Module Identifier MG10220  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Mr Robert K Meyrick  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   6 1.5 hours  
  Practical   6 x 2 hour  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment 1. Essay (2,500 words) (a)40%
Semester Assessment 2. 3 copies of traditional paintings each with a journal describing the process of its creation (b)60%
Supplementary Assessment . Essay (2,500 words) - different questions will be set40%
Supplementary Assessment 3 copies of traditional paintings and journal as above60%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. identify and evaluate the basic processes used in the manufacture and production of easel paintings;
2. identify the materials in easel paintings;
3. use traditional painting techniques.

Brief description

The module provides an insight into how artists worked in the past. It examines the history and use of artists┬┐ materials including canvases, panels, pigments, media and varnishes. The techniques and materials of 14th-century panel paintings, 17th-century oil paintings and Impressionist paintings, in particular, are studied in detail. To provide an understanding of the make up of paintings, students prepare a copy of each using traditional materials and techniques.


The module is principally for students of Art History or Museum and Gallery Studies though it will also be available to Fine Art students interested in the traditional materials, techniques, make up and conservation of oil paintings.


Lecture material will include (each 1┬Ż hours):
The History of Pigments
The Use of Supports
The Development and Properties of Painting Media
Studio Practice in 14th-century Italy
Rembrandt and 17th-century Painting Techniques
The Impressionists
Practicals will cover (each 2 hours):
Copy a 14th-century tempera and gilded panel (2 practicals)
Copy a 17th-century oil painting on canvas (2 practicals)
Copy a 19th-century Impressionist painting (2 practicals)
+ visit to the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff or Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Module Skills

Problem solving Development of practical skills in traditional painting techniques, solving problems through an analysis and interpretation of works of art of the past.  
Research skills Develop a programme of research and self-directed project/journal work that provides evidence of an investigation and evaluation of the theory, practice, history and technical skills within traditional painting practice.  
Communication Development and encouragement of communication skills via weekly practicals, discussion, and peer critiques.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Development and encouragement of a self-critical approach to creative thinking and working through practicals, projects and journal work, with regard to a number of traditional fine art practices. This culminates in a body of work executed in a range of media examining how artists worked in the past.  
Team work Development and encouragement of teamwork and student interaction will occur within practicals, discussions, and critiques.  
Information Technology Word processing of essay and research via the websites of professional bodies: Museums Association, etc.  
Application of Number N\A  
Personal Development and Career planning Provides insight for students of Art History into the materials, techniques and studio practice of artists of the past. It is appropriate for students considering careers in conservation or in museums.  


This module is at CQFW Level 4