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Undergraduate Course: Drawing People (ARTX08065)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis practice-based course gives students the opportunity to develop skills in observational drawing in the context of the life drawing studio. Students will also be expected to explore and reflect upon a theme or idea related to the human form or presence to create a self-directed body of work and to use drawing as a means of expressing an individual response.
Course description In this course you will work from the life model to develop observational skills and a knowledge of superficial human anatomy. Working mainly with drawing materials you will be encouraged to consider the marks you make as a means of both recording and expressing the human presence. You will learn to respond sensitively to the life model and will consider how to compose and develop your images in a thoughtful and individual way. There will be teaching in anatomy as well as in materials and composition, all within the context of the life drawing studio. You will be encouraged to look at work by relevant contemporary artists and to consider the course¿s conceptual context.

In addition to your study in the life room you will undertake a self-directed drawing project exploring a theme or idea related to the human form or presence. You will be asked to choose one of the following themes to frame and structure your project:
o Narrative
o Portrait
o Groups
o Body

There will be a series of supporting talks which will help you understand and address the course requirements:
1. human anatomy 1
2. human anatomy 2
3. project themes
4. researching and developing your personal project
5. reflective practice
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to any student with enrolments managed on a first come first served basis until the course is full (quota is 20). To allow students to attend the academic fair and consider their options note that this course will remain closed until Wednesday 12th September. If you wish to enrol please sign up for the course after this time. Do this via your your own School (they will advise if this is done your Personal Tutor, SSO or Teaching Office). Please note that we do not keep a waiting list.

Additional Costs Art Materials - Approximately £40
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 156 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) You will be required to submit the following work as a summative assessment, via the Learn VLE:

1. Images of 4 to 6 of your resolved life drawings
2. A visual record (of around 20 images) which expresses your process of collecting and developing images and ideas relating to your project.
3. A reflective statement of between 600 and 750 words which explores your chosen project.
Feedback In week 7 you will have a tutorial where you will be required to show examples of your life drawings (at least 5 drawings) and project development work including a 250-300 word outline of your project idea and related preliminary sketchbook work. You will receive written formative feedback following the tutorial.

Written feedback will be provided within 15 working days following the summative submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and form of the human body through drawing
  2. Demonstrate an ability to interrogate complex ideas relating to the human body
  3. Demonstrate engagement in reflective practice as part of the process of creative thinking and research
Reading List
Walk the line: the art of drawing Marc. Valli Ana Ibarra (Periodical editor) London : Laurence King ;2013

Vitamin D: new perspectives in drawing. London, England ; New York, N.Y. : Phaidon ;2005

Human anatomy for artists: the elements of form Eliot. Goldfinger New York: Oxford University Press; 1991

Christine Borland : Preserves, Fruit Market Gallery. Edinburgh : Fruitmarket Gallery ;2006

The body in question Jonathan Miller London : Cape ;1978

From death to death and other small tales : masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the D.Daskalopoulos Collection. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Richard Flood 1943-; D. Daskalopoulos Collection (Athens, Greece). Edinburgh : National Galleries of Scotland ;2012

Pictures of the body : pain and metamorphosis James Elkins Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press ;1999
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills An ability to work independently; practical problem solving and organization; sensitive handling of materials; skills in negotiating learning; an ability to reflect and interrogate complex ideas.
KeywordsLife drawing,people,narrative,portrait,human body,anatomy
Course organiserMr Ewan Robertson
Course secretaryMiss Clara Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 5763
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