FAA 5316: Special Studio (Advance Drawing/Painting Studio) 

Fall 2019 Syllabus  

Course Instructor:  


Josie Roebuck: roebucjl@mail.uc.edu / joloroe@gmail.com 

Office Hours: By appointment Only  



Course Description:  


This course will engage students from all disciplines and majors, creating a community of learners and artists. This is an intense studio course that will examine how artists have addressed social issues and their personal expression. The primary focus of this course is not only to help prepare artists, but for students to be able to find their voice. This course is designed to help students discover their own originality by pushing student’s limits with regard to their subject matter and their studio practice. 



Course Learning Outcomes:  


After taking this course, students will be able to demonstrate:  

  • How to professionally articulate their artwork and their process during critique and also be able to write about it.  

  • An active, self-motivated studio practice.

  • Their voice as artist along with creating original work. 

  • The uniqueness of developing a community of learners and artists


Course Overview:  


         This course is an intense and self-motivated studio practice, that students will create a body of work (at least 6 works). Building off each piece by creating a common element or theme, which can be done with any medium of your choosing. All works completed in this class should be larger than 22x30 inches. Student’s will keep a journal and a 3 ring notebook, showing evident of their research and their progress of each work. These will be checked throughout the semester and will be collected during midterm and final week. Student’s will have to turn in a paragraph during each critique of the piece(s) they are presenting, detailing their exploration, problem solving, identifying the artist(s) they have referenced, and explaining their intent behind their piece.  



Journal and 3 Ring Notebook:  


A journal and 3 ring notebook are required for this class. In order to maintain a functioning studio, one must write about one’s work to help further it along. That writing will be done in a journal. A separate 3 ring notebook is to be used to organize your research material of other artists. Each week/ each project you should add content to your research topic. Periodically throughout the semester, I will check both journal and notebook to see the progress each student is making. During critiques and class discussion, you will be asked to share the research you have gathered so that I can make sure you are on track and for your peers to get a bigger picture of your subject. Student’s journals and 3 ring notebooks are a separate grade from your assignments. They are considered part of your participation grade for this class. The journal is worth 15% of your grade and the 3 ring notebook is worth 10% of your grade. 





There will only be 2 in-class assignments. You will be required to turn in 6 works on top of the in-class assignments. We will critique your 6 works throughout the semester, that will co-exist with your 2 in-class assignments. At the end of the course you will give a presentation to the class, showing your progress with your subject matter and so that we can all see your cohesive body of work.  Your final presentation should only be 5 minutes. **Once you have given your presentation, you must email me a copy in order for you to receive full participation for it. 



Assignment 1:  

Objective: Finding Yourself; Due: Week 5- September 25th  


What are you inspired by? Look back through your old images and discover what you are interested in. What already occurs in your work that you want to repeat? For this assignment, you are each expected to choose one primary subject that inspires you, something that can be researched throughout the entire semester.  

Whether your subject matter be a story, a feeling, or simply focusing on your process; the purpose of this assignment is to help you get started with your body of work. Essentially the point is to jump start your creative gears and get them turning and thinking. I am wanting this to be a personal and easy assignment something that allows your individuality and voice to speak.  


Image Size and Guidelines:  

  • Image size must be larger than 22x30 inches  

  •  Show attention to detail  

  • Show ambition 

  •   Show craftsmanship 

  •   Document each stage of the painting/drawing, if you have done any experimentation and your research activity.  

  •  Cannot be done in Monochromatic 

  •  Use color purposefully  


Assignment 2:  

Objective: How to conduct a critique; Due: Week 10- November 6th  


In this class, we will conduct professional critiques, meaning you will be responsible to be able to articulate your work in depth. For this assignment, you are to go to another classes critique and observe and take notes on how that class conducts critiques. Your observations and notes will be shared with the class.  

The purpose for this assignment is to shed light on how one should conduct a critique and the importance of being able to communicate during a critique.  



  •  Must observe 1-2 class critiques  

  • ·Must be an upper level critique  

  •   Have written one page on your observation and be ready to discuss


Work Day:  


Each work day, you must come to class with all materials that require to produce your image. These days are designed especially, to help further your body of work (reaching the required 8 works by the end of the semester) and your research. This time is spent in the class room or in the library (with permission).  





Critiques will happen every 2-3 weeks. Along with presenting your work to the class, you will hand in a paragraph. Each written response of your piece(s) should include the following: detail of your exploration, problem solving, identifying the artist you have referenced, and explaining your intent behind your piece.  


The purpose of the written response is to help each of you get comfortable talking about your work and to prove you have a clear direction that your work is going in. As your viewers, we want to become as fluent with your work as you, the artist, are. 



Material and Supply List:  

  •  Journal  

  • 3 Ring Notebook  

  •  I will provide 2 sheets of Stonehenge 33x40” for each student  

  • All other materials are your preference  

  •   I will provide a material list to those who specify they would like one for a certain medium 


Evaluation and Grading Policy:  


While there’s a varied range of the level that each student is on, I will still be evaluating the quality of the student’s work, the problem solving, creativity, the amount of research into each piece. The majority of the grading will take place during class. I will visit each student once a week to evaluate the progression of your work and research. I will collect your journals and 3 ring notebooks at the midterm and final. If there are missing notes your grade will be effected by a drop in letter grade. Your written responses on your work during each critique falls under participation.  


Assignment 1, Assignment 2 and 6 works = 75%  

Assignment 1= 25%

Assignment 2= 25%

6 Works= 25%

Journal/ Participation= 15%

 3 ring notebook = 10%  



Grading Scale: 


A 100-94 / A- 90-93 / B+ 87-89 / B 83-86 / B- 80-82 / C+ 77-79 / C 73-76 / C- 70-72 / D+ 67-69 / D 63-66 / D- 60-62 / F 0-59  



Attendance Policy:  


This is an intense studio course, and you should be present every class period. Tardiness is not acceptable: if you are tardy 3 times, that will equal an absence. If you receive more than 3 unexcused absences, then your grade will drop a letter grade on your final grade. If you receive more than 5 unexcused absences, you will not receive credit for this course.  

If you miss assignment 1 and 2, there is no make-up, it will be considered an incomplete. Assignment 1 is framing our entire class and assignment 2 is to help your understanding and your peers understanding of how to conduct critiques. You are responsible for all information missed during an absence. Make an appointment with me for any missed classes.  



Special Needs Policy:  

 If you have a disability (visual impairment, hearing impairment, physical impairment, communication disorder, and/or specific learning disability, etc) that may influence your performance in this course, you should meet with the instructor and with the Disability Services Office (DSO) to arrange for reasonable accommodations to ensure an equitable opportunity to meet all the requirements for this course. Please contact the DSO at 513-556-6823, if you require accommodations. 




Classroom Policies:  

  •  Participation:  

    •  Have either hand written or printed analysis ready before start of each critique  

    •    Be attentive during critiques  

    •  Take notes during critiques and maintain your studio notebook and journal  

  •   Project Expectations

    •  Work outside of class time at least 6 hours per 3 credit hours  

    • This will be evident in the amount of work presented during each work day and critique  

  • Class Room Expectations 

    • This is a learning environment, be respectful to your instructor and peers  

    •   Cell phones, Headphones and Computers  

    •  No texting or personal calls during class  

    •  Headphones are permitted if you only have them in one ear- in case I may need to address the class with information  

    •    Computers are permitted during work days to help further your research  



Classroom Clean Up: 


The classroom is not your home: pick up and clean your area before leaving the room. We are not the only class that meets in this room, so be respectful to your peers and other classes.  

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