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Undergraduate Course: Creative Approaches to the Natural World 1 (ARTX07045)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryTHIS IS A FOR-CREDIT ONLY COURSE OFFERED BY THE OFFICE OF LIFELONG LEARNING (OLL); ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH OLL SHOULD BE ENROLLED.

This course explores creative ways to represent the natural world with the focus on ┐flora and fauna┐ through drawings, paintings and mixed media art works. The series of images produced will comprise of notes, sketches and studies that focus on different aspects of the complex natural forms. Students will be encouraged to challenge and explore new methods of working and build an understanding of the materials, and a personal development of the language of colour, tone, form and composition. To augment studio work the student will be expected to gather useful notes and drawing in their sketchbook that explore the interdependence of plants and refer to microscopic imagery of the two different groups of organisms.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  16
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 64 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by the submission of a portfolio of visual art works within the discipline studied. This will include a selection of resolved art works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness through a completed sketchbook and/or visual journal. The work must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class. Typically, this will comprise:

- Class Contact hours: 27.5 (work undertaken during the class)
- Directed hours: 27.5 (work the tutor has set students to each week in their own time)
- Independent Study Hours: 45 (work students set themselves to do, relevant to the discipline studied)

The combined submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, through attending classes and engaging in directed and independent study, students should be able to:

RESEARCH
research and examine aspects of form and function and anatomy of some plants and animals
Explore the notion of interdependence between plants and animals
Research current trends in art and design relating to the ethics of the depiction of animals in art

PRACTICE
create a series of sketches, drawings and mixed media studies which demonstrate a range of creative responses to the subject
develop strategies to develop a more considered approach to the subject
develop work that reflects an unique point of view

PRESENT
a considered body of work and engaging works which reveal a personal response to the natural world.
Evidence of ability to collate research and sketchbook work clearly and in an organised way.
Reading List
Recommended

ARBELOFF, N., 1973, designing with natural forms, London: Batsford
BLOSSFELDT, K., 1998 , Art forms in nature : examples from the plant world photographed direct from nature, London: Prestel
PLOUS, P. 1987, Terry Winters, painting and drawing, Sta Barbara CA: University Art Museum
1995, Ian McKeever : the Marianne North paintings, London: Matt┐s Gallery
MARTIN, R., 2008, Contemporary botanical illustration with the Eden Project, London: Batsford
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills observing the natural world as a creative practice
drawing and painting from nature
using composition and design
ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of a creative response to the natural world within visual culture
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Tel:
Email: r.bushe@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Sherrey Landles
Tel: (0131 6)50 4400
Email: s.landles@ed.ac.uk
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