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Undergraduate Course: The Dynamics of the Natural World: Patterns of Animal Locomotion (LLLA07225)

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 encourage self exploration of drawing and painting processes to render change and movement. The student will explore how to develop a working practice that begins with the collection and selection of visual information about ecological natural systems and ends with the measured task of arrangement, re- arrangement of landscape based art.
Course description This course encourages students to think about the natural world as a dynamic global cycle. Students will research and develop a body of work based on the land, natural rhythms and patterns of animal locomotion. Using the sketchbook to gather and collate a body of research such as patterns of migration and weather maps, students will begin to visualise concepts of time, space and movement. Through using mixed media approaches, students will cultivate visual methodologies, to create a body of work that conveys variations of focus and develop a deeper engagement with naturally occurring phenomena.

Outline of Content:

Finding starting points- Automatic drawing and mappings
Create small test pieces fusing sections of drawings from wk 1 with cut out contours from some of following secondary source material - maps/isobar chart/sonar scanning etc
SEA: Drawing the sensation of the movement of marine mammal as they are tracked through the ocean.
AIR: Exploring Scale in mixed media drawing: using bird migration maps , land formation maps and isobar charts
LAND: Exploring colour and textures in land mammal migration using geological maps
Group discussion of work to date and scope for research and focus of personal project
Student begins personal project based of animal, maps or weather informed by work made in previous weeks
Personal project
Personal project
Completion of final series

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 or designers and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness of the sculpted figure in visual culture. Students will be expected to demonstrate how the research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks or visual journals 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 Materials list:

Drawing medium (at least three to begin the course)
Graphite stick, conte crayon, black marker pen, coloured biro pens, soft pastel ( 1red, 1yellow, 1blue), oil pastel (1 white, 1 black, wax crayons, black drawing ink).
1 A4 soft cover stapled Sketchbook and 1 hard backed (A3 or A4 size)
Images cut out from newspapers
Acrylic paint- Cadmium red, crimson, cadmium yellow, lemon yellow, cobalt blue, ultramarine, viridian or phthalo green and titanium white.
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 a work ethic in the sketchbook that conveys personal interpretation of the scale and spectacle of natural phenomena in the natural world through dedicated self directed study.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Employ a mixed media approach imaginatively, to produce a range of works that demonstrate subtle infusion of primary and secondary sources to good effect.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Develop and present a coherent series of related artworks which considers the potential of using abstract natural patterns as a vehicle of expression of movement and energy in the natural world.
Reading List
Suggested Reading:

MEHRETU, J ,2007, Julie Mehretu: drawings, New York, N.Y: Rizzoli International Publications
GIACOMETTI, A, 1965, Alberto Giacometti, Garden City, N.Y: Distributed by Doubleday
CALAME. I, Ingrid Calame, 2011, Edinburgh: Fruitmarket Gallery
WINTERS, T, Terry Winters: computation of chains, 1997, New York: Mathew Marks Gallery
PARTENHEIMER, J, Jurgen Partenheimer: discontinuity, paradox & precision, 2008, Birmingham: Ikon Gallery: Bonn: Kunstmuseum Bonn
ROTH, D, Dieter Roth : diaries, 2012, Edinburgh Fruitmarket Gallery
DURY, C, Chris Drury: silent spaces, 1998, London: Thames and Hudson
McKEEVER, I , 2010, Artists' laboratory: Ian McKeever: Hartgrove paintings and photographs, London: Royal Academy of Arts

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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Using a sketchbook as an artist's / designer's tool.
Recording and developing visual ideas.
Effective use of drawing, painting and mixed media.
To undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of the sketchbook within visual culture.
Keywordsdrawing,painting,mixed media,sketchbook
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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