Undergraduate Course: Developing a Sketchbook (LLLA07032)
|School||Centre for Open Learning
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||THIS IS A FOR-CREDIT COURSE OFFERED BY THE CENTRE FOR OPEN LEARNING (COL); ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH COL SHOULD BE ENROLLED.
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.
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)
||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
- Putty rubber
- Sketchbook (A2 or A3 or A4 size)
- Masking tape
Fixative (cheap alternative to art fix is fine hairspray
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- 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.
- Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence appropriate judgement to document, select, edit and present a body of coherent works and sustained line of enquiry.
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.
|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
|Course organiser||Mr Oliver Reed
|Course secretary||Ms Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855