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This subject introduces multi-dimensional investigations around the Still Life genre explored from a 21st Century perspective.
Engaging drawing and painting techniques and processes, this subject is designed for students who have little or no practical experience in art making. Commencing with figurative drawing, students will be introduced to ways of visualizing relevant, abstract concepts as they relate to the still-life genre. Multi-disciplinary investigations around the inanimate object will also focus on the dynamics of colour and pictorial space. Theoretical discussions will explore the human relationship to abstract ideas and the evolution of the still life convention. Projects will be set in both practical and theoretical areas.
Intended learning outcomes
This subject aims to:
- create a dialogue between the perceptual, the conceptual and theoretical. It is concerned with the development of concepts and skills that can be employed to construct a contemporary visual language around representations of the Still Life;
- provide an introduction to the knowledge and skills required to effectively represent inanimate objects both from direct observation and through further studio based experimentation towards abstraction;
- offer foundational knowledge and experience in drawing and painting and to direct these abilities toward outcomes of artistic conceptualisation, experimentation and expression;
- explore and articulate the relationship between theory and practice as it relates to the subject material, by critically examining relevant works of art in the context of significant visual art genres and pictorial convention.
On completing this subject students will:
- display an awareness of the graphic possibilities of a variety of concepts, materials and practices;
- exhibit evidence of skill development both pictorially and technically as a means of independent image making;
- indicate evidence of individual research in the relevant area of practice;
- demonstrate capacities for artistic imagination, creativity, transformation and interpretation;
- demonstrate practical skills in respect of critical analysis, problem solving;
- demonstrate an open, independent and inquiring attitude towards contemporary cultural developments and new ideas.
Last updated: 16 June 2020