Summer 2019 - CA 263 D100

Methods and Concepts: Painting-based Practices (3)

Class Number: 5661

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM

    Mo, We 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 160. A course materials fee is required.



A studio course introducing painting practices as they relate to practical, conceptual, aesthetic and historical issues in contemporary art. Students with credit for FPA 263 may not take this course for further credit.


In this course, painting will be discussed in the context of its own extensive history, including the material conditions and ideas that have brought the discipline to its current place in artistic discourse. We will also examine painting in relation to a network of related contemporary artistic strategies, considering ways in which other practices might take their cues from the procedures, conventions and material qualities of painting. A focus on dedicated studio practice will be emphasized.


This course is intended to expose students to a variety of perspectives on painting as a practice, expanding their knowledge of the languages and histories involved as well as the personal and experiential aspects of understanding painting today. Students will develop a fuller awareness of possible modes and positions within contemporary painting as an expanded field, giving context to their own work. Through readings and critiques, an ability to discuss these concerns on a higher level will emerge. Further, students will become more aware of how to sustain a studio practice on both practical and intellectual levels.


  • Projects 70%
  • Participation 15%
  • Readings 5%
  • Presentations 5%
  • Photo documentation & Written reflection 5%


Grades shall reflect demonstrated achievement in meeting course objectives.


-Development of ideas, willingness to challenge oneself -Growth of personal practice over the course of the term -Experimentation and innovation
-Material handling and technical skill


-Preparedness for class (tools, materials, personal research)
-Active and generative contributions to discussions
-Thoughtful, serious engagement, critical thinking and sensitivity regarding the work of others in critiques.
-Unexcused absences will result in a 5% penalty from final mark; unexcused lateness a 2.5% penalty.


-Short, personal response texts to assigned class readings -Active contribution in reading discussions


-On the first day, students are asked to bring either a previous piece of work or sketches for new work for the term. You may be asked to make other presentations over the course of the term.

Photo documentation & written reflection

-Documentation of your semester’s work will be due at the end of class in a pdf. It should include images of all projects, as well as titles, dimensions, and materials. You will also be required to write a reflection on the process of your work over the term.

Responsibilities of the Student (SFU Policy)

A Student is responsible for retaining assignments that are returned in case the Student wishes to appeal a grade.

A Student who is unclear about the requirements for a course, or about the basis on which a grade will be assigned, or who is concerned about the marking of a particular assignment, is expected to seek clarification or to express his/her concern to the Instructor in a timely manner, normally within 10 days of receiving the information.

A Student who is seeking reconsideration of his/her final grade in a course is expected to raise his/her concern with the Instructor without delay, normally within 10 days of the release of the final grade.

The reconsideration of a grade may result in the grade being raised, lowered or remaining unchanged.

In the event that a Student is unable to contact the Instructor, or does not receive a timely reply from the Instructor, or wishes to pursue further a request for reconsideration of a grade after receiving a response from the Instructor, the Student may present in writing his/her request and supporting reasons for it to the Chair. Such a request will normally be submitted within 60 days of the release of grades.


You must check your SFU email regularly to participate in this class. All correspondence with your instructors should be through your SFU-assigned email address.

Registrar Notes:

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