ART06088 2019 Painting 3 (Process and Concepts)

General Details

Full Title
Painting 3 (Process and Concepts)
Transcript Title
Painting 3 (Process and Concep
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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
Programme Membership
SG_AARTT_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art SG_AARTT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Art

The aim of this subject is to give the student an understanding of the theory and practice of painting. The module is designed to develop the learner's confidence and to allow them to gain experience in the handling and manipulation of both materials and ideas. The module is also designed to increase the students fluency in working across a broad range of scales and on multiple pieces moving the learner towards building a series of works. 

Learning Outcomes

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


Have gained in depth knowledge and experience of making and preparing a variety of supports for painting. 


Have gained practical and theoretical experience of different methods and techniques of painting and concentrated on using extenders and associated mediums. (Have developed good studio practice and an understanding of health and safety issues related to working with painting mediums.) 


Have acquired experience and awareness of appropriate visual research methods. 


Have expressed a personal response to project themes and ideas through the medium of painting.( Have evolved an understanding of how concept, materials and process combine to form meaning.) 


Have begun to make paintings in series. 

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  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 /or relevant texts). 


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

The module is made up of two projects. Both projects will be selected by staff from a choice of project types. 

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

The project should move on to a developmental stage where students test out concepts and processes. The learner should test a variety of scales within the  duration of the module. Consideration should be given to the suitability of supports for production, and a variety of tools and mediums should be explored towards developing a facility with the medium. The learner should investigate ways of changing a composition and developing an understanding of colour relationships within the production of the work. Emphasis is placed on initiating a personal approach to process.

The learner should begin to draw conclusions within a body of work and question how 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 initiate individual working practices. The project aims to encourage the learner to explore process through sustained practice, to build a level of critical judgement and 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. Projects are designed and delivered to promote conceptual, applied and experimental approaches towards making paintings and related studies. Non narrative modes are encouraged.


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.

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
14/10/2014 100 Painters Of Tomorrow Thames and Hudson

Recommended Reading
08/07/2010 The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms Oxford

Recommended Reading
06/12/2004 How to Read a Painting: Decoding, Understanding And Enjoying The Old Masters Thames and Hudson 6 Dec 2004

Recommended Reading
01/10/2009 Inside the Painters Studio Princeton Architectural

Recommended Reading
22/10/2014 Painting Today Phaidon

Required Reading
18/09/2006 The Secret Knowledge of Painting Thames and Hudson

Required Reading
22/05/2015 Painting Now Thames and Hudson

Required Reading
04/04/2016 Make Your Mark: The New Urban Artists Thames and Hudson

Recommended Reading
01/05/2008 Painting People: The State Of The Art Thames and Hudson

Recommended Reading
06/10/2015 Picturing People: The New State of The Art Thames and Hudson

Recommended Reading
27/01/1975 A Concise History of Modern Painting Thames and Hudson

Recommended Reading
22/06/2007 Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting Phaidon

Recommended Reading
23/05/2016 Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting Phaidon

Recommended Reading
01/11/2016 Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting Phaidon

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Art in America

Flash art 

Modern Painters  

Irish Arts Review  

URL Resources


Other Resources

Field trips and Visiting Artists Programme.