Advanced Multi-Disciplinary Syllabus

AR 3940- Advanced Multi-disciplinary Studio

This course emphasizes idea development; the relationship between the Artist, the Art Object and the Viewer within the context of contemporary culture; and finding one’s own artistic voice.   Students work intensively with peers across Art disciplines.  Projects are developed and adapted to fit specific students’ chosen media.  Additional course fee required. Prerequisite(s): (AR3220 Foundations of Ceramics: Exploration and AR3230 Foundations of Ceramics: Wheel Explorations) or (AR3060 Foundations of Sculpture: Representing the Body and AR3160 Foundations of Sculpture: Objects and Ideas)

Objectives: Through your work in this course, you will:

  • Continue the development of your own personal artistic voice;
  • Continue the development of your ability to critique, discuss, and write about your own work;Improve your art-making process to strengthen efficiency and enhance creativity;
  • Give you experience working more independently, including meeting your own deadlines, developing your own concepts, and setting up your own mini-critiques with me and with other artists;
  • Learn to link varied materials together through the connotation of the objects;
  • Learn to choose appropriate fabrication techniques to realize ideas;
  • Explore special issues of working in large scale (time, cost, connotation, etc), and in surprising scale;
  • Explore working in an outdoor environment without traditional tools and materials;
  • Explore natural materials and processes, and how they contrast with conventional studio materials and processes;
  • Gain skills in professional presentation (scale drawings, paperwork, gathering of sample materials, etc);
  • Learn to work collaboratively;
  • Utilize the skills with materials, techniques, and ideas that have been developed throughout Foundations and upper level program course work;
  • Explore independent art-making to assist with the transition to the BFA thesis, graduate school, or life as a working artist;
  • Digitally document work for future reference and use;
  • Articulate in words and in writing your artistic interests;
  • Make a piece from start to finish while managing your own time, the gathering of materials, fabrication processes, and idea development;
  • Work in diptychs and other multiples in a way that enhances the relationships among the objects in the piece.


Assignments will consist of two blogs, and a presentation blog on contemporary artists working in a manner or style related to your own work; occasional assigned readings; and 4-6 projects, one of which will be a group project.  Upon completion of each project, there will be a group critique—the equivalent of a test—to discuss the issues and methods involved in the project; these should not be missed, and active participation is expected.  You will also be required to keep an Eport where you document your process and produce drawings, maquets, or renderings of each project before you work on the finial piece.  This will account for a significant portion of each project grade.


 At the end of the semester you will be awarded full Attendance points if you have 3 or fewer absences.  If you have from 4-6 absences, you will be awarded 1/2 credit for Attendance.  If you have more than 6 absences, you will receive no credit for Attendance.  There is no need to inform me about the reason for your absences since you receive those 3 free absences to use for reasons such as illness, death in the family, school travel, sports, and other serious matters.  If you have a devastating emergency which will cause you to miss two weeks or more of school, you should contact Undergraduate Studies so that they may advise you on the best course of action.


  • 50%   Projects
  • 20%     3 Blog entries
  • 10%     Participation
    • Engagement During Class (50%)
    • Attendance (50%)
  • 20%     EPort

Required Materials:    

  • Sketch Book and Eport
  • Other materials TBD: You are expected to supply some of your own materials for this course.  Please budget accordingly.


You are expected to follow rules of safe operation in the wood, metal, ceramics, or other studios used. This includes maintaining an uncluttered and clean work space, dressing appropriately, etc.  If you need a refresher course on any tool operation or safety procedure, make sure to ask.  You will be held responsible for knowledge of safety protocols, and will be tested frequently on them. 

Covid-19 Studio Sign up:  

There is a requirement that students work a minimum of 2 hours of studio time outside of class per week. The studios are open from 8am-11pm and are available to you whenever class is not in session. Sign up in ½ hour blocks to reserve your spots. You can do this two ways:   

  1. Reserve your spot in advance using the URL ( or the QR code on the door of the room; 
  2. Take a chance and just show up at the Studio and hope there is a spot for you (6 Students at any one time MAX!).  If you do this, use the URL or QR code to sign up when you arrive so that we have a record of your attendance, which is required for the course and which helps with contact tracing for COVID.  

Tips for signing up: 

  • To sign up for slots, scan the QR code on the door of the studio, or just visit this link: (
  • Scroll down the sheet until you get to the bottom where the WEEKS are listed and select the week you’re looking to sign up for. 
  • Want to sign up for regular blocks throughout the semester? Go ahead! Good planning strategy!  
  • Areas darkened out are class times and not available for signup. 
  • Sign up with your friends if you want to work together!
  • Make sure you sign up before entering the room! 
  • IF you decide to roll the dice and show up without reserving a spot in advance, you can only sign up and enter IF THERE ARE LESS THAN 6 PEOPLE IN THE ROOM AND AN OPEN SPOT ON THE SIGN UP SHEET. There is a maximum of 6 people in this studio at a time and you MUST BE SIGNED IN to use the studio! People who have signed up on the sheet get priority when they arrive. If there are 6 people signed up and only 5 in the room, you can go in and work until that sixth person arrives and then, because they reserved the spot, you will need to leave.  Please make this an easy and comfortable arrangement for everyone! 
  • Unfortunately, due to space limitations, people not enrolled in courses are not allowed in the studios this semester.   


  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth at all times for the safety of you and those you work with in the classroom.
  • Please use the designated entrance and exits for the room to keep social distancing at a maximum.
  • Please consider there can be no sharing of tools or materials to contain any potential Covid-19 outbreaks. All materials and tools will need to be marked and stored accordingly.
  • Universally used equipment such as rolling pins, the slab roller, spray bottles, and other items will need to be wiped down after each use with disinfecting wipes located near the equipment location or storage area.
  • Sinks: there are 7 available sinks in the rooms of the ceramics studio and exterior bathrooms. Please keep to one person per sink when cleaning up to leave. If you come in outside class time you will also need to use the same sink.
  • Assigned seating: on the first day of class you will be choosing the seat you sit in for the semester. Please sit in that seat for Face to Face (F2F) class times.

ADA Requirements

  • Plymouth State University is committed to providing students with documented disabilities equal access to all university programs and facilities. If you think you have a disability requiring accommodations, you should contact Campus Accessibility Services (CAS), located in Speare (535-3300) to determine whether you are eligible for such accommodations. Academic accommodations will only be considered for students who have registered with CAS. If you have authorized CAS to electronically deliver a Letter of Accommodations for this course, please communicate with your instructor to review your accommodations.

Art Department Policy on Unclaimed Artwork

Any student participating in a studio course in the Art Department at PSU is responsible for removing from the premises the artwork he/she creates in that class at the end of the course. Any artwork left behind by a student from a course at the end of the semester will be saved or disposed of at the discretion of the instructor or Program Coordinator. The  Art Department cannot ensure safety, conservation, or appropriate storage of work. If the artwork is saved, it will be used as a teaching resource for future classes.

Any artwork that is in a departmentally endorsed or sponsored exhibit and which is unclaimed by the artist at the end of that exhibit will be retained by the department for a period of 6 months. However, during this time, the Art Department cannot ensure safety, conservation, or appropriate storage of work. At the end of  30 days, the work will be reviewed by a departmental vetting committee to determine if the artwork will be retained or discarded. If the artwork is retained, it will be used as a teaching resource and Images of that artwork will be used for any public relations purposes as the Department and University see fit.

Teacher Education CHECK Framework

 CHECK: The Plymouth State University Teacher Education Conceptual Framework: 

C  = COLLABORATION: Students will collaborate in a small group setting to develop a written and oral presentation on societal issues; develop lesson plans in small groups.

H = HOLISM: Students will identify individual learning styles and research and document how societal issues influence learning and the whole child.

E = EXPERIENCE: Students will engage in 10 hours of classroom observation documented by an observation/participation log.

C = COMMITMENT: Students will exhibit professionalism in dress and manner throughout their 10 hours of observation/participation and for group presentations.  Students will be expected to complete all course assignments on time.  Students will be expected to collaborate with peers for group projects.

K = KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of course subject matter.


Grading will be done on Moodle as well as potential quizzes.