Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 13 Hours.
Seminars / Tutorials 24 Hours. Seminar.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Course Work:  50%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   50%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students will have learnt to:

  • Identify and contrast the means of production, specific qualities of mark, the limitations and creative potential of each of a wide range of media
  • Describe and analyse artists use of materials and techniques
  • Appreciate, interpret and engage in informed discussion about an artist's achievements
  • Demonstrate a sure handling of technical terminology
  • Analyse and reason, applying their powers of observation and interpretative skills to appraise works of art

Brief description

The course aims to provide insight into how art objects are made by a practical and theoretical examination of the techniques, materials and tools of the artist's trade; considering their historical development and current practice as well as the more radical changes in conventions. Practical workshops, and analyses of original examples from the University's significant collections of fine and decorative art, will be used.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Ayres, James (1985) The Artist's Craft: A History of Tools, Techniques and Materials Oxford Primo search Cennini, Cennino (1960) The Craftsmen's Handbook (Translated by D V Thompson Jnr) Dover, New York Primo search Coe, B & Booth, Mark Haworth A guide to Early Photographic Processes Primo search Doerner, Max (1963) The Materials of the Artist London London Primo search Gasgoine, Bamber (1988) How to Identify Prints Thames and Hudson, London Primo search Gilmour, Pat (1981) Artists in Print BBC London Primo search Griffiths, Antony (1984) Prints and Printmaking British Museum Press, London Primo search Harris Jennifer (editor) (1993) 5000 Years of Textiles British Museum Press, London Primo search Ivins, William M (7th Edition 198) Prints and Visual Communications MIT Press, Massachusetts Primo search Jeffrey, Ian Photogrpahy: A Concise History Thames and Hudson, London Primo search Lambert, Susan (1987) The Image Multiplied: Five centuries of printed reproductions of paintings Trefoil, London Primo search Lanto, Synge (1982) Antique Needlework Blandford Books, Dorset Primo search Mayer, Ralph (1951) The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques Faber and Faber, London Primo search National Gallery Publications (1990) Art in the Making: Italian Painting before 1400 NGP, London Primo search Pearce, emma (1992) Artists' Materials - which, why and How A & C Black, London Primo search Rawson, Philip (1972(reprint 19) Ceramics Oxford University Press Primo search Scharf, Aaron Art and Photography Primo search Sontag, Susan On Photography Primo search Speight, Charlotte (1989) Hands in Clay: An introduction to Ceramics Maffield Press, California Primo search Stephenson, Jonathan (1989) The Materials and techniques of Painting Thames and Hudson, London Primo search Tate Gallery (1982) Publications, Paint and Painting Tate Gallery, London Primo search Thompson, Daniel V (1956) The Materials and Techniques of Medieval Painting Dover Books, New York Primo search Vasari, Giorgio (1960) On Technique Dover, New York Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5