Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Artistic Techniques: Painting, Sculpture and Printing

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION A basic discussion of the history and use of various artistic media and techniques. The lectures focus on the characteristics of the media being studied.

The study-unit, although principally of a theoretical nature, provides an opportunity for hands-on experience in a variety of media.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Knowledge & understanding of the technical processes necessary for the production of a work of art;
- The study-unit will enhance artistic appreciation and develop the skills of the student.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Ability to understand and appreciate the medium used and contextualise its importance to the history of artistic production;
- Ability to identify the media employed by artists in their work;
- Ability to link theory and history with artistic practice.

Reading List:

- R. Mayer, The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques, Faber and Faber, London, 1991.
- Cennino d’Andrea Cennini, The Craftsman’s Handbook (“Il Libro dell’ Arte”) Translated by D. V. Thompson, Jr., Dover, New York, 1960.
- T. Langland, From Clay to Bronze – A Studio Guide to Figurative Sculpture, Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, 1999.
- H. Speed, The Practice and Science of Drawing, Dover, New York, 1972.
- G. Schembri Bonaci, Shostakovich, Britten, Stravinsky, and the Painters in between: 1936, Horizons, Qormi, 2014.
- G. Schembri Bonaci, ‘The Intellect of Art: Post-Auschwitz MA (Fine or Ugly Arts) or We Should Talk Less and Draw More (Goethe), Should We? Wozu Dichter, What for Indeed (Hölderin). Nur lallen und lallen, immer-, immer-zuzu (Celan). Can we, after all the kaleidoscopic refractions of thousands of holocausts?,’ Malta Review of Educational Research, viii, 2 (2014), 276-292.
- G. Schembri Bonaci and S. Moulden, Antonio Sciortino and the British.
- Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Horizons, Msida, 2012.
- G. Schembri Bonaci, The Unreality of Realism, Horizons, Qormi, 2019.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is offered to Fine Arts and History of Art students only.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Christian Attard
Noel Attard
Clint Calleja
Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci (Co-ord.)

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