ART06087 2019 Painting 4 (Extending the Medium)

General Details

Full Title
Painting 4 (Extending the Medium)
Transcript Title
Painting 4 (Extending the Medi
80 %
Subject Area
ART - Art
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Jacinta Feeney, Mark Pepper, Ronnie Hughes, Lizzie Kinsella
Programme Membership
SG_AARTT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art SG_AARTT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art

This module concentrates on painting with a variety of suitable extenders and mediums, with an emphasis on oil paint and its attendant practices. This module aims to deepen the student's understanding of the theory and practice of painting and to develop the learner's confidence and experience in the handling and manipulation of both materials and ideas. It intends to move the student away from dependence on set diagnostic exercises with defined parameters towards more individually formed research practices.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Have gained experience in a variety of methods and techniques of painting, including oil paint and the use of a variety of related mediums and extenders (allied to have a firm understanding of health and safety issues related to the medium).


Have developed relevant research practices such as sketchbooks, visual journals, drawings, collage and other sources in relation to making paintings.


Be confident in a variety of painting methods and have developed personal responses, through the medium of painting (and have identified themes of personal interest, outlined their own brief and initiated individual working practices and have made connections between their own practice and contemporary and historical painting contexts).


Develop an understanding of how concept, material and process combine to form meaning and to cultivate an ability to think and act creatively within the disciplines context


 Have begun to make critical judgements in relation to editing and presenting their work. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed: these range from individual tutorials, through to practical demonstrations and workshops with materials and techniques within a studio class context. There are a number of supplementary activities to aid the students depth of learning and reflection including group critique, field trips to museums and galleries and the Visiting Artist Programme.

Module Assessment Strategies

Practical work will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and there will be a formal mid semester review. Assessment will take place at the end of the semester. At this point each of the learning outcomes are considered in relation to the art works presented and in relation to the supporting portfolio (which should include support studies, accompanying documentation, visual journals and texts where appropriate). 

Repeat Assessments

Students will be given repeat project briefs, which will be issued at end of academic stage and submitted in the Autumn. 

Indicative Syllabus

This module will include an introduction to oil paint and it's associated mediums and extenders. 

The module is made up of two projects. The first project will be selected by staff from a choice of project types. The second project will be an individual project where the student sets their own brief.

The initial stage of the projects set out to allow the student to explore a  variety of research methods and to developed personal responses, through research and the keeping of a painting journal.  Research is considered to be an ongoing and integral part all projects as they progress.

The project should move on to a developmental stage where students test out concepts and processes.The learner should consider the relevance of scale, composition and colour within the production of the work. Emphasis is placed on developing a personal approach to process and exploring tactility with the medium.

The learner should at this point be considering drawing conclusions within a body of work and questioned within the work how an image, material and process combine to form meaning. 
towards the end of the module the learner should have identified themes of personal interest and have outlined their own brief and begun to initiated individual working practices. The project aims to encourage the learner to explore process through sustained practice to build a level of critical judgement to gain confidence and independence in the making of a series of paintings.

Image based project

Various thematic projects that stimulate creative play with imagery. Content is destabilised as scale, context and juxtapositions are shifted to form new configurations.


Translations: historical meets contemporary

Here the brief sets out a list of approx 10-15 historical paintings and a list of up to 50 contemporary painters, to which the learner adds an element of their own choosing. The project sets out to aid the student to understand practice through process by working with elements from contemporary and historical paintings coupled with their own visual interests. 


Process based project

Various thematic projects that spur and accentuate the role of 'process' within the students' work. Promotes conceptual, applied and experimental approaches towards making paintings or studies. Encourages non narrative modes.


Found image, material and object project

Various thematic projects which foster the role of chance, subliminal and automatic factors, alongside considered intellectual choices, in the development of a body of work. Stimulates a broader 3 D (or sculptural) conception of, and approach to painting by encouraging non traditional grounds, supports and techniques.


Individual theme project (always ends the module)

Themes, strands, methodologies or modes of expression which have arisen throughout the earlier part of the module, are developed into a student led individual project. The student is required throughout the module to keep a visual journal to assist in identifying themes for their practice. Emphasis is placed on the student reflecting on their work and setting their own brief. The project culminates with the learner making a presentation of a body of finished work and related research, here the learner exercise critical judgement in relation to editing and presenting their work. 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation of a body of art work with supporting studies and journals. Practical Assessment 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Studio Class/Workshop 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
25/03/2016 Painting 2.0 Prestel

Recommended Reading
19/11/2013 Art Studio America: Contemporary Art Spaces Thames And Hudson

Recommended Reading
30/04/2001 As Painting, Division and Displacement MIT Press

Recommended Reading
05/10/2017 What is painting?; Representation and Modern Art Thames and Hudson

Recommended Reading
03/11/2010 Contemporary Painting in Context Novo Nordisk.

Recommended Reading
04/05/1993 Painting as Model MIT Press

Recommended Reading
08/04/2014 A Brush With The Real: Figurative Painting Today Laurence King

Recommended Reading
10/10/2007 The Painting of Modern Life Hayward publishing

Recommended Reading
31/03/2012 The Studio Whitechapel Documents on Contemporary Art

Recommended Reading
22/02/2013 Abstraction MIT Press

Recommended Reading
31/05/1991 The Artist's Handbook Of Materials and Techniques: 5th Edition, Revised and Updated The Viking Press

Recommended Reading
04/03/2011 Painting MIT Press

Recommended Reading
31/03/2014 Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting Phaidon

Recommended Reading
02/11/2011 Painters on Painting Dover Publications

Recommended Reading
19/06/2015 Painting In The Expanded Field Blurb Publishing

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Art in America

Flash art 

Modern Painters  

Irish Arts Review  

URL Resources

Other Resources

Field trips and visiting artist programme.