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Undergraduate Course: Self-Directed Practice: Developing a Language (LLLA08007)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course develops student understanding and approaches to current painting and mixed media practice within the context of developing a personal and autonomous studio practice.
Course description Academic Description: This course allows students, who already have developed a body of research, to further develop their studio practice approaches, exploring the alchemy of paint as their main medium of expression. During the course, students will engage in discussions and group critiques, along with a visit to an artist studio. The tutor will support and nurture the individual's visual painting approaches and language, explored within a contemporary context.

Outline of Content: The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 60 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 independent art practice in contemporary context.
Suggested points of reference and short project.
Experiment with paint, monochromatic
Self-directed projects start
Artist studio visit
Digital composition vs. analogue
Working larger and longer
Developing larger work
Multiples developed in tangent
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, student 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 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 ( or Oil paints), acrylic or oil brushes, sponge, roller, rags
Appropriate surfaces to work on and paint with will depend on each individual.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas (33.3%): Demonstrate an enquiring work ethic within painting to formulate a range of personal strategies for recording and developing visual ideas and concepts, supported through relevant contextual research.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Demonstrate the use of appropriate materials, methods and techniques, relevant to a contemporary art practice, to develop engage and sustained painting and mixed media studies.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Document, edit and select a coherent and sustained body of work, evidencing critical reflection and appropriate judgment to reveal its value.
Reading List
Suggested Reading:

WATT, A. and PATERSON, D. 2011. Hiding in Full View, Ingleby Gallery. Print
DOIG, P. et al.2008. Peter Doig. New York: D.A.P. / Distributed Art Publishers. Print.
HODSON, M. & WATSON, A.M. 2009 Michael Raedecker: line-up. Camden Arts Centre.
HAMILTON, J., O'DONOGHUE, H. 2003, Hughie O'Donoghue Merrell Publishers Ltd
DUMAS, M. 2014. The Image as Burden, Tate.
McFADYEN, J. 2012. Jock Mcfadyen. Edinburgh: Bourne Fine Art. Print.
KIEFER, A. 1998. 20 Jahre Einsamkreit. Paris: Regard, 1998. Print.
LUCIE-SMITH, E. 1984. Movements In Art Since 1945. London: Thames and Hudson. Print.
DEXTER, E. 2010. Vitamin D:New Perspectives in Drawing. Phaidon Press.
HOLZWARTH. H.W. 2008. Art Now. Koln: Taschen. 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.
Use Independent judgment and critical evaluation.
Employ resourceful research tactics to further develop imagery.
Investigate appropriate techniques and materials.
Develop a personal visual language.
Self directed study in contemporary art practice.
KeywordsPersonal development,painting,expressive,developing processes,drawing,research,composition
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMr Benjamin McNab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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