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Undergraduate Course: Developing a Sketchbook (LLLA07032)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning 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

For students who already are using a sketchbook to record visual ideas and research, this course is designed to extend the scope of how an art and design sketchbook can operate as a tool to record visual images to reveal a more focussed personal visual language for a particular range of media and techniques. The emphasis will be on following and sustaining themes and lines of enquiry over the duration of the course which are ready to be expanded and developed into more resolved works out with the sketchbook.
Course description Outline of Content
The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.
Over the class sessions the course will cover:
- Generating Ideas through Drawing: Using sense of touch
- Generating Ideas through Drawing continued- referencing a personal source
- Exploring Additive and Subtractive Techniques in Drawing
- Juxtapose/collage different elements of research in a larger scale
- Explore Additive and Subtractive Techniques in Painting
- Explore wet and dry drawing strategies in work.
- Formatting work in a different way.
- Develop appropriate format to take idea further and document work in photographs.
- Apply either Additive or Subtractive technique to Photograph
- Resolution of work and group discussion.

The Learning Experience
The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students' progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.
The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:
(Estimated cost: 20 - 50 depending on usage)
- Pencils (HB, 2B or 4B)
- Willow Charcoal
- Eraser
- Putty rubber
- Ruler
- Scissors
- Sketchbook (A2 or A3 or A4 size)
- Masking tape
Fixative (cheap alternative to art fix is fine hairspray
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  12
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 3
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment (required for all credit courses).
(Occurs in weeks 6 or 7 of the 10 week course)

A formative assessment session will occur in week 6 or 7 of the taught element of the course. Each student will undertake a 5 minute verbally presentation with their practical work in progress to other members of the class group followed by a 5 minute group critique supported by the course tutor. Each student will also electronically submit their work in progress digital journal to the course tutor.

Indicative and supportive feedback will be summarised in written form on the digital journal which will give an indication of what areas requires to be address in order to meet the published learning outcomes. This will comprise of short written summary of action points.

Summative Assessment
(Occurs at least 2 weeks after the last taught class)

Two weeks after the end of the class teaching, this course will be assessed by the submission of:

A digital journal documenting a summary of the learning journey as evidenced in the portfolio
(Indicate time spent: 20 hours)
This will include a summary of idea development, media exploration, contextual research, critical reflection and outcomes through notes, annotation, illustration and photography.

A portfolio of visual art/design works
(Indicate time spent: 80 hours)
This will include a selection of resolved design works, sketchbook works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness.

The Digital Journal and Portfolio 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.

The combined Digital Journal and Portfolio submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted (33.3% each) 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 Formative Assessments
This will comprise of short written summary of action points of areas requiring addressing to meet the learning outcomes, but no indicative grades will be given.

Summative Assessments
On completion the assessment - each student will receive a % mark for each learning outcome along with written feedback putting in context the % mark and outlines areas for development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate an enquiring use of the sketchbook to develop a sustained and focused range of visual ideas, images and research supported by appropriate contextual references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Show appropriate choices in the range of drawing, painting and mixed media techniques both within a sketchbook and the developmental studies.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence appropriate judgement to document, select, edit and present a body of coherent works and sustained line of enquiry.
Reading List

PERRELLA, L., 2004. Artists' Journal and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages, Gloucester, MA: Quarry Books.
BRERETON, R., 2009, Sketchbooks: the hidden art of designers, illustrators and creative, London: Laurence King.
MANCO, T., 2007, Street sketchbooks, London: Thames and Hudson
MASLEN, M., 2011, Drawing projects : an exploration of the language of drawing, London: Black Dog Publishing
GIACOMETTI, A. (1901-1966), 1967, Giacometti : a sketchbook of interpretive drawings, New York: H. N. Abrams
NORDLAND, G., 2007, Richard Diebenkorn in New Mexico Santa Fe, NM : Museum of New Mexico Press ; Taos : Harwood Museum of Art .
HOCKNEY, D., 1978, Travels with pen, pencil and ink, New York: Petersburg Press
DOIG, P., 2005, Peter Doig : works on paper , Dallas, TX: The Dallas Museum of Art Toronto: The Art Gallery of Ontario, Koeln : Koenig
ARTS COUNCIL OF GREAT BRITAIN, 1974, Jasper Johns drawings, London: Arts Council of Great Britain.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills using a sketchbook as an artist's/designers' tool
recording and developing visual ideas
deploying skills in drawing, painting and mixed media
ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of sketchbooks within visual culture
KeywordsDrawing,Sketchbook,visual,ideas,research,materials,techniques,personal language
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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