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Undergraduate Course: Art and Environment (LLLA07035)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5

'Environmental art' stems from a historical engagement with the landscape through painting and also encompasses the scope of the urban landscape. This course will enable students to consider, through a range of art practices how the development of environmental issues in art has stimulated artists to engage with a wider audience.

Initially students will explore, through project work, key areas such as human/animal relations, climate change and ecology, the city and globalization and the imagery of nature. Through a combination of research and studio practices using drawing, painting, mixed media and photography, students will directly engage with these issues as an entry point of study before developing their own position and ideas into a range of related artworks.
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:
- General introduction to the areas to be explored
- Human-nonhuman relations/drawing exercises
- Artists and environmentalism/exploration of materials
- Public art /application of research ideas
- Eco-art/ begin to develop themes of personal interest
- Apply relevant techniques and ideas for project
- Continue to develop personal themes
- Begin working towards finished project
- Work towards finished project
- Realisation of personal project

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 course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:
- Sketchbook
A sketchbook will be a vital piece of equipment for students to work in, whatever size of sketchbook is most convenient to carry especially for research 'in the field'.
- A number of surfaces to be worked on with drawing materials, paint, collage and mixed media; card, paper, board, mdf, canvas, etc.
a graphite stick or graphite pencil,
- charcoal pencil, charcoal,
- putty rubber
- small bottle of black ink
- a clear oil bar,
- a white oil pastel or oil bar
- a few Conte crayons or pastels in a range of colours.
a basic range of colours in a range water based paints such as watercolour, acrylic or gouache
- water soluble pencils or crayons
- Two or three brushes of different sizes (soft ¿sable type¿ brushes or acrylic equivalent)
- bits of sponge or rag,
- a small plastic water jar
- a small piece of plastic that can be used as a palette
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 the capacity for self-directed research, extended into practical projects which consider the environmental and public artworks, supported by contextual research and references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Show a confidence in expanding a range of research into a personal and practical project, which is expressed through a contemporary drawing and painting language.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence appropriate judgement to document, select, edit and present a body coherent works that synergises students¿ personal research of environmental themes into studio practices.
Reading List

KASTNER, J., WALLIS, B, 1998 Land and Environmental Art, London: Phaidon Press
ANDREWS, M., 1999, Landscape and Western Art Oxford: Oxford University Press
BAKER, B., 2000, The Postmodern Animal, Reading: Reaktion
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to make effective use of drawing and painting skills
Developing personal research skills in and out of studio
Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of environmental art within visual culture
KeywordsEnvironment,Land Art,Ecology,drawing,painting,mixed media,photography
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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