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Undergraduate Course: Foundation Drawing (LLLA07213)

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
SummaryThis course is designed to allow students the opportunity to extend and develop their drawing skill base.
Course description Academic Description:
This course is designed to allow students the opportunity to extend and develop their drawing skill base. It is intended they gain a fundamental understanding and knowledge regarding the use of drawing media, and materials to make an informed series of drawn studies which explore through observational exercises and more personal use of images a range of traditional as well as experimental techniques.

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:
Familiarisation and exploration of drawing media focusing on the representational and expressive qualities of line and the process of mark making.
Achromatic drawing - tonal value and its relationship to three dimensions will be discussed and demonstrated. Negative space and its relationship to positive form will be explored.
Monochromatic drawing limited colour in drawing with attention on building interest and focus in a composition will be looked at and investigated.
Colour theory will be discussed and its use to create mood and dynamic compositions explored in full colour drawing.
An introduction to the basics of perspective and its importance in creating 'believable space' will be demonstrated.
Drawing the human figure using skills gained in the course so far will be practised.
Familiarisation and exploration of drawing techniques and media with discussion regarding researching creatively subjects personal to the student with the intention to develop individual drawing composition.
Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of drawing.
Observation and measurement from life/comparative analysis.
Understanding visual composition.
Participation in discussion.
Knowledge of the anatomy of the human body. Understanding of proportion and form.

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 which includes provision of:

Still life set ups
Life model set ups

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicate tools, materials and equipment:

Willow charcoal (medium)
Putty rubber (Daler Rowney recommended) and eraser
Spray fixative (a cheap hairspray is a good alternative)
10 - 20 Sheets of A1 / A2 white cartridge paper
Mid tone blue-grey/green-grey sugar or pastel paper A2 / A3
Sketch pad A2 / A3
Pencils (HB, 2B, and /or 4B and/or 6B)
Soft pastels
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  12
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative Assessment:
Two weeks after the end of the class teaching, this course will be assessed by the submission of:

A digital journal documenting a summary of the learning journey as evidenced in the portfolio (weighting: 20%)
This will include a summary of idea development, media exploration, contextual research, critical reflection and outcomes through notes, annotation, illustration and photography.

A portfolio of visual art/design works (weighting: 80%)
This will include a selection of resolved design works, sketchbook works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness.

The Digital Journal and Portfolio must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class.

The combined Digital Journal and Portfolio submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted (33.3% each) and each will be given a percentage grade.

To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
Feedback Formative Assessment (required for all credit courses):
A formative assessment session will occur in week 6 or 7 of the taught element of the course. Each student will undertake a 5 minute verbally presentation with their practical work in progress to other members of the class group followed by a 5 minute group critique supported by the course tutor. Each student will also electronically submit their work in progress digital journal to the course tutor.

Indicative and supportive feedback will be summarised in written form on the digital journal which will give an indication of what areas requires to be address in order to meet the published learning outcomes. This will comprise of short written summary of action points.

Summative Assessment:
Each student will receive a % mark for each learning outcome along with written feedback putting in context the % mark and outlines areas for development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas (33.3%): Demonstrate a range of personal drawing approaches and techniques for recording and developing visual information and contextual research.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Show a series of drawings which investigate and demonstrate an informed understanding of the fundamental techniques, employing appropriate approaches in developing personal ideas.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Demonstrate an awareness to document, select and edit a body of coherent drawings for presentation.
Reading List
Suggested Readings
ARIKHA, A., 1988, Avigdor Arikha: Paintings, Pastels, and Drawings, 1986-1988, New York: Marlborough Gallery.
SABARSKY, S., 1985, Kokoschka: Early Drawings and Watercolours, 1906-1924, London: Thames and Hudson Ltd
EISLER, G., 1977. From Naked to Nude: Life Drawing in the Twentieth Century. London: Thames & Hudson.
GORDON, L., 1998, Anatomy and Figure Drawing, London: Batsford
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of drawing.
Observation and measurement from life/comparative analysis.
Understanding visual composition.
Participation in discussion.
Knowledge of the anatomy of the human body. Understanding of proportion and form.
KeywordsDrawing,introduction,observational skills,mono-print,ink,pencil,line,colour,mark-making,fo
Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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