|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Folio of Artworks Folio containing at least one artwork resulting from each practical.||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Workshop journal, 2000 words plus bibliography Journal documenting practical sessions: hand-written notes and a typed summary. Bibliography to include secondary prints, sources and documented illustrations related to the practical projects||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resit folio of artworks Folio containing at least one artwork resulting from each practical.||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resit workshop journal Journal documenting practical sessions: hand-written notes and a typed summary. Bibliography to include secondary prints, sources and documented illustrations related to the practical projects||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. identify the means of production, qualities of mark and creative potential of specific media;
2. describe and examine artists’ use of materials and techniques;
3. engage in informed discussion about an artist’s technical achievements;
4. demonstrate a sure handling of technical terminology;
5. apply powers of observation and interpretative skills to make and appraise works of art;
6. put into practice the techniques they have learned.
Through hands-on experience, and studying original examples from the School of Art Museum collections, students will learn to identify and analyse a wide range of artists’ materials and techniques.
The production of art objects and their appearance are conditional not only upon the societal changes and taste, but also dependent upon technological and scientific developments. Research in the fields of medicine, optics, chemistry and mathematics, for example, have each contributed to innovations in the production of art. Artists have long recognised and exploited the creative potential of new materials, processes and ideas emanating from developments completely independent of art practice.
Since artists’ methods and materials contribute significantly to the appearance of art objects, artists conceive ideas especially for a process. They choose specific materials to help them realise an idea. During the twentieth century, technique often became the content.
An understanding of the specific qualities of mark peculiar to each medium, its limitations and creative potential, helps the student of art history to appreciate, interpret and reflect upon an artist’s achievements in more informed ways. Insights only made possible through hands-on experience also help extend students’ vocabulary when describing artworks.
Aberystwyth is unique among British universities for delivering a practical component as part of the training of art historians. The School of Art is rare in that we teach art history in an environment where art is also made and curated. Mindful of the career prospects of our graduates, this module provides valuable practical experience and vocational skills for those who seek employment in museums, auction houses, art galleries and in arts administration.
Introduction [Lecture, 1 hour]
Intaglio Printmaking [Lecture, Workshop, 1 hour]
Making an Etching [Practical, 3 hours]
Relief Printmaking [Lecture, Workshop, 1 hour]
Printing an Etching [Practical, 3 hours]
Ways of Drawing [Lecture, Workshop, 1 hour]
Making a Woodcut [Practical, 3 hours]
Digital Imaging [Lecture, Workshop, 1 hour]
Printing a Woodcut [Practical, 3 hours]
The Life Class [Lecture, Workshop, 1 hour]
Digital Imaging [Practical, 3 hours]
Taking Photographs [Lecture, Workshop, 1 hour]
Life Drawing [Practical, 3 hours]
Creative Thinking and Making [Lecture, Workshop, 1 hour]
Printing Photographs [Practical, 3 hours]
Oil Painting Techniques [Lecture, Workshop, 1 hour]
Creative Making [Practical, 3 hours]
Painting a Still Life [Practical, 3 hours, 1 hour]
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number|
|Communication||Articulating ideas through practicals discussions and workshops, as well as academic writing skills in the Workshop Journal.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Independent study through practical assignments, research and preparation|
|Information Technology||Information retrieval from various academic research portals and online museum collection databases. Digital imaging using Photoshop.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Emphasis on professional presentation of research and annotated bibliography using MLA style documentation.|
|Problem solving||In practicals preparation and discussion, Workshop Journal research and writing.|
|Research skills||In practicals preparation, bibliography and Workshop Jounral research and writing.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Insights only made possible through hands-on experience of methods and materials to help extend students’ understanding and vocabulary when describing artworks.|
|Team work||In workshops and practicals.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6