McNamara, J S on Ninja Courses

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ART 8 (Spring 2015)

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75 93 100 100 79

Comment: No finals. The lectures aren't necessary, but they are very interesting. He is very helpful and he is a very knowledgeable man who would make you see the world in a different perspective.

ART 8 (Spring 2014)

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71 99 99 79 83

Comment: Overall, John was really enthusiastic about his lecture and provided ideas for my art projects. However, the art class was totally up to the "gsi"- mine was Sahar. She was really helpful in brainstorming and she valued the ideas and the ways of thinking over the actual projects. Just have fun in classes:)

ART 8 (Fall 2013)

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84 91 85 81 79

Comment: Cool professor.

ART 8 (Fall 2012)

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74 97 71 50 100

Comment: Lectures could have been better. McNamara is a good professor from what I've heard, but I personally did not take advantage of that as an Art 8 student. For Art 8, your whole class experience is mostly based on how good your GSI is. My GSI was.... decent. Art 8 in general is an easy enough class. Three main art projects, and really... if you skip lecture you will probably only see McNamara once in your whole semester.

ART 8 (Fall 2012)

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91 85 83 86 100

ART 8 (Fall 2012)

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87 93 83 96 94

Comment: His lectures give me new thoughts about art. I really enjoy learning different types of art through his lectures.

ART 8 (Fall 2012)

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100 100 100 70 79

ART 8 (Fall 2012)

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86 100 74 72 83

ART 8 (Spring 2012)

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84 76 75 80 85

ART 8 (Spring 2012)

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83 71 91 68 86

ART 8 (Spring 2012)

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50 71 100 42 88

ART 8 (Spring 2012)

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68 64 50 50 50

ART 8 (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

ART 8 (Spring 2011)

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91 100 99 99 72

ART 8 (Spring 2011)

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96 90 95 94 93

ART 8 (Spring 2011)

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89 97 100 96 96

Comment: I can only speak for my GSI but I loved this course. You can do basically anything and as long as you actually commit to it you'll get an A if not an A+. Honestly, I didn't go to many of the lectures (I'm a pretty busy person), but I heard that they were pretty cool. He seems like he would be pretty helpful if you talked to him, but contact with him is not necessary for the course. My favorite part of the class was meeting people that I'd never have otherwise met (since it's an intro course there were a huge variety of people and because of the chillness of the class you actually have a LOT of time to talk to them), and getting to see everyone else's projects. I loved this class and I really want to take more art classes at Cal.

ART 8 (Spring 2011)

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Comment: You don't have to attend lecture if you don't want to. It's a nice lecture though. His assignments are pretty interesting, and he offers a lot of different perspectives.

ART 8 (Spring 2011)

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74 77 59 65 74

ART 8 (Spring 2011)

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96 74 100 100 100

Comment: There are no exams, so great score there. McNamara's lectures are very very interesting and really open up your perspective. No one goes to lecture though. He's very friendly and enthusiastic, overall an interesting guy. Class is mostly about section though, but the GSI's are on the whole awesome. Assignments are basically free form, but i wish there was a little more structure.

ART 8 (Fall 2009)

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69 74 80 57 77

ART 8 (Fall 2009)

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79 79 71 71 70

ART 8 (Spring 2009)

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80 100 93 51 91

Comment: Took Art 8, but didn't have too much contact specifically with Mcnamara. His lectures are interesting-- all based on pictures and opening up how you can think of art. Who you do have a ton of contact with is your GSI and mine was incredible (Emily Prince). I loved the class because it was never too stressful. Simply some light readings and a few main projects. I would not suggest taking this class if you are looking to learn how to paint or draw - the class is based more on how you look at things rather than technical skill. Watch out- it fills up fast!

ART 13 (Fall 2013)

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92 88 98 91 99

Comment: John is the best. I have taken 3 classes with him and he is always super easygoing and helpful. He makes art fun and his enthusiasm is contagious like ebola. He is my favorite professor at Cal!!

ART 13 (Fall 2012)

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Comment: John is a great instructor. I advocate for the lack of definitive style structure in art classes because everyone sees creation in a different way, and I believe the different ways people see and create should be nurtured and encouraged and John does that. Every single student in class got all the attention and advice they wanted/needed and more. John always has something good and insightful to say, and based on your style of painting can give constructive criticism. I don't really know what else to say about John, he's understanding about delays, absences, and the speed at which you work as long as you've put in the time and effort to accommodate your delays. We didn't really get lectures so much as participate in discussion about particular pieces and the methods the artist uses.

ART 13 (Fall 2011)

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Comment: Absolutely love him! Super passionate guy who really cares about his students. The class was basically just doing two large oil paintings, and he gives free reign and A's to everyone. Sometimes he gets a bit rambly with his little pre-class inspirational speeches, but he loves painting and art so darn much. Take any painting class you can with him! However, I will say that I had him as a lecturer for Art 8 and he was terrible for that, I skipped every class.

ART 13 (Spring 2010)

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95 79 100 96 100