Module Information

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

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Photography portfolio  25%
Semester Assessment Painting Portfolio  50%
Semester Assessment Printmaking Portfolio  25%
Supplementary Assessment Photography portfolio  25%
Supplementary Assessment Painting Portfolio  50%
Supplementary Assessment Printmaking Portfolio  25%

Learning Outcomes

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

Apply knowledge of the technical aspects of painting media, supports, and tools to inform their own practice.

Apply knowledge of historical and contemporary painting applications and theory to inform their own practice.

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

Produce a portfolio of painted studies in colour.

Produce a portfolio of prints that demonstrates a basic knowledge of printmaking's creative potential and fundamental printmaking skills.

Produce a portfolio of photographs that demonstrates a basic knowledge of analogue photography's creative potential and fundamental skills in darkroom processes.

Brief description

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 Printmaking.

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 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 Printmaking as well as other disciplines taught at the School of Art. The syllabus broadly connects with themes explored in the core art history module Representing the Body to provide a themed approach to painting practice.

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