Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Painting: Looking, Seeing, Thinking
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Practical 21 x 3 Hour Practicals
Lecture 10 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio  Portfolio of artworks created during and following each of the 10 weekly practical sessions  100%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary Assessment  Portfolio of new artworks  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Follow and complete a brief for Illustration within a deadline.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the technical aspects of painting media, supports and tools.

3. Demonstrate fundamental skills in the processes of darkroom photography.

4. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of analogue photography and its creative potential.

5. Develop and print using darkroom processes.

6. Make an informed and personal response within a prescriptive brief, and to articulate a response both towards your own work and that of others.

7. Execute painted studies using colour.


Painting, in its broadest sense, has relevance to all art disciplines. It provides us with a means to express our ideas and to develop a personal visual language. The versatility of painting media is explored in this module through practical classes, workshops, demonstrations, lectures and assignments. It introduces the techniques, processes, methods and materials that enable the student to not only record but to make a personal response to the world around us.

Over ten weeks of essential practice, students will be introduced to the vocabulary and grammar of painting as an end in itself as well as its application in Photography and Illustration.

Through the study of original artworks in the School of Art Museum, students will learn to identify and analyse a wide range of artists’ materials, techniques and approaches to painting. Lectures will be delivered by staff from different disciplines to provide a greater appreciation of the rationale of painting and its application to all media.

Using the human form as the unifying theme complements the core art history module AH10610 Representing the Body that also runs during Semester 2. It reinforces the connection between history, theory and practice as well as provides a basis for project work, thus forming a more cohesive student learning experience.

The structure allows for the accumulative acquisition of skills as students ready themselves for the second year of their studies


This module comprises weekly lectures on techniques, methods and processes common to the disciplines of Painting, Photography and Illustration as well as other disciplines taught at the School of Art. The syllabus broadly connects with themes explored in the core art history module AH10610 Representing the Body to provide a themed approach to painting practice.

1. Lecture: Introduction to Painting. The Versatility of Paint and its Relevance Today.
Practical (Painting): Properties of Paint and Mediums, application techniques.
Practical (Illustration): The Figure in Motion.

2. Lecture: Illustration and the Human Form.
Practical (Painting): Colour Mixing, optical properties of colour.
Practical (Illustration): Creating believable characters.

3. Lecture: Seeking Colour.
Practical (Painting): Creating Form, Tone and Colour.
Practical (Illustration): Clothing the Figure.

4. Lecture: The Portrayal of Flesh.
Practical (Painting): Flesh Tones. Life Studies using Limited Palette.
Practical (Illustration): Working with Reference.

5. Lecture: Figures in Context.
Practical (Painting): Figure Compositions.
Practical (Illustration): Compositional storytelling.

6. Tutorials, Seminar and Group Tutorials.

7. Lecture: Photography and the Figure.
Practical (Painting): Life studies.
Practical (Photography): The Pinhole Camera.

8. Lecture: Depiction of Human Form in other Cultures.
Practical (Painting): Life Painting, the single pose.
Practical (Photography): Pinhole photography and positive-negative processing in the darkroom.

9. Lecture: Monotype, The Painterly Print.
Practical (Painting): Makings Monotypes.
Practical (Photography): Camera-less Photography, Photograms.

10. Lecture: Portraiture.
Practical (Painting): Headshot Portrait Studies
Practical (Photography): Cliché Verre, painting with light in the darkroom.

11. Lecture: Abstracting the Figure.
Practical (Painting): Abstraction techniques.
Practical (Photography): Sun-painting, the Cyanotype.
Group Tutorial and review of all the work made on this part of the module.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Students are gradually introduced to numerical technical information e.g. in chemical processes of photography, perspective, measurements of supports, etc.
Communication Discussion of artwork in individual and group situations throughout semester.
Improving own Learning and Performance Mode of teaching during classes and tutorials provides feedback weekly during the semester giving students ample opportunity to respond to feedback.
Information Technology Research visual imagery and access email, Blackboard, etc. is explained and students referred to IS Helpdesk if necessary.
Personal Development and Career planning Students are encouraged to consider future options during Semester 2 both in short and long term view.
Problem solving Problem solving is inherent and evidential in the production of artwork.
Research skills Students are introduced to subject area librarian; instructed on keeping visual diary/logbook/sketchbook that necessitates research skills – these are introduced gradually throughout module.
Subject Specific Skills Techniques and methodology introduced as appropriate to each subject area throughout semester
Team work Using subject specific equipment in dedicated studio space throughout building requires team work. Small group tutorials and outdoor field work reinforces team/group ethos.


This module is at CQFW Level 4