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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Painting: An Introduction (LLLA07245)

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
SummaryThe Landscape is the source and starting point from which students will be encouraged to develop a series of sketches, studies and resolved paintings.
Course description This course will introduce students to a range of methods for gathering research through location drawing, from which they will develop a body of work. Responding to the local landscape and employing mixed media and painting approaches such as working with inks, charcoal, collage, acrylics and oil paint. Students will develop their own responses to reveal a 'character' and atmosphere for a place and space, considering composition aspects, mark-making and the use of colour.

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:

- Introduction to the landscape painting using historical/contemporary imagery and brief.
- Preparation for grounds in sketchbooks and on other surfaces
- Research through sketchbooks: drawing essentials for location work.
- Composition - and how to edit.
- Mono printing and altered images - developing research further.
- Colour and limited palettes, small studies
- Mark making and the tools required. Small studies in series
- Impasto vs. glaze - The weight of paint - opaque and transparent.
- Transferring small to large-more resolved works.
- Finishing work and group critique

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 Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment.
In addition to the learning and teaching resources and content, this fee also includes;
please list materials and equipment and here:

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment
A4/A3 sketchbook
Charcoal, pencils ,eraser, coloured chalk pastels
Masking tape, one sided card, Cartridge paper
Acrylic paints, acrylic or oil brushes, sponge, roller, rags

Appropriate waterproofs and warm clothing for location drawing
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate an informed practice and approach to location landscape drawing, evidenced through the sketchbook within the context of an historical and contemporary art practice.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Produce a range of drawings, paintings and studies directly drawn from the landscape within the sketchbook, demonstrating an exploration of a range of materials and techniques.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Demonstrate an awareness of how to document, select and edit artwork for presentation.
Reading List
DOIG, P. et al.2008. Peter Doig. New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers. Print.
HODKIN, H. et al. 1995. Howard Hodgkin Paintings. New York: Harry N. Abrams Publishers in association with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Print.
RHODES, C. 2000. Carol Rhodes. [Glasgow]: Tramway. Print.
EARDLEY, Joan. 1990. Joan Eardley. London: The Scottish Gallery, London. Print.
RAEDECKER, M. 2009. Michael Raedecker. London: Camden Arts Centre. Print.

Journal and periodicals
Modern Painters

Web sources
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to undertake research and apply this in the context of landscape painting;
Practical location drawing skills;
Ability to make effective use of paint, including colour mixing and mark making and composition;
Independent judgement, editing and selection;
Understanding of landscape painting in critical and historical context;
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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