Course Information

Experimental Studio 1

Totality, Katie Paterson, 2016

Updated syllabus – January 4, 2022.

SART*2800 Experimental Studio I

Winter 2023

Section(s): C01

 Course Description 

This course is designed as a laboratory for experimentation where students will be actively engaged in exploring a variety of methodologies, ideas, and technical skills for contemporary art making. The studio assignments and readings/podcasts are designed to provide an introductory understanding of formative movements and methodologies of contemporary art, while encouraging a working process grounded in a history of conceptual art, performance art, and video art.

Skills in a variety of media will be investigated including video art, audio art, artist multiples, and text as art.

Participation in ALL studio activities and discussions is critical to learning and producing successful interpretations of assignments. 


 A class schedule will be distributed in the first class – subject to changes if necessary.

Course Blog:

Students will receive links and PDFs for required readings/viewings


Introductory reading notes: (included in participation grade)

Video Art – One Feat Three Ways (20%)

Audio Art – One-minute works (20%)

Intro to Artist Multiple – Artist Buttons (15%)

Conceptual Art Exercise –  Make a Kilometre (10%)

Conceptual Art open media – Conceptual Portrait (20%)

Participation – To receive a full participation grade, a student must post and discuss comprehensive notes, research, and references in the process of creating artworks and responding to assignments. Students are also expected to make meaningful contributions to conversations, critiques, attending and engaging in class materials, and participating in our mandatory field trips. Important Note: More than three absences from class may result in a grade of zero in participation. All classes are necessary to complete assignments and to contribute to our supportive artistic community. (15%)

The Romantic Journey was Usually a Solitary One, Jon Sasaki, 2014.



LAB FEE: $40

A compulsory materials fee will be charged for materials provided in support of required course projects.  The amount will be invoiced by the Office of the Bursar and paid directly with your tuition payment – no additional payment is necessary.  THE LAB FEE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED AFTER THE THIRD WEEK OF CLASSES.

Items Provided by Lab Fee: 

Headphones, digital storage accessories, paper and ink, and other small supplies as may be needed to produce and install projects.

Students will need to supply some basic tools and supplies to complete the course – 

-Mobile phone with camera/video capabilities or digital camera

– computer with access to free online software for editing video/audio

– hard drive/USB for data storage

– Regular household materials

We will make every effort to accommodate all students with whatever tools and supplies you may have at hand – to practice resourcefulness, and responsiveness to the emergency pandemic restrictions and situation. 


NOTE: One field trip is a mandatory part of this course. Students will be informed of the date of the trip in the first class. Payment details be also be available in the first week of class. Estimated cost of field trip (approximately 6-7 hours including transportation): 

** Note this date may change – students will be informed well in advance of this date to confirm the field trip details

Items Provided by the student:

Students will provide all other materials relevant to their mult-disciplinary projects, which may include a USB or small hard drive to keep digital files.  Any museum admissions will be paid directly by the student.


Equipment can be booked through the area technician, Nathan Saliwonchyk, room 318/317, office ext: 53659, lab ext: 54165.  e-mail:
Weekly sign-up sheets for portable equipment are posted outside room 318.
Weekly sign-up sheets for computer stations are posted outside room 318.
If you are more than 15 minutes late for a booking your reservation will be cancelled.

Still from I Promise I Will Always be This Way, Jon Sasaki, 2008.

Equipment List

9x MiniDV cameras, 1x Panasonic HVX200 HD camera, 1x Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, 1x Canon 7D DSLR
1x PD170, 1x Canon Rebel DSLR, 1x Canon 30D DSLR, 2x Nikon Coolpix digital cameras, 7x tripods, 4x monopods, 1x moveable grip arm, 2x Figrigs steadicams, 2x Lowell Tota light kits, 1x Fluorescent light kit, 2x reflector kits, 10x microtracks, 10x mBoxes, 1x Sound Design professional portable audio recorder, 1x Audio Technica studio mic, 1x Sennheiser shotgun mic, 1x Boom pole and carriage, 1x hand grip for shotgun mic, 2x Sennheiser wireless laps mics
1x iPad with wall mount, 8x iMacs, Final Cut Studio 3 (Final Cut Pro 7), Photoshop CS4, Illustrator CS4, Pro Tools LE 8
6x media players, 1x dvd player, Many tvs, 1x HD Projector, 1x micro portable projector with tripod, Many speakers
2x iPod nanos, 1x electric drill, Hanging supplies for drawings and wall projects, Various floating shelves to display object-based work

 University Statements 

Email Communication

As per university regulations, all students are required to check their e-mail account regularly: e-mail is the official route of communication between the University and its students.

When You Cannot Meet a Course Requirement

When you find yourself unable to meet an in-course requirement because of illness or compassionate reasons please advise the course instructor (or designated person, such as a teaching assistant) in writing, with your name, id#, and e-mail contact. The grounds for Academic Consideration are detailed in the Undergraduate and Graduate Calendars.

Undergraduate Calendar – Academic Consideration and Appeals

Graduate Calendar – Grounds for Academic Consideration

Associate Diploma Calendar – Academic Consideration, Appeals and Petitions

Drop Date

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Undergraduate Calendar – Dropping Courses

Graduate Calendar – Registration Changes

Associate Diploma Calendar – Dropping Courses


The University promotes the full participation of students who experience disabilities in their academic programs. To that end, the provision of academic accommodation is a shared responsibility between the University and the student.

When accommodations are needed, the student is required to first register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Documentation to substantiate the existence of a disability is required; however, interim accommodations may be possible while that process is underway.

Accommodations are available for both permanent and temporary disabilities. It should be noted that common illnesses such as a cold or the flu do not constitute a disability.

Use of the SAS Exam Centre requires students to make a booking at least 14 days in advance, and no later than November 1 (fall), March 1 (winter) or July 1 (summer). Similarly, new or changed accommodations for online quizzes, tests and exams must be approved at least a week ahead of time.

For Guelph students, information can be found on the SAS website

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The University of Guelph is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity, and it is the responsibility of all members of the University community-faculty, staff, and students-to be aware of what constitutes academic misconduct and to do as much as possible to prevent academic offences from occurring. University of Guelph students have the responsibility of abiding by the University’s policy on academic misconduct regardless of their location of study; faculty, staff, and students have the responsibility of supporting an environment that encourages academic integrity. Students need to remain aware that instructors have access to and the right to use electronic and other means of detection.

Please note: Whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of guilt. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it. Students who are in any doubt as to whether an action on their part could be construed as an academic offence should consult with a faculty member or faculty advisor.

Undergraduate Calendar – Academic Misconduct

Graduate Calendar – Academic Misconduct

Recording of Materials

Presentations that are made in relation to course work – including lectures – cannot be recorded or copied without the permission of the presenter, whether the instructor, a student, or guest lecturer. Material recorded with permission is restricted to use for that course unless further permission is granted.


The Academic Calendars are the source of information about the University of Guelph’s procedures, policies, and regulations that apply to undergraduate, graduate, and diploma programs.

Academic Calendars


Please note that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may necessitate a revision of the format of course offerings, changes in classroom protocols, and academic schedules. Any such changes will be announced via CourseLink and/or class email.  

This includes on-campus scheduling during the semester, mid-terms and final examination schedules. All University-wide decisions will be posted on the COVID-19 website ( and circulated by email.


Medical notes will not normally be required for singular instances of academic consideration, although students may be required to provide supporting documentation for multiple missed assessments or when involving a large part of a course (e.g.. final exam or major assignment).

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Netiquette Statement:

Be kind and respectful to your fellow classmates and your instructors.

Please do not record, reproduce, or distribute course materials without permission.

The Netiquette statement provides student behaviour standards for courses that are being delivered online.

Online Behaviour

Inappropriate online behaviour will not be tolerated – and can result in penalties for academic misconduct , and have legal implications actionable by the University and your instructors.

Examples of inappropriate online behaviour include:

·         Posting inflammatory messages about your instructor or fellow students

·         Using obscene or offensive language online

·         Copying or presenting someone else’s work as your own

·         Adapting information from the Internet without using proper citations or references

·         Buying or selling term papers or assignments

·         Posting or selling course materials to course notes websites

·         Having someone else complete your quiz or completing a quiz for/with another student

·         Stating false claims about lost quiz answers or other assignment submissions

·         Threatening or harassing a student or instructor online

·         Discriminating against fellow students, instructors and/or TAs

·         Using the course website to promote profit-driven products or services

·         Attempting to compromise the security or functionality of the learning management system

·         Sharing your user name and password

·         Recording lectures without the permission of the instructor


Please refer to the following privacy guide when recording a lecture, laboratory, or tutorial.

Recording of Lecture Materials

The University of Guelph’s primary mode of course delivery has shifted from face-to-face instruction to remote and online learning due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, some learning activities (e.g., synchronous lectures or student presentations) may be recorded by faculty, instructors and TAs and posted to CourseLink for grading and dissemination; students may be recorded during these sessions.

The following statements may be added to the course outline and it is recommended these are discussed in any synchronous courses during the first week of classes. 

By enrolling in a course, unless explicitly stated and brought forward to their instructor, it is assumed that students agree to the possibility of being recorded during lecture, seminar or other “live” course activities, whether delivery is in-class or online/remote.

If a student prefers not to be distinguishable during a recording, they may:

  1. turn off their camera
  2. mute their microphone
  3. edit their name (e.g., initials only) upon entry to each session
  4. use the chat function to pose questions. 

Students who express to their instructor that they, or a reference to their name or person, do not wish to be recorded may discuss possible alternatives or accommodations with their instructor.