Spring 2024 - CA 261 D100

Studio in Visual Art II (3)

Class Number: 6341

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, Thu, 9:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 260. A course materials fee is required.



Continues work done in CA (or FPA) 260-3. Work will combine freely chosen and assigned projects in a variety of contemporary media. Readings will be required as an integral part of studio work. Students with credit for FPA 261 may not take this course for further credit.


Over the course of this semester students will be assigned three projects that will continue to build on the skills, concepts and conditions of a contemporary art practice. Students will work on challenging projects that focus on the development of material, technical, and conceptual vocabularies. Self-organization, motivation, research concerning contemporary artist and theories, developing ways to discuss the artwork of peers as well as your own artwork, will be emphasized. The projects will be enhanced by class discussion, critiques of completed projects, gallery visits and written assignments. Students are expected to attend visiting artist talks. Class time will be primarily devoted to working on projects with group critiques at intervals. Students should expect to spend outside time working on assigned projects, and to actively contribute to class critiques as well as the Alexander studio community as whole.


  • Works produced in response to assigned projects (marking will take in to account the level of experimentation, critical reflection, material consideration and risk taking in the work produced 60%
  • Written projects/presentations 20%
  • Engagement - In-class participation in discussions, studio activities, group and individual critiques. 20%


Grades are determined according to the student’s level of:

- seriousness of engagement with studio practice and the problems posed during the course

- openness and willingness to pursue avenues of investigation relevant to their own progress and needs of their work

- openness to and awareness of issues in contemporary art

- complexity of ideas manifested in projects and how those ideas are transformed into existence ie. understanding of the relationship between methods/materials used and an artwork’s connotation

- understanding of the chosen process of production

- attention paid to the “finish” of works: care of fabrication appropriate to works; presentation of works

- contribution to critiques: level of thoughtful analysis of works

- ability and willingness to integrate feedback from critiques and from instructor into one’s practice i.e. future work and the thinking about one’s own work and other artist’s work

- development of work over the semester: degree of advancement attained beyond entering level of achievement

- ongoing contribution to class group as a whole and the maintaining of good studio practice (clean work area, respectful sharing of resources and space, tools, etc.)

Please note the following:

  1. Attendance and punctuality are very important. Marks will be deducted due to arriving late, leaving early, or missing class. However, you must not come to class if you have any cold or flu symptoms. If you do miss a class, please speak to me about your absence. It is your responsibility to find out what you have missed. Students are expected to be in class and working during scheduled class times; material collection, research, etc., is to be done outside of class.
  2. Students are expected to spend at least as much time on the course outside of class as in class, i.e. 3 hr class + 3 hr extra.
  3. Complete your projects to meet deadlines. This includes installing work for critique prior to the beginning of class. Marks will be deducted due to late projects.
  4. Keep regular notes and/or sketches. You may be required to hand them in.
  5. Daily Cleanup: The last 10 minutes of class are for cleanup. All students will contribute to cleaning up the shop (sweeping the floor, benches and tools, putting equipment and materials away, etc.)
  6. Final Cleanup: No grade will be issued until all work is out of the studio and all tools returned; walls and floors patched, sanded and repainted; all string, wire, screws, nails, masking tape removed, shop cleaned up, etc. (see Alexander Guidelines)



Students should be prepared to provide materials for their projects as/when needed


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Registrar Notes:


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