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Undergraduate Course: Plein Air Painting (intensive) (LLLA07081)

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 course enables students to make a series of studies and paintings made entirely from panoramic locations in and around Edinburgh. Students will learn a range of approaches to preparing grounds and painting surfaces, to plan and consider how they will record vast spaces within specific timeframes, and how to respond to the impact of the ever-changing elements. Through drawing and painting, with acrylics and/or oil paints, students will learn how to layer paint quickly to discover the light, mood and compositional framework of a particular viewpoint.
Course description The course will comprise of an intensive 5 day teaching block followed by a period of independent study in the students own time.
Class hours: The timetable will be based around the following; however this may vary depending on weather conditions and the group of students.
┐ Day 1 ┐ Studio. Practicalities and preparation for ┐plein air┐ painting.
┐ Site 1. Seeing and understanding. Compositional studies working with mixed media and a limited palette on pre- prepared surfaces.
┐ Day 2 ┐ Studio. Preparation of surfaces. Site 1. Finding a focus. Using initial studies to develop paintings working with extended palette.
┐ Day 3 ┐ Studio. Tone and colour Site 1. Individual development working towards a conclusion.
┐ Day 4 ┐ Studio. A Review and introduction to Site 2. ┐Plein air┐ practice- a different location.
┐ Day 5 ┐ Studio. Using ┐Plein air┐ paintings for further development in the studio. Evaluation.

Directed and Independent study:
Students will be required to follow up and reflect on their learning from the classes through the completion of directed projects and their own independent study.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. ┐ use a visual sketchbook/journal to research, record and reflect on the process of planning and preparing a series of paintings made outdoors from direct observation
  2. ┐ Prepare suitable painting surfaces and make a series of observed and ambitious paintings on location that consider the light, the elements, mood and character of the viewpoint.
  3. ┐ Select, edit and present a coherent body of visual studies, and paintings made entirely on location that show an informed and individual response to the subjects.
Reading List

Virtue, J., Schama, S., Moorhouse, P. and Wiggins, C., 2005, John Virtue: London paintings, London: National Gallery.
Yorke, M., 1988, The spirit of place: nine neo-romantic artists and their times, London : Constable
Cariou, A. and Tooby, M., 1997, Christopher Woo: a painter between two Cornwalls, London: Tate Publishing
Wiltshire, S., 1987, Drawings, London : Dent
Pearson, F., 2007 Joan Eardley, Edinburgh: National Galleries of Scotland
Fowle, F., 2008, Impressionism & Scotland Edinburgh : National Galleries of Scotland
McConkey, K., 2010, Sir John Lavery: a painter and his world, Edinburgh: Atelier Books
Van Gogh Museum. Amsterdam, 1996, Vincent Van Gogh drawings London : Lund Humphries
Lochnan, K., 2004, Turner Whistler Monet : impressionist visions, Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario
Constable, J., Morris, E. ed., 2000, Constable's clouds : paintings and cloud studies by John Constable , Edinburgh: Scottish National Galleries
Hockney, D., 2012, David Hockney : a bigger picture, London: Thames and Hudson
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills ┐ painting on location
┐ using acrylic and oil paint
┐ composing from direct observation
┐ Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of plein air painting within visual culture
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