Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Painting Workshop 1: Colour, Tonality, Structure

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Art and Art History

DESCRIPTION This is a study-unit on the basics of the art of painting. The emphasis will be on painting with acrylics, oil on canvas, watercolour and other media. The study-unit will focus on still-life and landscape on location. The unit will involve studio and on-site practice. Various techniques will be addressed.

Students have to get their own materials.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to introduce students to the craft and practice of painting. Students will study theoretical approaches to understanding the practical side of the subject. Students will become familiar with diverse painting media and techniques.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

The study-unit is focused on the rigorous practice of painting and methodological approaches taken towards the act of painting. At the end of the study-unit students will develop an understanding of painting techniques and approaches and will be able to critically analyse painterly methodologies.

2. Skills:

The unit gives the student the necessary practical and theoretical skills to appreciate and evaluate painting whilst developing the ability to produce painterly studies in landscape, still life and figure drawing.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- 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.
- L. Brooks, Painter’s Workshop: A Basic Course in Contemporary Painting and Drawing, Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, New York, 1069.
- J. Bell, What is Painting?, Thames and Hudson Ltd, London, 1999.

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

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Project

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Project SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Noel Attard
Gilbert Calleja
Mark Sagona
Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci (Co-ord.)

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