Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 4 x one-hour introduction to each topic
Seminars / Tutorials 4 x group tutorials. or a one-to one tutorial: one for each topic
Practical 2 x three-hours per week for 10 weeks


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment A portfolio of work consisting work done in the class plus self-directed projects (the nature of the latter negotiated with tutor)  100%
Supplementary Assessment A portfolio of work  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • 1. draw subjects from a variety of themes with greater facility and authority
  • 2. draw in a variety of mediums on a variety of scales
  • 3. adopt an exploratory response that seeks to define and push the boundaries of concepts and approaches to drawing
  • 4. apply and develop technical skills in the context of self-initiated and self-directed work
  • 5. develop powers of judgment with which to critique their own and other'r work
  • 6. develop and implement a realistic programme of personal work that reflects a capacity to originate and execute ideas with due concern to qualities of craftsmanship, draughtsmanship and concept.

Brief description

This module is intended to give the student a broader experience of drawing across a diverse range of subject matter. It augments the teaching of drawing skills being given in AR10120 Art Practice 1 in the context of the life class, extending the student'r experience of graphic representation and offering a different kind of subject and approach (and/or further experience of figure drawing if the student so chooses). One of the benefits of this module will be to teach students in smaller groups than is practical in AR10120 and to facilitate a greater degree of choice in subject matter. As such it forms part of a progression towards Level 2 art practice.


This module incorporates and extends the content of AR10320 and gives the student more choice of drawing topics. It also enables more members of art practice staff to contribute to first year teaching if required.


The teaching semester will be divided into TWO five-week sections and students will choose FOUR topics (TWO in each five week period) from a number of options. There will normally be at least FOUR topics available to choose from in each five-week section (subject to student numbers). The following list of options is indicative
Figure Drawing 1,
Figure Drawing 2,
Still Life,

The core syllabus is common to all the subject areas of drawing that are offered and taught in AR10520. This core element of the module is divided into FOUR subject areas and given by means of introductory talks to all students enrolled on the module.
Students will receive tuition by means of 2 x three-hour per week practical sessions and group and individual tutorials. In addition students will be expected to undertake self-directed project work.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during group tutorials
Improving own Learning and Performance Development of self-critical approach to creative working and to time management, supported through the tutorial programme
Problem solving Individual interpretation of given projects and construction of self-directed projects
Research skills Development of drawing research based on a selection of topics
Subject Specific Skills Development of drawing skills using a variety of media
Team work A degree of teamwork is inherent in group tutorials and when working as a group in the drawing studio

Reading List

Recommended Text
Benjamin, A ((1996)) What is Abstraction? London: Academy Editions Primo search Gottsegen, M ((1993)) The Painter's Handbook New York: Watson-Guptill Publications Primo search Hobhouse, Janet ((1988)) The bride stripped bare: The artist and the nude in the twnetieth century London: Cape Primo search Saunders Gill, Victoria and Albert Museum ((1989)) The Nude: a New Perspective London: Herbert Primo search Slade, Catherine ((2003)) The Manual of Illustration Techniques A & C Black, London Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4