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Undergraduate Course: Painting in Practice: Materiality and Temporality (ARTX08074)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course combines both the theory and the practice of painting. Students will examine paintings from a variety of perspectives through making and will explore time, mathematics, space, concealed history and memory. A key objective is unearthing painted time through discerning the process of painting, its making, and its relationship to the development of visual language.

We propose site visits to public collections in Edinburgh to study the archaeology and materiality of painting: an empirical study of painting in front of paintings with an emphasis on enhancing the students understanding of the active physical processes involved in the making of paintings.
Course description In this course students will be encouraged to explore aspects of painting in relation to:
1. The development of a personal visual language.
2. An in-depth understanding of the material processes involved.
3. Pictorial space and the nature of physical worlds within the frame.
4. The interplay between the real and the imagined.
5. Investigating the layered histories of a finished work.

Through studio practice and critical discussion both of the students work and specific examples of paintings from the wider context of museums and galleries, students will be encouraged to form a personal understanding of the diverse languages and methodologies in both contemporary painting and its precedents.

The course content will delivered conceptually and practically through the following means:
1. Studio based classes focusing on the physical development of the students work, with practical tuition in materials, process and concept.
2. Seminars geared towards a discursive exploration of the ideas generated by the investigation of key concepts and strategies within painting.
3. Visits to collections and galleries to engage in empirical study of painting in front of paintings in relation to independent research.
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 30). 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 Approximately 25 for materials and supports.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and terminologies explored in this course and their application in Painting Practice.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the application of methods, processes and materials inherent in both historical and contemporary Painting.
  3. Realize appropriate practical resolutions which reflect the learning and development of a the language of Painting.
Reading List
The genesis of a painting, Picasso's Guernica: Rudolf Arnheim, University of California press, 1962, 2006

Pedagogical sketchbook: Paul Klee, Praeger publishers New York, 1953

The EY exhibition - Paul Klee, Making Visible: Matthew Gale, Tate publications, 2013

Philip Guston Collected writings, lectures and conversations: edited by Clark Coolidge, University of California press, 2011

Piero della Francesca: Roberto Longhi, Stanley Moss New York, 2002

The artist's handbook of materials and techniques: Ralph Mayer, Penguin Random House, 1991

Six memos for the next millennium: Italo Calvino, Harvard University press, 1988

Medieval Modern: Art out of time, Alexander Nagel, Thames & Hudson, 2012

What is art?: Conversation with Joseph Beuys, Clairview books, 2007

Portraits: John Berger on artists, Verso books, 2015

Turps Banana (Painting Magazine)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will have:
An integrated knowledge of terminology and materials in Art Practice
An understanding of research and practical processes in Painting Practice.
Be able to flexibly transfer knowledge, learning, skills and experience across theory and practice.
Course organiserMs Moyna Flannigan
Tel: (0131 6)51 5923
Course secretaryMiss Clara Fraser
Tel: (0131 6)51 4164
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