talk about your work with me.