Monday, Wednesday: 5:30–8:20 pm.
This class is an introductory course in metalsmithing. Students will learn small metal fabrication techniques including cold connections, lost wax casting, enameling, etc. along with proper use of tools and shop equipment. Students will also develop ability to discuss and analyze their work and explore creative design in metalsmithing.
Students will be assigned three major projects and several other projects including research, drawings, and presentation (critiques) throughout the semester. Class sessions will consist of lectures, demonstrations, and individual/ group discussions along with work sessions. The students are required to keep a sketch book/ notebook. Students will be asked to share sketches to discuss his/her ideas. The sketchbooks will be collected and graded as a part of the final grade (5pts).
Students must supply required materials for the course. Average materials and tools cost will range $100-$200 for the semester.
Final grading system follows the university policy.
A=90%– above Excellent
C=70–79% Satisfactory (average)
F=59– below Failure (no credit)
1. Each project is worth 10 + 10 =20 points (20 x 3=60 pts.) of the final grade.
Projects are graded based on the following criteria:
Project execution (craftsmanship, structural strength, etc.) 10pts
Technical challenge and Creativity of design 10pts
Points and letter grade.
10–9.7=A+ 9.6–9.4=A 9.3–9.0=A- 8.9–8.7=B+ 8.6–8.4=B 8.3–8.0=B-
7.9–7.7=C+ 7.6–7.4=C 7.3–7.0= C- 6.9–6.7=D+ 6.6–6.4=D 6.3–6.0=D–
2. Development of the idea, technique, and knowledge of the subject. 10pts.
3. Participation and presentation during critiques, group discussions, cleaning, etc. 10pts.
4. Class commitment and effort. 5pts.
5. Sketchbook. 5pts.
Total points 90 pts (100%)
Late projects assignment or missing a critique may result in a lowering of your project grade by one full letter. (Please read the Class Attendance Policy in the student hand book)
The instructor has the right to keep student projects as examples, for displays, and/ or student exhibitions. Projects that are left in the studio or the instructor’s office will be discarded after one semester unless the student obtains permission from the instructor.
Attendance is required for students in this class. More than three unexcused absences will result in lowering the student’s final grade by a full letter grade (10 points of your grade). Each additional absence will result in 10 points deduction from your final grade. Late arrival or early leave without excuse will be considered as one third of an absence. Students must come to class on time with required materials. If you come to class without the required materials, you will get an absence and the instructor may ask you to leave the class. It is your responsibility to obtain the information you missed in class.
*In order to retain an excused absence, students are responsible for providing the instructor with official written documents such as a doctor’s note, funeral announcement, or letter from the Dean of the Students or another instructor, etc.
Student’s Project Policy
The instructor has the right to keep student projects as examples, for displays, and/ or student exhibitions. Projects that are left in the studio or the instructor’s office will be discarded after two month from the end of this semester unless the student obtains permission from the instructor.
Social Justice is one of MIdwestern State University’s stated core values, and the professor considers the classroom to be a place where students will be treated with respect as human beings, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Moreover, diversity of thought is appreciates and encouraged, provided the students can agree to disagree. It is the professor’s expectation that All students be able to consider the classroom a safe environment.
Cheating, collusion, and plagiarism (the act of using source material of other persons, either published or unpublished, without following the accepted techniques of crediting, or the submission for credit of work not the individual’s to whom credit is given). Additional guidelines on procedures in these matters may be found in the Dean of Student’s Office.
1. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: (a) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, test, or examinations; (b) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments; or (c) the acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff.
2. The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
3. The term “collusion” means the collaboration with another person in preparing work offered fro credit if that collaboration is not authorized by the faculty member in charge.
Disruption of Teaching
Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other university activities authorized to be held or conducted on the premises of Midwestern State University. Such activity includes classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other student’s to profit from the instructional program.
An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifference attitude, or for disruptive conduct.
Basic Safety and Shop Rules
The students are not allowed to operate any tools or machinery in the studio without wearing appropriate safety gear such as ear plugs, safety goggles/glasses, dust masks, respirators etc. (Additional safety gear may be required as necessary) Do not use or operate any tools or machines under the influence of any substances. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask the instructor.
Cell phone use: No text messaging, no non-emergency calls during the class time.
In case of an emergency, call campus police at ext. 4239.
If you need course adaptation or accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information that needs sharing, or if you need special accommodations in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with the instructor as soon as possible.
Smoking/use of Tobacco Products
Midwestern State University seeks to provide a safe, healthy and pleasant environment for its students, faculty, staff, and guests. To this end, the use of tobacco products, including smoke and smokeless tobacco, and the advertising, sale, free distribution, and discarding of tobacco products shall be prohibited in all and outdoor facilities and in all university vehicles. The policy extends to staff, students, vendors, guests, and visitors. (Policy 4.163 A)
*You may remain after the building hours and work at your own risk. You must have your student ID and proof of enrollment. Do not block the doors to keep them open!
**If you have valid MSU student ID and are currently enrolled student, you will have card key access to the building.
GALLERY OPENING REQUIRMENT | FALL 2013