<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> apprenticeship assignments


studio assistant art491, fall 2012, mark rooker, rookermd@jmu.edu, o.h. 1:30-3:00 pm monday and wednesday

assignments for 491

Metals 491 This course is intended to offer a student the opportunity to apprentice in a studio setting, to allow the student to use their skills in new ways, and to gain practical knowledge about metals studio processes.

To complete a semester of 491, a negotiated combination of the duties and projects listed below must be accomplished:


Apprentices will email the instructor weekly to report on the status of their studio projects, and Studio Assistance activities (specific reporting requirements are listed below). Part of this weekly report must be a running accounting of how they used their time that week.

Students will meet with the metals instructor on a regular basis to review their progress. Checklists of studio maintenance, a report of project activity, and any unusual occurrences during lab time should be discussed at these meetings. At that time, new assignments will be given as well.

Studio projects

Projects will be assigned on the basis of current semester needs and skills of the particular student. Documentation of hours spent working on the projects, resources used, etc. should be kept and forwarded to the instructor in the weekly report.

Studio Assistance

Students will serve a weekly 5-hour shift as a Studio Assistant. During this shift students will do the folowing:

Regular, weekly upkeep of the studio including maintainence of tools and machines, general cleaning and organization, ordering and checking materials & supplies, and other necessary studio-function issues will be completed each time a student works their shift as a Studio Assistant.

While in the studio as a lab assistant, beginning and intermediate students may ask for help or information as they complete their projects. 491 students are expected to help students understand tool use, where resources are, and metals process information as needed. They are also expected to act as safety supervisors. Occasional assistance with class preparation and some library research may be required as well.


mark rooker, james madison university