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Undergraduate Course: Landscape Painting: The Cityscape (LLLA07246)

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 cityscape and urban environment will provide inspiration for students to develop further their existing drawing and painting techniques.
Course description Students with some experience of drawing and painting will be encouraged to build upon their skills with a distinct focus on the urban environment, considering and responding to various aspects such as architectural relationships, street furniture, construction sites or disused spaces to produce a series of location drawings and studies. By experimenting and exploring a range of painting materials and methods, students will begin to hone in on aspects of the urban landscape that resonates with them, to produce a body of work.

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 contemporary painters of the urban environment
- Preparation for grounds in sketchbooks and on other surfaces
- Research through sketchbooks: drawing essentials for location work.
- Composition - exploring cityscape alternatives.
- Editing and altering images digitally and manually.
- Monochromatic studies and coloured grounds
- Working onto hard and soft surfaces
- Developing large work
- Continuing work in series
- 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 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:
- A4 Sketchbook (at least 140gsm paper)
- An A3 watercolour pad (Hot Pressed around 190gsm)
- Paper: A range of papers as and when required from newsprint, printing paper such as South Bank, Bread and Butter paper. Watercolour Paper A2, NOT (cold pressed) and Hot Pressed between 190-250gsm.
- Small set of drawing inks (either acrylic or shellac based)
- Black Quink ink
- Indian Ink
- White ink
- Pencil 2b and 4b
- Graphite pencil 4B
- A small set of gouache
- A range of artist quality watercolours, (tubes for larger studies) such as: Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow, Crimson, Cerulean blue, Payne┬┐s Grey,
- Pans (for more select colours) sap green, violet, yellow ochre, burnt and raw sienna, Prussian blue.
- Chalk Pastels (and oil pastels as required)
- Gum Arabic
- Wax candle and Cling film
- Masking Fluid
- Gum Tape
- Clean 9mm-12mm A3 plywood board (for stretching paper)
- A set of watercolour brushes
- Sponge
- Mixing palette
- Water pot
- A camera
- 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 an enquiring work ethic and range of personal strategies for recording and developing visual ideas and concepts, based upon independent location drawing, supported by contextual research.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Show an inventiveness in the use of materials and processes to create a range of focused and coherent visual studies, demonstrating a confidence in the use of appropriate techniques.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Demonstrate independent judgment in the documentation and presentation of research, selecting and editing visual images to produce a coherent series of paintings, based upon the urban landscape.
Reading List
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.
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.
McGRATH, T. 2007. Tom Mcgrath. New York, NY: Zach Feuer Gallery. Print.

Journal and periodicals
Modern Painters

Web sources
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to undertake research and apply this towards development of urban paintings
Practical location drawing skills,
Ability to alter and edit studies digitally and manually
Ability to make effective use of paint, materials , composition, line and tone
Independent judgement, editing and selection,
Understanding of cityscape painting in contemporary art practice.
KeywordsCityscape,painting,urban landscape,Drawing,sketchbook,research,colour,tone,composition,art
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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