Tuesday, August 27, 2013

4063 - Adv Ptg - Syllabus, Fall 2013


Fall 2013 – 3 Credit Hours, CRN: 62393
Section 001: T/R 5:30-8:20pm, Fine Arts Building 104
Instructor: John Norris, Assistant Professor of Art
Office Hours: T/R: 3pm-5pm and by appointment
E-mail: jnorris@astate.edu     Phone: 972-3050 ext. 3755
Blog: norrisartclass.blogspot.com

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Individual work for advanced students. It is expected that students will spend a minimum of three additional clock hours per week on work outside the scheduled class time for each studio class. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite, ART 3063, 3863, and ART 3330 or permission of instructor. Fall, Spring. 3.000 Credit hours, 3.000 Lecture hours.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will pursue individual bodies of work that seek to define a personal visual vocabulary and conceptual continuity. However, this semester individual work will be framed within specific class projects intended to expand, challenge, and diversify working methods and approaches. In the process students will become aware of prominent trends in contemporary painting as well as the expectations and practical concerns of maintaining a professional studio practice. Students will also become articulate in speaking formally about their own work as well as that of their peers. This is a STUDIO CLASS; one which requires that students be actively involved in daily exercises and contribute during critiques.  Thus, students must be present and punctual in order to fully participate.

ATTENDANCE & CLASS PARTICIPATION: All late work will be counted off 10 points (aka one letter grade) for each class period late. For example: if your work merits a 93 but is 2 class periods late, then your grade will be a 73.  Participation counts as 25% of your grade and is based on the following considerations: 1. Being present, punctual, and prepared for class 2. Focus on and completion of exercises during class 3. Participation during critiques, discussions, and dialogues. After 2 absences, 10 points will be subtracted from your participation grade for each class missed. 20 points will automatically be deducted from your final participation grade if you miss the Final Critique.

GRADING: Grading will be based on the final outcome of each project (50%), preparatory works for each project (25%), and class participation (25%).

A: 90 - 100%   B: 80 - 89%   C: 70 - 79%   D: 60 - 69%   F: 0 - 59%

Individual Assigments will be based on the following elements: 1) Indications that the student has fulfilled the assignment as defined by their original proposal 2) a sense of quality showing that the students has invested a significant amount of time and focus into the assignment. 3) The overall success of the final image based on formal elements (composition, line quality, sense of light & volume, etc.) as well as innovation, experimentation, and creative thinking. AGAIN, TURNING IN ASSIGNMENTS LATE AUTOMATICALLY REDUCES YOUR GRADE.  IF YOU ARE CONFUSED ABOUT GRADING, FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS.


1. I will introduce a project framed around a specific concept, subject, process, or artistic movement.

2. We will define a schedule for the project complete with due dates for preparatory and final works.

3. We will turn in preparatory works and hold an in-process critique.

4. We will turn in final works and hold a final project critique.

5. There will be regular slide talks, film screenings, reading assignments and discussions to supplement each project and our general studio practice.


There will be no book requirement this semester, but there will be individual reading hand-outs and we will regularly consult our blog.

You will be encouraged to check this regularly as part of your class participation. THE BLOG SERVES AS A SUPPLEMENT; IT IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR BEING IN CLASS.

MATERIALS: As students will be working individually to define their own bodies of work, materials will be likewise be catered to each individual.  Students are responsible for acquiring the necessary materials for individual projects. Paper will be provided for our collaborative works on paper project.


  1. Students will have a fundamental understanding of the elements of design and a commitment to craft.
  2. Students will possess skill and proficiency in using the materials, tools, and technologies pertinent to their focus area.
  3. Students will be able to analyze artworks and express themselves critically in both written and oral forms.
  4. Students will be able to place their studio practice within both contemporary and historical contexts.
  5. Students will have an understanding of the processes and expectations consistent with a professional studio practice.
  6. Students will produce a body of work that is conceptually and aesthetically consistent and exhibit it according to professional standards.