Module Title:   Observational Drawing

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   EM-0149L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Film & Media

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Media, Design and Technology

Principal Co-ordinator:   Kaye Elling

Additional Tutor(s):   Simon Manfield

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To give students a broad knowledge base of the practice, application and formal elements of drawing skills in figure-, landscape- and still life drawing.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The module will be delivered as a series of practical art classes with an emphasis on drawing from life. As such, these may occasionally be undertaken outside of a drawing studio environment. Practical skills are assessed in the coursework through the creation of an online portfolio of life-drawings using physical media. Knowledge and understanding of underlying formal elements are assessed in the accompanying annotation of the portfolio and in a short anatomy test, which takes place mid-semester in semester one. Supplementary assessment is to create a digitized portfolio of observational drawing with written critique.

Lectures:   9.00          Directed Study:   142.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   0.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   48.00          Formal Exams:   1.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Create figure-, landscape- and still life drawings from life.
Apply formal and theoretical elements of observational drawing to a portfolio of work.
Critique objectively how these formal elements are used in your work.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Translate visual information of the physical anatomy of a human figure, in proportion, into a 2-dimensional observational drawing using physical artistic media and techniques.
Apply formal elements of perspective in drawing with some accuracy.
Draw from observation different lighting conditions in still life with some accuracy.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Observe critically and critique your work objectively within a wider context.

  Classroom test 1.00 20%
  A multiple choice question examination on human anatomy
  Presentation   30%
  A short presentation with critique of a portfolio of your observational drawings. 800 Word equivalent.
  Coursework   50%
  An online portfolio of digitized observational drawings with critique. 1000-word equivalent
  Coursework   100%
  Supplementary Assessment: a digitized portfolio of observational drawing with written critique. 2000-Word equivalent.

Outline Syllabus:
Foundation and intermediate, detailed study of figure drawing and artistic anatomy including skeletal structure and muscle groups, posture and pose, balance and weight, line, light, texture and colour, using a variety of physical artistic media.
Foundation and intermediate landscape drawing, of both urban and natural environments, interiors and exteriors, including linear and atmospheric perspective.
Still life drawing, including the study of composition, form and texture.

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