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Undergraduate Course: Drawing Practices: Developing a Personal Language (LLLA07229)

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 focuses on sustaining a drawing practice based on directed and independent research, developing and evolving a personal drawing language.
Course description This course will allow students the space and time to develop and sustain a body of personal drawings, based on a project theme and idea. The course begins by focusing on a specific location, to gather research and make a series of studies, before focusing on creating resolved works. Employing the knowledge gained, students will then embark on a more personal theme or subject matter, exploring the potential of an idea through a sustained focus, employing a range of drawing methods, approaches and processes, to produce a body of related works.

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:

- Employing the use of the sketchbook for recording, researching and evidencing work.
- Develop a series of works, based on directed and personal references themes and subjects.
- Engaging in independent research and projects.
- Employ a range of drawing materials and approaches to explore possibilities and lines of enquiry.
- Make site-specific observational drawings (as required).
- Use photographic references to support developing ideas and themes.
- A series of discussions and group critiques based on each project theme.
- Introduction to a range of relevant artists.
- Keep a log/blog during the period of the course to record learning, achievements and challenges.

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
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 an enquiring work ethic and range of personal strategies for recording and developing visual ideas and concepts showing the beginnings of integrated and appropriate contextual research.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Show resourcefulness and inventiveness in the use of a range of drawing materials and processes to create a body of focused and coherent visual studies and resolved artworks.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Evidence independent judgement in the documenting, selecting, editing and presenting a body of coherent drawings.
Reading List
DOWNS, et al. 2007. Drawing Now: Between the lines of Contemporary Art. I.B.Tauris.
DOYLE, M. 2002. Drawing on Space. London. The Drawing Room.
KOVATS, T. 2005. The Drawing Book, a survey of drawing: the primary means of expression. Black Dogs Publishing.
BRADLEY, F. 2008. Lucy Skaer. The Fruitmarket Gallery.
DE ZEGHER, 2007. Julie Mehretu: The drawings, Rizzoli International Publications.
DAVIDSON, M., 2011, Contemporary Drawing, Watson-Guptill.
SILLARS, L. 2011. George Shaw. Payne's Grey. Baltic
SCHAMA, S. 2005, John Virtue London Paintings, National Gallery, London.
CELANT, G. 1997. Anselm Kiefer (Venezia contemporaneo), Edizioni Charta Sri.

Web Sources Nicolas Hutcheson Antarctica Drawings
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability to employ the use of the sketchbook to explore and develop lines of visual enquiry.
The ability to explore visual ideas through various practical drawing and painting techniques, methods and approaches.
The ability to make independent judgments on the selecting, editing and documentation of their work, showing an insight into critical context and reflective practice.
KeywordsDrawing,site-specific,mark-making,form,personal research,tone,compositions,sketchbook
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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