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TERM:2019-20 Fall
COURSE NUMBER: ARTS 210
COURSE TITLE: Mixed Media
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:

Betty-Jo Lecours, MA, BFA

CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 6)
CALENDAR DESCRIPTION: This studio course explores the principles of three-dimensional design, and develops skills in a variety of media and techniques: papier mach, assemblage, carving and modelling in various materials, and scale maquette. A wide range of painting and finishing techniques are employed. The use of found and recycled materials is emphasized. Students are expected to invest about $25.00 in their basic tools. Materials are provided.

REQUIRED MATERIALS:Tools you should have of your own: Pencil, eraser, small sketchbook, knife with snap-off blades, needle-nose or combination pliers, steel ruler at least 50cm, small paint brushes suitable for acrylics.  Keep your tools in your drawer when not in use to avoid “sharing” them with fellow students.  Tools supplied by the instructor for general use must not be stored in your drawer, andwhen left on your workspace may be moved by the instructor or another student.
EVALUATION:All completed projects are displayed on campus.  Late projects are submitted only by permission requested and granted prior to the deadline. Grading is provided with written evaluation notes using a rubric provided with the assignment description.  There is no final written examination. 
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Cardboard animal5%
Contribution to collaborative installation15%
Papier Mache Portrait Bust25%
Styrofoam carving25%
Storytelling Sculptures30%
100%
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • 1 W Sept 4 Introduction to the studio and course.Messing around with a plentiful, cheap material: corrugated cardboard with hot glue, white glue, and construction adhesive to build a three-dimensional cardboard animal 
  • 2 M Sept 9 Finish cardboard critters and Submit for 5%  (Final Due date Sept 16 but no more in class work time).
  • 3 W Sept 11 Introduction to installations. Field trip to Art Gallery of Alberta to visit gallery and see William Kentridge’s installation Procession. Add/drop deadline.
  • 4 M Sept 16 Cont’d introduction to installations assignment. Tour of installation sites. Assignment into working groups.
  • 5 W Sept 18 Group brainstorming session for collaborative installations sites.  Gather potential objects and materials.
  • 6 M Sept 23 Building pieces for the collaborative installation
  • 7 W Sept 25 Building pieces for the collaborative installation
  • 8 M Sept 30 Install installations and submit for 15%
  • 9 W Oct 2 Introduce papier mache self-portrait project. Demonstrate basic papier mache processes, brainstorm, research and start building basic form.
  • 10 M Oct 7 Continue building papier mache construction and put on first layers.
  • 11 W Oct 9 Continue building papier mache layers, improvise clothing and hair structures. Adding on symbolic elements.
  • M Oct 14  No class - Thanksgiving Day
  • 12 W Oct 16 Final layers of papier mache and application of special textures
  • 13 M Oct 21 Paint-prep portraits with primer or gesso, practice painting techniques with acrylics.
  • 14 W Oct 23 Complete painting portraits. Submit for 25%.
  • 15 M Oct 28 Introduce Styro carving project, demonstrate basic carving techniques. Design styro panel and transfer design to panel.  
  • 16 W Oct 30 Carve styro panel
  • 17 M Nov 4 Continue carving. 
  • 18 W Nov 6 Complete carving.
  • 19 M Nov 11  Prepare styro panel for paint with drywall mud and primer.  Paint demonstration.
  • 20 W Nov 13 Paint styro panel and submit for 25%
  • 21 M Nov 18 Introduce storytelling sculpture project. Consider subjects, found objects, interviews, audio and 3d illustration. 
  • 22 W Nov 20 Choose subject and begin developing storytelling component
  • 23 M Nov 25 Continue work on storytelling sculpture
  • 24 W Nov 27 Continue work on storytelling sculpture 
  • 25 M Dec 2 Continue work on storytelling sculpture 
  • 26 W Dec 4 Last day of class. Present storytelling sculptures 30% of final grade. 


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