DRWG07007 2019 Drawing 5: Identifying Concerns

General Details

Full Title
Drawing 5: Identifying Concerns
Transcript Title
Drawing 5: Identifying Concern
75 %
Subject Area
DRWG - Drawing
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
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

This subject aims to develop a critical understanding (both practical and theoretical) of the medium of drawing as well as an overview of the history and development of the discipline. At this stage of development the learner identifies their own areas of concern and enquiry and initiates a developing body of research that functions in tandem with developments in concurrent practical and theoretical subjects.

Learning Outcomes

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


Have acquired a broad conceptual understanding of the possibilities of drawing.


Display proficiency in the use of drawing as a tool for thinking, research, discovery, understanding and expression.


Assess, consolidate and extend knowledge and analytical skills previously attained in earlier related modules.


Have begun to demonstrate an ability to confidently pursue a personal line of enquiry within the discipline.


Establish an independent approach to drawing both as a means of expression and as an engine for ideas.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

A variety of teaching and learning strategies are employed: The tutor monitors and supervises the learner's ongoing research - this is primarily by individual tutorial within a class context and by the delivery of illustrated talk/discussions that are intended to broaden the students' theoretical knowledge as well as develop their ability to articulate their ideas.  Learning may also be supplemented by a number of other approaches, which may include group critique, peer review, demonstration/workshops, field trips 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 measured in relation to the art work presented and the back-up portfolio (which may include accompanying texts and/or documentation)

Repeat Assessments

This module can be repeated in the summer for consideration at the Autumn exam board meeting.

Indicative Syllabus

At the beginning of the module the student outlines an area of interest or enquiry that they would like to pursue and, in consultation with tutors, they initiate a programme of research that evolves throughout the semester in tandem with developments within the discipline and in concurrent realms of study.
Students are taught to conceive of drawing in various ways as:

  1. an instrument for the visual realisation of thought and the development of imagination.
  2. a documentary record of a sympathetic engagement with the external world.
  3. an 'experience' which is a form of thinking-in-action.
  4. an adjunct to other research (e.g. as a problem solving process or as a means of discovery)
  5. a valid means of expression in its own right.

There will be an accompanying series of illustrated talks that demonstrate and discuss the broad history, nature and traditions of drawing practice.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Presentation of a body of work Practical Assessment 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Practical Drawing Room Drawing Practice 3.5 Weekly 3.50
Lecture Drawing Room Elements of Drawing .5 Weekly 0.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2007 Drawing Now I.B.Tauris
ISBN 1845115333 ISBN-13 9781845115333

Produced in association with TRACEY, an online peer-reviewed journal hosted by the University of Loughborough.

Recommended Reading
2011 Contemporary Drawing Random House Digital, Inc.
ISBN 9780823033157 ISBN-13 0823033155

A reference for serious artists explores the conceptual and technical foundations of contemporary art as expressed in biennials, art fairs and exhibitions, offering insight into such topics as the historical and conceptual origins of today's drawing techniques and the examples of leading modern masters.

Recommended Reading
2010 On Line The Museum of Modern Art
ISBN 9780870707827 ISBN-13 0870707825

Published to accompany the exhibition held at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 21 Nov. 2010 - 7 Feb. 2011.

Recommended Reading
2010 The Primacy of Drawing
ISBN 0300126468 ISBN-13 9780300126464

In this important and original book, Deanna Petherbridgeherself a practicing artistaffirms the significance of drawing as visual thinking in western art from the 15th century to the present. Scrutinizing a wide range of drawings, Petherbridge confirms a long historical commitment to the primal importance of sketching in generating ideas and problem solving, examines the production of autonomous drawings as gifts or for pleasure, and traces the importance of the life-class and theories of drawing in the training of artists until well into the 20th century. She also addresses the changing role of drawing in relation to contemporary practice and its importance for conceptual artists working in a nonhierarchical manner with a multiplicity of practices, techniques and technologies. In addition to analyzing specific works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Goya, Picasso, and other great draftsmen, Petherbridge pays close attention to those artists traditionally regarded as minor because of their graphic elaboration or involvement with caricature and play, as well as to the important contribution of women artists in the 20th and 21st centuries. Responding to the vibrant rediscovery of drawing as significant practice in studios, exhibitions, and art schools, Petherbridge proposes an ambitious and novel agenda for the study and enjoyment of drawing.

Recommended Reading
1992 Allegories of modernism
ISBN UOM:39015033744627

Recommended Reading
2005 Vitamin D Phaidon

Module Resources

Journal Resources

Art in America



Flash Art

Irish Arts Review

URL Resources