Module Identifier AR31840  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr Simon J Pierse  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Professor John Harvey, Mr Paul Webster, Mr Simon J Pierse  
Pre-Requisite AR20120 and AR20230  
Co-Requisite AR20920 and AR21030  
Course delivery Seminars / Tutorials   5 Hours. 5 x 1 hour seminars 2 hours of individual tutorials per student  
  Practical   10 x 8 hours weekly studio time  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Portfolio assessment Portfolio Submission including: Portfolio of paintings, drawings, sketchbooks and related research material75%
Semester Assessment Drawings, sketchbooks and related research material25%

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 that includes sketchbooks, drawings, written and visual material that clearly demonstrates a line of enquiry that gives expression to the student'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 AR31730 Painting 5 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 demonstrations and technical 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 wherever appropriate, and all work should presented in a professional manner.


This module promotes self-directed study and focuses upon the conceptual and practical aspects of art practice, the ideas and subject matter, processes, systems, frameworks and precedents governing the processes of making art. Specifically in this module, students concentrate upon developing an experimental approach to the production of printmaking, researching, testing out ideas, formats and methods and refining their practice in preparation for work on the final exhibition.


Research and Studio based Paint-Directed Practice:

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

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  
Communication development and encouragement of communication skills occurs during workshop-based activity and during tutorials and group seminars  
Improving own Learning and Performance development of a self-critical approach to creative working and professional conduct in the production of a portfolio of images  
Team work development and encouragement of peer support and student interaction occurs during tutorials and group seminars  

Reading Lists

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


This module is at CQFW Level 6