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Studio Practice/Senior Exhibition, Art & Technology - Art 4901 & 4999

"Practice isn't the thing you do once you're good. It's the thing you do that makes you good." – Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

Sarah Hockman final BFA artwork Rush, by Sarah Hockman (BFA 2016)

Syllabus 4901/4999

Prerequisite: BFA student in Art & Technology and permission of instructor. 3 units

Professor: Amy Youngs email:

Class meeting place and time: Hopkins Hall, rooms 156 & 146, Mon & Wed 11:10am - 1:55pm


Studio Practice: This course provides senior BFA students in the Department of Art with practical experience in the development of new and significant artwork for exhibition, creating good documentation of the artwork, writing a project statement and experimenting with presentation methods.
Senior Projects: This course provides senior BFA students in the Department of Art with practical experience in the development of an exhibition of their work and exposure to professional practices for artists. This includes the development of new and significant artwork for the exhibition, good documentation of the artwork, an artist's show statement and refining presentation methods.

Course Objectives

• To research, plan, pursue and complete an independent artistic project for public exhibition (4901students will submit work to the Art and Technology exhibition and 4999 students will be exhibiting at the Urban Arts Space with all graduating BFA students).

• To practice discussing, presenting and writing about artwork.

• To professionally document - in writing, images and video - a completed artwork, or series of artworks.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students gain hands-on experience in planning and carrying out the creation of a unique, well-researched art project.
  • Students demonstrate an ability to present and discuss art research through writing and discussions.
  • Students gain experience in exhibiting, documenting and writing about artwork.


Time in class will be spent presenting, discussing your progress, working on projects, writing and ideas, receiving critiques and participating by listening and offering thoughtful critiques and ideas for your peers. It is important to be prepared with new progress to show and discuss. Outside of class, 6 hours per week, will be spent researching, experimenting, creating your project, planning your exhibition, writing about your work, blogging, documenting and editing your work for inclusion in a cohesive portfolio.

Within the broad realm of "Art and Technology", the themes and materials you chose to work with in this class are open. This is an opportunity to make the work that you are truly excited about. This will also be the work that you will apply to exhibitions with, apply to graduate school with and/or present in a portfolio that shows your amazing creative skills to future employers.

Evaluation and Grading

35% – Completion of a significant art project, professionally prepared and ready for public exhibition.

20% – Video documentation of the project, including the story of the making and quality footage/imagery of its completion. You will work in teams of 2 to produce a video for each person's project.

15% – Progress presentations. In class presentations on your research, planning, making and/or writing process. Using images, drawings, visualizations, videos, writing and well-considered explanations.

15% – Project blog that includes a description, artist statement, creative influences, technical information, plans, project documentation, and other thoughtful posts along the way that reflect upon your creative process.

15% – Verbal, critical and informed participation in class. Be helpful to your peers, while also practicing your skills speaking about art and ideas.

Attendance policy: 

Timely and regular attendance is an expectation of all courses in the Department of Art. We understand that each student may upon occasion need to be away from class due to illness or other important matters. The following policy recognizes these life issues while establishing a set of academic standards that must be adhered to. Absences are not excused, Attendance is mandatory in all scheduled classes and labs as all absences in a studio environment impede student progress. Student participation grade will be reduced upon the third, fourth and fifth absence. Upon the sixth absence, students will be required to withdraw from the course. If one of the above absence maximums is reached after the withdrawal period, the student will receive a failing (E) grade in the course. 

If you arrive late or leave early or you risk being marked absent. You are expected to come to class on time, ready to work and with all necessary supplies and materials. You are responsible to find out what you missed and to complete any missed work.

Policy on student conduct

Students are expected to abide by the Ohio State University's Code of Student Conduct. A few examples of violations you should avoid:

* Turning in work as your own that was created in some part by someone else.
* Turning in work that violates copyright law.
* Turning in work for this class that has already been turned in for another class.

Disability policy

Students with disabilities that have been certified by the Office for Disability Services will be appropriately accommodated and sould inform the instructor as soon as possible of their needs. The Office for Disability Services is located in 150 Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Avenue; telephone 292-3307, TDD 292-0901;

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Schedule overview

This schedule is subject to change - visit our Carmen course site for updates and details.


24 / W: Introductions; Syllabus overview: project management. Homework: gather documentation of your past work together and prepare an 8-minute presentation for next class.

29 / M: Student presentations of past artwork. Discussion about ideas for this semester's project. Homework: write a 350-word proposal for this semester's project. Include concept, influences and medium/s you plan to work with. Also, prepare a presentation for the class next week which must include at least 5 sketches - drawings, models, collages, storyboards, maps - to get your plans across

30 / W: Project presentation #1. Homework: make an ugly model of your project. Think: cardboard, clay, sticks, hot-glue or for time-based work, a rough animatic. Sign up for a 10 min meeting for next class.



7   / W: Individual meetings. Bring your ugly models. Homework: Develop a weekly plan that includes goals for each week, leading up to your finish date. Turn in to Carmen. Set up a blog. If you already have one, set up a section in it for this semester’s project. Use the platform or, unless you have reason to use another one. Post a link in the Carmen page marked Project Blogs.

12 / M: Discuss planning documents. Class will offer critique, brainstorm and suggest ideas to allow completion of project in the given time. Homework: Work on project. 

14 / W: Work day. Homework: Continue working on your art project.

19 / M: Student progress presentations (#2) and discussions. Homework: Continue working on your art project.

21 / W: Visit the exhibition Leap Before You Look at the Wexner Center. Homework: Continue working on your art project.

26 / M: individual meetings. Homework: Prepare presentation of the top 3 creative influences related to your project. Continue working on your art project.

28 / W: Student presentations (#3) of artist influences. Homework: Continue working on your art project.



3   / M: Viewing and discussing video documentation styles for new media artwork. Meet with your video teammate and discuss your ideas and influences for your video documentation. Find your favorite type of video documentation online and post a link in the Carmen discussions.

5   / W: Work day. Homework: Continue working on your art project. 

10 / M: Individual meetings. Homework: go to artist talk by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle on Oct 11, 4:30pm at Wexner Film/Video Theater -

12 / W: Mid Project Critiques everyone participates both days. 

17 / M: Mid Project Critiques continue. Homework: Exhibition Proposals for presentation next class. Include 1) Detailed description of your work including a description of the materials used; if the work contains performance or time-based elements, please describe. 2) Measurements of each piece (HWD) and total space requirements (estimate square, cubic or running feet.) 3) Pedestal requirements; special installation needs; potential security or other issues; sound, light, electric and/or technology or equipment or other needs. 4) Images of your work as well as a sketch of your proposed layout. Re-asses your project goals and re-write your project plan and concept. Consider the research you have conducted so far, ask yourself whether your questions or interests have changed. Has your process changed? Have your influences changed? Revise your original proposal to reflect your path and plan your current trajectory out into the rest of the semester. 

19 / W: Presentation of exhibition proposals (graded presentation #4). Homework: write an artist statement about your project. Due next class. 

24 / M: Read artist statements and workshop them in groups to improve. Homework: Continue working on your art project. Refine artist project statements and post to your blog. 

26 / W: Work day. Homework: Visit 2 Columbus Museum of Art exhibitions: “The Sun Placed in the Abyss” and Lucy Raven: Low Relief. Free on Sundays. Write a short (300 word) review of one artwork that relates in some way to your own project or interests. Due next class.

31 / M: Individual meetings. Homework: Continue working on your art project.



2   / W: Viewing and discussing the importance of artwork manuals for new media art. Get yours started. It will be due on the last day of class.

7   / M: Individual meetings. Homework: Continue working on your art project. Take time to video and photo document your teammate's progress.

9   / W: Student progress presentations (#5) Homework: Continue working on your art project.

14 / M: Documentation team meetings with me. Bring your progress, let's discuss how to complete. Homework: Photo and video document your work and the work of your teammate.

16 / W: individual meetings. Homework: Bring project to completion for upcoming critiques.

[ ALERT! Graduating Seniors' artwork needs to be complete for drop-off at Urban Arts Space – tentatively Fri Nov 18 ]

21 / M: Work on project. Homework: Assemble a manual for your artwork that includes all important information about your work, how it was made, your inspirations, your overall concept and how it is meant to be exhibited. This can be formatted as a blog post or a PDF. Upload to Carmen or post direct link to it. Due on Dec 7.

28 / M: Final Critique for Graduating Seniors at Urban Arts Space (50 W. Town St. Columbus). Meet there at noon. Exhibition open to public Nov 29th – Dec 17th.

30 / W: Final Critique for Studio Practice students. Homework: work on documentation of artwork.


December Classes

5   / M: Drop-off and setup of Art & Tech exhibition. Homework: Complete video documentation.

7   / W: Class critique of each student's video documentation. Artwork manual due in Carmen.


December Art & Tech Show Schedule

5        / Mo: Art & Technology Exhibition Drop Off; Jury; Install (participation required)

6        / Tu:  Art & Technology Opening 5 – 8pm Hopkins Hall (participation required)

7 - 8  / We - Th: Art & Technology Exhibition open hours from 11am – 5pm.

9       / Fri: Art & Technology Exhibition open 11am – 4pm. Deinstall 4pm – 5:30pm. You MUST pick up your work, we do not store any work.


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