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Undergraduate Course: Patterns in Nature: dynamic (LLLA07153)

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
SummaryStudents will research and develop a body of work based on ideas about group animal behaviour on land, sea or in air. A combination of sketchbook research and secondary sources such as patterns of migration and weather patterns will be employed to visualise concepts of time, space and movement.
During the course the student will be encouraged to think about the natural world as a dynamic global cycle. The mixed media approach employed will enable the student to create subtle changes in their methodology towards work that conveys variations of focus and a deeper engagement with naturally occurring phenomena. Students will consider concepts of space, arrangement, perspective, repetition, flatness and light in composing the work produced. Demonstrations on materials and techniques will inform students of ways to be innovative in their approach to making art that is insightful and expresses an individual viewpoint.
Course description Over the weeks the course will cover:

Finding starting points- Automatic drawing and mappings
Create small test pieces fusing sections of drawings from wk 1 with cut out contours from some of following secondary source material- maps/isobar chart/sonar scanning etc
SEA: Drawing the sensation of the movement of marine mammal as they are tracked through the ocean.
AIR: Exploring Scale in mixed media drawing: using bird migration maps , land formation maps and isobar charts
LAND: Exploring colour and textures in land mammal migration using geological maps
Group discussion of work to date and scope for research and focus of personal project
Student begins personal project based of animal, maps or weather informed by work made in previous weeks
Personal project
Completion of final series
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:  12
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 28, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 70 )
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 and/or design works within the discipline studied. This will include a selection of resolved art and/or design 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 done during the class)
Directed hours: 27.5 (work the tutor has set for students to do 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.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course, through attending classes and engaging in directed and independent study, students should be able to:

    Demonstrate a work ethic in the sketchbook that conveys personal interpretation of the scale and spectacle of natural phenomena in the natural world through dedicated self directed study
    Employ a mixed media approach imaginatively, to produce a range of works that demonstrate subtle infusion of primary and secondary sources to good effect.
    Develop and present a coherent series of related artworks which considers the potential of using abstract natural patterns as a vehicle of expression of movement and energy in the natural world.
Reading List
POUS PHYLLS Terry Winters Painting and Drawing Santa Barbara : University Art Museum ; Seattle : Distributed by University of Washington Press, [1987], ©1987.
BACON FRANCES, 1909-1992-Exhibitions Publisher:London : Tate Gallery, 1985.
Muybridge, Eadward 1830-1904 Animals in motion
Publisher: New York : Dover, 1957.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills using a sketchbook as an artist¿s/designer¿s tool
recording and developing visual ideas
effective use of drawing, painting and mixed media
ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of the sketchbook within visual culture
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Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Course secretaryMs Sherrey Landles
Tel: (0131 6)50 4400
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