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


studio assistant art491, Spring 2014, mark rooker, rookermd@jmu.edu, o.h. 4-5 pm monday through thursdsay, 540-568-6410

course outline:
apprenticeship in metals and jewelry

Course goals
      1. Acquire basic studio management skills by assisting with the operations and maintenance of the Metals and Jewelry Studio.
      2. Acquire basic teaching and leadership skills by assisting beginning students.
      3. Experiment with, and refine advanced metals techniques.
The assigned duties of apprentices will vary according to the needs of program and student, and number of credit hours attempted, but a typical 3-credit semester grade will be determined by the following:

20% Weekly Operations and Maintenance duties
15% Weekly Teaching Assistance
50% Assigned Studio Improvement Projects
15% notebook

Regular semester 3-credit studio classes typically require 5 hours-per-week in class and 5 more per-week in homework, for a total of 150 hours. Students unable to commit to this workload should consider signing up for fewer credit hours.

I'll be using the standards for grades as they are defined in the 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog.
"A" Superior
"B" Good
"C" Average
"D" Passing
"E" Failure
Out of the total of 100 points possible, the grading scale is as follows:
100 - 98 = A+
<98 - 93 = A
<93 - 90 = A-
<90 - 88= B+
<88 - 83 = B
<83 - 80 = B-
<80 - 78 = C+
<78 - 73 = C
<73 - 70 = C-
<70 - 68 = D+
<68 - 63 = D
<63 - 60 = D-
<60 and below = FAILING

Duties and assessment:

Typically, you will be required to work one five-hour shift per week as a Metals and Jewelry Studio monitor. During that shift you will be expected to perform your Operations and Maintenance duties (see attached list), assist beginning Metals and Jewelry students, assist with demo preparation, and work on projects designed to improve the Metals and Jewelry facilities and teaching tools, while improving your technical skills. These Projects will be assigned on an ongoing basis, and will require a minimum of an additional 5 hours per week. You will also be required to keep a record your activities, hours, and details of your assigned projects. You will be assessed on your work through your reports, performance on assigned tasks, your attendance at your monitor shift, and the quality of your work.

Quality of work is defined by the following:

Studio Projects
Breadth of experimentation
Facility Projects
Student Assistance
Teacher Assistance

Attendance and work hours:

It is important to attend every class, be on time, and be prepared to work. Failure to attend class regularly and/or arriving late suggests poor motivation on the part of the student. Therefore, if more than one absence and/or three tardies are accumulated, it will be reflected in your final grade as follows: 1/3 of a letter grade penalty on your semester grade for each unexcused absence and for every three tardies beyond the two "free" absences and three tardies allowed.

You are responsible for any information missed during an absence. No make-up presentations will be given.

Aproximately one hour of work outside of class is expected for every hour spent in class. Open lab hours will be posted.


Group and individual critiques rely on completed work and full student participation, so meeting deadlines is critical. A late penalty of 1 point per class will be assessed on any late assignment. Completed work is to be turned in at the beginning of class on the day it is due. If you are absent on the day the work is due, it must be handed in at the beginning of the next class period you attend. Lost or damaged work will be viewed as incomplete, so protect all completed work with great care.

Office Hours:

My office hours will be 1:30 to 3:00 pm on mondays and wednesdays. Meetings can also be arranged by appointment. Feel free to come in during office hours for extra help, or to ask questions.

Late Add Statement

Students are responsible for registering for classes and for verifying their class schedules on e-campus.  The deadline for adding a Spring Semester class without instructor and academic unit head approval is Tuesday, January 15, 2013. After Tuesday, January 15, 2013, instructor and academic unit head approval is required to add a class for the Spring 2013 Semester. No student will be allowed to register for a Spring Semester class after Thursday, January 24, 2013.  No exceptions will be made to these deadlines.

Students With Disabilities

Any student who feels he or she may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately to discuss his or her specific needs.  Please contact the Office of Disability Services at (540) 568-6705, or visit them in the Wilson Learning Center, Room 107, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

 First Week Attendance Policies

At the instructor's discretion, any student registered for a class in the College of Visual and Performing Arts who does not attend the first two (2) scheduled meetings of the class (or does not attend the first scheduled meeting of a class that meets once a week) may be administratively dropped from the class. Students dropped for non-attendance will be notified via e-mail by the Dean of the College.

Students who fail to attend the first two meetings of a class for which they are registered but who do not receive an e-mail notification have not been administratively dropped by their instructor. Unless those students drop the course on their own, they will receive a grade at the end of the semester.
All students are responsible for verifying the accuracy of their schedules and changes made in their schedule via e-mail and through the web.

JAC Swipe Access to Facilities

Some of the School of Art, Design & Art History’s facilities are accessed by your JAC card. You must be enrolled in a class that meets in the building/room in order to have access to the building/room. JAC access hours are as follows:

Studio Center Front Doors and Computer Lab:  Monday - Sunday, 7am-6am
Memorial Hall Arts Complex:        Monday – Sunday, 7am-6am
Wine-Price Hall:      Monday – Sunday; 7am-6am

During Spring Break, access to all of the spaces listed above will be as follows:
Access turned OFF at 6:00pm on March 1, 2013
Access turned ON at 12:00pm on March 10, 2013

Access will be turned OFF for the semester at 5:00pm on May 3, 2013

Other Policies:

Failure to read and comply with the safety rules may result in loss of studio access and the receipt of a failing grade in the class. Deliberate abuse of the facilities, tools, or materials provided may result in loss of studio access and the receipt of a failing grade in the class. Click here for a complete list of the safety rules.

Only currently enrolled metals and jewelry students are allowed to use the studio and tools. "Public" tools may not be removed from the studio or stored in "personal" toolkits. Lost or stolen "public" tools will not be replaced during the semester.

Any art work not picked up by the beginning of the following semester will be disposed of.

If you recieve an incomplete for the course, it must be made up before you will be allowed any overrides for more advanced metals courses.

You may use a drawer at the west end of the classroom to store your personal tools and supplies as well as your current project. If you use a drawer in the metals classroom, personal items must be cleaned out of the drawers by the last day of finals. After that date, anything found in the drawers will be disposed of. Please do not store personal items in the jeweler's benches


mark rooker, james madison university