Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 4 x one-hour introduction (one for each topic)
Seminars / Tutorials 4 x group tutorials (one for each topic)plus a one-to one tutorial
Practical 2 x three-hours per week for 10 weeks Some of the practical hours may be replaced by workshop sessions


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

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. paint subjects from a variety of themes with a greater facility and authority
2. experience painting in a variety of mediums on a variety of scale
3. adopt an exploratory response that seeks to define and push the boundaries of concepts and approaches to painting
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 painting across a diverse range of subject matter. It builds upon the instruction and technical acquisition of drawing skills given in AR10120 Art Practice 1 (semester 1) and augments instruction being given concurrently in AR10220. Having developed an initial authority over some of the fundamental aspects of graphic representation, this module proceeds to apply and extend this knowledge to painting. One of the benefits of this module will be to teach students in smaller groups than is practical in AR10120 and AR10220 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 AR10420 and gives the student more choice of painting 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 SIX topics available to choose from (subject to student numbers). The following list of options is indicative (Life Painting is to be offered as two separate options):
Life Painting 1,
Life Painting 2,
Still life,
The core syllabus is common to all the subject areas of painting that are offered and taught in AR10620. This core element of the course is divided into FOUR subject areas and given by means of lectures (4 x one-hour lectures) to all students enrolled on the course. The content of these lectures comprises:
1.Colour (i): Theory,
2.Colour (ii): Mixing,
3. Composition,
4. Abstraction
and will be applied to the topics chosen by the student through a number of prescribed and projects taught by the respective tutor(s). Students will receive tuition by means of 2 x three-hour per week practical sessions and group and individual tutorials.

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 painting research based on a selection of topics
Subject Specific Skills Development of painting skills using a variety of media
Team work A degree of teamwork is inherent in the group tutorials and when working as a group in the painting studio

Reading List

Recommended Text
Benjamin, A ((1996)) What is Abstraction? London: Academy Editions Primo search Breuvart, V (ed.), Vitamin P ((2002)) New Perspectives in Painting London: Phaidon Primo search Gottsegen, M ((1993)) The Painter's Handbook New York: Watson-Guptill Publications Primo search Itten, J ((1970)) The Elements of Color New York: Chapman and Hall Primo search Salisbury, Martin (2004) Illustrating Children's Books A & C Black, London Primo search Slade, Catherine ((2003)) The Manual of Illustration Techniques A & C Black, London Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 4