Professional Practices

Course Details

Course Number: 3913  Spring 2015

Location: Fain Fine Arts Center

Classroom Number: C106

Days & Times:

5:00-7:50pm Tuesday


Office hours all day Wednesday; Monday and Friday by appointment.

Phone: (940) 397-4385       Email: 

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Elizabeth A. Yarosz-Ash   
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Course Objectives


Practical and philosophical aspects concerned with success outside of the academic environment.  A survey of information centering on career opportunities, interviewing, business and professional concerns, this course will involve in-class and outside-of-class activities, discussions and assignments.


To include instruction on graduate school, photo documentation, participation in national competitive exhibitions, grant writing, ethics, etiquette, portfolio contents and presentation, digital presentations, finances, philosophy and psychology of art-making.

Course Expectations


Junior/Senior level status.  Permission of instructor.



1. * "Starting Your Career as an Artist: A Guide for Painters, Sculptors, Photographers, and Other Visual Artists  by Angie Wojak  and Stacy Miller,

2. *  "Art & Fear", Bayles & Orland, Capra Press

3. *  A Blank Journal

4. *  Dictionary

5. *  Thesaurus

For additional suggestions, please consult with instructor.


*THESE ARE REQUIRED FOR THE NEXT CLASS MEETING along with the Time Management Form.








Evaluation of each painting is based on the following:

1.  Technical Quality: Presentation skills, craft of using materials and tools, observational skills.

2.  Aesthetic Quality: level of ambition, imagination, awareness, critical judgment.

3.  Intellectual Quality:  Higher level thinking and processing skills, earnestness of pursuit of knowledge.

4.  It is required that all projects and assignments be submitted on time and completed. 



The following are characteristics of people who are successful in this course:

1.  Positive attitude.

2.  Superior attendance – they want to be in class and they enjoy painting.

3.  Work is submitted on time, every time.

4.  Consistently works for at least 6 hours outside of class every week on painting; spends additional time practicing presentation skills.

5.  Paintings exhibit advancement and progress in technical skill areas.

6.  Paintings exhibit advancement and progress in aesthetic skill areas.

7.  They work hard and understand that learning to paint is challenging – it takes time and practice.

8.  They pay attention to what the professor is saying and take notes.

9.  They are able to focus and concentrate on what they are doing – they are seldom distracted by others.

10. Are willing to change and accept the constructive criticism/observations/advice that the professor offers.

11. Never allow their personal frustration to interrupt or disturb others concentration and peacefulness by vocalizing or acting out during painting sessions.

12. Are respectful of the professor, other students, and the environment.

13. Understand that the casual atmosphere of the studio is for everyone’s benefit, and do not abuse the privilege.

14. Conducts personal research and checks out books from the library.  They know that putting in the time and doing the work assists with intellectual and emotional gains as well as making better personal judgments.  They can also ask the professor questions they have concerning work for this class.




Each student will keep and submit, with the final portfolio, a portfolio that contains:


1.  a copy of the syllabus and course schedule

2.  list of project titles in the final portfolio

3.  documents concerning each assignment

4.  copy of grant proposal and accompanying images

5.  copy of digital documentation presentation(s) on CD

6.  Journal

7.  Self-Evaluation document


*Proof must be provided that each individual's work is original and not plagiarized.

Grading Standards


All assignments are evaluated for grades.  Late work is unacceptable.  Incomplete work, unsubmitted work, work not attempted, late work, etc. will receive an evaluation of 0%.  The portfolio is part of your final grade, along with evaluation of attendance, participation in group reviews, and any other performance-based elements pertinent to each student’s progress.

Presentation materials and techniques will be seriously scrutinized.  Stretcher construction and materials will meet instructors' expectations and approval.



A (90 – 100) = indicates excellent work

B (80 – 89) = indicates good work

C (70 – 79) = indicates satisfactory work

D (60 – 69) = indicates passing work

F (59 and below) = indicates failing work

In addition, I use the following system when evaluating work:

A+ (98)        A (95)         A- (92)

B+ (88)        B (85)         B- (82)

C+ (78)        C (75)         C- (72)

D+ (68)        D (65)         D- (62)

O%: Late assignments, unsubmitted assignment.

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

O%: Late assignments, unsubmitted assignment.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


At Midwestern State University the faculty member is the authority concerning the selection of topics, texts and teaching methodology.  The faculty member has the freedom and responsibility to maintain a standard of student behavior and control the classroom environment.

The student is expected to be aware of the basic tenets of this Code of Conduct (see Student Handbook), as well as the Student Honor Creed.  The faculty member may drop a student from class for disruptive, disrespectful, or unruly conduct.  Excessive absences, chronic tardiness, failure to complete assignments on time, academic dishonesty or plagiarism will cause a student to be withdrawn from the course, and may result in a grade evaluation of "F". 

Attendance is required at every class.  If roll is taken before you arrive in class, you will be counted absent. Leaving class early without prior permission will result in your being counted absent for the class session.  The penalty for missing class for any reason (ex. sickness, lost dog, Dr.’s appointment, broken car, death in family/friend, baby-sitter not available, etc.) is as follows:

1st absence = no penalty

2nd absence = 2 points off your FINAL grade  (example: Grade earned=80% (B).  Grade assigned 78% (C)

3rd absence = 1 letter grade drop on your FINAL grade (example: Grade earned=88(B) Grade assigned=C)

4th absence = F in class &/or Instructor Drop with W/F or F (Instructor Discretion)

Exceptions are through the Office of the Provost WHO PROVIDES DOCUMENTATION

The faculty member may drop a student from class for disruptive, disrespectful, or unruly conduct.  Excessive absences, chronic tardiness, failure to complete assignments on time, academic dishonesty or plagiarism will cause a student to be withdrawn from the course, and may result in a grade evaluation of "F".


Other Policies


·       Students enrolled in studio or art history courses must attend every gallery opening.

·       At every gallery opening, the student will receive a comment sheet.

·       During each opening, the student must fill out and submit the comment sheet.

·       If the student cannot attend the gallery opening, they must meet following requirements:         

1.     The student must write a paper on the artist exhibited in the Juanita Harvey gallery.

2.     The paper should emphasize the student’s reaction to the work.

3.     The paper must be formatted in Times New Roman, 12pt font, and be double-spaced.

4.     The paper must consist of 500 words.

5.     The paper must be submitted to the art office one week after the exhibition opening.

6.     If the exhibition extends past the final class day of the semester, the paper will be due one week before the final class day of the semester.

·       If a student does not attend the show nor submit a paper, their final grade will be dropped 3.3% per gallery opening.

·       If a student misses all of the gallery openings and does not write a paper for each required exhibition, the student’s final grade will be dropped by 10%.





WEBSITES FOR RESEARCH AND REFERENCE (Metropolitan Museum of Art) (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) (Art Institute of Chicago) (The Frick Collection, New York) (Art Museum Network) (gallery exhibits) (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) (Catalog of Art Museum Images Online)



CAMPUS SECURITY   940-397-4239 sign up for this alert


DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES (397-4140; Clark Student Center, Room 168)

Students with disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided.  If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs. 



If you need course adaptations 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 professor as soon as possible.


STANDARDS OF CONDUCT  (Number 11:  Academic Dishonesty)

The following standards and procedures are university policy. All students are expected

to become familiar with the information contained in this publication in order that they may be

sufficiently informed of the standards of conduct established by the university. These standards

of conduct apply to individuals as well as to individuals acting in concert with others (groups,

student organizations, etc.).  Enrollment at Midwestern State University is considered by the university as implicit declaration of acceptance on the part of the student of university regulations. Violation of these

standards of conduct will subject the violator to conduct action. When students are away from the Midwestern State University campus, they are expected to conduct themselves as mature individuals. Irresponsible actions which are reported to university officials or which become public knowledge may be the cause for conduct action. It is stressed that all local, state, and federal laws are supported by the university, and violators of these could be disciplined by civil authorities and/or university officials. Being a student does not exempt a person from being a law-abiding citizen or from conducting himself or herself as a responsible student.


11. Academic Dishonesty: 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 Students’ Office.

a. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to: (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) 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 (3) the acquisition,

without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the university faculty or staff.

b. 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.

c. The term “collusion” means collaboration with another person in preparing work offered for credit of that collaboration is not authorized by the faculty member in charge.



Federal privacy law prohibits me from releasing information about students to certain parties outside of the university without the signed consent of the student.  Thus, in almost all cases I will not discuss your academic progress or other matters with your parents.  Please do not have them call me.  Regardless of these important legal considerations, it is my general policy to communicate with the students, not their parents, even when a student has signed a consent form.  College students are adults and are expected to behave accordingly.



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 appreciated 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.



Disruption of any type (headsets, MP3"s, interruptive & continuous chatting, fighting, exhibiting an arrogant lack of respect for the instructor and classroom environnment, lack of proper conduct in the learning environment, attitude problems, ignoring demonstrations, not participating in reviews, problems staying awake in class, etc.) will not be tolerated.  The instructor will determine what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior. 



VERY IMPORTANT:  Students are advised to CELL PHONES ON SILENT (NOT VIBRATE) during class. 

CELL PHONES OUT OF SIGHT while in this class.  This class requires your engagement, and cell phones serve to detract from that engagement.

1.  If I SEE your phone you will be asked to put it away, and you will lose 2 points off of your final grade.

2.  Should your phone ring/vibrate during class, you are dismissed for the day.  You will silence it immediately, and quietly leave the class session.  You will be counted absent for the session.

Failure to adhere to this will result in more stringent disciplinary action.

(If there is an emergency situation, it is the student's responsibility to communicate with the instructor.  You are to provide someone on the other end of the emergency situation with your whereabouts during class time, and with the telephone number of the main art office.



Monday - Thursday:                 7:00 am - 9:30 pm

Friday      7:00 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday     7:00 am - 4:30 pm (Use south entrance)

Sunday     Access by Maroon card

Student ID and proof of enrollment in class is required after hours. If you have a problem and need assistance, call campus police ext. 4239.

Dangerous equipment and materials are located throughout this building.  DO NOT BRING CHILDREN INTO THESE ENVIRONMENTS.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACCIDENTS THAT OCCUR.  Report any destruction or theft immediately to campus police, department chair and instructor.

MSU Policy #4.123 regarding children brought to the workplace is as follows:  "Students, faculty and staff employees must have a safe study or work environment which is free of unnecessary distractions and interruptions.  It is therefore the policy of the university that dependent children not be cared for in campus facilities and grounds (i.e., offices, classrooms, library, student center, physical education buildings, south campus, etc.) during normal working or scheduled classroom or activity hours."  If you have any questions regarding this policy, please call the Office of Human Resources, ext. 4221.





Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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