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Undergraduate Course: Self-Directed Practice: Sustaining a Focus (LLLA08005)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course enables students with an existing and developing specialised contemporary painting and mixed media practice to sustain a focus on a self-initiated studio project.
Course description Academic Description: This course will allow students to develop their painting and mixed media practices to rigorously explore and sustain a focus for their own studio work, based upon a body of personal research, and underpinned by one-to-one and group critiques. Processes, materials and techniques will be determined by personal concerns, to evolve an independent visual language, and body of work, underpinned by a contextual awareness for historical and contemporary art practices.

Outline of Content: The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 60 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 independent art practice in contemporary context.
Suggested points of reference and short project.
Multiples in miniature
Self-directed projects start
Artist studio visit
Mini Critique
Working larger and longer
Developing larger work
Developing work together
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, 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 Unless otherwise stated, all students on this short course pay a published course fee per enrolment. In addition to the learning and teaching resources and content, this fee also includes:

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 ( or Oil paints), acrylic or oil brushes, sponge, roller, rags
Appropriate surfaces to work on and paint with will depend on each individual.
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 sustained and enquiring work ethic within a contemporary art context, employing independent strategies to document a range of visual ideas and research.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Demonstrate an inventive and exploratory use of a range of materials, methods and processes that is appropriate to developing a coherent and personal, visual vocabulary.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Evidence independent judgment to present a coherent, individual and focused body of research studies and resolved works, demonstrating discernment to document select and edit artwork to reveal its value.
Reading List
Suggested Reading:

ELKIN, J.2000. What is Painting Routledge.
LUCIE-SMITH, E. 1984. Movements In Art Since 1945. London: Thames and Hudson. Print.
DAVEY, R. & SCHAMA, S. 2014 Anselm Kiefer. Royal Academy of Arts, London
FOSTER, R.K.H., BENJAMIN H.D. YVE-Alain BOIS, D.J. 2012. Art Since 1900: Modernism · Antimodernism · Postmodernism. Thames & Hudson Ltd.
BUTIN, H. 2014. Gerhard Richter. Editions 1965-2013. Hatje Cantz.
RAEDECKER, M. 2009. Michael Raedecker. London: Camden Arts Centre. Print.
DUMAS, M. 2014. The Image as Burden, Tate.
DEXTER, E. 2010. Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing. Phaidon Press.
HOLZWARTH. H.W. 2008. Art Now. Koln: Taschen. Print.
WATT, A. and PATERSON, D. 2011. Hiding in Full View, Ingleby Gallery. Print
POSNER, H., SMITH, K. LYON, C. 2005. Kiki Smith. New York, N.Y.: Monacelli Press. 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.
Use Independent judgment and critical evaluation.
Employ resourceful research tactics to further develop imagery.
Investigate appropriate techniques and materials.
Develop a personal visual language.
Self directed study in contemporary art practice.
KeywordsPersonal development,painting,focus developing processes,drawing,research,composition
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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