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ART 400 A: Interdisciplinary Visual Arts Senior Studio

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 5:20pm
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Curt Labitzke
Curt Labitzke

Syllabus Description:

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ART 400

Fall Quarter 2020   Monday/Wednesday 2:30-5:00



5 Credits


School of Art Health and Safety Video.  Check it out!  And thank you Kim.

Fall Quarter Art 400 and Art 245  Courses Link

AUTUMN 2020 IVA : Shared Drive

Please check this link regularly to see added demonstrations and other student's works in progress.

You’ll be posting images of your work to your designated folder here and to our Canvas Course Site weekly.

 Instructor:  Curt Labitzke

Instructional Technician:  Kim van Sommeren


 This class will not meet on campus Fall Quarter 2020.

All work will be completed at home in individual studio spaces.


This course will be a numerically graded course.


Students are required to spend a minimum of 10-15 hours per week, including class time, for this course. 


 Interdisciplinary Visual Art Senior Studio is an advanced course designed for graduating IVA seniors interested in an intensive studio based class ending with a group exhibition of student art works.  

This class is not medium or technique specific.  Students will propose, design, build and exhibit one ambitious studio based visual art project.  Students are asked to focus on the methods and materials they are confident with as no technical demonstrations will be given. 

Due to current State Safe Campus Guidelines most students will be working remotely.  There may, however, be a limited number of slots available for a few qualifying senior students to work on campus in a very limited capacity.   Art Advising will be notifying all eligible students.  We will be discussing this possibility on the first day of classes.

There may be a possibility for there to be an on campus exhibition but at this moment the final exhibition will most likely be online and accessible through the School of Art Website.  More on this the first day as well.

UW Daily Article on teaching printmaking on line.

Grading Rubric


(See Assignments for details)


#1 Uploaded Photograph of your Home Studio Area to Canvas and Google Folder 5%

#2 Introductory Presentation 5%

#3 Written Working Proposal 10%

#4 One page research paper/presentation based upon your source material, influences and other related information necessary to your project.  15%

#5 The Project   40%

Students will be asked to design one ambitious individual project this quarter based upon their goals, interests, abilities and limitations in consultation with the me.

#6 End of Quarter Written Summary of what you learned this quarter 5% of final grade.

#7 Quarter long Participation 20% of final grade.

Being an active participant during all class discussions.




All the info on this is also on The School website on the lab computer page at the top under COVID update:

Be sure to note this is NOT suitable for any last minute assignment output. There are limited hours that prints can be done, and portions of just three days for material pickup.




WEEK 1           


 W S 30         2:30 ZOOM MEETING.  Scheduled for every class period.

                         First day of class.  Welcome back!  Attendance required to continue in the course.

                         Introductions, handouts, overview of the course, expectations and goals.

                         Using Canvas, Zoom and screen sharing projects.

                         Introduce Photographing Your Workspace Project #1.

                        Introduce Working Proposal Project: Due Monday 12.

                         Your presentations next week.

                         Start sketching/drawing at home. 

                      What's up  Next Week


Today's video recording:



M O 5             Health and Safety Talk and Kim Introduction

                           Introduce Research Project: Due October 26


Zoom recording of today's class:

W O 7           Introductions:  What I did this summer.  My goals for the quarter. 

                          Questions and what's happening Monday.

                          Assignment # 1 Due today: Photo of your work space.


WEEK # 3


M O 12        Finish introduction presentations.

                        Assignment # 2 Due today:  Working Proposal.

Today's recording:

W O 14     Breakout Sessions: Show and tell of working proposal to group.

                         Have 3-5 images each to share on your desk top.


WEEK # 4


M O 19        Optional drop in meetings w/Curt


W O 21       WORK DAY.

See schedule for your day/time slot for Research Project Presentations.




M O 26          Research Project Presentations.  Ten Minutes Each.

                          See schedule for your day/time slot.


Today's class recording:


W O 28         Research Project Presentations.  Ten Minutes Each.

Today's presentations:


  WEEK # 6


M N 2           Finish Research Presentations


Today's recorded presentations

W N 4          Discussion: Critiquing Strategies.

                    See dictionary definition and questions/prompts in your email and Pages section here.  


Week # 7    


M N 9       Schedule for Individual meetings with me next week.

                  Need a drop in chat, join the Zoom for toady.

                  What to prepare.

W N 11     Veteran's Day.  No School


WEEK # 8


 M N 16     Individual Meetings with Curt:  Part One.  15 minutes Each.  See schedule for your day/time slot .

                   Be prepared to show your most recent work and thoughts/questions regarding your  project.

                   When you are not meeting with me during your scheduled time you should be using the time to work.


W N 18    Individual Meetings with Curt:  Part Two.  15 minutes Each.  See schedule for your day/time slot .

                  Be prepared to show your most recent work and thoughts /questions regarding your project.

                  When you are not meeting with me during your scheduled time you should be using the time to work.


WEEK # 9


M N 23     Small group Breakout Sessions: Work in Progress.  Prepare two questions for your group.

                     Curt to send Postcard to the Printer.  I'll need your current mailing address.

W N 25    Studio Work Day.  Optional Drop ins w/Curt. 

                     Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


WEEK # 10


M N 30   Small Group Break out Sessions.  Work in Progress.  Prepare two questions for your group.

W D 2    Studio Work Day.  Drop ins with Curt if you have questions or need help.

                  Submit/share wall text and resume to Discussions.



WEEK # 11


M D 7    Final Group Presentations Part One.

                  Have 3-5 images ready to share with the group.  What did you learn this quarter.

                  Curt mail out Postcards to everyone.


W D 9     Last Class Period for the Quarter.  That went quick!

                    Final Group Presentations  Part Two.

                    Have 3-5 images ready to share with the group.  What did you learn this quarter.


T D 15   2:30  End of the Quarter Wrap up.

                                 Final Project and all work for the quarter including your Summary:

                             What you Learned This Quarter.  Due Today.  No Exceptions.






Important Information for all Students


Equal Opportunity

The School of Art reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran in accordance with UW policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.


Disability Accommodation

  • If you would like to request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 (V/TTY) or
  • If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating you have a disability that requires academic accommodation, please present the letter to me so we can discuss the accommodations you might need for the class.


Participation Policy

  • Absences from class prevent participation and may negatively affect grades.
  • If you miss class due to illness or emergencies immediately notify your instructor and insure that all missed assignments and exams are completed.



  • Plagiarism is defined as using in your own work the creations, ideas, words, inventions, or work of someone else without formally acknowledging them through the use of quotation marks, footnotes, bibliography, or other reference.
  • Please check with your instructor if you have questions about what constitutes plagiarism.
  • Instances of plagiarism will be referred to the Vice Provost/Special Asst to the President for Student Relations and may lead to disciplinary action.


Incomplete Grades  an incomplete is given only when you:

  • Have been in attendance and done satisfactory work through the eighth week of the quarter.
  • Have furnished satisfactory proof to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond your control.


Concerns about a course, an instructor, or a teaching assistant

  • Talk with the instructor in charge of the class as soon as possible.
  • If you are not comfortable talking with the instructor or are not satisfied with the response that you receive, you may contact the Director of Advising and Student Services, Judith Clark, Art 104, 206-543-0646
  • If you are not satisfied with the response that you receive you may contact the Chair of the School o f Art, Christopher Ozubko, 102 Art.


Examination Schedule

  • Students are required to take exams as scheduled.
  • Exceptions are granted in cases of documented emergencies and must be approved by instructor.


Grade Appeal Procedure   If you are concerned that the grade you received for a class is incorrect:

  • Contact the instructor who issued the grade and discuss the matter with her/him.
  • If not resolved to your satisfaction make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising and Student Services, Judith Clark, 104 Art, 543-0646.
  • If necessary submit a written appeal to the Director of the School of Art who will take the matter under advisement and call a faculty committee to review the student’s course work and make a final determination concerning the grade dispute.


Materials Fees

  • All art and art history classes have materials fees that are billed on your tuition statement. Information is available in 104 Art.
  • If you drop a class in the first five days of the quarter, the fee is automatically removed from the quarterly billing.
  • If you drop after the first five days (and before using any class materials) you must petition for a refund. Studio Art Fee Refund Petitions are available in 102 Art.
  • The School of Art cannot process any petitions received after noon on the last day of the quarter.


Building Use Policy

  • The Art building is open to students 365 days a year from 6am to 11pm.
  • Students wishing to work in the building after 11pm obtain a key and building pass from Ann Greene in 102 Art.
  • For the safety of our students, the campus police frequently monitor the facility. Individuals found without a pass may be asked to leave the building.
  • All students working after hours in the studios and classrooms must maintain quiet, refrain from tampering with the work of others, and follow all regulations established by the faculty for each classroom/studio.
  • Students who are not enrolled in classes for the quarter may not use the facilities, classrooms or studios in the School of Art.
  • All students taking studio classes are expected to follow faculty direction in terms of keeping classrooms clean, safe, and workable for themselves and others.


Locker Policy

  • The Academic Advising & Student Services Office, 104 Art rents lockers, by the quarter or academic year, on the first day of each quarter.
  • No refunds will be made for unused or returned lockers.
  • The deadline for cleanout is the last day of finals for each quarter. Items found in lockers after the deadline will be discarded. If you choose not to renew, please bring your lock back to 104 Art.



  • Many of the substances and equipment used in creative processes can be hazardous to you and others if used incorrectly. Enrollment in a class requires the student to know, understand and comply with all safety and equipment use policies in each classroom/studio.  These guidelines are distributed to students on the first day of each class.
  • Art Hazards in the School of Art handout is an excellent beginning resource for learning about these dangers. This handout is available in the Academic Advising and Student Services Office (Room 104).
  • Material Safety Data Sheets, and information on hazardous waste disposal, UW Health & Safety Policy and art hazards are available from the School of Art Administrator (102 Art) and on reserve in the Art Library.
  • Spray booths are provided for use of aerosols and their use is mandatory.


Copy Write Policy

The SoA regularly displays works of art that students create in class, images of student works, and images of students participating in SoA activities.  We do this to promote our students, their work and the School, and the ways we display student works and related images vary widely.  Use of such images is traditional among all art schools and we assume that by participating in UW SoA classes and activities students have no objection.  However, if you do have concerns about these image uses, please contact Academic Advising and Student Services (206-543-0646 or





















Catalog Description: 
Focuses on the development of exhibition quality artwork, culminating in a group show. Covers curatorial issues, installation, and presentation. Assignments are designed to strengthen oral presentation skills, artist's written statement, critiquing abilities, and ability to place work within a larger art historical framework.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
July 28, 2020 - 9:10pm