Plein Air-Painting Outside

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Plein Air-Painting Outside

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Art, Studio Art, Visual Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    The landscape environment provides a focus in coordinating visual, physical and conceptual aspects of response into two dimensional work. It provides an opportunity to extend ideas encountered in the foundation program. A series of objective, analytical and interpretive studies will inform and extend the student's interdisciplinary art practice whilst encouraging the development of a personal visual language and a practical work method. It encourages the development of a personal relationship with the environment by working with it and in it. Assessment includes the critical evaluation of work submitted at two folio presentations.

    Course Introduction
    Plein air painting, or painting outdoors, will have you go into the world around you and learn how to paint what you see. Working outdoors will give you a useful set of experiences and give you understanding of creative practices and will improve your observational skills and encourages a more efficient and managed approach to image making. It also teaches artists to be open to the potentail rewards of chance.

    Course Aims
    This course developes skills and allows an opportunity to deal directly with landscape subjects. Additionally, the course encourages students to question the genre of landscape painting in a contemporary context. This course requires students to manage their own resources and to set and meet their own goals.

    Whilst plein air painting is rooted in European traditions and this course will utilise Australian landscapes, staff will facilitate a broad consideration of artistic reactions to both natural and built environments.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Demonstrate improved observational skills.
    2 Work with an enhanced ability to coordinate resources, ideas and opportunities so as to achieve artistic goals within specific time-constraints.
    3 Balance predetermined goals and improvisational opportunities in the production of art works.
    4 Express a clear perspective regarding a personal approach to studio practice.
    5 Demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities inherent in plein air painting.
    6 Express a basic understanding of the plein air painting procedures and achievements of selected artists.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.