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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Painting: A Sense of Place (LLLA07244)

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
SummaryThe urban and rural environment is the source and starting point from which students are required to develop a series of drawings and studies leading to a coherent body of resolved paintings, and mixed media works.
Course description Students with prior drawing and painting experience will have the opportunity to focus and sustain their ideas for a personal subject to create a series of drawings, prints and painting studies. Relying on independent research of a local landscape to determine the starting point, students will begin to develop a personal and visual language to explore and in turn, refine their ideas.

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:

- Introduction to the landscape painting using historical/contemporary imagery and brief.
- Preparation for grounds in sketchbooks and on other surfaces
- Independent research - location drawing
- Composition-Editing, digital and analogue
- Monochromatic studies/range of tools
- Limited palette to full colour
- Work in series
- Start larger work
- Developing larger scale paintings
- Finishing work and group critique

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 Students MUST have passed:
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
A4/A3 sketchbook
Charcoal, pencils ,eraser, coloured chalk pastels
Masking tape, one sided card, Cartridge paper
Acrylic paints, acrylic or oil brushes, sponge, roller, rags

Appropriate waterproofs and warm clothing for location drawing
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 a reflective approach to independent research and location drawing, which will be evidenced within the sketchbooks supported by contextual of contemporary art practices.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Develop a range of drawings, paintings and studies from independently gathered research, displaying a confident use of materials, methods and techniques.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Present a coherent body of work of landscape paintings and drawings, which demonstrate considered judgment in the editing and selection of the visual imagery.
Reading List
Suggested Reading
RAEDECKER, M. 2009. Michael Raedecker. London: Camden Arts Centre. Print.
McFADYEN, J. 2012. Jock Mcfadyen. Edinburgh: Bourne Fine Art. Print.
SILLARS, L. 2011. George Shaw : the sly and unseen day. Baltic.
DOIG, P. et al.2008. Peter Doig. New York: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers. Print.
HODKIN, H. et al. 1995. Howard Hodgkin Paintings. New York: Harry N. Abrams Publishers in association with the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Print.
RHODES, C. 2000. Carol Rhodes. [Glasgow]: Tramway. Print.
EARDLEY, Joan. 1990. Joan Eardley. London: The Scottish Gallery, London. Print.

Journal and periodicals
Modern Painters

Web sources
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to undertake research and apply this in the context of landscape painting
Practical location drawing skills,
Developing independent research methods
Ability to make effective use of paint, including colour mixing and mark making and composition
Independent judgement, editing and selection,
Understanding of landscape painting in critical and historical context
KeywordsDeveloping Landscape,painting,cityscape,Drawing,sketchbook,research,colour,tone,composition
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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