Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Painting 5 - Paint Directed Practice
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 5 x 1 hour painting surgeries 4 x 30 mins individual tutorials per student
Practical 10 x 6 hours weekly studio time


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio assessment  Portfolio Submission including:Portfolio of paintings, drawings, sketchbooks and related research material  75%
Semester Assessment Drawings, sketchbooks and related research material  25%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) Produce a portfolio of paintings that clearly demonstrates experimentation and proficiency in processes of painting as appropriate to personal research
b) Produce a body of research to include sketchbooks, drawings, written and visual material that clearly demonstrates a line of enquiry and gives expression to the individual's ideas and concerns
c) Sustain working and resolution of painting practice
d) Employ techniques and materials in a selective and critical manner with regard to process and subject matter
e) Identify their art practice within the context of contemporary and historical traditions of painting
f) Develop proficient strategies for painting practice with regard to issues of health and safety

Brief description

This module which runs concurrently with AR31840 Painting 6 aims to promote self-directed study and emphasises the need for sustained and focused workshop-based activity. Tutorial support is given on a one-to-one basis and technical demonstrations and advice are offered as required. A professional approach to painting is expected and considerable commitment outside of timetabled sessions is required if a full programme of research is to be engaged upon. For the module students are expected to research and develop a strong conceptual or thematic basis for their work using subject matter that is meaningful and important to them. Development of subject matter may derive from work carried out at Level 2 or may evolve from newly formed ideas and aspirations. Definition of appropriate subject matter is determined by discussion with the student's tutor and a programme of research and development is then suggested and agreed. For Single honours Students, this programme of research is closely allied to work that is completed for AR30620 Research and Process in Practice and it is important to realise that one module will inform the other. Students are expected to produce a portfolio of paintings and supporting material in the form of preparatory or exploratory drawings, drawing books and sketch books, supporting written and visual material, demonstrating both thematic and technical research and experimentation in technique, format and media. Completed paintings should be executed with due regard to professional practice and all work should presented in a professional manner.


Research and Studio based Paint-Directed Practice:

Fortnightly tutorials

Mid Term Review and Critique of Student Work

Portfolio Submission and Examination Guidelines

The emphasis of the module is upon experimentation in a variety of paint related media and techniques - many of which will have been experienced during modules studied at Level 2 - and which will enable students to develop a personalised mode of working. Opportunity to learn new or more advanced skills and to discuss ways of working can be arranged through lectures, seminars and tutorials from visiting artists and art practitioners.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during workshop-based activity and during tutorials and group seminars
Problem solving development of practical painting skills and problem solving with regard to appropriate painting media and supports
Research skills development of a programme of research and self directed work that provides evidence of experimental approach to painting and gives expression to the development of a personal statement
Subject Specific Skills developing painting skills and an experimental approach to subject and media self-management, time management and use of studio facilities for completion of self-directed project work

Reading List

Recommended Text
Albers, J., (1987) Interaction of Color New Haven, CT: Yale University Press Primo search Benjamin, A (1996) What is Abstraction? London: Academy Editions Primo search Bonami, F. and Nesbit, J. (1999) Examining Pictures: Exhibiting Paintings (exhibition catalogue London: Whitechapel Art Gallery & Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Primo search Breuvart, V. (ed.), Vitamin P (2002) New Perspectives in Painting London: Phaidon Primo search Gilbert - Rolfe, J., (1999) Beauty and the Contemporary Sublime New York: Allworth Press Primo search Gottsegen, M., (1993) The Painter's Handbook New York: Watson-Guptill Publications Primo search Greenberg, C (1986) Collected Essays and Criticism, Vols. 1&2 Chicago: University of Chicago Press Primo search Itten, J (1970) The Elements of Color New York: Chapman and Hall Primo search Schor, M. (1997) Wet: on Painting, Feminsim and Art Culture Durham: Duke University Press Primo search Stiles, K., and Selz, P., (eds.), (1996) Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings Los Angeles: University of California, Studies in the History of Art, XXXV Primo search (1994) Unbound: Possibilities in Painting, (exhibition catalogue) London: South Bank Centre Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6