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Undergraduate Course: Mixed Media: The Figure, Still-Life and Location (LLLA07254)

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 materials and process. The range of experimentation will be broad and form the basis for developing personal research. The student will evaluate the outcomes and select and edit them and consider how to employ them in an individual manner to a range of source material.
Course description Academic Description: Working from the life model, still life set up and a location, students will be encouraged to adopt an open-minded approach to broaden their understanding and value for investigating and experimenting in mixed media. Students will consider the role of structure, form and tactile surfaces and how to combine them to construct images with complex layers and pictorial depth. During the course, emphasis will be placed on the value for the unpredictable and accidental events that can occur in the process of making the 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 student will:
Learn different mixed media drawing techniques through tutor-led exercises
Practice and employ techniques learned in sketchbook research
Develop skills to consider the role of structure and form and tactile surfaces and how to employ them to construct images with complex layers and pictorial depth
Prepare surfaces and evaluate impact of using different grounds in mixed media drawing
Explore compositional elements of light, line, form, colour and texture
Use collage to appropriate new meanings and direction
Try additive and subtractive mono print techniques
Document work in progress in photograph to explore the potential of photo montage
Explore the intersection between drawing and photography - draw on, fold, tear photographs and use as source for new viewpoint
Explore creative strategies for reformatting work
Participate in group discussion and critiques

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

Drawing boards
Chairs and tables
Still life objects and set ups
A range of mixed media papers and cuttings
Cutting mats
Printing inks and rollers
Overhead projector
Black or white paper

Materials List:
Drawing medium (at least three to begin the course) graphite stick, conte crayon, black marker pen, coloured biro pens, soft pastel (1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue), 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
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) Formative Assessment: 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: 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 (20 hours)
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 (80 hours)
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: This will comprise of short written summary of action points of areas requiring addressing to meet the learning outcomes - but no indicative grades will be given.

Summative Assessment: On completion the 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%): Employ various approaches and techniques that explore a range of mediums, investigated and evaluated through the sketchbook and developed studies.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Demonstrate a practical knowledge of drawing, painting and mixed media approaches for developing visual studies and ideas.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Demonstrate an awareness of how to document, select and edit artwork for presentation.
Reading List
KANTOR, J. & ZABEL, I. 2007. Vitamin D, A New perspective in drawing, Phaidon Press Ltd
CADENHEAD William C.M, 2009, A Philosophy of Drawing based on the human figure, Scotprint , Haddington
DAWSON B and Harrison M, 2009, Francis Bacon A Terrible Beauty, Gottingen: Steidl
MASLEM, M. and SOUTHERN, J, 2011, Drawing projects : an exploration of the language of drawing, London: Black Dog Publishing Berger, J. and Savage, J
RUIT, O: Cantze, 1997,Sigmar Polke : the three lies of painting, Berlin, Cantze Verlag
SOLOMON, D, 1997, Utopia Parkway : the life and work of Joseph Cornell, London, London:Jonathon Cape Photographers Gallery: PhotoWorks, 2008, Dryden Goodwin : Cast, London, Thames& Hudson
BRADFORD, M, 2013, Through Darkest America by Truck and Tank,London,Whitecube
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Ability to make effective use of drawing and painting skills.
Understanding of the requirements of working with mixed media.
Knowledge and understanding of composition and design.
Keywordsdrawing,mixed media,collage,recycled materials
Course organiserMr Robbie Bushe
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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