ART 281 –M001 Illustration Symposium Spring 2015
Shemin Auditorium.  Shaffer Art Building
Wednesdays 12:45 – 2:05pm
Instructor:  Tim Coolbaugh
Office:  The cubicle by the windows in 102 Shaffer
Office hours:  By appointment, Thursdays 11:30 – 12:30pm


A lecture course presented by nationally and internationally acclaimed illustrators and other professionals who hire and interact with illustrators.  The goal is to introduce the students to the wide variety of opportunities available in the business of illustration.  Presentations by up to fourteen contemporary professionals make up each semester in a combination of visiting speakers, Skype visits, and films.  Speakers present their work, lifestyle and experiences followed by a brief question and answer period.  Students are required to write a research paper on illustration professionals.  This is a three semester course with one credit for each semester.  After taking this course, the students will be able to understand the processes, practices and standards of contemporary illustrators and art directors.

Class Policies:

Please when entering the auditorium turn off your electronic devices, promptly find a seat and wait for the presentation to begin.  Computers will not be allowed in use during the class.  If you want to take notes on the speaker bring a note pad and a writing implement. This includes texting and clockwatching.  Ignoring these policies will result in losing credit for the class.  Reading books, magazines, newspapers during the class will not be tolerated.

Sit in the middle of the auditorium, not along the sides.  Don’t sit in the last two rows of the auditorium.

I will allow you to put your phones on vibrate if you are expecting a call that is emergency related.  If you receive an emergency phone call or text you should leave the classroom to answer it.


Attendance is Mandatory.  Each student is allowed 1 absence without it affecting the final grade.  This is to be used for sickness and family emergencies.  The second absence will result in your final grade dropping a full letter grade.  The third absence will result in a failing grade.  Tardiness is considered a 1/3rd of an absence.  Three late arrivals is considered a full absence.  If you are more than 20 minutes late for the class you will be counted as absent.  Mechanical failures (alarm clocks, auto mishaps, etc…) are not valid excuses.

When you come into the class you will be given a piece of paper.  Legibly print and write your name and the date on the paper.  Hold onto the paper until the end of the class and turn it in.  One piece of paper will be given and collected from each student.  If you do not turn in or “forget” to turn in this piece of paper I will assume you were not in class that day.  The class begins at 12:45.  If you come in late you will be given half a piece of paper that indicates you were late.  I will not accept any paper other than the one I gave you.

Falsifying attendance records is considered cheating and any parties will be severely reprimanded according to the University’s Ethics Code.


A:  Achievement is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements.
B:  Achievement is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements.
C:  Achievement meets the course requirements in every respect.
D:  Achievement is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet the course requirements.
F:  Achievement is not worthy of credit or was not completed / represents failure.

Grade Distribution:

Attendance – 40 %
Research paper – 40%
Class Participation – 20%

Because this is a lecture series there will be no make-up or extra credit.

Do some research on the guest prior to their visit.  The person’s website is noted on the semester poster located around the third floor of Shemin and it is under the date they are visiting on the syllabus. This is just a start.  In addition to their websites look at the guest’s blogs, any trade magazines, and annuals their work might have appeared in.  Do this so you can ask intelligent, informed and insightful questions regarding their work and the fields in which they are experts.

For the Skype visit each student will submit three questions for the guest in 12 point type with their name.  This will be part of your class participation.

Disability Statement:

If you believe you need accommodations for a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS), located at 804 University Avenue, Room 309, or call 315 443 4498, for an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations and they will issue students with documented disabilities “Accommodation Authorization Letters” as appropriate.  Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact ODS as soon as possible.  Our community values diversity and seeks to promote meaningful access to educational opportunities for all students.  Syracuse University and I are committed to your success and to supporting Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990).  This means that in general no individual who is otherwise qualified shall be excluded from the participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity, solely by reason of having a disability.

ILL 281 Research Paper

Instructor:  Tim Coolbaugh
Ph # 315 455 5693

Dates:  The last day to submit a paper for early review is Wednesday, February 11th, (paper only) returned Wednesday, February 18th, with comments and suggestions.

The final paper (both electronic and hard copies) are due at the beginning of class Wednesday, February 25th.  Any paper turned in after this date the student’s grade on the paper will fall a full grade for each week the paper is late. If you don’t turn in a paper you will fail the class.

Checklist for the Research Paper:

The paper will be graded on its content and how well the instructions were followed. 

The paper should be securely bound in a document cover, with a cover page.  NO INDIVIDUAL PLASTIC SLEEVES.

Use at least three sources, and note that all Internet sources combined count as only one of your three sources.  Examples of other sources not on the Internet could be books, magazines, personal interviews.

Wikipedia is not a source.

When you are talking about books and magazines in the body of the paper their titles should be in italics.

Use proper citation and bibliography, according to, The Chicago Manual of Style.  Your paper will earn and F if all the sources are not properly cited.  (See Blackboard for a link to Perdue University’s website, which has comprehensive information about citation.)

Use 12 point type and double space.

Number each page.

A hard copy and an electronic copy should be submitted at the beginning of class Wednesday,  February 25th, to receive full credit for the paper.  Send the electronic copy to

I want you to research one of the people that are speaking in the Symposium class this semester.  You should write 500 words on them, followed by 500 words on one of their artistic influences, then 250 words each on two contemporary artists whose  work is similar.  Each paper should have an introduction and a conclusion some kind of notation (footnotes, endnotes or parenthetical) and a bibliography.  You should not use phrases such as “I think” or “I feel” in the body of the paper.  I want to read about what experts in the field have to say about them.

Do not count the notations as part of the word count minimum.

Personal opinions should be limited to the conclusion of the paper.

Include at least one image of the person’s work, an image from the person that influenced them and an image from each of the contemporaries whose work is similar.  The image should be at least ¼ of the page in size or 3” x 4” minimum.  They can be larger.  All images must be printed in color unless the person works primarily in black and white.

Include captions under each image with the title, artist, date, etc….

If you can find something where the artist is talking about their work, or an expert talks about their work, great, but I don’t want you talking about it in first person. 

Don’t describe the work to me, if you have included the work with a photograph I can see it.

Do not refer to the artist with a first name only.  It is improper unless you know them personally.

Only list three jobs the artist has done.  I don’t want a list the person’s entire CV.

Think of yourself as an investigative reporter, you are looking for facts.  Any opinions should be from authorities in the field.
If you have taken this class in prior semesters I want you to a new group of artists to write about.  I have a list of the papers you have written in a past semester and if you have already wrote about someone you can’t write about them again, it would be considered a form of cheating and will be dealt with accordingly.

Writing Center

This is a campus wide resource to help you with your writing process.

101 H.B. Crouse Hall
Ph # 315 443 5289
Hours:  Monday – Thursday 9am- 9pm
             Friday, 9-am to 9pm. 

Experienced consultants are available to work one on one with you at any stage of your writing process and with any kind of writing you are creating.  Whether you need help or developing editing strategies, face to face and online chat appointments are available for 25 or 50 minute sessions throughout the semester.  Appointments can be reserved up to 6 days in advance via their online scheduling program, WCOnline.  In addition, drop in appointments are welcome Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Brief concerns, questions, or drafts (max of 5 pages) can be emailed to consultants via their eWC service.  For more information on hours, location, and services, please visit http://

Grading Rubric for Research Paper


A minimum of 500 words on one of the Symposium speakers from this semester.

A minimum of 500 words on one of their influences.

A minimum of 250 words each on two contemporary artists who’s work is similar to the guest speaker.


 Notation  (either footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical but no combinations).  Do not count the notation as part of the word count minimums.


Images: Color (unless the artist medium is in black and white) at least ¼ page size (3” x 4”) minimum.

Captions under the images:  Title, artist, date, publication.

No personal remarks except in the conclusion.

Is the paper thought provoking and  insightful?  Is it full of facts and information?


Sources:  At least 3.  (All Internet sources count as one source)

Wikipedia is not a source.

Citations:  According to, The Chicago Manual of Style.

Bibliography:  According to, The Chicago Manual of Style.

Style / Presentation:

Proper folder and cover page.

Grammar, spelling, mechanics.

Double spaced 12 point type. 

Is the paper logical, organized and well written?

If you have any questions feel free to contact me.


315 455 5693

Important dates:

2 / 11       Last day to submit paper for early review.

2 / 25       Electronic and hard copies of paper are due no later than 12:45pm

3 / 11       Spring  break – no classes

4 / 22       Last class.

ART 28l  Spring 2015 Guest Speaker list.

1 / 14      Orientation

1 / 21      Nancy Carpenter

1 / 28      SooJin Buzelli
               Chris Buzelli

2 / 4        TBA *
2 / 11      Derek Leka **
2 / 18      TBA*

2 / 25       Rebecca Guay  (SKYPE)

3 / 4         Irene Gallo

3 / 18       Tim Bower

                Jeffrey Decoster
3 / 25       Edward Kinsella
4 / 1         Lydia Nichols ‘07

4 / 8         Yuko Shimizu

4 / 15       Carin Berger

4 / 22      Jody Hewgill
*        Danny Schwartz ’10 will be filling one of the open dates to be determined later.

**          Derek Leka is a product representative for Liquitex Artist Materials and will be doing
               a demo in James Ransome’s classroom on February 11th.


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